When we talk about health, we often focus on weight, our hearts, or cancer. While those are legitimate concerns, one very important concern that often gets overlooked is our digestive tract.
Our guts are the gateway to the rest of the body and our first line of defense. They regulate everything from nutrient absorption to metabolism to mood. Thanks to the standard American diet (SAD) full of processed grains, refined sugars, industrial seed oils and unpronounceable chemicals, many people are suffering from a condition called intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome.
Because of all the problems associated with leaky gut syndrome, experts predict that leaky gut will become the #1 killer in America!
Since leaky gut syndrome is such a serious problem, I am really excited that my friends Steve and Jordan from SDC Lifestyle have launched a free online resource center called Solving Leaky Gut. There, you can find articles, videos, and tutorials which go over everything you need to know about leaky gut syndrome and how you can prevent and reverse it. You will learn:
- What is leaky gut, signs and triggers
- Leaky gut and adrenal fatigue risk quiz
- Road map for curing leaky gut, including leaky gut diet, GI protocols, hormone program and more
To help people out, they are offering a FREE 60 Minute Consultation. Sign Up for the free consultation here.
Oh, and there is a free webinar happening soon! Click here to check it out.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
To get the ins and outs of leaky gut syndrome in detail, I definitely recommend checking out Solving Leaky Gut.
Until then, here is an overview of what leaky gut syndrome is:
Our guts (intestines) are designed to allow only fully broken-down proteins to pass through the intestinal walls and into our bloodstream so they can be used by the body.
The problem is that the gut can get damaged and gaps can form in the lining (aka leaky gut syndrome). When this happens, partially undigested particles of food and toxins that were supposed to be eliminated will get into the bloodstream.
When the immune system gets wind of this, it attacks these foreign invaders to handle the problem. This is normally great but, in the case of leaky gut, there are a lot of foreign invaders and they are constantly coming. The immune system is chronically on hyper-alert mode and this, over time, leads to chronic inflammation which is no bueno.
Problems Caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome
When you have leaky gut syndrome, your immune system is constantly attacking the undigested food particles and even bits of the intestine that is literally falling apart. Sexy stuff right here…
Our bodies are equipped to handle acute (intense, short-lived) stress but not chronic (constant) stress. The constant inflammation can cause a slew of symptoms ranging from fatigue to indigestion.
But the problem can get even worse.
The undigested food particles often resemble parts of our own bodies. Your immune system can’t tell the difference between the food particles and your own tissue! This triggers an autoimmune response in which your body attacks itself.
Leaky gut syndrome is one of the requirements for all autoimmune diseases to develop.
Yes, you read that correctly: ALL AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES START WITH LEAKY GUT.
What Makes a Gut Become Leaky?
There are a lot of reasons why the leaky gut syndrome may occur. Solving Leaky Gut gets into detail about them and talks about ways you can prevent and manage them. These are the big causes of leaky gut:
- Food sensitivities (gluten being one of the main ones)
- Foods which irritate the stomach lining (like processed grains, refined sugars and pasteurized milk)
- NSAIDs (like Ibuprofen)
Signs You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome
Solving Leaky Gut has a free quiz to help you determine whether or not you have leaky gut. In just a couple of minutes you will be able to figure out if you have leaky gut or not, what the most important elements of your case are and what you may be at risk for (ie. high risk for adrenal fatigue, etc) and what to do about it.
You could do an expensive lab test as well like I did (Cyrex Labs) which confirmed I had leaky gut but honestly, I regret spending the money on it, because I pretty much knew that was the case based on my symptoms and it didn’t change my course of treatment. I was going to put myself on an anti-inflammatory (paleo autoimmune protocol) diet either way and start a gut healing protocol.
Some of the most common symptoms of leaky gut include:
- Multiple allergies and food sensitivities (good news! heal your gut and many of them can be reversed!)
- Brain fog
- Skin problems like itchiness, hives, and rashes
- Difficulty gaining or losing weight
- GI problems like gas or bloating
- Unhealthy poop (the Leaky Gut Course will explain what this means!)
Need More Info?
Even if you don’t have leaky gut syndrome, I still recommend checking out the Solving Leaky Gut page. Gut health is so important for overall health, and the things you learn there can really help you have a healthier gut. When your gut is healthy, you absorb nutrients from food better, you fight off infection better, you have more energy, and even lose weight easier.
Good news! There is now a leaky gut test (the lactulose-mannitol one) that you can order directly without a doctor’s order! While I’m a HUGE fan of having a doctor’s guidance, I understand the need to know whether you have leaky gut or not before you invest in a practitioner. You can order the test directly here.
In order to raise awareness about this serious disease, Solving Leaky Gut is offering a special deal on videos from their Leaky Gut Masterclass interview series! You can purchase 16 videos with experts for a special promo price.