What Causes a Leaky Gut and What Should I Do?

By Dr Kelly

February 7, 2019

Leaky gut syndrome, also known as intestinal permeability, is a condition in which the lining of the intestines becomes more permeable than normal, allowing bacteria, toxins, and other substances to leak into the bloodstream. This can cause inflammation and a variety of health problems. Here are some factors that can contribute to a leaky gut:

  1. Poor diet: A diet high in processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut and contribute to inflammation.

  2. Chronic stress: Chronic stress can disrupt the gut microbiome and increase inflammation, which can contribute to a leaky gut.

  3. Infections: Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections can damage the lining of the intestines and contribute to a leaky gut.

  4. Medications: Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antibiotics, and steroids, can damage the gut lining and increase the risk of a leaky gut.

  5. Environmental toxins: Exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals can also contribute to a leaky gut.

Here are some steps you can take to improve a leaky gut:

  1. Improve your diet: Eat a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. Avoid or limit processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats.

  2. Manage stress: Incorporate stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises into your daily routine.

  3. Address infections: If you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, work with a healthcare provider to address it.

  4. Limit medication use: Only use medications when necessary and work with a healthcare provider to minimize their use.

  5. Reduce exposure to environmental toxins: Take steps to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins by using natural cleaning products, eating organic foods, and drinking filtered water.

  6. Consider supplements: Certain supplements such as probiotics, glutamine, and digestive enzymes may help support gut health and reduce inflammation.

If you suspect you have a leaky gut, consult with a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. With the right lifestyle modifications and treatment plan, it is possible to improve gut health and reduce the risk of related health problems.

About the author

Dr. Kelly has 25 years of expert medical experience caring for the sickest of the sick people in critical care (including ICU, Heart surgery, Heart & Lung transplant surgery, as well as cardiology). She is a clinical specialist who has taken care of and trained others to care for the critically ill/the elderly and developed many screening and preventative programs to help improve the health of the population. The reality is that most people just don't have to be that sick. or stay that sick. So, Dr. Kelly decided to change the focus of the care she provided: to prevent, reverse and restore the health of individuals.

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