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4 Major Causal Factors of Leaky Gut that You Should Avoid

 Leaky Gut l Gut Flora l Gut Health

"To keep a healthy gut, you must know the contributing factors of a leaky gut."

A leaky gut syndrome is an increased intestinal permeability characterized by holes and cracks in the lining of the digestive tracts. Under this condition, some of the digested foods, bugs, and toxins penetrate the tissues beneath it. In effect, inflammation is triggered in the digestive tracts and the gut flora is adversely affected. As a result, digestive problems in the body such as Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome may take place.  Gut health experts have identified major causal factors of a leaky gut.

1. Artificial sweeteners

 Artificial sweetener is a synthetic sugar added to our foods and drinks including the toothpaste. It is indigestible but still, travels to the gut area. In effect, the good bacteria in the gut are decreased which triggers glucose intolerance. Glucose intolerance leads to the development of diabetes, the leading carrier of serious diseases. In addition, artificial sweeteners change the balance of the gut bacteria. However, gut experts can barely conclude how artificial sweeteners change their balance. They can only say that the effects of artificial sweeteners vary from one person to another.

2.Toxins

Toxins can be derived from medications such as Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides, and BPA from plastics. But the most infectious sources are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

  • The common antibiotics such as penicillin or erythromycin disrupt microbiome diversity as manifested in the changes of microbial and metabolic patterns of the gut.
  • Pesticide that contains glyphosate ruins the gut and kills the healthy bacteria.
  • Emulsifiers are additives mixed with the ingredients of our foods for the purpose of increasing the shelf life.
  • Environmental pollutants such as dioxin 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzofuran (TCDF), a common persistent environmental contaminant, alter the gut bacteria resulting to serious health issues such as diabetes, heart problems, cancers, dementia, and obesity.

3.Stress

As mentioned earlier, the gut is the second brain of the body which is in constant communication with these health channels:

  • Immune system
  • Brain and neurological system
  • Hormonal system
  • Our inner ecology

Our gut is connected with our psychology (mind and feelings) and it is a two-way street. Gut problems result to psychological issues such as anxiety and depression. In return, these negative emotions become the toll on your gut’s health. Dwelling in negativity leads to having a leaky gut syndrome due to the release of stress hormones or emergency hormones called "cortisol'. When emergency hormones (cortisol and norepinephrine) are released, two systems are shut down, the immune and digestive systems.

The immune system is the main frontline protector of our body but during stress, it is paralyzed. So, you can imagine the extent of damage stress can inflict on your health?

Scientists discovered that the good bacteria in our body can uniquely identify stress hormones. In response to them, gut microbes turn into pathogenic which mutate rapidly in the process leading to infections. Consequently, inner ecology is thrown out.

So, it is important to get rid of stressful situations to keep a healthy gut.

4.Alcohol

Drinking beers and wines can’t be easily put off by those who are into liquors. There are many reasons behind sustaining this type of consumption. However, studies revealed how this bad drinking habit causes leaky gut, even the so-called MODERATE DRINKING.

The leaky gut syndrome has a direct connection with liver disease. You know how important this organ in the body which is destroyed by alcoholism.

Alcoholism causes damage to the intestinal membranes producing endotoxemia. It is a condition caused by the accumulation of the endotoxins generated through the growth of Gram-negative bacteria.

 

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