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Could you have a leaky gut?, sounds gross but it can happen.

So it’s called Leaky Gut, sounds gross but it is the name of this condition. So what is it ?

It is when your intestines become  damaged the lining can no longer protect the internal environment.  Some bacteria”s and toxins,  incompletely digested proteins and fats along with waste are not normally absorbed and may “leak” out of the intestines into the blood stream.  When this happens it trigger’s the body to have an autoimmune reaction. Autoimmune, I mention that a lot and will be writing about that soon. So the autoimmune reaction causes an aray of issues which I have also mentioned in previous posts. It can cause bloating, gas and cramps, fatigue and joint pain. If you have been reading my blogs these are also the symptoms of Celiac Disease, Sojrens Syndrome and many other autoimmune diseases.

Leaky gut can also cause or from what I understand trigger Crohns Disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Now you all know I have Celiac Disease and I have heard of several people with Celiac’s who later find they also had leaky gut and that is the reason why they don’t get better as quickly as others do. It can also be the cause of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, pancreatic dysfunction, giardia, irritable bowel syndrome, and lupus. That’s a lot ! So I read that experts think  leaky gut can happen when a person ingests a food they are allergic to.  So as you know I cannot eat wheat and I have recently had to give up dairy because I was getting ill again. All these issues I write about have a lot of the same symptoms, no wonder why it can take so long to figure it all out.

So can it be fixed?

Digestive enzymes and probiotic’s can help this condition and some say even fix this issue. Digestive enzymes break down the food particles so they become smaller by doing this  the lining of the intestine doesn’t get irritated.  Breaking the food down also let the vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients enter the body in a healthier way so the body can absorb it better as it would normally. Enzymes also proactively support intestinal health.

So as always, if you feel you have these issues or any intestinal issues talk to your doctor about it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, that’s what they are there for.  Also if you feel that they are not listening to you by all means find someone who will.  Because I have several autoimmune diseases I bring my list of questions with me and I don’t leave until I have an answer that I can understand or a reason why this or that is going on . Being sick for over 25 years was way to long.