The world has become more industrialized and efficiency oriented. One problematic result of this is found in our diets. Because we no longer eat primarily locally grown, fresh foods, our bodies have suffered. We eat increased amounts of processed foods and preservatives. Fresh foods have been replaced, in large parts, by refined foods, foods made with heavy amounts of preservatives, additives, dyes and fillers.
These foods have mixed with our busy lifestyles because they are convenient. But with our hectic ways, we have replaced quality food with those that are convenient and easy. Unfortunately for our health, it is difficult to eat things that are simple to prepare and healthily at the same time. Therefore our bodies have become inundated with toxins that overload our immune systems and create problems like leaky gut syndrome.
What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome is the condition where the semipermeable wall of the digestive tract becomes more permeable, and thusly breached, which allows toxins, undigested foods and digestive debris to enter the bloodstream. Under normal circumstances, foods enter the bloodstream after being digested and the nutrients are already broken down.
But with leaky gut syndrome, undigested foods, toxins and debris enter the bloodstream through breaches in the semipermeable layer of cells that make up the wall of the gut. These breaches are a result of inflammation caused by the toxins and food additives mentioned above irritating the cells that separate the digestive tract from the bloodstream. When this happens, the bloodstream becomes overwhelmed.
Because the blood is essentially under attack from the toxins and debris, the immune system identifies these proteins as threats and begins to produce antibodies to combat them. Over time, the body becomes sensitive to certain foods, thus creating allergies. All the while, the immune system is overworked which allows diseases to thrive and sometimes triggers autoimmune disease.
What Can We Do To Prevent It?
The best remedies for this syndrome is to relieve the body from the assault of toxins, undigested food due to inflammation, preservatives and chemicals(including excessive amounts of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen).
The primary action that people with leaky gut syndrome should take to alleviate their condition is to improve their diet. By replacing convenient foods, full of the ingredients that inflame the body, with fresh foods the body can nourish itself without being overtaxed. Additionally, the body doesn’t need to defend itself against foods it identifies as foreign antibodies. Fresh fruits, vegetables and foods absent of chemicals help our bodies restore balance and health, don’t cause inflammation and therefore don’t create breaches in our digestive lining. Additionally, refined sugars and alcohol contribute to inflammation and therefore leaky gut, therefore it is important to minimize their consumption as well.
What can we eat besides fresh foods to help with leaky gut? Besides fruits and vegetables, a diet rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C will help. This will have a marginal effect, however, if not coupled with a diet that isn’t constantly assaulting the digestive system with toxins and irritants.
Ultimately, it is important to understand what leaky gut syndrome is, what causes it and how to treat and prevent it. Treatments range from supplements, vitamins and specific foods to simple diet and awareness. The most important thing is to avoid bombarding our digestive systems with toxins, processed foods, undigested food, preservatives and alcohol. When we do this, we give our digestive systems the ability to work effectively and efficiently, which avoids the symptoms of a leaky gut.