How do I know if I have a leaky gut?
Just as there are causes, there are also symptoms!
- Autoimmune diseases are a symptom of leaky gut! If you have an autoimmune disease you most likely have leaky gut. Auto immune diseases include:
- Celiac Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Diabetes (Type 1)
- Grave’s Disease
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ulcerative Colitis
- and more…
- Allergies – this includes both food allergies and seasonal allergies.
- Digestive problems including gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and/or cramps.
- Skin problems such as acne, eczema, rashes, and rosacea.
- Nutritional deficiencies – if the body isn’t finishing digesting the food, it isn’t pulling out all the nutrients.
- Poor immune system most likely because it’s kept so busy attacking the “invaders” that are passing through the larger openings in the intestinal wall.
- Headaches, memory loss, brain fog
- Fibromyalgia – research is being done to see if this is in fact an autoimmune disorder
- Candida overgrowth. Candida is yeast, and when the number of bacteria in the intestinal tract are lessened, it allows the yeast to grow. These two keep each other in check, helping to ensure neither one overgrows and causes an infection. Antibiotics are a popular cause of yeast overgrowth, as they kill of both the good and bad bacteria in the body.
- Hormonal imbalances Did you know that estrogen is excreted from the body via the intestines? If they are sluggish, inflamed, irritated, not able to move things through as quickly as they should, something called “estrogen re-uptake” happens, which basically means it stayed in there long enough to be absorbed back into the blood stream and circulated through the body again. Yep, that’ll cause some imbalances for us women.
- Joint pain, there are actually a few autoimmune disorders that cause pain in the joints, so this might fall more under the “Autoimmune disorders” cause than one by itself, but it’s worth listing by itself because many do not think “autoimmune” when they feel joint pain.
- Cravings for sugar or carbs (typically caused either by yeast or parasites in the body)
- Mood imbalances such as depression or anxiety.
- Excessive fatigue
Obviously, with all of these various symptoms, there are other potential causes for each one. But if you have several on the list I’d certainly consider that you might be suffering from leaky gut. This brings us to the final question in our series on “Leaky Gut”…. How do I fix it? More on that tomorrow.
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