You know that old song about the head bone being connected to the neck bone? Well, it works like that not only for your bones, but for the rest of your insides, too — and sometimes, those connections are even more direct than you think.
Because of these links, your body can sometimes show a reaction or a symptom in one place, though the cause is actually somewhere else entirely.
Other times, one issue in one place can can have huge, body-wide effects — and you might not even realize that they’re all stemming from the same thing.
One of these issues is a newly proposed medical condition known as “leaky gut syndrome.” The condition itself is still being debated and is mainly supported as a medical condition by nutritionists and holistic practitioners.
Leaky gut syndrome is defined as an increased permeability in the intestines, meaning that the lining in one’s bowels becomes more porous, allowing toxins and undigested foods to pass into the bloodstream.
Your intestines are normally a little permeable, and that’s fine. But according to the theory, if they get too permeable, all kinds of problems can spring up as material that should be confined to the gastrointestinal tract is let loose inside the body.
This can cause everything from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which has been proven to involve increased intestinal permeability, to seemingly unrelated issues such as skin problems.
As noted, leaky gut syndrome is still being researched and evaluated, but it speaks to our increasing awareness that everything in the body is connected and affects everything else — and this research could help us come to new conclusions about maintaining and protecting our overall health.
Read on to learn more, and let us know if you think this theory is onto something!
What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
How Does A Leaky Gut Affect My Body?
Effect #1: Large Intestine
Effect #2: Joints
Stiffness, aches, and difficulty moving may also be the result of a leaky gut, especially if they don’t seem related to any injury, strain, or repetitive motion.
Other aches and pains in the body may be the result of a leaky gut, too.
Effect #3: Skin
Effect #4: Sinuses
Effect #5: Brain
When your body is out of whack, so is your mind.
The havoc that a leaky gut can cause on your body doesn’t stop with your brain, and many people report increased feelings of anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
How Can I Manage My Leaky Gut?
Tip #1: See Your Doctor
Tip #2: Switch To Healing Foods
Tip #3: Manage Your Stress
Tip #4: Take Supplements
Tip #5: Be Consistent With Your Diet Changes
This one might not be as fun, but you’ll feel better in the long run!
The key to keeping any balance in your health is to be consistent, which means not reverting to your old ways when you stop feeling symptoms.
Stick to a healthy diet. While it’s all right to indulge responsibly, know your limit and don’t overdo it. Your whole body will thank you!
While the jury’s still technically out on whether leaky gut syndrome is a real condition, paying attention to how the food you eat affects your whole body is an important step in maintaining your overall health.
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