6 signs you have a leaky gut

Did you know that a leaky gut is not always accompanied by other digestive symptoms such as bloating and heartburn? These symptoms can co-exist with a leaky gut but the absence of them doesn’t rule out the possibility of a dysfunctional gut wall. The gut wall is the barrier between what we eat and our other body organs, and, when it is compromised, other systems in the body are affected including the immune system, thyroid and liver function.


Here are six signs that indicate your gut might be leaky:

1. Skin problems – Acne, rosacea and eczema are all common signs of gut dysfunction.

2. Chronic fatigue – A complex combination of reduced cellular energy due to a high level of toxicity originating from the gut along with inflammation and other immune system reactions can cause this chronic condition.

3. Autoimmune conditions – The constant stimulation of the immune system through exposure to foods and sometimes bacteria, such as pretovella, through the gut results in an immune system that becomes primed to attack parts of your own body. This is one of the major factors contributing to the development of autoimmune disease.

4. Aching joints – Inflammation caused by a high level of toxicity and an over-stimulated immune system can affect joint health.

5. Brain fog, depression and/or anxiety – A weakened blood/brain barrier, increased toxicity, inflammation and exposure to food proteins can all affect cognitive function and mental health.

6. Presence of food intolerances – If you know that eating certain foods affects you in a systemic way i.e. you get a rash, eczema or acne or that they make you feel sluggish or unable to concentrate, then chances are your gut is permeable.

The combination of inflammation, immune system reactions, poor blood/brain barrier and compromised liver function can result in many systemic conditions and symptoms. The one thing they all have in common is that gut dysfunction, including a leaky gut, is at the heart of the matter.

What makes the gut leaky?

The permeability of the gut wall is affected by a number of factors. Stress is a huge factor, antibiotics, low zinc levels, antacids, a high gluten-containing diet and increased zonulin levels can all affect gut permeability. Identifying food intolerances and other factors affecting gut function, and completing a gut restoration programme will help you to restore your health.

A nutritionist can help you do this, so please get in touch if you'd some one-to-one support.

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Written by Sarah Hanratty
Birmingham, B13 8JP

Sarah is a Nutrition Practitioner specialising in the link between gut function and other health chronic conditions. She is a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Practitioner.

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