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Freaky Deaky Leaky Gut

Have you heard of Leaky Gut? Chances are your doctor hasn’t, or if he has, it wasn’t during medical school. It is a relatively new diagnosis, yet to be accepted by all medical practitioners.  It covers a range of symptoms such as bloating, cramping, brain-fog, migraines, and aches and pains. The cause is not always clear, but could be food intolerances, parasites, high sugar diet, drugs, an underlying condition like celiac, even stress.

Another term for Leaky Gut is intestinal permeability. When many people think of the intestines, they think of a garden house. The intestine is over 25 feet long, and it does process food from start to finish through digestion, but the walls are not solid. Instead it is made of millions of cells held together with microscopic spaces in between. When everything is healthy, these spaces selectively allow nutrients to pass from the intestine to be absorbed into the blood stream, while pushing the toxins and waste out of the body. When something goes wrong, these little spaces become bigger, and allow undigested particles, waste, and toxins into your body. Your immune system attacks them as foreign invaders causing an auto immune response. They also end up in your joints, nerves, and brain, causing further damage to your system.

If you suspect you could have leaky gut, you should discuss your concerns with a provider. There is no test for Leaky Gut, but he or she will probably recommend blood and urine tests to look at your nutrient absorption and food tolerances. If you aren’t sure, try taking this quiz below.

This quiz isn’t intended to diagnose your problems nor does it provide a comprehensive health analysis. Only your Doctor can do that.

 

After eating do you experience abdominal pain or bloating?

A. Almost always

B. More often then I think is normal

C. It happens sometimes

D. Rarely to never

 

How often are you stuck in the bathroom dealing with either constipation or diarrhea?

A. Almost always

B. More often then I think is normal

C. It happens sometimes

D. Rarely to never

 

Have you ever noticed mucous or blood in your stool?

A. Almost always

B. More often then I think is normal

C. It happens sometimes

D. Rarely to never

 

Do you ever feel extremely tired for no reason, confused, or suffer from poor memory or mood swings?

A. Almost always

B. More often then I think is normal

C. It happens sometimes

D. Rarely to never

 

Do you have any known food allergies, sensitivities or intolerance ?

A. Yes, there is a long list of foods I need to avoid

B. Yes, I need to avoid the big triggers like wheat and dairy

C. I suspect I may have food allergies or sensitivities

D. None

 

Are you troubled by sinus or nasal congestion, asthma, hay fever, or airborne allergies?

A. Almost always

B. More often then I think is normal

C. It happens sometimes

D. Rarely to never

 

Do you have eczema or notice frequent skin rashes or hives?

A. Almost always

B. More often then I think is normal

C. It happens sometimes

D. Rarely to never

 

How often do you notice joint pain or swelling, or arthritic like pain?

A. Almost always

B. More often then I think is normal

C. It happens sometimes

D. Rarely to never

 

Do you take NSAIDS anti inflammatory medicines such as Aspirin, Tylenol, Motrin?

A. Almost daily

B. Once a week

C. Every now and then

D. Rarely to never

 

RESULTS: If you answered A to the above Leaky Gut could definitely be the culprit to your health issues. If you answered B you should still consider discussing Leaky Gut with your doctor. If you answered C or D you probably have good digestive health.

 

In most cases, a Leaky Gut can be healed over time with a healthy, tailored diet free of GMOs, processed foods, refined sugars, and full of nutrients and probiotics. Considering how large of an organ the intestine is, and how it works with virtually every system in your body, it is clear how good nutrition whether or not you have Leaky Gut will improve your well being.