Leaky gut can result from many conditions or behaviours, including:
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (a.k.a. bacteria the wrong place) can damage the gut, leading to increased permeability.
The inflammatory reaction caused by food sensitivities can make the gaps between cells stay open longer than they should.
High-fat, low-fibre diets have been associated with increased intestinal permeability.
Alcohol is a known irritant to the gut lining and can damage the ‘seals’ between cells.
Inappropriate levels of certain bacteria (known as 'dysbiosis') can lead to inflammation, contributing to leaky gut.
Studies show that stress encourages the overgrowth of bacteria and damages the intestinal barrier.
This is really a type of chronic stress, and can be both a cause and a result of leaky gut.
Parasites damage your gut by causing an immune reaction. They also eat the nutrients you need for gut repair.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, more commonly known as painkillers, have been found to damage the gut lining.
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There are lots of things you can do to address leaky gut. Start with these:
Real, whole foods are free from the additives that can damage the gut lining.
This is a key player in the development of leaky gut, whether a person has coeliac disease or not. Most people benefit from eliminating gluten for a period.
Unfortunately, boozy drinks are known to irritate the gut lining.
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