Posted By: CustomVite Nutrition Team Date: August 14, 2018 Comments: 0
Leaky gut, also called intestinal permeability, is when the cells within the inner lining of your intestine develop gaps or spaces, which allows bacteria, partially digested food, toxins and medications to enter, or leak into your bloodstream. As you can imagine, this sort of “leakage” can cause a variety medical problems including poor nutrient absorption, infection, allergies and even chronic auto-immune diseases. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, gas, anxiety, chronic joint pain and fatigue, just to name a few.
Thankfully, there are a variety of natural ways to help manage leaky gut syndrome. For example, certain nutritional supplements may play a key role in supporting gut health overall and may also help to improve the symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome. Some of these supplements include:
EPA/DHA (Fish Oil)
GLA (Borage or Evening Primrose Oil)
The etiology of leaky gut is still not completely understood, but is often thought to be triggered by a variety of conditions including inflammation, stress, heavy metal toxicity, nutritional deficiencies, certain medications, and excessive consumption of sugar, caffeine or alcohol. The best way to manage or avoid leaky gut syndrome is to eat a balanced diet, high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat, and be sure to include some gut-enhancing supplements into your daily routine!
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