Table of Contents
- 1. Suffering Various Injuries
- 2. Undergoing Chemo or Radiation Therapy
- 3. Disturbing Your Circadian Rhythm
- 4. Imbalance In Gut Bacteria
- 5. Not Getting Enough Nutrients In Your Diet
- 6. Getting An Infection
- 7. Living Under Constant High Stress
- 8. Getting Inflamed From Eating Gluten and Other Allergens
- 9. Drinking Too Much Alcohol
- 10. Babies Have A Higher Risk
- 11. You’re Aging
The are a few, specific and common things that cause leaky gut syndrome.
Leaky gut syndrome is a digestive condition where gaps in your intestinal walls allow bacteria and other toxins to pass into your bloodstream. Not much is known about this condition but it is believed to contribute to a range of other medical conditions.
Symptoms can include bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivity, pain, IBD, IBS, autoimmune disease, thyroid problems, and inflammatory skin conditions.
If you’re currently experiencing one or a combination of these symptoms, without knowing the exact cause, you may have leaky gut syndrome. I’ll be publishing a separate article on which foods to avoid if you have leaky gut syndrome so you may want to read that [1, 2, 3].
If you already know what causes leaky gut, here are 17 tips to heal it.
Avoid Or Address These Leaky Gut Syndrome Causes
Prevention is always better than cure, especially against conditions that have yet to be fully understood. This article lists the possible causes of leaky gut syndrome. Read on if you want to avoid getting a leaky gut or if you want to avoid getting it again in the future.
1. Suffering Various Injuries
Avoid injuring yourself to avoid getting a leaky gut.
A study on 29 intensive care patients showed that injuries actually increase intestinal permeability for 72 to 96 hours after trauma. The graver the injury, the more the permeability.
Check out this article that reveals how to quickly reduce pain from various injuries.
2. Undergoing Chemo or Radiation Therapy
Watch out for leaky gut syndrome if you’re planning to undergo chemo or radiation therapy.
Studies show that radiation therapy increases intestinal permeability in humans, rapidly disrupted tight junctions in mice, and increased gut permeability in monkeys.
3. Disturbing Your Circadian Rhythm
If you work at night and sleep in the morning, you’re more likely to suffer a leaky gut.
Your circadian rhythm is more than just the amount of sleep you get, it also affects your quality of sleep and other aspects of health. One of these health benefits is the maintenance of the intestinal barrier.
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4. Imbalance In Gut Bacteria
It’s been speculated that an imbalance in gut bacteria diversity can contribute to a leaky gut.
Not all bacteria in your gut is bad. Some bacteria actually help in the digestion process. Dysbiosis or imbalance in gut bacteria can cause gut barrier dysfunction in several disorders and diseases.
5. Not Getting Enough Nutrients In Your Diet
Making sure you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients will help maintain the gut barrier.
Studies show that the mineral Zinc actually plays a role in keeping this barrier intact. One study in 25 children showed that a Zinc imbalance may be connected to abnormal intestinal permeability.
Another study also showed that vitamins A and D are crucial for our intestinal barrier to function properly. Vitamin A and D deficiency was connected to a weaker intestinal barrier in both rats and mice [16, 17, 18].
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6. Getting An Infection
Since maintaining your intestinal barrier requires a balance of gut bacteria, getting infected with harmful bacteria throws off this balance and increases intestinal permeability.
These harmful bacteria enter your body through tight junctions which are areas where the membranes of two adjacent cells join together to form a barrier. H. pylori, the germ that causes stomach ulcers, is an example of these bacteria.
7. Living Under Constant High Stress
Constant high stress doesn’t just affect your mind, it also affects your intestinal health.
One study showed an increase in intestinal permeability and inflammation in individuals with stress hormones from the HPA axis such as CRH.
One study on 23 healthy volunteers giving a public speech found heightened levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increased intestinal permeability.
If stress is an issue for you, here are 8 lifestyle changes to reduce stress.
8. Getting Inflamed From Eating Gluten and Other Allergens
Studies have linked inflammation to increased gut permeability.
One way of getting inflamed is through an allergic reaction. In fact, some reactions, called “delayed hypersensitivity reactions, can still cause inflammation despite not actually being allergenic.
9. Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Ease up on the alcohol if you want to avoid a leaky gut. Not only does it contain empty calories, but it also contains substances that harm your cells, liver, and gut health.
One study showed alcohol contributing to intestinal permeability. One study on 36 alcoholics showed that the subjects suffered from increased intestinal permeability for up to 2 weeks after drinking.
10. Babies Have A Higher Risk
Don’t be alarmed, but your baby may have a leaky gut. This is natural in babies because it allows them to absorb immune substances from their mom’s milk.
Science suggests that preterm babies actually have a leakier gut than full-term babies for their first two days of life.
However, another study did show that 75% of 62 preterm babies had lower intestinal permeability when fed mostly human milk when compared to those fed with low amounts of human milk or baby formula alone [31, 32, 33].
11. You’re Aging
It’s been theorized that our gut barrier simply weakens as we age as studies have shown higher rates of intestinal permeability in older people.
But, this may only be half true as one study on 215 adults showed that age doesn’t directly deteriorate our gut barrier. Instead, it’s caused by chronic inflammation and minor diseases that we tend to suffer more as we age.
One study on elderly people found a connection between higher levels of intestinal permeability and inflammation as well as lower muscle strength and decreased physical activity.
A leaky gut allows bacteria to pass through your intestinal walls into your bloodstream. Although this condition isn’t fullyunderstood, it may contribute to other diseases. Avoid these 11 leaky gut causes to prevent yourself from suffering this condition [34, 35, 36].
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