Don’t Ignore these 5 Signs and Symptoms of Leaky Gut
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Don’t Ignore these 5 Signs and Symptoms of Leaky Gut

Untreated leaky gut syndrome has extremely harmful side effects and could even lead to autoimmune disease (such as Hashimotos, proriasis, Crohn’s disease, and even rheumatoid arthritis).

But did you know it’s not as simple as recognizing common digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, and intestinal discomfort?

That’s right. You may be suffering from leaky gut if you’re experiencing 1 (or all) of the following:

1. You're irritable and depressed.

Inflammation creates a vicious cycle that impacts more than just one area of the body. If your gut is inflamed and leaky, it could actually cause inflammation in the brain! This triggers chronic stress, mood swings, and even depression, creating even more inflammation in the gut. Do you see the connection?    

What you can do about it: Self care, self care, and more self care. Make sure you’re spending time outside, listening to classical music, meditating (even 5 minutes in the morning helps!), reading, and fitting exercise into your day. Stress management is key to maintaining overall health.

2. Your hair is falling out in clumps.

Hair loss and poor nutrition go hand-in-hand. If your gut is leaky, it can’t absorb nutrients that are essential for preventing hormonal imbalances (and hair follicles rely on properly functioning thyroid hormones). Hair loss is scary, but there are ways to treat and prevent it.

What you can do about it: Add more nourishing foods like pasture-raised meats, omega-3s (like wild salmon), squash, and berries to your diet.

3. You get sick more often than everyone around you.

When you have leaky gut, your liver is bombarded with toxins and other harmful substances. Eventually your liver becomes overworked — releasing these chemicals into your bloodstream — triggering white blood cells to attack. This puts a serious strain on your immune system.

What you can do about it: Stop fueling the fire by removing processed foods, gluten, dairy, and other “big offenders” from your diet. If this sounds like a tough transition, start by opting for gluten-free flours (like coconut and almond flour) and pasta (like quinoa and rice pasta) instead of eating whole wheat or white bread and pastas. In addition, choose from creamy, dairy-free recipes made from cashews, cauliflower, or almond and coconut milk as a substitution for cheese, yogurt, and other milk products.

4. You’re tired. All. The. Time. 

Your adrenal glands react to the constant stressors throughout your body. But when the inflammation and inability to absorb key nutrients caused by leaky gut puts your adrenals into “overdrive,” you end up in a state of exhaustion. Your adrenal glands can (and will) burnout if they are overworked.


What you can do about it: Avoid things that overstimulate the adrenal glands, such as caffeine and sugar. Am I asking you to give up caffeine forever? NO! But if you reduce your caffeine intake to two 8-ounce cups per day until it can be eliminated for 9 days, you’ll give your adrenals a chance to heal.

5. You just can’t seem to lose weight.

Leaky gut can result in an overworked metabolism, insulin resistance, chronic hunger, and excess fat storage. Why? Because there’s not enough healthy bacteria in your gut to secure the lining, allowing bad bacteria, toxins, and other harmful particles to pass through to the liver undigested

What you can do about it: Do a complete 9-day cleanse. Again, I’m not asking you to give up your favorite foods forever, but committing to 9 days of only anti-inflammatory whole foods (like ginger, kale, pasture-raised turkey, and avocado) will help you eliminate the toxins wreaking havoc on your thyroid health.

I know what you’re thinking…

“Isabel, this sounds great! But where do I start? Will eliminating caffeine, gluten, and sugar be enough? What do I eat on a cleanse?!”

I hear you. And I know it can be overwhelming when we are talking about serious health issues and not just weight loss.

I do have good news for you though.

Despite things being stacked against you, there IS an easy way to start incorporating all of these strategies (without any added stress). My 30-day solution includes unique meal plans that tell you exactly to eat to completely overhaul your gut, thyroid, and adrenal health. Not only that, but it explains which healing supplements make the biggest impact and how to start managing your stress levels.

When I was experiencing the effects of poor gut and adrenal health, I used this same exact solution. And I know will work for you, too.

Yep. And now you can also take control of your health and life… starting today.

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Comments

Christine Hinspeter
I have had this issue since 2008 i really need a solution
Cindy Pate
I am interested in detoxing