Leaky Gut Allergies – The Link Between Gut Health and Allergies
Did you know that leaky gut allergies are a thing? Leaky gut syndrome can cause allergies, and allergies can be because of leaky gut syndrome.
What is Leaky Gut?
Leaky Gut Syndrome, also known as increased intestinal permeability or intestinal hyper-permeability, is a condition where the lining of the intestine isn’t functioning properly. A healthy gut controls what gets into the bloodstream, while a “leaky” gut has holes in the intestinal lining. This allows molecules and particles to move from inside the intestines out into your bloodstream.
Leaky gut allergies can be caused when food molecules, acids, bacteria, and even viruses are released back into your system. In a healthy gut, these are safely contained within your intestine where they can be disposed of safely or utilised by the body’s functions.
So, what causes this condition? There’s still a lot of research to be done into why this can happen, but current research has shown a link between the syndrome and chronic inflammation of the intestine and bowel, where inflammation causes damage to the lining of the intestine, leading to leaks. This means that people with IBS, celiac disease and IBS have an increased risk of having leaky gut too.
There are also links between our modern diet and high-stress lifestyles as risk factors behind this condition, showing that gluten, sugar, and processed foods play a critical role in damaging our intestinal health. A poor diet and stressful lifestyle reduce the number of healthy bacteria in our digestive system, allowing harmful bacteria to flourish and damage the intestinal membrane.
Seasonal Allergies and Leaky Gut
Breathing in the pollens that come with the arrival of spring and summer is what triggers seasonal allergies. Some people’s bodies trigger an immune response to these particles, seeing them as a threat and attacking them. It’s this immune response that causes our allergy symptoms, like sinus inflammation, sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes.
Research is increasingly showing a connection between allergies and asthma and gut health, supporting the idea that a healthy intestinal environment and healthy gut bacteria is critical to lowering the risks of seasonal allergies and asthma. A leaky gut is clearly an unhealthy one. It’s important to treat this condition to reduce the risk and severity of attacks when spring arrives.
Food Allergies and Leaky Gut
When foreign particles move into the bloodstream from the gut, your body’s first response is that they shouldn’t be there. This triggers your immune response; the same response that seasonal allergy sufferers have.
Because the foreign particles originated from your gut, the immune system attacks this area to neutralise the threat. This attack increases inflammation around the bowel which can spread to other parts of the body.
Unfortunately this can throw your body into chaos and the inflammation can damage cells in the intestinal wall. This increases the likelihood of foreign particles escaping into the bloodstream and causing a cycle that escalates the body’s response.
The body has another line of defence: the creation of antibodies to fight the foreign particles from the intestines. Often, these are food particles. When protein from food leaks through, it alerts the body that an attack is happening and triggers the inflammatory response.
So, if your food allergy is not a typical one – it may be your leaky gut that is to blame. The answer to leaky gut allergies that so many people with food sensitivities are looking for could be found in restoring gut health so that your intestine properly controls the intestinal barrier.
How Can I Fix Leaky Gut Allergies?
The human intestinal system is one of the most complex and under-researched areas of our bodies. Researchers are only just beginning to understand the influence that gut health has on our health and wellbeing. Researchers at Harvard are uncovering new information all the time, including finding evidence that links leaky gut with not just gastrointestinal conditions but also autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, acne, obesity, and mental illness.
Clearly, it is essential to take an active role in treating this condition and restoring gut health.
The recommended path to a healthy gut and preventing leaky gut allergies means implementing a three-phase treatment plan just like the one offered as part of our Leaky Gut Protocol.
The Renegade Pharmacist’s Leaky Gut Protocol
The Renegade Pharmacist’s Leaky Gut Protocol is a three-phase protocol that you are guided through by Niraj.
The first phase includes changing your diet to one that is additive-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and contains no processed foods. Also drinking plenty of water and following a low-carb, high protein diet as specified by a nutritional specialist. This diet helps stop the inflammatory reaction by removing any foods your gut may be sensitive to and starves out the unhealthy bacteria that harms the intestinal lining, helping the healing process to begin.
Remember that the foods that trigger inflammation may be unique to you, so you may keep a food diary. You can record any inflammatory responses alongside the type of food you are eating to help identify triggers.
The second phase is to repair the damage to your intestines by taking high quality supplements.
This will stimulate the growth of new cells and heal the holes in your intestinal wall.
Finally, you will repopulate your intestine with a healthy balance of good gut bacteria to ensure optimal digestive health using probiotic solutions. By reintroducing healthy bacteria, your body is better able to fight off the harmful that causes damage to the intestinal membrane.
A final piece of advice is to make an active effort to rebalance your lifestyle to reduce stress factors. For example, making sure that you get enough sleep each night, practicing mindfulness, yoga, and healthy exercise routines.
To find out more about leaky gut allergies and how our Leaky Gut Protocol helps heal your gut naturally, please contact us today.
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