In recent times it is one of the major discussed health topics.
It is also known as increased intestinal permeability. There is a wall inside of intestine which acts as a barrier and prevents harmful substance and bacteria to enter into the bloodstream through thin gaps. In simple words, it controls what to enter into the bloodstream and transported to other body organs.
Small gaps in this intestine wall allow water and other nutrients to pass into the bloodstream but when the gut becomes more permeable and allows bacteria and harmful substance to pass from the gut into the bloodstream. This condition is called “leaky gut”. (1) , (2)
So when toxins and bacterias enter into the bloodstream through the intestine,
The body reacts with an inflammatory response that can cause many health problems.
However, leaky gut is not considered as a medical diagnosis condition by medical experts as little evidence to prove it. But they agree on increased intestinal permeability in some chronic disease. (5)
Leaky Gut Symptoms
Following are the symptoms of the leaky gut.
- Autoimmune Disease
- Skin Problems
- Food sensitivity
Causes of Leaky Gut
Here are some the causes of leaky gut.
- Poor diet
- Chronic stress
- Drugs like NSAIDs and antibiotics
- Environmental toxins
- Excessive Sugar intake
While the exact reason for leaky gut still unknown and more research is to be done but at the same time, diet and lifestyle change has a more positive impact on leaky gut.
In this article, we will see the foods that are useful to prevent leaky gut.
Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial quality. It is also an anti-inflammatory. So it may improve gut health and soothe irritated intestine.
Fermented food like kefir and yogurt are quite helpful in leaky gut. You can also consider other probiotics.
Broccoli sprouts may protect the intestine wall and helpful in healing leaky gut. (6)
Pineapple is a delicious fruit and same time it contains bromelain in it which is responsible to restrict candida growth which ultimately heals leaky gut.
Rice, amaranth, buckwheat, etc are helpful in leaky gut
Healthy fats like avocado, avocado oil, olive oil, etc are also helpful in leaky gut.
Steamed broccoli and other vegetables like beetroot, spinach, carrots, etc have a positive impact on leaky gut.
Foods to Avoid
This food may harm healthy gut bacteria and some are responsible for conditions like IBS and diarrhea.
Wheat based products such as bread, pasta, wheat flour, etc.
Dairy products like milk, cheese
Baked products like cakes, pies
Gluten-containing grains like oats, barley
Carbonated sweetened beverages
Refined oils like canola, sunflower, and soybean