Symptoms of a leaky gut do vary, but there are signs that tend to be consistent across many symptomatic individuals.
If the leakage is minor, symptoms will generally be confined to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Such symptoms include bloating, gas and cramps. More significant leaks are more likely to produce body-wide symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, rashes, respiratory issues, asthma, and autoimmune conditions.
Here are additional signs and symptoms you’ll recognize if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome.
4. Thyroid Problems:
One of the autoimmune diseases that Leaky Gut Syndrome may directly affect is Hashimoto’s disease. Also known as “chronic thyroiditis,” this disorder can lead to hypothyroidism, impaired metabolism, fatigue, depression, weight gain, and a host of other concerns.
Various nutritional deficiencies result from Leaky Gut. These include vitamin B12, magnesium and key enzymes that help digest food. People with leaky gut should supplement with a whole foods based multi-vitamin and live probiotic to not only help digest the food that they eat, but also to make sure that they get the vital nutrition that they need to survive and thrive.
6. Inflammatory Skin Conditions:
The gut-skin connection theory describes how intestinal hyper-permeability can cause a slew of skin conditions; particularly acne and psoriasis. Generally, dangerous creams and drugs are prescribed for these skin disorders, yet they can oftentimes be fixed by healing the gut.
7. Mood Issues and Autism:
According to a study published in the journal Neuro Endocrinology Letters, Leaky Gut has been shown to cause various neurocognitive disorders. For example, the inflammatory response characteristic of intestinal hyperpermeability triggers the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and other chemicals that induce depression.
The key to healing a leaky gut is changing your diet and eliminating the foods that your body treats as toxic. You’ll learn about this in the next section.