One sure sign your colon isn’t as strong as it should be – eat this, not that

You may have heard that your gut — including the colon and intestines — is actually a crucial part of the immune system, but what does that mean exactly? When this area weakens and breaks down, it can lead to “leaky gut syndrome,” a series of uncomfortable symptoms and potentially serious health problems. According to doctors, these are the signs that you have leaky gut. Read on to learn more – and to protect your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you already had COVID.

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When the gut becomes “leaky,” the gut lining itself breaks down, creating gaps or holes. When this happens, undigested food debris, potentially harmful microorganisms, and toxins — which would normally be excreted in the stool — can enter the bloodstream and cause a range of symptoms.

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Symptoms of leaky gut commonly include:

  • Irregular bowel movements, including diarrhea or constipation
  • Stomach cramps
  • bloating or indigestion
  • food intolerances
  • body aches
  • mood swings
  • fatigue
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In some cases, if leaky gut is not treated, it can become serious. The body’s damaged intestinal lining may be less able to absorb nutrients from food, leading to malnutrition. Experts say this can cause brain fog, fatigue, skin and eye problems, weaker bones and mood swings. Leaky gut can cause inflammation throughout the body and has been linked to autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease.

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Experts say the best ways to prevent leaky gut and keep your colon strong are by eating a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and fiber while avoiding high-sugar foods, highly processed foods, chronic use of anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, and excessive use of alcohol or antibiotics should be avoided.

The low-FODMAP diet is an example of a diet that’s good for the gut, experts say. Eating a diet high in antioxidants like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, spinach, kale, green tea, and even dark chocolate can help prevent or reduce gut imbalances. Probiotics may also be helpful in rebuilding a healthy gut microbiome.

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Michael Martin

Michael Martin is a New York City-based writer and editor whose health and lifestyle content has also been featured on Beachbody and Openfit. As a writer for Eat This, Not That! he has also published in New York, Architectural Digest, Interview and many others. Continue reading

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