• Dr. Kate Ricciardi

6 CAUSES OF LEAKY GUT

Leaky Gut is a gastrointestinal condition linked to so many symptoms.


It's still in the early stages of really understanding it. More and more research is focusing on gut health and how important it is to our overall health. We now know more about the gut and microbiome and inflammation than we ever have and are gaining a deeper understanding of the gut's link to so many conditions affecting women, like IBS, Anxiety, Depression, Fibromyalgia, PCOS, Interstitial Cystitis, Infertility, Migraine and more.


80% of our immune system resides in the gut and up to 95% of our neurotransmitters are in the gut, such as serotonin and dopamine.


Dopamine helps regulate our movement, attention, learning, and emotional responses. A diet of high-fat processed foods, can disrupt this neurotransmitter as well.


Serotonin is found in the cells that link the stomach and intestines. It affects things like our digestion, muscle contraction, hormones, sleep, appetite, mood, thinking, pain sensation, cardiovascular function.


THE GUT IS THE ENTRYWAY TO OUR HEALTH. IF THE GUT ISN'T HEALTHY, IT CAN CAUSE MANY SYMPTOMS.


So, what exactly is going on here?


One of the jobs of the cells in the intestine is to absorb the important nutrients from the foods/beverages we eat/drink and keep the toxins, parasites, bacteria out of our bloodstream. These cells have a job to do, to regulate what is able to go through (intestinal permeability), to be absorbed from the intestine, and get into our bloodstream to keep our body functioning properly with tight junctions (spaces) between the cells.


Healthy Gut

But, when there are other factors going on in our lives, like stress, infection, toxins, increasing age, certain foods/food sensitivities, medications it can cause the tight junctions in our gut to break apart.


Leaky Gut

In this blog series, it will cover the 6 most common causes of leaky gut currently being discussed, including:

  1. Infections

  2. Toxins

  3. Certain foods

  4. Stress

  5. Age

  6. Medications



When those junctions are widened, it allows more things from our gut to get into our blood, where the immune system now sees these as trouble and signals the attack. And then, causing inflammation and symptoms in response.




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