You may not believe it, but 80% of all Americans have leaky gut. People don’t really talk about this, and some don’t know a thing about it.
The condition develops in the small intestine. It’s caused by a damage of the intestinal lining, and the intestines can’t filter nutrients. Such damages allow toxins, bacteria, incompletely digested fat, protein and other waste to leak in the bloodstream. The leaks trigger an autoimmune reaction. Here are some of the symptoms:
- Abdominal gas, bloating, and cramps
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Constant fatigue
- Weak immunity (you’re prone to diseases)
- Headache, brain fog, concentration issues
- Food sensitivity
- Skin issues (rashes, acne, eczema, hives)
- Arthritis/Joint pain
- Anxiety, depression, mood swings
- Autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac or Crohn’s disease)
Leaky gut causes thyroid issues
According to the American Thyroid Association, about 12% of all Americans deal with thyroid issues. 20 million Americans deal with any form of thyroid malfunction.
Stress, toxins and processed food increase your risk of “leakage.” Medication and antibiotics make the situation even worse.
Leaky gut triggers a chaos in the body. About 70% of your immune system is concentrated in your intestines. Once toxins from your intestines end up in the bloodstream, and your body creates an inflammation as a response to the “leak.”
Studies have shown that leaky gut causes Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and other autoimmune diseases.
Thyroid issues lead to leaky gut
Leaky gut isn’t the only bad guy here. Thyroid issues create a perfect soil for the condition, and you better check it right away.
Thyroid hormones affect the gastrointestinal tract. T3 hormones (triidothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) protect the gut lining from ulcers caused by stress.
Any imbalance in the thyroid hormones inflames the gut.
The connection between leaky gut and thyroid gland
T4 has to convert into T3 to provide optimal thyroid function. About 20% of T4 is converted in the intestines.
This conversion requires an enzyme called intestinal sulfatase, and you get this from the healthy bacteria in the intestines.
The conversion is affected in cases of severe imbalance between friendly and pathogenic bacteria. Take this into consideration next time you do a lab test.
Leaky gut leads to damages in the intestinal cells, and this affects the production of digestive enzymes.
Digestive issues are manifested through bloating, cramps, gas, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, burping, inconsistent stool, etc.
DIY thyroid test
Don’t forget to do your routine checkup, and consult your doctor. Blood tests are the first thing we all do when dealing with any form of thyroid issue, but sometimes you can do the test at home.
Always keep a thermometer near you. Check your temperature right after you wake up in the morning. Do this for four days in a row. Normal temperature ranges between 97.8 and 98.2 degrees. If you have 97.8 or low, your thyroid is not working too well. If your temperature goes from 98.2 and up, your thyroid is overactive.
Note: Women should do the test in the first four days of the menstrual cycle.
Check your trachea for any swelling and bumps. If you notice any of these, your thyroid is probably stressed. Consult your doctor if you notice anything strange.
Source: Juicing For Health