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Your gut is often referred to as the “second brain.” Your intestines house more than 80% of your immune system and act as a gateway to the rest of your bodies systems, sifting out important nutrients from your food and distributing it throughout the rest of your body. Your gut is also where 95% of your serotonin is produced, which is the neurotransmitter responsible for your mood. Essentially, your gut responsible for your daily mood.

However, a medical condition known as leaky gut syndrome can keep your serotonin levels down, cause inflammation throughout your body, and lead to medical conditions such as brain fog, seasonal allergies, skin problems, and more. Just as the name would suggest, your intestines are naturally semi-permeable to allow micronutrients to pass through and into your blood stream. As we age, toxins, infections, stress, and even certain foods we eat can erode the tight junctions in our intestines, allowing intestinal waste and food particles into our blood stream. As a result, our bodies go into a defense mode and attack these invaders, leaving us feeling bloated, foggy, and unhappy. Here are several leaky gut signs to be on the lookout for.

Mood Imbalance

According to a study in the Neuroendocrinology Letters, leaky gut signs have been linked to mood imbalances such as depression and anxiety. The inflammation response that your body sends out due to the leakage results in a variety of neurocognitive disorders. Your brain is trigged to release pro-inflammation cytokines and other chemicals that can lead to depression if allowed to flood the body and the brain. In addition, the authors of the study also suggest that autism can be linked to the imbalance of the gut microbiome, especially when that imbalance begins within the first year of life. It’s also not uncommon for people to experience brain fogginess and have difficulty concentrating if they have a leaky gut.

Hormone imbalances

Unwanted toxins, foods, and waste that’s allowed to enter the digestive system can lead to hormonal imbalances, especially in women. The gut microbiome plays a significant role in the production of estrogen and keeping the body happy and healthy. Low levels of estrogen can cause pre-menopausal symptoms, foggy brain, cardiovascular disease and infertility. With a lack of estrogen, some women experience extreme fatigue and can even develop endometriosis or PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), which leads to a higher production of testosterone.

Digestive Issues

Uncomfortable digestive issues is another common sign of leaky gut. A leaky gut has a significant impact on your body’s ability to digest the foods you eat and can result in chronic diarrhea, gas, bloating, and IBS. While these digestive issues can have other causes, they may also point to a leaky gut, which can then lead to food allergies when you consume dairy, gluten, sugar, or alcohol. Remember, leaky gut causes inflammation throughout the body, which could be a direct aggravating condition for those suffering from IBS or constant gas pains following a meal.

Food Allergies

Food allergies are thought to be one of the most common symptoms of a leaky gut. Because of the onslaught of toxins that you may be consuming in your food, your body is on constant alert at a heightened state. Your body is mass-producing various antibodies which make you susceptible to certain antigens in the foods you eat, leaving you with an upset tummy after each snack or meal. The most common food allergy reactions stem from diets high in dairy or gluten.

Autoimmune Disease

When your leaky gut goes untreated, your body sends wave after wave of inflammation transmitters to attack the foreign invaders in your bloodstream. This heightened state of alert can cause your immune system to become less accurate. Over time, the body starts to build antibodies that defend against the particles found in dairy and gluten or other toxins. However, many of these invaders look like your bodies own cells, confusing your system and eventually the antibodies attack your normal, healthy cells. For people living with leaky gut, this can lead to the diagnosis of a variety of autoimmune diseases. Failure to treat your leaky gut could result in long-term effects of your immune system.

Brain Forest Systems Can Help Treat Leaky Gut

Neurofeedback and proper nutrition can ease gastrointestinal issues by boosting the brain to its functional best. To find out more about how your leaky gut signs are impacting your overall health and how our gut training programs work, contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.