Now that we known some of the symptoms, let's take a look at some of the most common causes.
1. Chronic inflammation
Whether it be stress, IBS, or a food allergy, chronic inflammation is one of the biggest causes of a leaky gut.
2. Food Sensitivities/allergies
Food sensitivities can cause inflammation and worsen a leaky gut. Food sensitivities are also symptoms of a leaky gut because once our digestive tract becomes permeable, additional food sensitivities may develop.
3. Damage from taking large amounts of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
Certain pain relief medications can be detrimental to our bodies, especially when taken frequently. Consult your medical practitioner for a less caustic pain reliever.
4. Cytotoxic drugs
Used to treat symptoms of arthritis, these medications can wear on our intestines.
Used to treat cancer, radiation can weaken our systems.
7. Excessive alcohol consumption
8. Compromised immunity
This can be a result of small intestine bacteria overgrowth, chronic stress, or intestinal infections. It is important to take even small infections seriously. If not addressed immediately, they can grow.