Omega-3 and Leaky Gut Syndrome

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More than 70% of food absorption in the body happens in the membranes. When membrane barriers are perforated or damaged, the particles that are a bit larger than necessary can enter the bloodstream which may result to food allergies and sensitivities. The leaks are mainly attributed to the chronic inflammation in the gut wall that is microscopic but allows the larger particles in nonetheless.

The leaky gut problem is common among babies. It is one of the reasons why many babies during their first six months of eating table foods suffer from allergies. But once a baby’s immune system and gut develop and mature, the baby’s digestion can turn normal and keep away leaks.

What Causes a Leaky Gut?

The modern lifestyle of most people today is the major cause of such condition. But here are some other factors which can be attributed to the inflammation of the gut. They’re listed below.
1. Chronic stress
2. Too much alcohol
3. Poor diet
4. Bacterial growth in small intestine
5. Environmental contaminants
6. Poor diets
7. Use of specified medications

When these things are pushed and results to the leaky condition, the three functioning of the gut is affected and impaired. These will happen:

1. The body loses its ability to absorb the nutrients which can cause malnutrition and differences.

2. The proteins that get leaked into the bloodstream may cause an auto anti-body reaction in IL-6 and IL4 where healthy tissues will inflame and result to food allergies.

3. Since the gut has been awash of the probiotic bacteria, the viruses and the bad bacteria can penetrate and enter the terrain.

Recover from Leaky Gut Syndrome

1. Eat healthy. Eating more healthy food can help your gut recover quick and healthily. Avoiding all junk foods can also help as well. Good meal should include vegetables, fish, olive oil and other natural options. Avoiding other unhealthy foods such as fried, sugars, high fructose syrup, white flour and preservatives can also help.

2. Detoxify. Detoxifying may include so many ways. You can have some juice and natural cleansing, use some other medications, attend a yoga class or have some alternative such as acupuncture. Glutathione is one detoxifier than can be very effective for the body.

3. Use Supplements. Amino acids, Deglycyrrhizinated licorice and Bioactive Peptide Protein from White Fish are few of the options.

Omega-3 to Help in Leaky Gut

Fish oil that contains the ever beneficial omega-3 fatty acids can increase the formation of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins help strengthen the immune system of the body and reduce the inflammation in the gut. Since omega-3 is anti-inflammatory, the gut is really happy to take it in.

These essential fatty acids though need to be supplemented with the right choice of fish oil since some source may be tainted with toxics such as mercury and lead. When having fish oil, choose the molecularly distilled one.

For better option, a staple fish diet can help. Always have fish at hand for meals. Some plant source of omega-3 such as flaxseed and chia seeds can be an alternative.

Author:  Roselen is a fitness junkie and a sports fanatic. Blogging has lately become one her obsession and she’s trying to promote omega-3 in her posts as much as she can.

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