If you have an autoimmune condition, and you’ve been online lately, you’ve undoubtedly seen something, or many references to your gut health, as it relates to things like depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, skin conditions and many more. It has been proven that a weakened immune system can cause many problems for people, and the medical community has offered very little help in my opinion. As a patient with Fibromyalgia and CFS for over 30 years, and added autoimmune issues more recently, I have experienced extreme frustration trying to get better. Prescription medication has kept me sick, and that is a fact. I have never taken a medication that did not bring more side effects and problems to my life than I had before it was prescribed. Once I was committed to healing the CAUSE of my autoimmune problems, then I went in search of answers.
Leaky Gut? What is it?
I know it sounds absolutely gross. The visual I got in my mind the first few times I heard that term, was of those fat free potato chips from about 10 years ago, and dripping from my bowels!! No..that turns out to be something equally awful..”anal leakage”..but I digress. Leaky gut is actually quite simple to explain. It’s a weakening of your large intestines, that causes food particles to actually be able to escape into your bloodstream. As this happens, inflammation is caused, and by association..autoimmune disease!
Did you know that most of your immune system lives in your gut?
How do you know if you could have leaky gut?
- Chronic fatigue and Exhaustion
- Itchy skin
- Digestive upset, acid reflux
- IBS and chronic constipation
- Chronic pain
- Breathing problems
- Seasonal Allergies
- Food Sensitivities
What causes Leaky Gut?
There are some central contributing factors to leaky gut, which helps in figuring out how to fix it. One of the biggest factors is Candida yeast overgrowth. Candida is a fungus, that we all have a microscopic amount of in the colon when we’re born. It’s pretty amazing how the human body is designed, as this fungus is there to help decompose our bodies when we die. Think of it like mushrooms growing on a dead tree. Eventually that tree will decompose back to the earth. What happens with a great majority of folks with stressful lives, high sugar/carb diets, large amounts of antibiotics over time, and birth control pills in women, is ..you guessed it: Candida overgrowth!!!
Cutting out sugar and carbohydrates is a simple way to begin slowing down this runaway train. Taking a good quality Probiotic is also a must. But as a sufferer of Fibromyalgia, I did both of these things diligently, and still had a terrible issue. It was not until I found an ANTIFUNGAL Probiotic (the only one that I know of) that got me out of bed and back to life! After being severely ill for 2 years straight with every symptom on the above list and a severe female issue called Lichen Sclerosus, my body was at its worst with leaky gut. I knew that I had a bad case of Candida, and gave Pro Bio5 a try. Within only days I began to see a difference in my digestion. Within a few more days I saw changes in my pain levels, and depression. In only 11 days I was like a brand new person. Yes I was still getting better, but I finally felt hope. My husband said “I have my wife back” after seeing me live in my bedroom constantly.
Leaky Gut is no joke. Autoimmune disease is being treated right now primarily with steroids, anti-inflammitory meds, opiates, anti seizure meds and antideppressants. I went for over 30 years on the pharmacy roller coaster, and all I got was sicker. I never got better, and usually felt worse most of the time. As soon as I empowered myself to manage my own healthcare, everything changed. I urge you to watch the two videos on this page to learn about gut health.
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