Leaky Gut Quiz

Category: Blog • Nov 17 2017

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What is leaky gut?

How does leaky gut cause weight gain?

How does leaky gut cause adrenal fatigue?

How does leaky gut cause thyroid problems?

How does leaky gut cause autoimmune disease and other health problems?

What is leaky gut?

Leaky gut is a condition where the cells that line the intestinal tract become damaged.  This causes toxins that are normally present in the gut to leak into the bloodstream.

Leaky gut is not typically seen on a colonoscopy or endoscopy–an endoscopy is kind of like a colonoscopy for your stomach.

What causes leaky gut?

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Food sensitivities

  • Parasites

  • Candida overgrowth

  • Intestinal bacterial overgrowth

  • Intestinal mold and/or fugal infections

  • Overuse of antibiotics

  • Overuse of steroids

  • Immense mental stress

Does leaky gut cause symptoms?

Yes but not always.

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How does leaky gut cause weight gain?

Toxins that leak into the body from the intestinal tract produce inflammation.

The body’s way of coping with inflammation is to release the hormone cortisol, which helps lessen inflammation.

This sounds all well and good, but it’s not and here’s why.  Cortisol may help to reduce inflammation but it also makes you store belly fat.

Cortisol can also elevate insulin and insulin is the most powerful fat storing hormone in the human body.

This combination of increased cortisol and increased insulin can shift a person’s body straight into fat storing mode making it difficult to lose weight even with diet and exercise.

In some cases the person with leaky gut will lose weight, but as soon as they stop their diet or exercise, the weight comes right back.

An increase in cortisol and insulin caused by leaky gut can produce symptoms such as:

  • Weight gain

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • Sleeping problems

  • Food cravings

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Blood sugar problems

  • Blood pressure problems

Here’ my opinion on weight and health problems caused by leaky gut.

Over the last 22+ years my clinic and I have worked with over 20,000 patients and clients and I’ve found something to always be true; all health and weight problems have an underlying cause. 

In order for a person to get well and/or lose the weight they have to identify the underlying cause. 

The Leaky Gut Quiz is the first step in identifying if your weight gain and/or health concern is caused by leaky gut.

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From there we will give you a Free Consultation with either our Naturopathic Doctor Pam or our Certified Health Coach Taneka.

This consultation helps us gain more of an understanding of the potential connection between leaky gut and your unique health concern.

How does leaky gut cause adrenal fatigue?

Toxins that leak into the body from the intestinal tract produce inflammation.

The body’s way of coping with inflammation is to release the adrenal hormone cortisol, which helps lessen inflammation.

The problem though is chronic inflammation causes the adrenal glands to constantly pump out cortisol 24 hour per day.

Adrenal Fatigue Words

Eventually, this constant demand for cortisol will exhaust the adrenal glands and cause them to fatigue.

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Leaky Gut Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms:

Fatigue:  Usually tired throughout the day and feeling the need to take naps after lunch.

Adrenal Fatigue Women Tired

Sleeping Problems: Either trouble falling asleep, or the more common symptom, waking up in the middle of the night, around 2am or 3am, and have trouble falling back to sleep.

Woman Insomnia Adrenal Fatigue

Inability To Tolerate Stress:  Your emotional fuse has become shortened.  You find yourself yelling more than you used to and things tend to bother you more than they used to.

Stressed Woman Adrenal Fatigue

Pain and/or Inflammation:  Something in your body hurts; your stomach, knee, back, neck, hands…… It might be every day or it might only be once a month.

Women Neck Pain

Anxiety and/or Depression:  Most people are not aware that the adrenal glands actually make neurotransmitter responsible for mood and emotion.

Women Anxiety Depression Adrenal Fatigue

Cravings for Salty or Sugary Foods:  Chips, pretzels, ice cream, cheese and other goodies can be craved.

woman popcorn craving adrenal fatigue

Brain Fog:  Have trouble thinking or putting words together.  Asking yourself questions like, “Why did I come into this room?”  “What was her name? “

Woman Can't Remember Brain Fog Adrenal Fatigue

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Appearance of the Leaky Gut Adrenal Case:

Belly Fat:  Not all adrenal fatigue cases are overweight, but when they are, it is typically the midsection where the fat is stored.

Belly Fat Adrenal Fatigue

Facial Hair:  Some women with adrenal fatigue will start to notice a darkening of the mustache and possibly some additional facial hair on or under the chin, cheeks and neck.

Woman Facial Hair Adrenal Fatigue Getting Mustache Waxed

Puffiness of the Eyes or Face:  Puffiness can be seen around the eyes but also the face can appear full or rounder than it used to be.  Medically this is known as a “moon face.”

Woman Bags Under Eye Adrenal Fatigue

The Adrenal Fatigue Body:  Eventually the adrenal fatigue case can develop a body that has the below appearance.

Adrenal Body Type

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How does leaky gut cause thyroid problems?

Toxins that leak into the body from the intestinal tract produce inflammation.

The body’s way of coping with inflammation is to release the adrenal hormone cortisol, which helps lessen inflammation.

The problem though is increased levels of cortisol stop the production of thyroid hormone, which then creates an underactive thyroid gland.

When the thyroid gland starts to become underactive the body changes its appearance and certain symptoms occur.

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Appearance of a Leaky Gut Thyroid Case:

Lots of extra fat or loose skin under the arms.  Some people refer to them as bat wings.Thyroid Fat Under Arms

A loss or thinning of hair.  Some will notice more hair in the brush or more hair in the drain.

Thyroid Hair Falling Out

There will typically be weight gain all over the body.  This is different than the sugar case that has pre-diabetes, a big belly and no butt, or the too much estrogen case that is shaped like a pear.

hypothyroid weight gain

There will be a loss of the outer part of the eyebrow.

Thyroid Loss of Outer Eyebrow

The nails can become thin and weak.  In addition, little vertical lines can start to appear in the nails.

Thyroid Verticle RidgesA scalloped tongue.  This is a crazy one.  In the hypothyroid case, we’ll see indentations along the side of the tongue.  It may be due to the tongue actually enlarging because the thyroid gland is under-active.

Scalloped Tongue Hypothyroid Tongue

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There will usually be fatigue and/or brain fog to the point where the person has difficulty remembering things and is just tired.

Woman Fatigue At Desk Computer

There will be cravings for sugar, carbohydrates and/or junk food.

food craving thyroid

Depression, lack of motivation and general moodiness.

depressed thyroid woman

Feeling cold and difficulty in getting warm, as well as, cold hands and feet.

cold woman hypothyroid

Other symptoms. There are many other symptoms which could indicate an under-active thyroid. They include: constipation, heavy or irregular menstrual cycles, decreased sex drive and dry skin.

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How does leaky gut cause autoimmune disease and other health problems?

When toxins leak in from the bloodstream they can deposit in different parts of the body.

These toxins can directly cause destruction to that part of the body or can cause an auto-immune response.

An autoimmune response is when your body’s own immune system starts to attack a particular part of the body.

When toxins deposit into the thyroid gland you can develop the autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s disease.

When toxins deposit in the joints you can develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Here’s a list of places that toxins can deposit into and the autoimmune response (disease) the toxins can cause.

Places Toxins Deposit from Leaky Gut Potential Disease Caused
Thyroid Hashimoto’s
Joints Rheumatoid Arthritis
Skin Psoriasis
Nerves Myasthenia Gravis 
Multiple Body Parts SLE

What should I do if I think I might have leaky gut?

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