There are so many theories floating around when it comes to Crohn’s flare up, and the disease itself. But at the end of the day, most have no idea where it came from, or what triggers it.
When it comes to my thoughts and theories, I speak on the many possibilities. All my theories are based on our ongoing ups and downs with our son Cam.
Let’s talk about the possibility of a leaky gut being a possible cause of your Crohn’s Flare up.
Is Your Leaky Gut the Cause of Crohn’s Flare ups?
If you are like most people, you probably haven’t even heard of a “leaky gut”. And over the years, I never paid much attention to it.
But once I started noticing my son’s ostomy leaking on the underside of his intestine. I started to reevaluate the possibility that a leaky gut could partially or fully be to blame.
What is a Leaky Gut?
Leaky gut, is a condition where the lining of the small intestine has become damaged over time.
This damage allows undigested food particles, as well as toxic waste products, and bacteria to leak through the intestines. When this happens, it floods the bloodstream.
Doesn’t sound good right? The foreign substances that enter you blood can cause you to have an auto immune response. That is why we need to figure out how to heal your leaky gut so that your body has a chance to return to normal.
These can consist of allergic reactions, such as eczema, irritable bowel, chronic fatigue, food allergies, and rheumatoid arthritis.
When you small intestine is damaged, it doesn’t have the capability to absorb essential nutrients, which can lead to malnutrition. Hormone imbalances, and a weakened immune system.
What can Cause Leaky Gut?
There are many things that can cause leaky gut. I know most people who suffer from Crohn’s flare ups, get tired of hearing that the problem lies within your diet. But what else is there to be said.
We are ultimately talking about your digestive system. So why wouldn’t food play a huge part?
If you overload your body with soy, dairy, gluten and other foods that are whole foods; your body will begin to treat these foods as foreign invaders; triggering an autoimmune response that include diarrhea, fatigue, joint pain, and headaches.
To be clear, Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease. And until we address this issue, we will continue to tread the hamster wheel.
Leaky gut can also be caused by medications such as steroids. Over the counter pain relievers, antibiotics, and acetaminophen. These can irritate the intestinal lining and damage the mucus layers.
This is where the inflammation cycle begins and eventually leads to intestinal permeability.
Signs you Might have a Leaky Gut
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Poor immune system
- Headaches, memory loss, brain fog
- Chronic constipation, gas and bloating
- Skin rashes such as eczema, acne, Rosacea
- Cravings for sugar and carbs
- Arthritis or joint pain
- Autoimmune disease such as Crohn’s, Celiac disease, lupus and arthritis
- ADD, anxiety, Depression and ADHD
My personal thoughts on the Leaky Gut Theory
As I continue to research and learn about leaky gut. I’m starting to see a connection between leaky gut and Autoimmune disease, such as Crohn’s disease.
My son craves sugar and carbs, and he suffers from eczema. The question is, how long has he been suffering from leaky gut?
For me, I’m all about what makes sense. Not everything that I read about Crohn’s disease, and a Crohn’s flare up make sense to me.
But I do know that living with Crohn’s disease sucks. And although I don’t have it, I endure through it with my son; it sucks.
But the one thing I can say is that the leaky gut theory makes sense to me. If you have foreign substances continuously floating around in your blood stream, then wouldn’t that cause a continuous crohn’s flare up?
Wouldn’t your immune system always be in the mist of fighting?
Undigested foods, toxic wastes and bacteria don’t belong in your bloodstream. So, in my eyes, attempting to heal up a leaky gut might be the first step to correcting Autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn’s disease.
And the other question is, where do we begin to fix it?