Do you often eat processed food? If you answered “yes”, a diet high in processed foods causes leaky gut (called tear open to the gut lining). First, How does leaky gut happen?

The single layer of epithelial cells of the small and large intestine separate the food in the gut from the bloodstream. This layer of cells allows nutrients into the bloodstream and keeps out harmful compounds like inflammatory invaders.

Keeping the balance of the gut can promote a healthy gut, Gut microbiota called probiotics is full of billions. If disrupt the healthy balance in the gut causes bacteria, viruses, undigested food, and toxins can seep through the intestinal barrier to the bloodstream leading to inflammation spreading through your body. The study showed that a leaky gut leads to a leaky brain(called inflamed brain). Harmful compounds leaky from the gut reach the blood-brain barrier through the blood and enter the brain leading to a slew of cognitive issues, including anxiety, depression, and brain fog.

7. Trans Fats.

Trans fats are always added to processed foods to extend shelf life like margarine, Which is made from hydrogenated oil. Which are most commonly found in pastry, frozen meals, packaged snacks, coffee creamers, and fried foods.

6. Artificial Sweeteners.

Artificial sweeteners like Sucralose, Saccharin, Stevia, and Aspartame are found almost everywhere. Studies have shown that intestinal microbiota can be changed by stimulating the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast causing inflammation. Artificial sweeteners are added to candy, soda, pre-made baked goods.

5. Emulsifiers.

Emulsifiers like low-calorie or fat-free salad dressings, Also include guar gum, soy lecithin, polysorbate 80, carrageenan, and carboxymethyl cellulose. It may disrupt the gut microbiota to cause impair the gut barrier function and inflammation.

4. Alcohol.

Drinking heavily induces damage to microbiota balance of the gut and increased permeability.

3. Dairy.

People with lactose intolerance cannot digest the protein in milk, Continued consumption can damage the balance of intestinal flora over time.

2. Microbial transglutaminase.

Microbial transglutaminase is found in a variety of processed foods like chicken nuggets, processed meats, to weaken the gut barrier.

1. Nightshades.

Nightshades are rich in lectins like tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes, and chili peppers, It can cause digestive issues. Most lectins can be inactivated by boiling and stewing.

So, Avoid these 8 foods that can cause leaky gut and enough exercise can help you promote healthy intestinal function.