Today, I learned that a friend has been diagnosed with colitis, which is a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It can be caused by either an underlying autoimmune condition or an infection. As I wrote about recently, IBD is one of the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome. Many times, people who develop these conditions are surprised at the diagnosis. I see this many times in my health coaching practice.
Even if the canary is singing out to the coal miners, many people don’t want to face facts since it will probably involve changing their lifestyle. This is called being willfully ignorant or willfully blind, which is defined by Wiktionary as “A decision in bad faith to avoid becoming informed about something so as to avoid having to make undesirable decisions that such information might prompt.”
Finally, the symptoms become so bad (like bleeding from the rectum) that one goes to the doctor and gets a diagnosis. The doctor usually gives a prescription to magically fix the problem. Yet, we know that prescription medications will only make the problem worse. Unfortunately, doctors, on average, receive only 23.9 contact hours of nutrition instruction during medical school. This is less time than I put in to become a health coach.
I can point to my 40-pound weight loss. I can say that my acid reflux disease is completely gone. I can demonstrate a revitalized energy, lack of everyday pains in my muscles and joints, and absence of flatulence, belching, and bloating. All of this since I changed the way I eat. But I’m still looked on with suspicion. “She must be doing something ELSE in secret. Not eating sugar, dairy, and gluten can’t possibly do THIS!”
Let me shout this from the rooftop: Just because you don’t currently manifest symptoms of disease doesn’t mean that nothing is happening in your body. You may be like me, a canary who experienced symptoms quickly, or you may be the miner, who didn’t notice anything until the canary got sick or died. If the miners don’t change their circumstances, they will reap the consequences.
So, how do you know if you have leaky gut?
8 Signs You May Have Leaky Gut
- Food sensitives or allergies (especially gluten and dairy)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s, bloating, gas, chronic diarrhea, or constipation)
- Autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, MS)
- Thyroid problems (Hashimoto’s Disease, Graves Disease, hypothyroid, hyperthyroid)
- Adrenal fatigue, candida, or a slow metabolism
- Malabsorption (of vitamin B12 and magnesium, among others)
- Inflammatory skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, eczema)
- Mood issues (anxiety, depression) and autism
If you think you may have leaky gut, please read my article on how to restore your gut to health. Is the canary singing in your life?
Learn more in my new book, Be in Health: Bible-Based Health Restoration: Living in Harmony with God’s Ways Regarding Health. Available now.