Excessive alcohol drinking
Too much alcohol kills the good bacteria in our gut. It stops our body from producing digestive enzymes, making digestion and nutrient absorption difficult. Alcohol also causes gut inflammation and leaky gut.
Too much sugar
A high-sugar diet can cause an imbalance in your gut’s microbiome and increase inflammation, which can damage your gut lining.
Also, too much sugar kills Bacteroides, a species of good bacteria in our gut that helps strengthen our intestinal walls. By doing this, sugar causes disruptions in our gut lining and increases its permeability.
Lacking vitamin A, vitamin D, and zinc also lead to a leaky gut.
According to a study, the retinol from vitamin A secretes antibodies into the intestinal lining, protecting it from harmful pathogens that compromise its health and integrity.
In addition, research found that vitamin D is extremely helpful in keeping our gut lining strong and immune. Vitamin D also benefits our gut microbiome and produces anti-inflammatory effects.
Finally, a study on zinc and gut diseases proves that zinc enhances the strength and function of our gut lining.
However, we should consume just the right amount of zinc. Too little or too much zinc can damage your gut lining and shift the balance in your microbiome, causing inflammation, diarrhea, and other digestive problems.