Leaky Gut 

Leaky gut is an often overlooked condition, especially if you have been diagnosed with another disease. This is unfortunate because it may be a root cause of many other health problems.

Leaky gut syndrome is essentially caused by gaps in the "tight junctions" of the intestinal lining (intestinal hyperpermeability).  These “tight junctions” act as a kind of gateway between your intestines and blood stream, where nutrition is absorbed and where toxins, microbes and undigested food particles are ideally kept from entering the blood stream. Problems can occur when the tight junctions widen and become too permeable, due to inflammation in the gut, letting too much through.

Leaky gut can be caused by many factors, such as:

Diet, Genetics, Food Allergies or Sensitivities, Medication, Chronic Stress, Candida

Consuming high amounts of refined sugars, processed foods, preservatives, refined flours, and genetically modified food (GMO's) put a burden on the body and tend to increase inflammation in the gut.

Digestive Symptoms associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome

  • Bloating
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Constipation
  • Ongoing diarrhea
  • Gas

And some generalized symptoms:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Food allergies
  • General/seasonal allergies
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Skin rashes (related to inflammation)
  • Nutritional deficiencies (improper absorption)

 

Tests for Leaky Gut or Inflammation

The gold standard for leaky gut is the lactulose/mannitol test and others include testing stool markers such as zonulin.

The integrative physicians at NIHA believe that the gut and its microbial ecology are essential components to overall wellness. We have found that many illnesses find their origin in an unhealthy digestive tract and can be successfully addressed by restoring the health of the gut ecology.

 

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