Thursday, December 27, 2012

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut, also known as Increased Intestinal Permeability is described as an inflammatory condition in which the intestines become unable to filter large proteins or toxic molecules.  These particles then enter the bloodstream and can trigger destructive immune and degenerative responses. 

What are some causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome?
  • eating processed foods
  • excessive NSAID (ie Advil) use
  • eating too quickly, not chewing food properly, drinking liquids with meals
  • intestinal infections
  • delayed transit time - not eating enough fiber
  • eating too many refined sugars
  • eating foods that you might be allergic or intolerant to
  • diets high in saturated fats
  • chronic alcohol consumption
What are the symptoms?
  • gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea - Irritable Bowel symptoms
  • food allergies
  • allergies
  • eczema and other skin issues
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • moodiness
  • muscle/joint pain
  • poor concentration
  • hormone imbalance
  • sinus and respiratory symptoms and asthma
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (colitis, Crohn's)
  • Celiac disease

Can it be treated?
Yes it can.  The first step in treatment involves removing the cause.  Then it varies depending on the severity of the symptoms and how long they have been present.  There are excellent treatments that can be used to help rebuild and repair the intestinal damage.