Leaky Gut Syndrome describes a condition where your gut microbes, waste, or other toxins “leak” through compromised gut wall allowing toxins to enter the bloodstream and travel to other internal areas of the body. It has been associated with dozens of related conditions and diseases, but the cause of it is still somewhat of a medical mystery. Leaky gut syndrome is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. When the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ, suffers a breach in permeability or strength it can lead to serious problems. Recently leaky gut has been called a “danger signal for autoimmune disease.” Learn what the signs and implications are of Leaky Gut Syndrome and how to prevent and treat it.
Signs of Leaky Gut Syndrome
Leaky gut syndrome is commonly associated with symptoms like: bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. However, there is still much to learn about the condition.
“From an MD’s standpoint, it’s a very gray area,” says gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic to WebMD. “Physicians don’t know enough about the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ.”
Conditions Related to Leaky Gut Syndrome
Identifying the conditions that are linked to Leaky Gut Syndrome is key for treatment and prevention of issues. The following conditions have been shown to be related:
- Crohn’s disease
- Frequent headaches
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
- Certain skin conditions (ex. Eczema and Psoriasis)
- Food allergies
- Chronic indigestion
- Autoimmune diseases
If you suffer from any of the above conditions, a member of our team at Balanced Well-Being Healthcare can help provide you a targeted treatment plan.
How to Prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome
Your gut lining is made of a single layer of cells that are repaired and restored every 72 hours. If your gut is constantly working hard on digestion, it makes it more difficult for your gut to focus its energies on repairing and restoring those needed cells. When your gut lining isn’t at its best, you can have damage occur.
Once your body’s intestinal lining is damaged, it is less able to protect the internal environment, and your ability to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances into your system appropriately will be compromised. Your body’s natural response to a compromised intestinal lining is often to produce additional toxins. (For example, the liver will produce free radicals and carcinogens, and the body’s immune system may overreact causing increased food sensitivities or further damage other organs.)
To help keep your gut healthy, it is recommended to leave time between meals–three to four hours–(instead of constantly snacking) to allow a period for the gut to focus on repair and replenishment. Other things that can cause a weakening of the gut wall are: toxins, poor diet (malnutrition), parasites, infection (viral or bacterial), or medications.
How to Treat Leaky Gut Syndrome
Since Leaky Gut Syndrome is often caused by an underlying condition (Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease etc.) it will often respond positively to treatment of the condition that caused it. Research shows that diet plays a large part in leaky gut symptoms. Working on your nutrition is key.
Removing gluten and casein from your diet and decreasing your sugar consumption may help in the treatment of Leaky Gut Syndrome. Certain antifungal agents, antimicrobial agents, supplements and probiotics are also recommended depending on the nature of the patient’s condition.
Chronic stress has also been shown to be a factor. Finding ways to relax and keep your cortisol levels low can help relieve your symptoms and prevent them from getting worse.
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