24 Jan Leaky Gut Syndrome
Leaky Gut Syndrome – A Very Common GI disorder
The official definition of Leaky Gut Syndrome is an increase in permeability of the intestinal mucosa to luminal macromolecules, antigens, and toxins associated with inflammatory degenerative and/ or atrophic mucosa or lining.
Put more simply, large spaces develop between the cells of the gut wall allowing bacteria, toxins and food to leak into the bloodstream.
Leaky Gut Syndrome has also been linked with many conditions, such as: Celiac Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eczema, Dermatitis, Ulcerative Colitis.
What causes Leaky Gut?
Severe emotional stress or trauma, drug use especially anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory drugs, alcohol abuse, GI tract parasites, intestinal bacterial infections or overgrowth, ingestion of junk foods – especially deep fried foods made with hydrogenated vegetable oils, excessive consumption of starchy or sugary foods and food allergies. One major junk food binge or a single course of anti-biotic can create a condition of leaky gut within hours. If the diet doesn’t contain enough nutrients to repair the leaky gut it can become a persistent problem. Leaky Gut Syndrome may also cause a flood of wrong messages to be communicated from the digestive system to the body.
Three Important Steps to Take
1. Heal the Leaky Gut
2. Re-establish healthy gut bacteria
3. Take care of the nutritional inadequacies
Symptoms of Leaky Gut
Abdominal pain (chronic)
Shortness of breath
Fevers of unknown origin
Gluten intolerance (celiac disease)
Multiple chemical sensitivities
Poor exercise tolerance
Recurrent bladder infections
Recurrent vaginal infections
Recurrent skin rashes
Swollen lymph glands
Constant hunger pains
Conditions related to Leaky Gut Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Candidiasis – Yeast overgrowth
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Endotoxemia – The presence of endotoxins in the blood
Giardia – parasite infection
Anyklosing spondylitis – joint pain
Inflammatory bowel disease