Although leaky gut syndrome may not be recognized by conventional medicine, it nevertheless is a condition that exists with increasing frequency. Leaky gut syndrome can affect many aspects of your health and lead to chronic diseases and autoimmune disorders. In addition it is often misdiagnosed because it can lead to so many other health problems in the body that are seemingly unrelated. As such it is an important topic to explore, and ultimately a vital health condition to heal.
What is Leaky Gut?
Leaky gut syndrome, also known as increased intestinal permeability, often goes unrecognized but is actually quite common, especially in today’s population with lifestyles of poor diet, high stress, medication overuse, and other factors. In a healthy gut, the lining of the intestines is strong and keeps what is eaten inside it, until it is completely digested and processed. Digested nutrients then enter between the millions of tiny finger like structures in the small intestines, called villi, where the nutrients are absorbed and enter the bloodstream. Toxins are filtered out by the liver, and waste products are passed through the colon and out of the body.
When someone suffers from leaky gut syndrome the intestinal lining becomes inflamed and the tiny villi that form tight junctions between them, starts to become damaged which can allow larger molecules, undigested food proteins, bacteria, and toxins directly into the bloodstream through gaps between these cells. When this happens, the body engages the immune system to fight and eliminate those items that don’t belong there. The longer this continues, the more the immune system continually engages in fighting off threats, which may lead to collateral damage to nearby tissues or misidentification of a body protein as a foreign invader, which can start the immune system attacking itself (autoimmunity). As such people can develop a variety of health issues based on which tissue in the body is attacked.
Symptoms Associated with Leaky Gut
Leaky gut symptoms can present as the identical symptoms of many common chronic health problems. Here is a list of symptoms that might present due to leaky gut:
Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome
Unfortunately today, especially in the United States, conditions are ripe for developing leaky gut syndrome. Some of the causes of leaky gut are:
Diagnosis of Leaky Gut Syndrome
Leaky gut is one of the first things we look at when patients come to LifeWorks Wellness Center because such a variety of health conditions can be caused by leaky gut. Our doctors will assess the symptoms with which the patient is suffering, and a functional evaluation will be performed to assess the status of the intestine. Should a leaky gut diagnosis be made, we may order a functional stool test to evaluate the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract. This helps us to identify the following:
- The presence of inflammation in the gut.
- The presence of bacterial overgrowth in the gut.
- The presence of parasites in the gut.
- The enzyme activity in the pancreas.
- The status of the immune system in the gut.
How Does LifeWorks Wellness Center Treat Leaky Gut?
At LifeWorks Wellness Center we believe that when we heal the gut, other health problems can also resolve. Once a diagnosis for leaky gut has been made, a natural leaky gut treatment program will then be followed to help the patient heal and restore full gut function.
Each program is different and will depend upon the factors involved for each individual’s case. Part of the natural leaky gut treatment program will not only be identifying and correcting the cause(s) of the problem but also helping to resolve other issues in the body which leaky gut may have caused. As part of treatment most patients will undergo testing to determine which nutrients their body needs to help rebuild their intestinal tract.
We specialize in correcting leaky gut syndrome at our Clearwater clinic. Often in as little as 4-6 weeks the gut will heal by following our protocols and you can start get your life back.