Leaky Gut Syndrome

 

What is leaky gut syndrome? Essentially this condition exists when there is an increased permeability of the intestinal lining. This allows for the uptake of unwanted microorganisms, toxins, and undigested food proteins. The undigested food proteins cause the immune system to react, and this gives the appearance of food allergies. In this scenario, patients become allergic to more and more foods; usually it's the ones that they are presently eating.

This condition allows the body: to be over-loaded with toxins, more susceptible to bacterial and fungal overgrowth, allows undigested food proteins to leak into the blood causing the appearance of food allergy. Leaky gut is believed to be the root cause of many chronic and seemingly impossible- to- treat conditions.

Over-exposure to environmental toxins, frequent use of anti-biotics, poor digestion (usually a lack of hydrochloric acid), chronic use of alcohol and other recreational drugs, over use of anti-inflammatory drugs i.e. NASIDS, all contribute to this disorder. Inflammation of the intestinal mucosa is a significant pathological factor that must be addressed. Treatment should be designed to provide for elimination of causes, and to provide healing of the intestinal tissue. Clinical diagnosis of intestinal permeability can be detected by either patient history or laboratory tests.

The health of the small intestine is essential to a healthy body. The gastrointestinal tract has two basic functions: 1) digests food and provides a proper environment for the absorption of nutrients, 2) contains the body's first line of defense against infection. This is accomplished through the action of Secretory IgA (sIgA). These immunoglobulin's make up over 50% of our immune defense. Loss of these sIgA exposes the gut to more infections.

The only way to eliminate this allergic merry-go-round is to heal the intestinal tissue, thus reducing the permeability. Intestinal permeability lessens the immune system's ability to react properly to the overgrowth of microorganisms. Many people with chronic Candidiasis, have Leaky Gut Syndrome. The increase of a toxic load on the liver causes patients to develop chemical sensitivities. These so-called environmental allergies cause a multitude of symptoms that are usually very difficult to treat. People can develop so many problems, that trying to deal with each one is literally impossible. Symptoms such as: headaches, bloat, chronic yeast overgrowth, joint pain, brain fog, muscle pain, lethargy, and immune dysfunction are all possible with a leaky gut syndrome.

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