Let’s talk about Leaky Gut Syndrome
What is Leaky Gut?
Leaky gut is defined as a condition of increased intestinal permeability that allows particles such as pathogenic bacteria, undigested food molecules and larger proteins like gluten to pass into the blood stream. As a result, these particles can cause inflammation which trigger an adverse immune reaction. Leaky gut begins in the small intestines, which is where most vitamins and minerals in the foods consumed are absorbed.
The wall of the small intestine is semi-permeable which means the junctions or openings should only allow certain size particles to enter while preventing other particles from entering the blood stream. For example, normally specific molecules and nutrients can pass through but toxins and large undigested food particles are blocked. With Leaky Gut Syndrome, the openings of the small intestine wall continue to expand, allowing undigested food particles to be able to pass into the bloodstream circulating throughout the body. As a result, this causes excessive inflammation which might lead to an immune reaction. Immune reactions can progress to autoimmune disease such as Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple sclerosis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Diabetes and many more.
Causes of leaky gut vary from parasites, buildup of too much pathogenic bacteria, and not enough beneficial bacteria, allergens, GMO (genetically modified foods), foods and toxins (pesticides such as weed killer) which all cause inflammation (the key trigger of Leaky Gut) and destroy the junctions that hold the cells of the intestines together. Furthermore, gluten, and even candida (yeast overgrowth) might be the prelude to gluten sensitivity. Many believe that food sensitivities are caused by Leaky Gut. A leaky gut can have multiple symptoms such as skin issues, food allergies/sensitivities, digestive issues, such as bloating, gas and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
The first steps in treating leaky gut are: elimination of candida overgrowth, elimination of parasites and elimination of inflammation. Healing leaky gut is important for overall health and can be achieved with specific diet changes, and as deemed necessary supplementation. Dietitians and health practitioners rely on lab test to assess gut wall integrity and individualize treatment accordingly.
If leaky gut is not treated, the immune system will continue to be on overdrive, which might lead to auto-immune disease. For example, gluten proteins pass into the blood and lymph, resulting in gluten intolerance, increasing permeability and the cycle continues.
Leaky gut has got a lot of attention lately because it proves to be a very concerning health issue. Do not ignore it, act immediately. Don’t delay-get professional help. Speak to a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist about the proper protocol for this health issue. I am here to help! Please allow me to assist you in improving your health. Call today 772-218-0858.