Got Leaky Gut?

You may have been hearing about “leaky gut” more often lately. Leaky gut syndrome is not generally recognized by traditional doctors, but evidence is building that it is a real phenomenon that affects the lining of the intestines. The theory is that leaky gut syndrome (also called increased intestinal permeability), is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment. Leaky gut mostly affects the small instestines which is where essential nutrients from our food is absorbed. As a consequence of this intestinal permeability, some bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins and fats, and waste not normally absorbed may “leak” out of the intestines into the blood stream. This triggers an immune reaction, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps, fatigue, food sensitivities, joint pain, skin rashes, and autoimmunity. The cause of this syndrome may be chronic inflammation, food sensitivity, damage from taking large amounts of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), drugs, radiation, antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, compromised immunity and long chronic stress.

We are seeing more and more people coming in with symptoms that appear to be associated with the leaky gut phenomenon. Most often these patients come in complaining of fatigue, brain fog, depression/anxiety, and chronic pain or discomfort. And most of the time the results of the blood chemistry labs have been deemed normal by their doctors. When we start to help patients heal their associated leaky gut issues the majority notice significant improvements in their health and start feeling good again. To determine if this issue may be at the heart of your problems contact a doctor who is trained in functional medicine. You can contact our office to see if we may be able to help you or if you’re out of our area we might be able to find someone that could help.