The debate about leaky gut syndrome refuses to subside. Some do not believe such a condition exists. Many other people, however, do believe that they or someone they know is afflicted by leaky gut syndrome.

Leaky gut syndrome is the name for permeability of the intestine walls – when the walls allow toxins and bacteria to pass from the intestines to the blood stream. This causes diseases and illnesses.

A healthy intestinal wall forms a tight barrier between the substances inside and the outer chambers of the digestive system. Only nutrients and moisture can pass through the walls, offering nourishment for the rest of the body. However, when the intestinal walls lose their integrity, they allow the toxins to leak through.

Complications

Leaky gut syndrome causes many diseases. It causes an overactive immune system. It creates swelling and inflammation. It also leads to digestive disorders, bloating, and exhaustion.

Many people believe that the leaky gut syndrome causes fatigue, food allergies, migraines, hormone disorders, and skin problems. It is also associated with disorders such as autism and mood changes.

Leaky gut syndrome may lead to problems like diabetes, and studies have linked diabetics with heightened levels of the protein that regulates gut permeability. Another disorder arising from this syndrome is celiac disease, where patients are medically intolerant to gluten. Irritable bowel syndrome, where people have constipation and diarrhea, is also a result of leaky gut syndrome.

Potential Causes

Understanding what causes leaky gut syndrome is the first step to treating it. In healthy people, a protein regulates the amount of permeability of the intestinal wall. However, some people may be genetically predisposed toward leaky gut syndrome. In such people, the permeability of the intestinal wall becomes high when the regulating protein becomes too active.

What causes the heightened activity of the protein is a matter of conjuncture. Some people believe that a poor diet plays a role. If you are prone to eating sugary, starchy foods, you might be at risk.

Use of strong medications can cause the protein to become too active. Similarly, deficiency of nutrients such as some types of vitamins and minerals, as well as drinking too much alcohol, can all trigger leaky gut syndrome. Sometimes, it is caused by stress and poor digestive system health.

Managing This Condition

Since the condition is not officially recognized, there are no prescription medications dedicated to treatment of leaky gut syndrome. However, you can make changes to your lifestyle to manage the problem.

You can start by reducing the harmful elements in your diet. Avoid a sugary diet, filled with carbohydrates. Start consuming foods rich in healthy, gut-friendly bacteria. These include yogurt and supplements, as well as fermented foods such as kimchi.

Ensure that your food is rich in fiber, which is available in fruits, vegetables, lentils, and beans. Also, stop using medications linked with leaky gut syndrome, such as ibuprofen.

While the medical community is debating the issue, it is up to you to take measures that will improve your health and wellbeing. Managing leaky gut syndrome is the first step toward a healthier life.

Find Out More

Find out more about this condition by arranging a consultation with Dr. Kevin Light, an expert in bioidentical hormone therapy, nutrition, and fitness. To make an appointment, contact us today.