What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut or intestinal hyper permeability occurs when the walls of your small intestine begins allowing undigested food particles and toxins to Leaky enter your bloodstream. When these items enter the blood stream, your immune system reacts and begins attacking not only the food particles, but also healthy cells in the body. This immunity response often leads to food allergies.
Symptoms of a Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Food allergies/food intolerances
- Digestive problems, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gas, diarrhea or bloating
- Autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, lupus or psoriasis
- Mood disorders, such as ADHD, anxiety, depression or ADD
- Seasonal allergies
- Skin problems, including eczema, rosacea and acne
- Chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia
- Hormonal imbalances, including PMS, menopause or polycystic ovarian syndrome
Functional Medicine Approach To Leaky Gut Syndrome
A leaky gut may result in various medical problems. The key is to take a holistic approach to heal your digestive issues. This includes determining if you have any food intolerances and remove them from your diet. This is followed by cleansing the intestinal tract and building the gut health and immune system by taking probiotics and other key nutrients.
Food Intolerances and Sensitivities
A food sensitivity test can help determine which foods may be causing your symptoms. Some of the common foods related to leaky gut syndrome are dairy products, eggs, soy, sugar and gluten. After determining which foods may be causing your problems, you will need to complete an elimination diet.
Begin the elimination diet by removing the inflammatory foods determined by the food sensitivity test. During this phase of the process, you will need to be extra careful that you are not consuming any hidden forms of the substance. For instance, many of today's canned goods contain gluten. To ensure you have removed all traces of the inflammatory food, eat whole foods that you prepare yourself.
Cleansing the Intestinal Tract
A comprehensive stool analysis can help you determine whether you have parasites, bacteria or yeast overgrowth in your intestines. If the analysis reports any such findings, there is a variety of herbs and medications that can help cleanse the intestinal tract, including antifungal medications, antibiotics and anti-parasite medications.
Key Nutrients and Probiotics
An important step in healing a leaky gut involves replacing key nutrients to your body. Because the digestive tract has been unable to properly absorb essential nutrients, it is essential that you replace digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals. When choosing digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals, it is best to choose a brand that contains the purest ingredients to help protect your healing gut.
Next, you will want to work to restore the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. A probiotic supplement containing lactobacillus will increase the good bacteria in the digestive tract to help it heal itself. Multivitamin supplements containing zinc, L-glutamine and Vitamin C also help to rejuvenate the intestinal lining.
Rose Wellness' Digestive Health Program
At Rose Wellness Center, we take great pride in being a warm and friendly place where patients feel comfortable and look forward to their treatment. The practitioners at Rose Wellness Center have been helping hundreds of patients manage Leaky Gut Syndrome in Northern Virginia and associated digestive issues for over approximately 10 years.
For further details, refer to our comprehensive Digestive Health Program for your benefit.
Ready To Take Care Of Your Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Tired of feeling fatigued, having food allergies, and experiencing digestive disorders like gas and bloating? Are you ready to take control of your digestive health? Please call us at (571)529-6699 and one of our caring staff members will help your questions or set up an appointment with our integrative physician.