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Chronic Disease and its connection to Leaky Gut Syndrome

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What is Leaky Gut?

 Intestinal Permeability Syndrome is also called Leaky Gut Syndrome.  This condition is more prevalent than most doctors or patients realize. Leaky gut syndrome is a health disorder in which the lining of the small intestine becomes much more permeable and porous than it should be, allowing a wide variety of foreign substances to be absorbed into the bloodstream.  These enlarged spaces, formed between the cells in the intestinal wall, create the conditions for the penetration of microbes, toxins, allergens, undigested fats, proteins and other food particles and additives to leak directly in to the blood.  They attach themselves to various tissues throughout the body, creating an allergic response, triggering the destruction of tissues and organs, and creating widespread inflammation.

The Symptoms of Leaky Gut

The symptoms of leaky gut range from mild to the very serious depending on the extent of gut wall damage.  The most common symptoms relate to the digestive tract and can include:

  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • bloating
  • gas
  • abdominal pain
  • food sensitivities and intolerances

Additional  symptoms are depression, anxiety, fatigue, memory loss, insomnia and mood disorders.  Skin problems are associated with leaky gut due to the body using the skin as an outlet for toxins.  Examples of this could be acne, eczema, psoriasis, unexplained rashes and itching and puzzling skin infections.

Autoimmune Disorders Associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is directly associated with many autoimmune disorders such as:

  • Lupus
  • Crohn’s
  • Autism
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Hashimoto’s
  • Raynaud’s and Sjogren’s Syndromes
  • IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome

Some of the more frequent triggers of leaky gut syndrome are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Birth control pills
  • Corticosteroids
  • Parasites
  • Mold
  • Fungi
  • Yeast (Candida or Systemic Yeast Infection)
  • Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Pesticides
  • Contaminated Foods
  • Excessive use of Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Sugar
  • Synthetic Food Additives
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatories

How Can it be Holistically Managed?

The successful treatment of leaky gut syndrome involves removing the triggers that irritate, damage and inflame the lining of the small intestine.  In most cases, identifying and treating food allergens and food chemical sensitivities, microbial infections resolved, toxins and heavy metals removed, and a gluten-free diet initiated.  To repair the gut lining, I consider it mandatory to introduce selected proline-rich polypeptides found in organic bovine colostrum.  There is no know better or scientifically proven method to heal the leaky gut that I know of.

What improvements can I expect with Holistic Management?

As healing begins, the amount of toxins dumped in to the bloodstream will decline, nutrient uptake will improve, and the cells will be able to receive the nourishment they need for repair and replication.  Organ function will improve, energy levels with increase and the autoimmune, dermatological and gastrointestinal syndromes can start resolving at long last.