You may or may not have heard of the health condition “leaky gut” in the past, but it’s a very real problem that affects individuals nationwide — possibly as much as 80 percent of the American population. Your gut is the gateway to your health, and oftentimes, if you have a healthy gut, you can assume you are in overall good health. But when your gut is unhealthy, there are a plethora of uncomfortable symptoms and conditions your body can experience.

Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a health condition that is still being constantly researched in the modern medical world. It can lead to several health problems and it isn’t something you should be forced to live with, especially since there are programs to address and help treat this health condition.

Are you concerned you may have leaky gut syndrome, or are you seeking alternative health methods for your leaky gut? Read below for more information on the health condition, but for any further questions or concerns you may have, feel free to reach out to our staff at Millpond Integrative Health and Wellness Center. Schedule a consultation for our leaky gut program in Lexington today.

What is leaky gut?

Leaky gut syndrome is a health condition that occurs when a person’s small intestine lining has damages to it, causing incomplete digested nutrients, toxins, bacteria and waste to “leak” through the lining, flooding the individual’s bloodstream. When these foreign substances enter the bloodstream, the individual may experience inflammatory and allergic reactions such as digestive and respiratory issues, joint pain, skin conditions, headaches and more. In worst cases, medical studies have recently shows leaky gut syndrome is the source of multiple chronic diseases.

Your intestinal lining’s main purpose is to serve as a tight barrier that controls what is absorbed into your bloodstream. When this lining gets holes or cracks in it, your digestive tract and other internal organs could be greatly affected, leading to many different issues including a weakened immune system or hormone imbalances. Your liver might also be forced to work twice as hard to filter out any substances your small intestine can’t, which can result in the accumulation of fatty liver tissue.

Unfortunately, many individuals don’t know about leaky gut, so oftentimes this health condition goes undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or completely ignored.

Symptoms/Conditions Linked to Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome can cause symptoms that extend to more than just digestive issues. Here are several conditions that have been scientifically proven to be linked to leaky gut:

Clinical conditions, including the following:

  • Emotional imbalances
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hormone imbalances (including PMS)
  • Joint pain
  • Migraines
  • Unexplained weight gain/loss

Gastrointestinal issues, including the following:

  • Abdominal bloating, cramps or painful gas
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Other intestinal disorders
  • Food sensitivities and food intolerances

Respiratory conditions, including the following:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic sinusitis

Skin conditions, including the following:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • psoriasis

Autoimmune conditions, including the following:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Candida overgrowth

Developmental and social concerns, including the following:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism
  • Brain fog

Keep in mind that you can have leaky gut syndrome without experiencing any obvious health symptoms or conditions. Having random substances enter your bloodstream that aren’t supposed to be there should set off an autoimmune response, such as chronic inflammation, but leaky gut syndrome can sometimes work slowly.

If you believe you might have leaky gut syndrome, please give our wellness center in Lexington a call today.

Causes

There are four main causes that leaky gut syndrome can be connected to. Those four culprits are pro-inflammatory food, gut infections, an abundance of toxins and chronic stress.

  • Pro-inflammatory food. The traditional diet in America includes many foods that are high in sugar and trans-fats, which are terrible for your gut health. These foods affect the cells in your body’s gut tissue, which may explain any unnecessary holes or tears leading to leaky gut.
    Solution: Change your diet to be more inclusive of all-natural foods and eliminate any corn, soy, wheat, dairy and gluten products.
  • Lack of healthy gut bacteria. A lack of probiotics doesn’t only affect your digestive tract. Probiotics have been found to strengthen your gut lining, and when you have an insufficient amount in your system, your body is more prone to candida overgrowth.
    Solutions: Eat fermented foods loaded with probiotics, such as apple cider vinegar, coconut yogurt, tempeh, etc.
  • An abundance of toxins. As humans, we’re naturally exposed to unhealthy toxins every day — think environmental pollution, cleaning products, etc. When these toxins enter your body, you’re more prone to health conditions like leaky gut.
    Solutions: Drink clean water, choose organic produce, avoid smoking and alcohol, use all-natural cosmetics, etc.
  • Chronic stress. High stress levels can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to leaky gut syndrome. When your body can’t protect itself from bacteria and other pathogens, your gut lining is more prone to break and allow unexpected substances into your bloodstream.
    Possible Solutions: Get plenty of rest, spend time outdoors, meditation, etc.

Treatment Solutions

Getting involved with a gut health program and changing your diet can go a long way when treating leaky gut syndrome.

A gut health program is a professional’s way of addressing your health condition. Consulting a professional is the best practice, as these professionals can see more in-depth how your body works and what it needs to function properly to provide you with the most fitting treatment option for you. They can also connect you with a plan that can help remove any symptoms of leaky gut that will change your life for the better.

In general, try avoiding pro-inflammatory foods such as alcohol, gluten, dairy, corn, legumes and lentils, highly processed vegetable oils, processed foods, soy, eggs, caffeine, non-organic animal products and sugar. You can also add digestive enzymes and high-potency probiotics to your daily routine that can help with any inflammation or intestinal repair.

Check out our program for leaky gut syndrome here for more information on how to help treat this common gut health condition. You can also schedule a consultation with one of our staff members at Millpond today to address leaky gut syndrome.