A blog about leaky gut syndrome
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What exactly is leaky gut syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome is the resulting disorder when one’s intestinal lining is damaged and is incapable of perfectly filtering waste,
toxins and many more harmful substances from entering the bloodstream. These substances are normally rejected and secreted as waste products. When these enter the bloodstream, they start causing trouble to the body and several symptoms appear. These substances also trigger an autoimmune reaction and if untreated, it may set the stage for various autoimmune disorders.
Leaky gut syndrome is not really taught in medical schools. Alternative health practitioners came up with the term. The other, and more official, term for it is intestinal hyper permeability. The symptoms of the disorder are very painful and can often be related to other illnesses. Since most doctors deny the existence of the disease, due to lack of conclusive evidence and research, some of them end up treating the symptom instead of the root cause.
The digestion process is simple, we eat and then they go down to the stomach to the intestine where they are broken down in order for the body to absorb the nutrients that it needs and separate the unneeded and harmful substances for secretion. That’s how it should go but if you have a leaky gut, then those unneeded and harmful substances that should have been eliminated can make their way to the bloodstream. They invade the body so the immune system fights them off. when the immune system can’t keep up any longer, these foreign invaders will make their way to the different organs, tissues and joints causing complications.
There are many causes of leaky gut. One of the most common one is the intake of antibiotics. Antibiotics kills off bacteria, both good and bad. The intestine houses a huge number of good and bad bacteria and if that number is thrown off balance, chances of developing leaky gut syndrome goes up. A specific yeast organism that can be considered harmful is Candida. It can be found in the intestine and other parts of the body. It’s not really harmful if the number is kept in check. However, since antibiotics also kill off the good bacteria, there is a chance that the balance may be disrupted and this causes leaky gut.
Another primary cause of leaky gut is diet. If the diet consists mainly of foods that are low in nutrients and high in chemicals and sugar, one is highly prone to developing the disorder. One should avoid junk foods and processed foods and go for fruits and vegetables and foods that provide the body with ample nutrition. Also, the beverage of choice should be clean and clear water.
Unfortunately for all of us suffering from leaky gut, there is no readily available over the counter medicine that can cure our disorder. Fortunately, there are ways to treat leaky gut. The causes can be avoided in order to prevent the disorder from developing or if you already suffer from it, there are ways to improve our overall health and let the gut heal naturally.
What I posted here are just some information regarding leaky gut. I’m no expert on the subject matter and just thought of sharing what I know. If you suspect that you have leaky gut, then the best advice you can get is to consult your doctor and if you’re not satisfied, get a second opinion from a licensed medical specialist.