What is Leaky Gut Syndrome | Vitality and Wellness Centre

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome, also known as Intestinal Permeability, is the deterioration or breakdown of the intestinal wall, in particular, the tight junctions that hold the intestinal cells together. Intestinal damage leads to microscopic holes appearing in the abdominal wall. Leaky Gut Syndrome is estimated to affect up to 65% of the population and is a common underlying cause of poor health.

How Does Leaky Gut Syndrome Cause Health Problems?

Leaky Gut Syndrome can occur in either the large or small intestines or both. These microscopic holes allow intestinal bacteria, parasites, worms, their bi-products, food allergens, undigested food, poisons, toxins and in severe cases faeces to pass directly into the bloodstream via the portal vein. Once in the blood, these particles interact with immune complexes and trigger inflammatory responses. The portal vein feeds directly to the liver, which is the main detoxifying organ that removes these particles and toxins from the blood. Once the liver detoxifies these substances, it dumps them back into the intestines for removal in the faeces.

Leaky Gut Syndrome creates intestinal inflammation, which creates Dysbiosis an imbalance between the beneficial and harmful intestinal bacteria. There is also a reduced ability to breakdown and absorb nutrients from food resulting in a degree of malabsorption.

Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome is often caused by one or more of the issues identified below;

Ageing Giardia
AIDS Heavy Metal Exposure
Allergies Inflammatory bowel disease
Amphetamines Irritable bowel syndrome
Antibiotics Low stomach acid
Aspirin Maldigestion
Bacterial infections  Malabsorption
Binge Drinking Methotrexate
Blastocystis hominis NSAID's medications
Caffeine Pancreatic insufficiency
Candida Parasites
Chemotherapy treatment Poor diet
Cocaine Prescription hormones
Coeliac disease Radiation therapy
Corticosteroid medication Sepsis
Crohn's disease Serious burns
Dysbiosis Simple sugars
Endurance exercise Stress
Excessive Alcohol Surgery
Food additives Trauma
Gastritis Ulcerative Colitis

Health Conditions associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a complexed health condition. Due to the extra burden placed on the liver, the up-regulation of inflammatory responses and immune suppression Leaky Gut Syndrome plays a significant role in many health conditions and ailments. Below is a list of the more common health conditions and symptoms associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Abdominal pain  Crohn's disease Malnutrition
Accelerated ageing Depression Memory Loss
Acne Diarrhoea Multiple sclerosis
Acute pancreatitis Fatigue Muscle pain
ADD/ADHD Fibromyalgia Pancreatic insufficiency
Alcoholism Flatulence Parasitic infection
Allergies Food Sensitivities Poor memory
Ankylosing spondylitis Headaches Psoriasis
Anxiety Hives Pyroluria
Asperger's syndrome Impaired liver function Reduced immune function
Asthma Inflammatory bowel disease Reoccurring infections
Autism Inflammatory joint disease Rheumatoid arthritis
Autoimmune Diseases Insomnia Schizophrenia
Bi-Polar Disorder Irritable bowel syndrome Sepsis
Brain fog Itchy skin Skin rashes
Cirrhosis of the liver Joint pain Sinus
Coeliac disease Learning difficulties Slow growth
Colitis Lower Back Pain Type 1 diabetes
Confusion Lupus Erythematous Ulcerative Colitis
Constipation Malabsorption Weight Gain

Is There a Test for Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Yes, the lactulose and mannitol test commonly known as the intestinal permeability test is the most common test used to correctly diagnose Leaky Gut Syndrome. It is a simple do at-home urine test, which involves drinking a sugary solution of lactulose and mannitol and then collecting urine over a 6 hour period and then sending a sample off to the laboratory. The sugars should not be absorbed into the bloodstream and if they are present in the urine then Leaky Gut Syndrome is present.

How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome?

To effectively heal Leaky Gut Syndrome Dysbiosis needs to be addressed. By eliminating Dysbiosis many of the driving factors that progress Leaky Gut Syndrome are eliminated. Once this is achieved it becomes easier to heal Leaky Gut Syndrome. Some nutrients that are of benefit are the amino acid L-Glutamine, which provides nourishment to repair the intestinal enterocytes, Nopal Cactus contains 30% L-Glutamine, reduces intestinal inflammation, improves liver function and provides nourishment for the beneficial gut bacteria. Slippery Elm Bark is a demulcent herb that coats and nourishes the intestines and promotes healing, while fibre provides nourishment to beneficial bacteria, reduces intestinal inflammation and provides nourishment to intestinal cells.  

For anyone wanting to heal and overcome Leaky Gut Syndrome, we do offer a Leaky Gut Combo Pack that contains the nutrients to eliminate Dysbiosis and heal Leaky Gut along with diet recommendations and dosage instructions provided in the Treatment Plan. 

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