When the digestive system develops gaps between the cells of its membrane lining the substances which should be confined to your digestive tract can “leak” from your intestines and enter your bloodstream. Digestive health can affect the brain, the joints, the skin, immune system and every other system. In fact, the list of “leaky” gut symptoms is quite extensive.
Here are SOME of the most common signs someone is suffering from "leaky" gut:
The list of causes of leaky gut is about as extensive as the list of symptoms and includes use of medications such as antibiotics, toxins, alcohol, stress, excessive weight, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, gut infections and constipation.
Another cause of leaky gut is poor diet. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet, also known as SAD, really lives up to its initials. It’s the naturally occurring bacteria present in “real” food that keeps our gut healthy.
Foods that have been picked, pressed, pulverized, processed, preserved and packaged before being frozen or put in a box or bag are going to lead to an imbalanced ecology in the gut.
A growing body of research also indicates grains such as wheat might be culprits in the development of leaky gut because they contain substances that have been shown to damage the intestinal walls.
Find a practitioner who doesn’t just look at basic lab work and use conventional therapies, but instead who looks to find and correct the underlying cause. At our practice, we offer two different types of testing to assist in determining if a patient’s problems could be stemming from leaky gut.
Lab testing can determine if you do indeed suffer from leaky gut and provide us with the best course of treatment to help you recover.
If left untreated, leaky gut can lead to prolonged inflammation in the body, which in turn increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and certain cancers. Also, many people suffer from chronic conditions such as coughs, sleep apnea, sinus infections and post-nasal drip that are all stemming from their gut issues!
Our clinic is here to help end your suffering and put you on the road to wellness. So many of us turn to conventional medicines, which just cover the problem and often don’t offer any real relief. Because medications fail to address the true cause of “leaky” gut, many people continue to suffer and in many cases their conditions worsen, leading to more serious conditions.
To learn more about the testing we offer our patients with autoimmune conditions and the possible causes of autoimmune disease go here.
It’s important you take a more holistic, natural approach to balancing your digestive problems and seek help from a board certified functional medicine practitioner (C.F.M.P.) who is trained to look at all aspects of your health. We have a clinically proven step by step process for helping our patients achieve health. Get started today and schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors to learn more about how you can regain your health and get your life back. Call us today 734-779-1650.
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