Leaky Gut

Did you know that you can have ‘normal’ digestion and still have digestive problems?

Digestive problems can be lurking in the background and actually be the cause of your symptoms.

If you get headaches, brain fog, allergies, muscle pain or if you have asthma, eczema, psoriasis, memory loss, fatigue, heart disease, thyroid problems, depression or anxiety, amongst many other conditions, you likely have a leaky gut. Leaky gut is a somewhat vague term to describe compromise to the intestinal barrier.

When that barrier is injured, food molecules, toxins and other wastes have an easy entrance to the bloodstream. The pathological effects on the body are numerous:

  • Immune system dysregulation
  • Multiple food sensitivities and allergies to other substances
  • Inflammation
  • Impaired nutrient absorption 

Leaky gut is exceedingly common, because so many modern lifestyle factors contribute to an unhealthy gut. If you can checkmark any of the following things, you can bet that your gut is at the least stressed and possibly ‘leaky’.

  • Antibiotics, birth control, NSAIDs
  • Diet high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and/or processed foods
  • Toxic foods like gluten containing foods and industrial vegetable oils
  • Chronic stress
  • Frequent or chronic infections
  • Antibiotic use 

Sometimes it is complicated to treat leaky gut, but there are some treatments that universally apply and help my patients.

  • NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques)
  • A paleo, GAPs, SCD diet
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Probiotics

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