“All disease begins in the gut,” stated Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. Over 2000 years later, our scientific advancements only continue to support this principle. Although “leaky gut syndrome” is just starting to gain traction in the traditional medical world, the condition has been around for a long time under the term, “intestinal permeability.” At Ageless Wellness Center, we believe in digging to the source of our patients’ problems and leaky gut syndrome could be the source for many patients. Over decades of research, there have been many findings to support the existence of this condition, how to identify it, and how to take control of your gut health.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome is an issue which impacts your intestines’ lining. Basically, your intestines are compromised, allowing bacteria and toxins to pass into your bloodstream. The possible health problems which can occur as a result are extensive and manifest many symptoms. When your intestines are filtering properly, your body receives vital nutrients. If you are suffering from leaky gut syndrome, you could be exposed to many harmful particles never intended to enter your bloodstream.
What Happens When This Happens?
Inflammation and autoimmune reactions are your body’s response. Your body detects the problematic particles and does its best to fight them. Since your body is constantly fighting, it overperforms and that leads to chronic inflammation, which can be linked to most diseases.
What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Some of the known causes of leaky gut include genetic factors, poor diet, chronic stress, toxin overload, and bacterial imbalance. Since we live in a world of overindulgence on unhealthy food, drugs, and alcohol, and overdependence on medications for wellness, most of our country could easily be at risk of developing leaky gut syndrome.
What Are the Symptoms?
The list of related symptoms will likely continue to grow as our knowledge of leaky gut does, but the most common signs include:
• Propensity for Weight Gain
• Gastric Ulcers
• Thyroid Disorders
• Celiac Disease
• Infectious Diarrhea
• Chronic Inflammatory Conditions
• Metabolic Diseases
• Respiratory Infections
• Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Acute Inflammation Conditions
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
At this time, leaky gut syndrome has been linked with all these conditions, but it is not proven to be the cause of these conditions. Essentially, people who have leaky gut syndrome are more likely to suffer from one or more related health conditions. The onset of leaky gut syndrome seems to occur at the same time as these other conditions manifest, establishing a strong connection between gut health and wellness.
If you are unsure if you may be suffering from leaky gut syndrome, look out for these most common early symptoms which may give clarity:
1. Food Sensitivities
2. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
3. Autoimmune Disease
4. Thyroid Problems
5. Nutrient Malabsorption
6. Inflammatory Skin Conditions
7. Mood issue and Autism
If you are concerned you may have leaky gut syndrome, schedule a consultation with our team at Ageless Wellness Center. We will help you get to the source and find optimal wellness.