by: Dr. Craig A. Maxwell
Leaky gut syndrome is not widely recognized by the medical community. Unfortunately this little-known syndrome is a hidden cause of poor health. Healing leaky gut means understanding what it is and how it affects your body before giving you the natural tools you need to get it under control.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome, also called increased intestinal permeability or increased gut permeability, is a result of damage to the intestinal walls. This causes the lining of the intestines to be more porous than they should be, allowing undigested food particles, viruses, bacteria, and waste products to leak into the bloodstream.
What Causes Increased Intestinal Permeability?
Intestinal permeability is not natural though it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of children and adults suffer from the effects of a porous intestinal lining.
The most common causes of gut permeability are:
- Overuse of NSAID Pain Relievers
- Excessive Antibiotic Use
- Steroid Pain Relievers
- Birth Control Pills
- Intestinal Parasite Infection
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- Poor Diet
- Refined Flour
- Refined Sugar
- Food Dyes
- Preservatives, Additives
- Artificial Colors and Flavors
Symptoms of Gut Permeability
Leaky gut syndrome can be difficult to pin down by conventional doctors because of all the unusual symptoms associated with it. Leaky gut presents differently for each person.
The most common symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome are:
- Autoimmune Disease
- Eczema and Psoriasis
- Joint Pain
- Brain Fog
- Food Allergies
- Learning Difficulties
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
- Chronic Stomach Pain
In a person with leaky gut syndrome, toxins and waste products trigger the immune system to react and attack. This leads to chronic inflammation, which can cause the above symptoms and more.
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