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  • Writer's pictureDr. Teresa Rispoli

Leaky Gut Syndrome

What is Leaky Gut? Chronic gut and digestive symptoms may be caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome. The gut barrier of the small intestines can be the gateway to many chronic health conditions that go unsolved by conventional medicine. But I assure you this syndrome is evidenced based just google Pubmed "Leaky Gut". There are numerous articles about this. When the gut barrier is compromised, it results in a condition called ‘intestinal hyperpermeability’, informally known as ‘leaky gut’. In a leaky gut, the junctions between the barrier cell walls become consistently bigger, allowing the passage of harmful, larger elements such as toxins, pathogens, and even food particles to leak into the bloodstream.

Its like having the gates continuously open. So what happens is unwanted particle or pathogen enters the bloodstream, and an immune response is triggered. So, if the gut continues to be ‘leaky’, the immune system has to be on constant attack. Unfortunately, when a leaky gut is not healed, it leads to continuous and body-wide inflammation that can cause food allergies or intolerances, immune abnormalities , including autoimmunity.[2]. It can cause "Leaky Brain" because these things can also cross the brain barrier and lead to neuroautoimmunity. Not only is there an alteration of the tight junctions and loss of barrier function, but there can be damage to the brush border , leading to malabsorption and nutrient deficiencies! This condition leads to a massive entrance of antigens, pathogens, toxins and undigested foods, with multiple negative consequences on human health. The entrance of toxins clearly overloads the liver, and the entrance of undigested foods provides the roots for food allergy as dietary proteins haven’t necessarily been digested yet before their entry. Every time an unwanted particle or pathogen enters the bloodstream, an immune response is triggered. So, if the gut continues to be ‘leaky’, the immune system has to be on constant attack. Unfortunately, this is taxing on the body, and can lead to a person developing a secondary inflammation-related condition or more [3]. It is not uncommon for people with chronic GI inflammation to develop autoimmune ailments such as Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, autoimmune thyroiditis, diabetes and so many more. Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome Leaky gut affects many aspects of human health. When the gut is compromised, you can experience many symptoms that are not just limited to the GI tract.

Some Gut-Concentrated Symptoms

- Constipation

- Gas

- Diarrhea

- Bloating

- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

- Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

- Celiac Disease

- Food sensitivities

- Gastric Ulcers

- Crohn’s disease - Weak immune system

- Skin rashes

- Weight gain

- Thyroid disorders Brain-Related Symptoms

- Brain fog

- Depression

- Anxiety

- Mood swings

Autoimmune-Related Symptoms

- Rheumatoid Arthritis

- Neuropathy

- Neurological Symptoms

- Multiple Sclerosis

- Lupus

- Headache/migraine

- Hashimoto’s disease

- Fibromyalgia

- Alzheimer’s disease Triggers That Cause Leaky Gut Many things can trigger Leaky Gut Syndrome as depicted in the image above. It would be prudent for you to seek out a Functional Nutritionist like myself to test you and provide you with a protocol to heal your Leaky Gut.

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Dr. Teresa Rispoli,
PhD., ND, LAc.

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