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Leaky Gut Syndrome: Symptoms,Triggers,Tests & Treatment

Leaky Gut is state

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? Leaky Gut is a state of hyperpermeability of the small intestinal lining. The leakiness happens when microscopic enlargements of the spaces between the cells, lining the gut become porous, which compromises the role of the gut as the filter for repeling pathogens and antigens. As much as 80% of the immune system is based in the gut making it a critical component of good health and well-being. In almost every chronic illness inflamation is at the "root" or the underlying cause. Inflammation is one of the main causes of Leaky Gut. So it is safe to say that most chronic health conditions have a root in the gut and are driven by inflammation which is the gateway through the gut barrier.

To keep us in good health, our gut relies on maintining a symbiotic relationship with trillions of microorganisms that live in our digestive tract. When our digestive system is out of wack, serious health problems can manifest and our intestinal walls can develop microscopic holes, allowing undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins to seep into the bloodstream. This is know as "Leaky Gut Syndrome" and inflammation is at its root! What Triggers Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Factors that affect the small intestines mucosal immunity are many: undigested food and protein peptides, antibiodies, stress, infections, cytokines, neurotransmitter dysfunction, lack of digestive enzymes, to name a few.

What Are the Symptoms of Leaky Gut (Intestinal Barrier Dysfunction)?

Intestinal Permeability (IP) also known as Leaky Gut can lead to food allergies and intolerances, immune abnormalities, autoimmunity ( any where in the body) and eventually influence the blood brain barrier (Leaky Brain) and can cause neuroautoimmunity. Do You Have Leaky Gut? For 80% of the population the answer is "yes" - and most people don't even realize it. Unfortunately, Leaky Gut Syndrome is the rootcause of a litany of ailments, including: chronic inflammation, allergies, autoimmune disease, autoimmune disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, alzheimers, and even arthritis. Do You Have Any of The Following?

  • Gas or bloating?

  • Do certain foods bother you?

  • Do you have indigestion?

  • Do you have reflux or GERD?

  • Do you have autoimmune?

  • Do you have skin rashes?

I believe the Gut is the gate to most chronic health issues and healing the gut is a key component of healing the rest of the body. Why is The Gut so Important?

  • The gut is responsible for breaking down and absorbing key nutrients

  • The gut makes the majority of the brain's neurotransmitters (serotonin)

  • The immune system 70-80% of it resides in the gut

  • The gut has more cells than the rest of the human body combined

  • The small intestines, where we absorb most of our nutrients, has a surface area the size of a football stadium.

  • The barrier is permeable (leaky) then things that shouldn't cross the barrier often do, causing inflammation.

  • Inflammation triggers immune reactions, leads to food allergies, intolerances, sensitivities, autoimmune reactions, leaky gut

  • Leaky gut causes malabsorption and nutrient deficiencies

  • Eventually causes Leaky Brain

Wishing You Health & Happiness - Dr. Rispoli About The Author

Dr. Rispoli believes the Gut is at the center of most chronic health conditions and strives to remove triggers, toxins, and infections that cause inflammation and imbalances in the body which produce symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, acne, skin rashes, arthritus, alzhimers, diabetes, headaches, brain fog just to name a few.

She has been in clinical practice for over 30 years and is the founder of Complete Health in Agoura Hills CA and Functional Nutritionist Academy where she holds an online functional Nutritionist certification training course. Click here to learn more about becoming a Certified Functional Nutritionist If you like the article please share it with your friends and family so we can help more people. If you would like more information about natural health follow us on Facebook and join our "Your Health Matters" Newsletter here Sign up for our FREE webinar "Leaky Gut Syndrome"

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

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