Could Your Symptoms Be Caused By A Leaky Gut? Now You Can Test For It.


If you suffer from digestive issues, food allergies, chronic fatigue or autoimmune illness, a leaky gut may be to blame. More and more research supports the premise that your overall health is intimately connected to the health of your digestive system. That's why it's important look to your gut whenever you are plagued with health issues, especially ones which aren't responding to conventional treatments.

Think of the lining of your gut as a well-patrolled border. There's the physical barrier that is made up of tightly connected cells, much like brick and mortar, and the numerous checkpoints which are interposed throughout your intestinal tract. When your gut is healthy, only key nutrients and fluids are "allowed in" or absorbed, through the checkpoints while harmful bacteria, toxins, parasites, yeast, and viruses are kept out. Every inch of your gut is defended by the beneficial bacteria, enzymes, mucus, and immune substances whose job it is to keep the entire length of this border - which represents the largest part of your immune system - protected and functioning optimally.

Many things can threaten the integrity of your digestive tract. Prolonged stress, your diet, certain medications like antibiotics, infections, as well as food allergies and sensitivities can all compromise the health of your gut lining. Fortunately, testing is available to tell whether or not your gut is damaged. Evidence of a leaky gut can be found when substances which you shouldn't be absorbing are identified in your bloodstream along with the presence of certain markers specific to breaks in your intestinal barrier.

If you've been struggling with health issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies/sensitivities, autoimmune illness or depression ask your health care practitioner if intestinal permeability testing is appropriate for you. For more information, feel free to contact us and check out our other blogs on GI health and nutrition. We'll be happy to help you restore health to your body.

References

Bischoff, SC et al. Intestinal permeability--a new target for disease prevention and therapy. BMC Gastroenterol. 2014 Nov 18;14:189

Fasano, A. Zonulin and its regulation of intestinal barrier function: the biological door to inflammation, autoimmunity, and cancer. Physiol Rev. 2011 Jan;91(1):151-75.

Kelly, JR et al. Breaking down the barriers: the gut microbiome, intestinal permeability and stress-related psychiatric disorders. Front Cell Neurosci. 2015 Oct 14;9:392.

The contents of this blog are intended for educational purposes only. The information presented here is not a substitute for proper medical attention, diagnosis, or treatment by a qualified healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider before starting or making any changes to an existing treatment plan, exercise program or dietary regimen, and before using nutritional supplements.

~ Dr. Sarah Williams ~ Concord & Nantucket, Massachusetts ~

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