In a healthy person the small intestine permits efficient absorption of nutrients while also preventing absorption of undigested food, bacteria and toxins. A damaged gut lining does the opposite and allows increasing amounts of toxic substances into the body.
These are processed by the liver and eventually the liver detoxification processes become overwhelmed and toxins spill over into the blood stream. This precipitates a massive immune system response, which results in inflammation and allergic reactions occurring throughout the body. This inflammatory response may damage distant organs and contributes significantly to illness and many autoimmune conditions including thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis and others.
Leaky Gut has been shown to be associated with many medical conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, inflammatory joint disease, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies or sensitivities, liver dysfunction, psoriasis, eczema, multiple chemical sensitivity, acne, impaired immunity, autism, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease and other autoimmune conditions. Leaky Gut tends to be a chronic debilitating condition. It has many causes and presents with a wide variety of signs and symptoms.
Leaky Gut Syndrome include fatigue, bloating, fuzzy or foggy thinking, impaired memory, digestive problems, headache, anxiety, acne, hair loss, brittle nails, impaired immunity, diarrhoea, excessive wind, food intolerances, joint pain, skin rashes, insomnia, hormone imbalances, shortness of breath and others.
Causes of Leaky Gut, include prolonged stress, poor diet, alcohol, allergies, some medications (especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids), candida fungal infections, coeliac disease, parasitic infection, some hormones (such as oral contraceptives), deficient stomach acid secretion, some enzyme deficiencies and gut dysbiosis (an imbalance of organisms in the gut).
Dysbiotic organisms within the gut produce toxic chemicals and when they die, fragments of their cell walls (known as endotoxin or lipopolysaccharide) are released and absorbed into the bloodstream. Lipopolysaccharide is one of the most potent stimulators of the inflammatory response known and is the cause of much of the tissue damage that arises from a Leaky Gut. Fortunately there are a number of simple, non-invasive tests for Leaky Gut and very effective treatment plans that rapidly heal the gut and restore normal digestive function.
Programmes to heal distant organ damage, treat allergies and restore normal biochemistry and hormone balance, involving diet, lifestyle modification and nutritional supplements, are also very effective. Restoration of healthy energy levels and wellness is extremely rewarding and allows sufferers of the often debilitating symptoms arising from Leaky Gut to rapidly return to normal functioning.