Leaky Gut Syndrome

leaky-gutLeaky Gut Syndrome is a term used to describe a series of gastrointestinal symptoms including bloating, cramps, food sensitivities and food intolerance, gas, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome. Leaky gut is becoming more common as a group of symptoms but still remains a medical mystery.

One possible explanation of Leaky Gut Syndrome involves the increased permeability of the intestines as they become inflamed by a variety of natural or environmental causes. Basically, if your intestinal lining is inflamed by (as an example) aspirin, it becomes porous and allows intestinal contents to pass through the “gut” directly into the bloodstream causing additional complications.

This porous stomach and intestinal lining could allow undigested proteins, bacteria, toxic heavy metals and fungi to pass directly into your blood leading to chronic conditions and disorders. Once in the blood, these substances are attacked by your immune system and white blood cells in an attempt to control and defend against them or eliminate them.

A second possible explanation of Leaky Gut is the growth and spread of candida. Candida is a yeast-like, parasitic fungus that sends out “roots” through your intestines in search of food. These root-like structures can tear the intestinal lining allowing your gut to leak into your abdominal cavity or into your bloodstream.

Factors contributing to Leaky Gut Syndrome

Poor diet. Poor and low fiber diets allow foods to accumulate and irritate the intestinal lining causing a weakness in the barrier between intestinal contents and the bloodstream. Processed foods, fats and sugars increase this inflammation.

Medications. Many modern medicines can aggravate inflammation and leaky gut. NSAIDs and especially aspirin actively irritate the mucosal lining of the intestinal tract. Birth control drugs and steroids stimulate the growth of fungi that damage the gut.

Alcohol. Long-term alcohol use (or abuse) erodes the lining of the stomach and intestine.

Stress and ulcers. Chronic stress eventually leading to ulcers damage the lining of the stomach and intestines allowing the gut to leak.

The causes of, and contributing factors to, Leaky Gut Syndrome are many and may seem unavoidable, but there is good news. You can take positive steps to stop the disease from progressing and control it. You can take control of your health and say goodbye to your Leaky Gut Syndrome with the Leaky Gut CureDiscover 3 simple but highly effective techniques to start healing your Leaky Gut today!

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