More and more I am seeing clients coming to me with “digestive issues”. It is such a common occurrence these days but with careful evaluation and treatment, it CAN be successfully treated!
Leaky Gut Syndrome is referred to as Intestinal Permeability. This involves damage or alterations to the lining of the bowel. Because this means the bowel is more permeable, toxins, microbes and undigested food can leak through the gut wall. These leaking substances can cause so many problems in the rest of the body when they leak through the intestine! This is what leads to the symptoms that are associated with leaky gut syndrome.
Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome
Most people who have Leaky Gut Syndrome don’t even realize they have it. The problem with diagnosing it is that it is associated with many possible symptoms. These people may occasionally get symptoms of it but not realize it or ignore it thinking it is from something else.
Most common symptoms of Leaky Gut are:
· Excessively passes wind (flatulence)
· Chronic abdominal pain
· Occurrences of diarrhea
· Feeling bloated
· Problems sleeping at night time
· Chronic depression
· Chronic fatigue
· Muscular pain in joints
· Muscle cramps
Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome
The most common causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome which is an increased permeability in the gut wall are:
· Excessive stress
· Parasitic infections
· Eating an unbalanced diet
· Celiac disease
Treatment for Leaky Gut Syndrome
There are quite a few things that individuals with Leaky Gut Syndrome can do to treat the condition such as:
· Consume homemade Bone Broth daily – the bones, marrow and skin contain Collagen and Amino Acids (Proline & Glycine). It is an important addition to any treatment regime for Leaky Gut Syndrome, other disorders such as Gastric Ulcers, Reflux, Heartburn and any other conditions associated with GUT inflammation.
· Probiotics – one of the most common treatments as it is necessary to encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut.
· Changes to the current diet can help improve the symptoms. These can include reducing sugar intake, avoiding caffeine, avoiding alcohol and eating more whole foods instead of the processed kind.
· Glutamine – repairs the lining of the intestine and reduces damage and
· Avoiding carbonated soft drinks.
· Stress management techniques to assist with relaxation.
Written by Trudy Kither, Naturopath, Palmwoods