So you say you have gas, bloating, and digestive upset? But wait, you also have body aches and pains, joint pain and stiffness, allergies, and many other symptoms you think are not related to your gut...or are they?
What is leaky gut syndrome?
When it comes to the lining of the intestines, we want the cells of the wall to be tight in order to keep fluids, particles, and waste in their place. This barrier is maintained by what is called intestinal tight junctions. With leaky gut syndrome, the intestinal lining has become permeable to large particles and toxins because of a protein we make called Zonulin that unzips the tight junctions.
Because these unwanted particles can cross the intestinal lining, they can cause inflammation and other symptoms elsewhere in the body.
What are the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome?
Besides digestive symptoms, such as gas, bloating, and inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome can cause symptoms outside of the gastrointestinal tract. For example, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, eczema, chronic fatigue, depression, heart failure, thyroid disease, and possibly autoimmune conditions—can be due to having leaky gut syndrome.
How can we help test and treat leaky gut?
At SFNM, we can do testing that is specific for leaky gut syndrome. Once we know that you have this condition, we can investigate the possible causes such as infection, food allergens, trauma, toxins, or even over-the-counter medications like NSAIDS. We are experienced in treating all forms of inflammation, and knowing what is causing the inflammation helps us decide which treatment is best for you. If you want answers and think you may be experiencing leaky gut syndrome, call to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained doctors.