What there is to know about leaky gut syndrome
Reviewed by Sarah Mckinley, MD
Leaky gut syndrome affects a staggering amount of people, some without even realising it. Approximately 50% of chronic complaints are down to leaky gut syndrome but in most cases it goes undiagnosed. Even most medical professionals have only a limited knowledge of the condition and many don’t recognise the symptoms.
Your digestive track plays an incredibly important role in your overall health as 80% of your immune system is here. The symptoms caused by leaky gut syndrome are broad and varied and it is estimated that around 90% of all chronic conditions are in some way associated with declining gut health. Attempting to sure or relieve all of the many symptoms caused by leaky gut syndrome is almost impossible. The best approach to take is to tackle the underlying problem, which can very often be linked to the gut.
When the lining of the digestive track becomes inflamed or irritated, it will begin to wear away and break down. When this happens, gaps can appear in between the intestinal cells allowing toxins, pathogens and food particles to enter the blood stream. This causes continued stress and increased workload on the liver, the immune system and the hormonal system without given them any time to rest and repair. This is what causes the development of many serious conditions including chronic fatigue, depression, arthritis, autoimmune disease, joint pain, migraines, eczema and fibromyalgia. Leaky gut syndrome can also lead to irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and chronic sinusitis.
Most of these symptoms and conditions would clear up by themselves if leaky gut syndrome were properly treated. Healing supplements are available but often it requires a change in lifestyle and an appropriate diet in order to repair and maintain a healthy gut. If these changes aren’t made in order to take better care of the gut, it is likely that the related symptoms and conditions will continue to get progressively worse. You will find your health continuing to decline and new, more severe symptoms appearing. Many people chose to medicate and treat the symptoms rather than addressing the real problem. This only works to mask the condition not to deal with it.
Leaky gut syndrome should be taken seriously. If it is left too long without the appropriate treatment, it can develop into autoimmune disease. The effects of which cannot always be undone. Stay aware of leaky gut syndrome and if you are experiencing any of the associated symptoms, speak to your doctor about whether it could be down to your gut and how you can go about making the necessary lifestyle changes to improve your health.