By Justin Pearce, D.C.
Millpond Wellness Center
The evidence is so compelling for Leaky Gut Syndrome’s ability to dismantle the immune system and cause numerous illnesses and disorders, that now even many physicians in western medicine are recognizing it as a dangerous condition and trying to find suitable treatment options for their patients.
Leaky gut is nothing new. Decades ago, medical professionals referred to it as intestinal permeability and understood fractions of its ability to cause illnesses. In fact, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, declared, “All disease begins in the gut.” In our advanced, modern medicine age, we now know precisely which proteins, microbiota, and microorganisms are responsible for the mucosal and epithelial damage or leaks. The natural functioning of our intestinal wall is to allow nutrients to pass through, but with Leaky gut, large openings enable dangerous substances to enter the bloodstream. This happens when the TJs, or tight junctions in the intestinal wall open and cause seepages.
Why is Leaky Gut a Considerable Disorder?
Our immune systems are essential for our overall wellbeing and the ability to fight off diseases and viral infections. However, many people are unaware of the fact that the gut has a great deal to do with direct immune function. Nearly 80% of our immune system is housed within the gut. When the gut lining is damaged, toxins, antigens, undigested food particles, and bacteria can leak through the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream. When this happens, your immune system tries to overcompensate and works in overdrive to attack the toxic substances in the blood. It can also exacerbate the immune system and turn it against the body, causing it to attack itself because it confuses its own cells with the foreign substances; this is called molecular mimicry. This type of immune response is known to cause and intensify autoimmune disorders. Many individuals, who have an autoimmune disease, are unaware that they have leaky gut syndrome, and in turn, those that have undergone leaky gut dietary and lifestyle changes have alleviated or lessened their autoimmune disease symptoms.
Do you suffer from bloating, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease, acid reflux, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, thyroid disorders, IBS, Celiac disease, hormonal imbalance, skin disorders, Parkinson’s, cognitive decline or other chronic disorders? If you do, you should have a full panel of lab work performed to find out if you have leaky gut and what’s causing your condition.
Lab Work and Testing
• Evaluation of your symptoms
• Functional intestine testing
• Gastrointestinal tract and stool testing
• Measurements of digestive enzymes, inflammation, and bacterial overgrowth
• Blood work (in-depth)
What Causes Leaky Gut?
Many issues can lead to the breakdown of the intestinal mucosal lining. Unfortunately, most of them are self-inflicted through our diet, lifestyle, or environmental factors.
• Environmental toxins
• Alcohol consumption
• Good & bad bacterial imbalance
• Candida overgrowth
• Systemic inflammation
Symptoms of Leaky Gut
• Arthritis or joint pain
• Autoimmune diseases
• Brain fog
• Chronic diarrhea or Constipation
• Cognitive decline
• Cravings for sugar or carbs
• Depression, anxiety, ADHD
• Gas or bloating
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Weakened immune system
• Skin issues (acne, eczema or rosacea)
If you believe you have leaky gut, it’s imperative to get tested and receive functional medicinal care to treat and reverse your disorder, and to alleviate the complications of long-term gut permeability and the diseases that are so often related to the disorder. Functional medicine calls on treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually using holistic and alternative approaches.
Microbiome dysfunction is the primary offender in all inflammatory disorders, including thyroid conditions. The physicians at Millpond Wellness Center custom tailor dietary recommendations, and also advocate specific supplementation and herbal therapies to improve cellular response, thyroid synthesis, and function. They also provide food sensitivity and allergy panels to make each patient’s nutrition plan specific to their needs. For example, if an individual is allergic to cruciferous vegetables, eliminating broccoli and cabbage from their diet could do wonders for their systemic function and overall health.
Millpond’s Synergistic Approach
Combined methods are always optimal for inflammatory conditions. At Millpond Wellness Center, their motto is, “We don’t guess—We test.” There are a variety of approaches to healing medical conditions, such as chronic pain and injuries, and at Millpond Wellness Center, they find healthier alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine. If you’re ready to end your persistent suffering, contact their team today to schedule an appointment and start your healing process.
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