You’ve probably heard the term “Leaky Gut” mentioned online, in blogs and health-related discussions. You might wonder: What is a “Leaky Gut” and do I have it?
The medical term for “Leaky Gut” is increased intestinal permeability.
What are possible symptoms of this disease?
- Bloating, belching, excess gas, recurrent heartburn and acid reflux or irritable bowel syndrome
- Food intolerance, gluten sensitivity or celiac disease
- Allergies, asthma or eczema
- Autoimmune problems, like Hashimoto thyroiditis, psoriasis or joints pain
- Problems with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and brain fog
- Hormonal imbalance, like PMS
- Mood disorders, like depression, anxiety or even ADHD/ADD
- Memory loss and other neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer’s dementia and Parkinson’s disease
As apparent by the long list of ailments associated with a leaky gut, our gut plays a major role in our health and disease. It separates us from the outside environment. The lining of the intestines allows absorption of nutrients from what we eat, and eliminates waste from the inside of our body. The gut prevents us from losing water and electrolytes, and the entry of allergens that promote an immune response and can cause allergies and autoimmune disorders. It protects us from microorganisms, like bacteria, fungi, parasites, that can cause infections.
When this natural barrier breaks down, we can develop different problems, which could be just an annoyance, if it’s a minor damage to the lining, or it might be advanced enough that it affects your life, and may even become irreversible, if the condition has not been addressed in a timely fashion.
Multiple factors can cause the damage: our diet, medications, stress, toxins, infection, aging, hormonal imbalance, etc.
To treat the damage in your gut, you need to find the culprit, eliminate it and address the healing, prior to it causing permanent damage to your body,
For the ways to treat a “Leaky Gut” please schedule an appointment with Dr. Koganski at 215-750-7000 or www.NewtownInternalMedicine.com