Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is the name given to a very common health disorder in which the intestinal lining is more permeable, or porous, than normal. The abnormally large spaces present between the cells of the gut wall allow the entry of toxic material into the blood stream that would, under normal circumstances, be repelled and eliminated.

How does leaky gut syndrome develop?

Inflammation of the lining of the gut appears to be the root cause of leaky gut syndrome. This inflammation may have many catalysts, including prescription hormones (such as birth control pills and/or hormone replacement therapy) and prescription corticosteroids (such as hydrocortisone); antibiotics; and processed foods and drinks that contain parasites, mold or fungus. Large amounts of refined carbohydrates such as chocolate bars, cookies, soft drinks or white bread; an increased intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which results in a shortage of important enzymes; or an increased usage of caffeine and alcohol may also be involved. As a result of the excessively porous gut wall, harmful microorganisms are able to enter the circulatory system. This in turn can lead to many systemic inflammatory and immune-related symptoms and conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, eczema, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s disease, chronic urticaria (hives) and inflammatory bowel disease.

What are the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome may involve facial swelling when exposed to strong smells; gas, bloating and post-meal cramping; bouts of diarrhea and constipation; headaches; irritability; and lack of concentration. Individuals with leaky gut syndrome will eventually complain of fatigue, headaches, memory loss, poor concentration or irritability.

At Sunridge Medical, our highly-trained physicians are experts in providing an integrated approach to the treatment of cancer and chronic disease. Our treatment plans are individualized, and involve both traditional and alternative medicines.

The physicians at Sunridge Medical have found that symptoms frequently can be improved and even reversed with our natural treatments. We take a holistic approach to patient care and strive not only treat the disease, but also alleviate symptoms, increase quality of life and, most importantly, address the underlying cause of disease.

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