What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome and How Do You Know If You Have It?

How Leaky Gut Syndrome Is Like A Bad Party Crasher

Consider, for a moment, your digestive tract as a party: it’s all the rage, lots of action, bacteria taking care of business, dancing the digestive monster mash….but it’s exclusive, oh yes, selective in fact. Your intestinal membrane is like a big formidable bouncer, and if someone is not on the list- they don’t get in.

Now imagine that your bouncer is tired dealing with all the stress: there are damaging antibiotics messing with the bacteria “cool kids,”  NSAIDS (Advil, aspirin, Tylenol, Alleve, etc.) corroding the doors, trigger happy toxins looking for a fight.

Before you know it, he’s stretched too thin, leaving the doors ajar and in walks all manner of riffraff. Now you’ve got a problem. Security hustles over in the form of your immune system and in the chaos things start getting out of control, it’s a domino effect of friendly fire, toxic overload, body out of whack.

That’s leaky gut syndrome, a modern ailment and a modern indicator of the toxic world our bodies have to deal with.

Leaky gut syndrome is a malady that is not widely accepted as an official medical condition, and yet there is a growing body of research that supports the concern that practitioners of whole body health care having been voicing for years.

Through studies and investigations it is becoming clear that when your intestinal lining becomes too permeable, the effects of the unwanted toxins and particles in your intestines has a ripple effect across your entire body.

Leaky gut is also now thought to be linked to auto-immune disease because it causes your immune system into overdrive. And once your body crosses over into full blown disease there is often no turning back.

Talk About a Hangover

Leaky gut syndrome really puts an end to the soiree that was your functioning intestinal tract. Once the permeability of the intestinal wall is breached by unwanted or unfamiliar particles, the symptoms are as varied as they are unpleasant:

  • abdominal, muscle, and joint pain
  • fatigue, poor memory, confusion, anxiety
  • bladder infections, vaginal infections
  • diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, indigestion

Health practitioners are now finding associations between leaky gut syndrome and many different chronic and acute problems:

  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Hives, acne, eczema, psoriasis
  • Allergies, food sensitivities
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

You Gotta Fight, For Your Right, To Paarrrty!

Leaky gut syndrome can be caused or worsened by many factors. Avoiding excess stress is always appreciated by your internal systems, and a poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided.

Antibiotic overuse, NSAID medications, environmental toxins and intestinal infections also make the problem worse. With the ever increasing toxic load that your body carries, it becomes more and more important to maintain good, fortifying health and to rid yourself of harmful toxins.

Green Health Acupuncture is dedicated to a whole body approach, where ever you are on your road to better health. If you suspect you may have leaky gut syndrome we recommend testing for it.

In addition, Green Health Acupuncture offers a complete program for repairing leaky gut syndrome. Call today to learn more: 310-831-2202

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