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Leaky Gut Syndrome

Symptoms & Treatment

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) could cause Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Multiple sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, Vasculitis, Crohn's disease, Addison's disease, Lupus, Thyroiditis and other immune system disorders. You can find natural Relief.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome - LGS?

Leaky Gut Syndrome - LGS is a possibly unpleasant sounding name but it describes a gut which is inflamed and has got very porous, (much more porous than it should be), and it is letting large food proteins, bacteria, fungi, metals and toxic substances straight into our blood stream or in more scientific language, an increase in permeability of the intestinal mucosa to luminal macromolecules, antigens and toxins associated with inflammatory degenerative and/or atrophic mucosal damage. Once in the blood stream our immune system is the last line of defense to deal with these substances and it will eventually get overwhelmed if a Leaky Gut is not rectified. While there is no quick cure for Leaky Gut, there are many things that can be done to start healing Leaky Gut Syndrome and eventually regain a normal gut.

Diseases Caused By Leaky Gut Syndrome

These are only some of the Auto-Immune disorders that are all treated very effectively when a leaky gut is healed.

The inflammation caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome also damages the protective coating of the antibodies of the IgA family (immunoglobins) normally present in a healthy gut. The IgA's help our body to ward off infections, however, a leaky gut causes considerable damage to the immune system (IgA's) and makes us less resistant to viruses, bacteria's, parasites, toxic materials, metals and candida.
Another problem a leaky gut creates is a mineral deficiency because the damage that happens to the carrier proteins which are needed for transport of specific minerals are damaged by the inflammatory processes. For example, a magnesium deficiency that is present in most Fibromyalgia patients. This patient can take incredibly high doses of magnesium, however, if the carrier protein for this mineral is damaged, no matter how much of the mineral you take, it will not get into the body where it is needed. This can also be true for some bone disorders. Even a zinc deficiency, which will effect hair loss and some eye disorders (macular degeneration). Copper deficiency can also occur this way which can lead to Osteoarthritis or even elevated blood cholesterol in some cases. For any syndrome that could be connected to a mineral deficiency, or exhibits symptoms that don't seem to go away no matter what you do, you should consider the possibility of a leaky gut.

Cause of Leaky Gut Syndrome

Our intestinal lining replaces itself approximately every 24 hours. This means that every cell that the lining is composed of is digested or sloughed off, and a new one grows to take its place. All this activity means the gut uses more blood when it is resting than any other organ but it is also the first to lose its blood supply when in a fight or flight situation, which is what stress is. If you have a lot of stress then your gut will always be starved for blood and the lining will be impaired.

    Other factors which cause or worsen Leaky Gut Syndrome are:
  • Alcohol and caffeine which irritate the gut wall, this includes cokes (diet and regular), chocolate, coffee, cocoa.
  • Contaminated foods, E. coli and other bacteria's can develop due to poor food handling.
  • Chemicals found in processed and fermented foods (dyes and preservatives), wine, vinegar, soy sauce, tofu, etc.
  • A diet high in refined sugars and other carbohydrates (e.g. candy, cookies, sodas, processed foods and white bread).
  • Foods contaminated by parasites (pork, chicken, fresh water and hatchery fish).
  • Antibiotic use-this causes an overgrowth of fungi (yeast) in the gut due to the immune suppression that occurs.
  • Ingestion of animal products that have been given hormonal and antibiotic treatments.
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Leaky Gut Syndrome Symptoms

Leaky Gut Syndrome symptoms include arthritis, chronic fatigue, Candidiasis, bloating, food allergies, sinusitis, slow thought processes, headaches, lethargy, fluid retention, weight gain, diarrhoea and / or constipation, flatulence, IBS, food intolerance and many other gastric disturbances

Steps to a Non Leaky Gut

  • Don't eat sugar, refined carbohydrates, coffee, fatty foods. Also foods such as are dairy, eggs, gluten grains (wheat, oats, rye), corn, beans (especially soy), and nuts can often cause problems and some people are allergic to garlic also. Exposure to a significant allergy can sabotage the treatment. A diet for Leaky Gut Syndrome can be obtained by eating meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, potatoes, rice, millet, and fruits.
  • Avoid alcohol, especially unpasteurized beer which still has some yeast in it.
  • Cleanse the gut of toxins.
  • Eliminate the candida yeast and its roots in your gut.
  • Eliminate any other parasites in your gut.
  • Provide the right diet and supplements so your body can repair itself.
  • Return the good bacteria to your gut. Probiotic supplements containing Lactobacillus and Bifido can be particularly effective, or eat acidophillus yoghurt if dairy products are OK.
  • Avoid NSAIDs if at all possible.
  • Exercise for half an hour each day. Brisk walking is good.
  • Drink pure water and lots of it!

Food Supplements that aid in helping Leaky Gut Syndrome

Personally I have found taking Shark Liver Oil, Colostrum, Coenzyme Q10, Probiotic supplements, Kolorex Intestinal Care capsules, Barley Grass powder, vitamin C and selenium have worked for me.

For more information on vitamins, the Vitamins and Nutrition Center provides hundreds of articles on vitamins and nutrition, handy vitamin profiles and information on the latest vitamin and nutrition research breakthroughs. Click here to go there.

MSM and The Mucous System's Role

The mucous system in our nasal passages flushes bacteria and viral particles into our stomach where the HCl Acid should kill them. Any that get through to a normal gut should eventually be excreted. Of course a Leaky Gut will let them into the bloodstream.

Research has shown that, when available to it in sufficient levels, MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane appears to coat all the mucus membranes of the body, creating a shield through which:

  • Air-borne allergy-causing contaminants such as household dust (mite faeces), pollens etc. can be shielded from entering the tissue of the lungs and nasal passages, thus reducing the affects of hay fever and asthma.
  • Industrial contaminants such as exhaust gasses, solvents etc. are also hindered.
  • Parasites, such as Cryptosporidium, giardia, salmonella, even hookworm can be dissuaded from entering the walls of the stomach and intestines. This coating can also provide a hostile living environment for parasites.
  • Provide a shield to prevent the roots of the candida yeast culture from penetrating the intestine wall, thus reducing the severity of this disease.
  • Undigested food and toxins are deterred from entering the blood stream through a leaky gut thus reducing one of the most common causes of allergies and auto-immune diseases. Given time, MSM will start to repair the damage causing the gut to leak.

People with high blood pressure need to be careful of MSM and should consult their health professional before taking it.

Literature and Information on Leaky Gut Syndrome

These books are extremely useful. Elizabeth Lipski offers a wealth of information for those with all sorts of digestive problems.

 

I Was Poisoned By My Body...

By Gloria Gilbere PhD

The Odyssey of a Doctor Who Reversed Fibromyalgia, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - Naturally!

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You will find this book and other books for your well being on our 'Literature' page.

Apart from this Leaky Gut Syndrome web site page, you also might find support and information on Fibromyalgia at a National fibromyalgia foundation, association, network group or society in your country or at a web ring.

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