Minnesota Leaky Gut Syndrome Doctor
Do you suffer with arthritis, allergies, depression, eczema, hives, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia? Then you may be suffering from a poorly understood condition known as "Leaky Gut Syndrome". Possibly you have come across this condition when searching the Internet or talking to a friend, usually you do not find out about it from your conventional healthcare provider.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
A very simple analogy is that of a coffee filter that has been damaged allowing coffee grounds through to muddy up your morning brew. The small intestine is only one cell thick. It performs many complex functions, one is to act as a barrier or filter that keeps bad things out and only lets in the things your body needs. This barrier is important because anything inside your digestive tract is still outside of you. This is why your digestive tract contains 70% of your immune system, it is positioned there to defend against foreign invaders.
Damage in Leaky Gut Syndrome
The damage is done to the "glue" that holds the intestinal cells to each other. With this leaky gut foreign molecules like toxins, microbes, undigested food proteins can escape from your small intestines into your bloodstream. With 70% of your immune system in your G.I. lining it has ample opportunity to mark these "foreign invaders" as pathogens and attack them. This immune response will cause local G.I problems (e.g. IBS and IBD) and systemic inflammation leading to multiple symptoms such as chronic pain, fatigue, depression. The leaking through of undigested food proteins, that your immune system reacts to, is a primary cause of food allergies. If you have multiple food allergies this is a strong indication that you have a leaky gut. Another problem with Leaky Gut Syndrome is that damage to the small intestine can cause malabsorption of vital minerals and nutrients including zinc, iron and vitamin B12.
What Does the Scientific Literature Say?
Leaky Gut Syndrome is well-established as a real problem and is known as "increased intestinal permeability". Recent research published in the well-respected journal Neuroendocrinology Letters confirmed what I have observed in treating patients with complex disorders. Multiple studies published there showed specific laboratory evidence of "Leaky Gut Syndrome" in individuals who suffered with chronic fatigue, malaise, pain and depression. Furthermore, they demonstrated in the studies that proper treatment with specific diet and nutrients not only reversed the laboratory signs of Leaky Gut Syndrome but improved the symptoms of fatigue, malaise and depression. This recent research demonstrates that not only does this condition exist, but it can cause multiple disorders and if fixed can reverse multiple health issues. A review of the scientific literature also shows that Leaky Gut Syndrome is associated with inflammatory bowel diseases, several types of arthritis, fibromyalgia syndrome, autoimmune disorders, acne, psoriasis, chronic liver disease, as well as numerous conditions triggered by food allergy, including eczema, hives, and irritable bowel syndrome.
What Causes Leaky Gut?
There are many complex causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome but some of the more common ones are typical in our society today that of: poor diet, chronic stress, food allergies, toxin overload, antibiotics and intestinal bacterial imbalance. All these issues can be addressed and corrected with proper guidance along with specific nutrients that help accelerate intestinal healing. One of the chief causes of a "leaky gut" is the use of pain relieving drugs such as NSAIDs for example ibuprofen. All the NSAIDs whether over-the-counter or prescription have been linked to G.I. bleeding and ulceration. Before they cause G.I. bleeding these drugs start by "poking small holes" through your intestinal tract. One will never heal their leaky gut if they are still relying on drugs to get them through the day because of pain.
Do you have chronic pain and fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia syndrome, chronic arthritis, allergies, eczema, an autoimmune disorder? Then you may also have Leaky Gut Syndrome, because it causes or contributes to these conditions. Tired of chasing symptoms, of taking drugs with all their side effects of not getting to the underlying causes of your health problems? If you answered yes, it is vital that you call for a FREE personal consultation on your condition. I will discuss with you how you can reinvent your life, naturally. For directions and to reserve your time, call my clinic at 763-862-7100.