Leaky Gut Syndrome: My Gut is Leaking?!?
Do you suffer from low energy? Brain fog? Inability to lose weight? Food sensitivities? Bloating/Gas? If you do, you might have Leaky Gut Syndrome!
Leaky gut or “increased intestinal permeability” is a condition affecting the lining of the intestines, creating a dysfunctional environment for proper digestion. Normally, the lining of the intestines only let properly digested fats, proteins, and starches pass through the cells that line the gut and the spaces between these cells are sealed. But, when the intestinal lining becomes irritated, those spaces open up and can allow bacteria, toxins, and undigested food to “leak” into the bloodstream. This can trigger an immune response that can lead to chronic inflammation in the body and can contribute to joint pain, skin issues, autoimmune diseases, and further digestive concerns.
What can cause Leaky Gut?
There are many causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome such as: poor diet, stress, low stomach acid, anti-inflammatory medications, candida, food allergies, parasites etc.
Can Leaky Gut be reversed?
Yes! Through diet, herbal medicine, acupuncture and nutritional supplementation, Naturopathic Doctors can help decrease inflammation in the gastro-intestinal system and can help repair intestinal lining to decrease the leaky gut effect.
Contact Dr. Lesley D’Souza, ND to find out how naturopathic medicine can help heal your leaky gut!
Authored by Dr. Lesley D’Souza, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, B.Sc. (Hons)
Dr. Lesley D’Souza, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in women’s health and weight loss. She currently practices at YOUR HEALTH Wellness Centre in Oakville.
Check out www.drlesleynd.com for more information.