In Leaky Gut Syndrome, the lining of the small intestine becomes inflamed and irritated allowing metabolic and microbial toxins normally kept within the small intestines for passage into the colon to enter the blood stream.
Leaky Gut could be implicated as a primary contributor to asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, eczema, rashes, migraine, irritable bowel, fungal disorders, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory joint disorders including rheumatoid arthritis. It also contributes to PMS, uterine fibroid, breast fibroids, chronic fatigue syndrome and pediatric immune deficiencies.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a very common problem of modern society in part because of antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like Motrin, Advil, Aleve, which damage the natural balance the bowel requires to operate optimally.
Antibiotics damage the bowel environment in two ways. The first is by destroying beneficial bacteria.
The second way antibiotics damage the intestines is by promoting the growth of Candida and other fungi and yeast. Candida overgrowth may precipitate Leaky Gut Syndrome
The damage done by Candida is to the intestinal epithelial barrier, allowing the absorption of toxins and chemicals to enter the blood and affect numerous organs, including the brain
With leaky gut, nutrients can be absorbed before they are fully digested. The body’s immune response, through specific antigen-antibody markers (the food IgG test), will identify some of these foods as foreign invaders. Every time that particular food contacts the lining of the intestines, an inflammatory immune response is mounted that further damages the epithelial lining Food “allergies” may become a common secondary contributor to maintaining the leaky gut, even after the yeast is eradicated.
The most common food allergies are dairy, eggs, gluten grains (wheat, barley,oats, rye), corn, beans (especially soy), and nuts. It is uncommon to have an allergy to meat, rice, millet, vegetables, or fruit. When an IgG antibody to a food is detected, it is important distinguish a real allergy – that which causes an inflammatory reaction.
While lactobacillus supplementation is often recommended to help with leaky gut and Candida overgrowth, most of the lactobacillus sold today does not survive in the intestine, either due to poor terrain or due to being a strain that does not implant in the human intestines. There are specific Lactobacillus preparations available that do implant and do help establish a healthy intestinal environment.
Summary of Common Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome:
Consumption of allergenic foods
For infants, premature birth
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Alcohol consumption (depletes N-acetyl glucosamine)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ( depletes N-acetyl glucosamine)
Steroids (prednisone, Medrol, cortisone, etc.)
Deficiencies of amino acids that support the gastrointestinal lining (glutamine, arginine, taurine, BCAA, etc.)
Zinc or vitamin A deficiency
Digestive tract infections (bacteria, yeast, parasites, viruses)
Excessive sugar leading to yeast and bacterial overgrowth