Leaky GUT

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 chronic fatigue, crohn’s, celiac,thyroiditis, ulcerative colitis and other autoimmune conditions. Conditions associated with leaky gut include malnutrition, intestinal infections, autism, steroid drug use, parasites, excessive use of antibiotics and yeast overgrowth.

 

There’s no miracle cure for treating leaky gut, but there are things you can do if you’re suffering from it that can help heal inflammation and restore the integrity of your gut lining.

An anti-inflammatory diet that eliminates refined sugars, dairy, gluten, alcohol and artificial sweeteners – some of the biggest offenders when it comes to inflammation – can be very helpful. Consuming lots of anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids in fish and nuts, and filling up on green leafy vegetables, high-fiber and fermented foods that help to promote the growth of good bacteria is also crucial.

A robust probiotic that contains large amounts of good bacteria can help heal a damaged intestinal lining by restoring balance in the gut flora.

Supplements like glutamine have been shown in some studies to help with intestinal injury after chemotherapy and radiation and may be beneficial in leaky gut.

Most people will notice improvement within 6 weeks, although it may take several months and even years to heal a damaged intestinal lining in extreme cases of leaky gut. Because we’re still learning about leaky gut, many of the treatment guidelines are drawn more from anecdotal observation than from rigorous scientific studies. But they’re sensible recommendations that can lead to improvements in your overall health, whether or not you have increased intestinal permeability.

Leaky gut is one of those diagnoses that bridges the gap between conventional and alternative medicine, between what we can see and touch and what we can feel in our bodies. I refuse to believe that the hundreds of patients I see in my office with unusual and seemingly unrelated complaints are crazy, or just stressed out.

I believe them when they say they feel like they’re being poisoned, or that they think there’s a connection between all their symptoms, even though they don’t know what it is. My hunch is that as our knowledge grows, the theories behind leaky gut will become the foundation for lots of diseases that are widely prevalent in our society, and millions of people will be in a better position to find relief from their suffering.

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Probiotics reduce lung infections and diarrhea in children

Among 336 children who
attended day care centers in Mexico City, those who received a daily dose of
Lactobacillus reuteri had fewer episodes of diarrhea and respiratory tract
infections than did those who were not given the probiotic supplements, a study
showed. The supplement group took antibiotics for an average of 2.7 days,
compared with 4.1 days among the placebo group. The findings appear in the
journal Pediatrics. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog

I have used this probiotic in my practice for children with constipation. It helps with constipation and diarrhea by reestablishing the normal intestinal flora. My patients with colic infants also use this with success. It sells in the stores under the name of GERBER SOOTHE>

Antibodies to Pork occurs in some with Crohn’s disease

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Antibodies to Pork occurs in some with Crohn's disease

Some patients with the Auto immune disease Crohn’s have been shown to make antibodies to pork proteins. They would fare better if they avoided pork in their diet, giving the immune system a break from the offending protein. Its not the only cause of Crohn’s. Infections have been associated as a precipitating factor as well in people who have inherited the gene profile for Crohn’s disease.