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Leaky Gut FAQ

Leaky Gut FAQ

Leaky gut is also referred to as increased intestinal permeability. There is not a lot known about this condition since it is not recognized as a medical diagnosis.

What Is Leaky Gut?

The belly has an extensive intestinal lining. When it works properly, it forms a tight barrier that controls what is absorbed into your bloodstream. If you have an unhealthy gut lining, there can be holes or cracks and this allows digested food and toxins to penetrate the tissues. This causes changes in the gut flow and inflammation and this can lead to issues within your digestive tract. Leaky gut plays a role in different gastrointestinal conditions, such as Crohn's disease, IBS, and celiac disease.

Who Gets Leaky Gut?

Everyone has some degree of leaky gut since the barrier is not going to be completely impermeable. Some people may be more sensitive to changes within the digestive system. Diets high in saturated fats and sugar and low in fiber, which are increasingly common, can contribute to the condition. Stress and high alcohol use also disrupt the balance. While leaky gut already is a factor for some gastrointestinal conditions, it may also be a factor in other issues found in the body, such as arthritis, asthma, acne, obesity, and autoimmune diseases.

What Are the Symptoms of Leaky Gut?

Symptoms vary depending on the underlying cause. For example, IBS can cause bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. Celiac disease can cause constipation, nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, bloating, gas, and weight loss.

What Are Treatment Options for Leaky Gut?

Treating leaky gut will require different strategies. The first step is to try and relieve symptoms and reduce inflammation. Functional medicine will play a big role in treating leaky gut by determining food intolerances and removing them from your diet.

Can You Prevent Leaky Gut?

Improving your overall digestive health can help prevent leaky gut. Sticking to a regular exercise routine can also help.

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For more information on identifying and treating leaky gut, call Nichols Chiropractic at (785) 537-2211.

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