What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome – Everything to Know About this Medical Gray Area
It’s not often that our research takes us into such a gray area in the medical field. Typically, we are dealing with health issues such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, joint health, osteoarthritis, even weight management. In these instances, there are identifiable symptoms, causes, risk factors, a diagnosis, and protocols to alleviate or address the condition.
What Is Leaky Gut?
Leaky gut syndrome is a bit like the riddle wrapped in an enigma. Modern medicine is still learning about this sickness. In this article, we’ll discuss current information about leaky gut syndrome. This includes the symptoms, risk factors, complications from other illnesses such as celiac disease and Crohn’s disease, and protocols for a healthy gut and immune system.
Let’s start with a bit of background about that healthy gut and your immune system.
Your Immune System and Your Gut
Your immune system helps defend you against colds, pathogens, viruses, and other “bugs.” But did you know that 80% of your immune cells live in your intestinal tract? It’s true! The digestive system plays an essential role in the healthy function of your immune system. The tens of trillions of beneficial bacteria in your gut are a vital part of keeping every part of your body healthy and functioning.
If you want to stay healthy, taking care of your gut health to power up your natural defenses is paramount.
Leaky Gut – Something of a Medical Mystery
“From an MD’s standpoint, leaky gut is a very gray area,” says gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic. “Physicians don’t know enough about the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ.”
“Leaky gut syndrome” isn’t a diagnosis taught in medical school. Instead, “leaky gut really means you’ve got a diagnosis that still needs to be made,” Kirby says. “You hope that your doctor is a good-enough Sherlock Holmes, but sometimes it is very hard to make a diagnosis.”
Other experts in gut health will acknowledge the existence of leaky gut syndrome but admit they don’t understand it or what regimens might be effective. The condition occurs when substances leak from the small intestine into the bloodstream, referred to as intestinal permeability, or intestinal hyperpermeability.
People with celiac disease or Crohn’s disease also experience similar symptoms, with molecules crossing into the bloodstream. Certain medications, drugs, radiation, and food allergies may also contribute to the condition.
To add to the confusion, the symptoms of leaky gut such as bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains aren’t unique. The same symptoms are present in celiac disease, Crohn’s, and other conditions, making diagnosis particularly problematic. This difficulty in diagnosis means that many people who suffer from leaky gut are totally unaware.
Turning to Alternative Medicine
People suffering from the symptoms of leaky gut often become frustrated. There is frustration with their conventional medical treatment and they tend to seek help from an alternative medicine practitioner. Unfortunately, the most credible people in alternative medicine also acknowledge understanding leaky gut and the protocols to address it are still in their infancy.
Adopting the Most Logical of Protocols
As is the case with so many medical conditions, protocols to address the condition depend on making logical lifestyle choices that we so often quote:
1. Chronic stress may play a role in leaky gut, thus reducing stress is essential. Practice meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, or physical exercise to reduce stress.
2. Adopting a healthy diet. If you are experiencing the symptoms of leaky gut, a visit to a naturopath or nutritionist may be in order.
3. Supplement to support your digestive health and immune system.
GutProtect™ from EffiHealth combines two patented, clinically tested ingredients to support digestive and immune health at its source, in your gut. At EffiHealth, ingredients are always dosed in our products at the precise amount used in the clinical trials.
Ingredient #1 is Epicor®, a multivitamin for your immune system. Epicor® is packed with polyphenols, metabolites, and other compounds with antioxidant properties. It acts as a prebiotic that nourishes the good bacteria in your gut.
The second, advanced ingredient is Probiotic Bacillus Subtilis DE111®, a science-based “super-strain” probiotic for digestive and immune protection. In human clinical studies, DE111 helps crowd out undesirable bacteria, repopulate levels of good bacteria, and promote healthy intestinal balance.
Whether you are experiencing the symptoms of leaky gut or simply want to improve your digestive health and immunity, we suggest you consider GutProtect™ from EffiHealth.