Until recently, I thought Leaky Gut Syndrome was a whole different issue from Celiac disease but read my research – very surprising to me.
Leaky gut is a condition caused by damage to the bowel lining. What happens, basically, is that the damaged bowel lining allows toxins, undigested foods, waste, macromolecules and microbes to enter the intestines.
According to http://www.leakygut.co.uk Leaky Gut syndrome is linked with several other conditions such as Celiac disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eczema, Dermatitis, Ulcerative Colitis and more (Go to Leaky Gut Syndrome) for a complete list.
The symptoms of Leaky Gut vary from patient to patient but can include any of the following:
• Abdominal spasms
• Anal irritation
• Anaphylactic reactions
• Autoimmune disease
• Brain fog
• Brittle/splitting nails
• Chemical sensitivities
• Chronic abdominal pain
• Chronic fatigue/muscle weakness
• Compromised immune system
• Constant hunger or depleted appetite
• Constipation or diarrhea
• Fever with no apparent cause
• Food allergies/intolerance (including celiac)
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Hair loss (alopecia)
• Heartburn/acid reflux
• Joint pain/arthritis
• Liver issues
• Low libido
• Memory difficulties
• Mood swings
• Muscle cramps/pain
• Myofacial pain
• Recurring bladder/vaginal infections
• Shortness of breath/asthma
• Swollen lymph glands
Many of these symptoms occur in patients with Celiac disease as well.
What can you do if you think you have leaky gut syndrome?
There are many different ideas on how to treat this, so I have combined all of the ideas that I ran across. I don’t want anyone to self-diagnose or self-treat this. You need to seek professional help but use the info in this blog to talk to your doctor.
So here goes:
Stay away from:
• Fatty foods
• Gluten (wheat, rye, barley and uncertified oats)
• Refined carbohydrates
Talk to your doctor about doing a safe cleanse of the gut, elimination of candida yeast and parasites.
Avoid NSAIDs, get lots of exercise, drink plenty of water and take probiotic supplements that contain Bifidus, acidophilus and lactobacillus.
Other helpful food supplements include:
• Aloe vera juice
• Anti-oxidants (Vitamin A, C, and E as well as beta carotene)
• Co-enzyme Q-10
• Digestive enzymes (Alpha-galactosidase, amylase, beta-glucanase, cellulose, glycoamylase, hemicellulase, inverstase, lactase, lipase, maltase, pectinase, peptidase, phytase, protease, xylanase)
• MSM (Methyl sulfonyl methane)
• Olive leaf extract
• Shark liver oil
• Virgin coconut oil
To find out more about leaky gut syndrome, visit the following sites:
Or talk to your health care professional.