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Do You Have a “Leaky Gut”?

Hippocrates said all disease begins in the gut, and modern medicine has confirmed that immune function and gastrointestinal health are interdependent. When illnesses such as diabetes or autoimmune disease, poor diet (excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, food preservatives, excessive alcohol) and stress (including pollution, pesticides, and overuse of antibiotics) overload the digestive system, increased intestinal permeability can result. Sometimes called “leaky gut syndrome”, this allows bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, undigested food, and waste to pass through the intestinal wall. When these substances enter the bloodstream, the immune system reacts by creating antibodies against its own tissues. Chronic overstimulation of the immune system leads to inflammation and autoimmune disease. Increased intestinal permeability may lead to food allergies and mineral deficiencies and reduce the ability to resist infectious organisms. Symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, or bloating; fatigue; headaches; confusion or difficulty concentrating; skin problems; and joint pain. To help relieve symptoms and reduce inflammation associated with increased intestinal permeability, it can be helpful to limit alcohol and eliminate high-fat and high-sugar processed foods. 

Treatment can include probiotics and supplements such as glutamine.  Ask our pharmacist for more information.



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