If this is the first time you have heard about Leaky Gut Syndrome, don’t be surprised. The term is not widely used in the conventional medical community. Many health care professionals in the natural health care arena however are very aware of its presence and the devastating effects it can have on your body if left untreated. If you are seeking a medical term for this condition it is termed: increased intestinal permeability.
So What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome is really not a disease. It is a collection of conditions that together can be quite debilitating. Leaky gut syndrome is the inflamed lining of your intestine which has become so irritated that the porousness of the lining is impaired. In order words, the lining or coating of your intestines which normally acts as a barrier wall to allow any digestive products or wastes to enter through is unable to work as a protective blockade.
These waste materials and poisons that enter your blood stream will elicit a response called an autoimmune reaction. It’s here that your autoimmune defense system will assault your own body’s cells. If this siege continues, gastrointestinal complications will begin to multiply in number and severity.
Some of the symptoms of an autoimmune response such as this are excess gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps. As these symptoms grow and become more progressively worse, your physician may diagnose these conditions as separate disease processes and not attribute them as a result of leaky gut syndrome.
Some of the causes usually attributed to these symptoms but not diagnosed as leaky gut are:
– Drinking Alcohol
– Some Medications Prescription Or Over The Counter
– Diseases Of The Autoimmune System
– Infections Caused By Candida
– Chronic Or Frequent Constipation
– Unrelieved Stress
– Food Allergies Or Sensitivities
– Hypo-acidity In The Stomach Excessive
– Toxins In The Environment
– Diet Low In Fiber
– Ingesting Too Many Processed Foods
– Vitamin And Nutritional Insufficiency
– Severe Burns
These conditions are usually treated as disorders themselves. We try to cure them on a one to one basis. This is not successful because we are treating the problem and not the cause which is the “leaky gut.” As the waste material and poisons overtake your body, they become more prolific in your blood stream. Your blood will carry these toxins to other body organs which are already stressed.
Your Hepatic System And Leaky Gut Syndrome
Did you know that the very first line of defense in your body to get rid of toxins is your liver? The more waste products and poisons that enter your body’s blood stream, the harder your liver must work at eliminating them. Your liver becomes a non-stop treatment plant.
The good news is that is a powerful organ that can clear your body of toxins. The bad news is that like anything else, it can become overrun with those waste products and not be able to detoxify them. No room at the inn so to speak. The only alternative to a liver which is overworked and overloaded with toxins is to return those contaminates right back where they came from – into your bloodstream to circulate and land elsewhere.
Your hematological (blood) system is always striving to keep up an equal balance or in medical jargon “homeostasis.
Your body craves to be stable internally so that it can function at optimum level. As your blood senses an imbalance of chemicals and foreign materials in your system, it will work to make sure that an equilibrium occurs. Your circulatory mechanisms will begin to deposit those poisonous toxins in your tissues we call the tissue matrix.
Lymph System To The Rescue
Your lymphatic system is a vital part of your immune system which senses when toxins are infiltrating your body. These structures have been well developed to create an equal balance or healthy harmony in your body. The lymph’s function is to diffuse these wastes but its potential to completely eradicate these poisons can only go so far.
If not successful in accomplishing this neutralization, then the matrix tissue and the liver must assimilate the overload. These organs if overworked will eventually become toxic themselves.
As the onslaught continues and if left unresolved, over time, the gastrointestinal disorder will now grow rapidly into a toxic tissue condition. This escalating problem can spark a series of events that will eventually lead to tissue deterioration. Once this happens, bacteria will be free to grow and multiply.
In addition to infection, your lymphatic fluids begin to gather throughout your system. The presence of this type of inflammation will be seen in the form of swelling. This swelling is the primary source of the many signs and symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome.
Truth Or Consequences Of Toxin Build Up
Can too may toxins be harmful to your health? The answer is a definite “yes”. If an overload of wastes and poisons build up, your immune system just like your liver will become exhausted and no longer will be able to defend your body against them. There is a great chance that these toxins will eventually enter your body. As the invasion continues, your immune system also becomes run-down.
How can the immune system be so affected? The answer is simple. Approximately 70% percent of your immune system is essentially established in and around your digestive tract. This part of the immune system is termed GALT (gut-associated lymphatic tissues). The tissues of the lymph system are situated in the lining of your digestive tract and in the mucus lining of the intestine.
An Over Stressed Liver Is Door To Further Problems
Given that the immune system is already over-worked, it is unable to help your liver in detoxifying your body. When this happens, the liver literally stands alone and is unable to process as it should. Your liver literally becomes exhausted.
Bacteria and toxins will now begin to accrue in deleterious levels. A new culprit will now enter the playing field in the form infection we call opportunistic infections. This causes your body to acquire illness and disease which under normal circumstances you would not be able to “pick up.” This is due to the very weakened and debilitated state of your immune system.
Your Liver Is Not Alone
Another organ which comes to the rescue of detoxifying your body is the adrenal gland. These are two glands that lie on top of each of your kidneys. They are crucial in your fighting off infection. Like your liver and immune system, over work will eventually diminish the function to fight off unwelcome invaders into your body.
If the leaky gut syndrome is not corrected, the hormone that your adrenal glands produced to fight off infection called cortisol will be depleted. If your adrenal gland continually battles these toxins without a respite, it too as well will become dysfunctional and overworked. A test to decide if your cortisol level is low will be diagnosed as adrenal exhaustion.
Some of the indicators of adrenal exhaustion or fatigue may manifest itself as:
– Trouble concentrating
– Lethargy or exhaustion
– Unrestful sleep
– Continual tiredness
– Difficulty Handling Stressful Situations
Knowledge Is Power
Having a basic grasp about the development of leaky gut syndrome and all its implications, you can begin to sense that diagnosis of this condition can be difficult given the various conditions that arise from this mysterious disorder.
Take heart. Knowledge is power. It is true that these conditions do impact your health and your life. But by being aware of how this syndrome comes about and the wonderful way your body functions to protect your health can lead you to determine if you may suffer from leaky gut syndrome.
Being familiar with this information can help you take steps to seeking help and finding a cure if you know the cause. Take action by being informed. This is the best line of defense to being on the road to recovery.