Leaky Gut

Description: 

The lining of the gut is a semi permeable membrane across which it selectively takes up properly digested fats, proteins and carbohydrates. In leaky gut syndrome the spaces in between the cells that line the intestines become irritated, inflamed and as the name suggests 'leaky'. This allows larger molecules such as bacteria, toxins and partially digested food to pass through into the bloodstream, the body reacts to them as foreign invaders, activating the immune system leading to widespread inflammation and a worsening of any other digestive problems.

Other Common Names: 

Leaky Gut Syndrome, LGS.

Symptoms: 

Abdominal Pain, Anaphylactiod Reactions, Migraines, Muscle Pain or Cramps, Shortness of Breath, Anxiousness

Additional Symptoms: 

Heartburn, Bloatedness, Fevers, Mood Swings, Poor Immunity and Fatigue.

Possible Causes: 

A diet low in fibre, high in refined carbohydrates with too much alcohol and caffeine is an aggravating factor. One of the biggest causes is the use of Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS). The most well known ones are aspirin and Ibuprofen. These are known to have an adverse effect on the stomach lining. The following conditions are associated with leaky gut syndrome: any autoimmune disease, crohns disease, acne, hives, allergies, autism, depression, constipation, diarrhoea, inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis and skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.

Associated Diagnostics: 

Health conditions such as leaky gut are complex and have many contributing factors, some conditions may be managed through diet and nutrition alone, whilst others may require one or more tests.
If your symptoms indicate the need for testing we will select the correct diagnostic protocols for your condition.
Intestinal Permeability Test, Digestive Function, Food Sensitivity Screen, IgG Food Antibodies, Coeliac Test, Nutrition Profile, Amino Acids, Oxidative Stress.