Leaky gut is a descriptive name for a health problem that can lead to body-wide inflammation and serious autoimmune disorders. Adam Sandahl, DC, CCEP, at Tier Wellness Center, is on the leading edge of leaky gut treatment, using diet and natural supplements to promote healing and restore your health and energy. To learn more about leaky gut syndrome, call the office in Long Beach, California, or book an appointment online.
Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is carefully designed to allow optimal absorption of nutrients and beneficial substances. However, it also has to block harmful substances -- a job that falls to the gastrointestinal barrier.
The barrier consists of a lining that covers the entire surface of your GI tract. It’s made from several layers of tissues that physically block damaging substances. It also contains immune cells ready to destroy harmful organisms.
A leaky gut occurs when the GI barrier is damaged. Even a very small opening in the barrier allows toxins, bacteria, and undigested pieces of food to get into your bloodstream. From there, they travel throughout your body, causing inflammation and disease.
Your gut can sustain damage from many different sources, so these are just a few examples:
In some cases, a condition like celiac disease triggers an autoimmune response that damages the GI barrier. Other causes of a leaky gut, such as an infection or injury, trigger inflammation that damages the barrier.
When harmful substances penetrate the GI barrier, they cause inflammation throughout your body. A leaky gut can cause allergies, asthma, or autoimmune disorders, such as Type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease.
Food sensitivities and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may cause a leaky gut and vice versa; an existing leaky gut can cause these conditions. A progressive cycle may develop when IBD causes a leaky gut, then the leaky gut continues to trigger IBD inflammation and worsen symptoms.
Dr. Sandahl works closely with patients who have a leaky gut, creating individualized treatment plans that may include one or more of the following:
All of these natural treatment options promote healing of your GI barrier. For example, studies show that supplemental bovine colostrum diminishes the barrier’s permeability.
Additionally, a diet rich in antioxidants, probiotics, and dietary fiber (a prebiotic that nourishes gut bacteria) promotes healing of the barrier.
If you develop symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, abdominal pain, achy joints, or skin rashes, call Tier Wellness Center or book an appointment online.