Gastroenterologists and experts say that they do not know enough about the gut, and the leaky gut syndrome yet. The symptoms and clinical features of the syndrome overlap with other disease condition of the GI tract, making diagnosis slightly difficult. Furthermore, little is known about the causes of leaky gut syndrome, its symptoms and treatment-management.
A probable cause of leaky gut syndrome is an increase in intestinal permeability or intestinal hyper-permeability. This happens when tight junctions in the GI tract, which govern what passes through the lining of the bowel, fail to function correctly. Accordingly there occurs a leak of substances in to the bloodstream. However, why or how this occurs is not very clear.
Leaky gut syndrome refers to the condition wherein the bowel lining gets damaged / impaired or altered. This terminology is used by a few practitioners of alternative medicine; however the disorder is not an accepted diagnosis. According to hypothesis, increased permeability of the wall of the gut resulting from poor diet, toxins, infection, parasites or certain medications is the most probable cause of the syndrome.
Causes And Symptoms Of Leaky Gut Syndrome
Experts explain that inflammation of the gut is known to widen the junctions between the cells of the intestinal lining, thereby permitting endo-toxins and partly digested particles to get incompletely absorbed. These get targeted by anti-bodies, forming immune-complexes which trigger a semi-infectious condition and can be carried via blood to far-away sites where they fuel the discharge of cytokines.
Some believe that leaky gut syndrome overlaps with other disease conditions such as – small intestine bacterial overgrowth, systemic candidiasis and yeast syndrome.
A number of alternative practitioners consider that the syndrome is an early point or a link to diabetes, asthma, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.
Leaky Gut Syndrome Symptoms
Symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include:
- Gaseous bloating and abdominal distention.
- Abdominal cramps.
- Food allergies and sensitivities.
- Body aches.
- Low grade fever.
Natural Remedies For Leaky Gut
The treatment of leaky gut syndrome calls for a multi-disciplinary approach:
- Physicians say it is vital to treat underlying disease conditions such as – Crohn’s disease or celiac disease, bacterial or yeast infection, etc. It will frequently resolve the symptoms successfully.
- Dietary changes play a pivotal role in managing a leaky gut effectively. Watch what you eat. Steer clear of the junk and refined food. Most importantly stay away from white flour and sugar. Incorporate loads of fruits and vegetables in to your daily diet.
- Chronic, relentless stress is the main triggering as well as sustaining factor for leaky gut syndrome. Managing you stress effectively is essential. Integrate a stress busting technique in to your everyday routine; you may walk, jog, cycle, go for yoga or Pilates, do gardening or pursue any other hobby. All these help battle stress and keep you happy. Meditation also helps fight stress to a very great extent.
- Book yourself for an aromatherapy massage at least once in 15 days; aromatherapy essential oils along with massage boost a sense of well being and uplift the mood appreciably.
- Some experts also recommend a gluten free diet or a casein free diet to effectively manage the symptoms of the syndrome.
- Vitamin B12 supplements as well as pro-biotic supplements will yield brilliant results too.