The Devastation of Leaky Gut Syndrome

Untreated functional digestive disorders can lead to serious and debilitating health problems. Find out how you can prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome here.

Leaky Gut Syndrome Cure

Leaky gut? You might think that leaky gut sounds like some sort of mysterious plumbing problem with your intestines. That’s not too far from what is actually going on. While traditional medicine has ignored the existence of leaky gut for years, we now find that more and more chronic diseases seem to be connected to a leaky gut.

When our intestinal lining is healthy, small spaces between the cells of our intestines allow small particles and molecules of digested food and nutrients to pass into our blood stream so we can be nourished. The intestinal lining, when functioning properly provides a barrier that does not allow bacteria, yeast, toxins or incompletely digested food to enter into our circulation. An intact gut lining protects us from infection.

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Unfortunately, the spaces or junctions between the cells in our intestines can become damaged and enlarged, and then allow toxins, bacteria, and large molecules of food to leak into our bloodstream. This is the process of leaky gut.

How Leaky Gut Affects Your Health

As the gut lining becomes damaged, toxins, bacteria, yeast, and fragments of partially digested food enter into the blood stream. Our immune system sees these substances as foreign invaders and reacts to eliminate them from our bodies.

When the gut leaks, the liver becomes overburdened, and the kidneys can no longer eliminate toxins efficiently. This causes the immune system to become hyper-sensitized, and overworked.  Once the immune system is hyper-sensitized you may find that you become more and more reactive to different foods, and everyday fragrances in perfumes, soaps, and chemicals in building supplies. Eventually a leaky gut can lead to devastating autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Symptoms Associated with Leaky Gut

  • Joint Pain
  • Bloating after eating
  • Food Intolerances
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Skin Rashes
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Diarrhea
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Chemical Sensitivities
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Bloating indigestion constipation

What Causes Leaky Gut?

Leading causes of leaky gut are anti-inflammatory drugs and poor digestion. Common anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, have the side effect of damaging the body’s intestinal lining. While these drugs reduce pain, they also reduce the body’s ability to maintain the intestinal barrier, and cause the lining of the intestine to become inflamed and damaged.

Incomplete digestion of food is also a major factor in creating leaky gut. Incompletely digested food ferments in the intestines and causes bloating after eating. Fermentation produces toxic alcohols that inflame and damage the lining of the gut.  Damage to the lining, makes the gut “leak”. Hence if your digestion is compromised, you add fuel to the inflammatory problem every time you eat foods you cannot digest.

What Can You Do About Leaky Gut?

To truly fix any health problem, you must find the cause of your problem and remove whatever is stressing the body. At our Digestion Relief Center, we start by asking about your diet.  If the cause is anti-inflammatory medications investigating less harmful medications with your physician can be a starting point. You may also want to investigate natural botanical anti-inflammatory herbs that do not have the side effects of medications.

If you exhibit any of the signs of leaky gut listed above in this article, chances are high that you have compromised digestion. Evaluation by a qualified doctor such as myself should be your next step. We perform testing to determine what foods you are not digesting well, and identify food sensitivities. Improving digestion, and desensitizing your body, addresses the cause of leaky gut syndrome and the frustrating array of health problems that it creates. 

Call Dr. Patrick at the Digestion Relief Center - 530-899-8741 

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, Internal Health Specialist, Founder of the Digestion Relief Center, Chico, California, specializes in effective, natural relief for IBS, food sensitivities and digestive problems. Learn more at

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