Thursday, August 9, 2018

Q&A: Leaky Gut

Q: I have multiple food allergies, including Gluten sensitivity. Someone mentioned to me that I may have leaky gut. What is this and how can I treat it if I have it?
A: Leaky gut is a problem that can actually cause food allergies. It is usually caused by using antibiotics and/or steroid medications. It is, as the name suggests, a problem of the gut. Namely, an imbalance of gut flora (bacteria) that are naturally present in all our guts. When there is an imbalance, and the bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria, you get inflammation and digestive issues like heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, etc. If the issue is not treated, then the stomach lining, and intestinal lining can begin to have damage. The mucosal lining of the gut protects it from damage, but this imbalance destroys or seriously damages the mucosal lining. As a result, food is not properly digested, and larger than normal proteins from the food are allowed to seep into the blood stream through the stomach or intestinal lining. The result is an immune response, ranging from fatigue to anaphylaxis
There is a way to repair it! Probiotics are your best friend. Get one that is a minimum of 20 billion cultures and take it every day. Find yourself a alternative medicine doctor who specializes in leaky gut. They can test you to see if you have it, and can guide you through the process of healing. It is a very big issue in the lives of many Americans and can be the source of adult onset allergies to food.