What is Leaky Gut?
How do I Know if I Have Leaky Gut?
If you have any of the following symptoms, you almost certainly have leaky gut and can benefit from food sensitivity testing and treatment:
- Bones: osteopenia, osteoporosis
- Brain: anxiety, depression, brain fog, headaches/migraines
- Digestive System: bloating, constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, fat malabsorption
- Hormones: irregular periods, PMS, perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms
- Immune System: frequent colds, flu, joint pain, muscle pain, autoimmune disorders
- Infections-Gut: parasite, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), or yeast overgrowth (candida)
- Metabolism: excess weight, obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance
- Nutrients: iron deficiency/anemia, omega-3 fatty acid deficiency, vitamin deficiencies
- Skin: acne, eczema, rosacea
- Respiratory: asthma, seasonal allergy symptoms, nasal congestion, postnasal drip
What Causes Leaky Gut?
- Challenging foods and food sensitivities: Alcohol, dairy, eggs, gluten, GMOs, grains and pseudo-grains, legumes, nightshade vegetables, sugar, artificial ingredients
- Gut infections and imbalances: Parasites, SIBO, yeast overgrowth
- Medications: Acid-blocking medications, antibiotics, birth control pills, NSAIDS, prednisone
- Mycotoxins (toxic mold)
- Radiation / Chemotherapy
- Stress: Physical stress (illness, lack of sleep), emotional stress (family, personal, and work pressures)
How do you Treat Leaky Gut?
- Food Sensitivity/Allergy Testing
It’s important to know the difference between a food sensitivity/intolerance and an actual allergy.A food sensitivity is identified via IgG antibody testing. Symptoms of food sensitivities vary, and a reaction can take anywhere from 1 to 72 hours to present in the form of symptoms. This is what makes identifying food triggers so difficult with an elimination diet alone — it could take weeks or months to determine sensitivities, and you may never identify all of them. With an easy blood test, once we know the degree of your sensitivity to a food, we can recommend the proper elimination and rotation diet, supplements that heal the lining of your gut, and appropriate lifestyle changes. The goal with this approach is to heal the Leaky Gut so that these foods may be reintroduced into the diet at some point without any adverse reactions. The average time for treatment is 3-6 months.
A food allergy is identified via IgE antibody testing, and the symptoms of an allergy are typically more immediate and severe — sometimes life threatening. A food allergy is considered permanent, unless you choose to pursue sublingual immunotherapy. Many are familiar with the concept of allergy shots taken in a doctor’s office — with sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), you do this in the convenience of your own home. The medicine is prescribed by one of our providers and it is mailed to the patient’s home by the pharmacy. Easy-to-follow instructions are included and recommended follow-ups with the provider are encouraged. It’s as easy as pumping a few drops of medicine under your tongue every day.
- Supplemental Support
Through the guidance of our Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and/or Wellness Coaches, we will help you determine what supplemental support is needed to repair your gut lining and achieve symptom relief.
- Continuing a Healthy Lifestyle
Once you have achieved symptom relief, it’s important to continue clean eating and a healthy lifestyle going forward to prevent leaky gut recurring.
What About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder characterized by the presence of a cluster of symptoms that includes abdominal pain, altered bowel habits (often fluctuating between constipation and diarrhea), increased gas, bloating (distention), cramping , and food intolerance. Read more about our approach to uncovering the underlying causes of IBS and treatment options…
If you are interested in Food Sensitivity / Allergy testing, schedule an appointment with one of our providers or a Wellness Consultation with one of our Health and Wellness Coaches today.
Contact us today to find out more at 513-770-0787.