By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
There are many health challenges that can be caused by having a leaky gut. Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the Gut” and this is totally correct! Around your gut are tight junctions that protect what goes into your gut from moving outside your gut and into your blood stream where it can create havoc. The tighter the junctions the more protective your gut is for you.
If the junctions are weak things an pass through like toxins, pathogens and undigested food particles. All of these items can cause your immune system to over react and think there is an unwanted invader in your body, which there is now caused by the leaky gut. These particles and toxins also cause inflammation which is, in my opinion the #1 cause of disease.
Some of the symptoms that are caused by leaky gut are food reactions, irritable bowel, auto immunity, thyroid problems, skin eruptions, low nutrients, hair loss, mood imbalances and even autism. One of my favorite cases was a very light haired young boy that tested positive for too many foods in IgE (allergy) and IgG (intolerance) . He had psoriasis head to toe and even on his eyelids. I taught the mom to buy different types of food (bison instead of plain beef, quail and duck instead of chicken) and gave them products to support better absorption and to help improve his leaky gut. It took a little bit of time (maybe 3 months) but over time his skin condition cleared up. When we redid his IgE and IgG test, 12 months later more then half of his food reactions had also cleared up.
We also hear from many individuals that say they react to everything they eat, no matter how healthy it is. For these people we suggest a comprehensive stool testing kit to test for bacteria, parasites, yeast, ph, enzyme needs and leaky gut. The leakier the gut the more reactive to food you can be.
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Medical disclaimer: A stool testing kit and all other tests offered cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.