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What exactly is leaky gut syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome is a disorder of the intestines, or more precisely, the lining of the intestines. The doctors refer to this condition as to increased intestinal permeability, because the main characteristic of it is leakage of the intestinal content within the body and into the blood stream due to enlargement of the cells of the intestinal wall. This all results in a number of other health problems, of which some are not so serious, but others definitely are. The most common symptoms that begin to emerge are bloating, cramps, and excessive gas, but pain in the joints, skin rashes and sensitivity to some food might also appear.

As for the causes of leaky gut syndrome, some of those that have been identified so far are alcohol, caffeine, NSAIDs, antacids, antibiotics, pain relievers and several other medications. However, chronic stress, compromised immune system, various gastrointestinal diseases, and liver disorders can also result in leaky gut syndrome.

Furthermore, this health issue might trigger or aggravate a number of other conditions, among which are also thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, Crohn’s disease and even multiple sclerosis and lupus. This implies the seriousness of possible consequences and complications, which is why a person who develops some of the mentioned symptoms should not ignore them, but turn to the doctor in order to find out the cause of the problems in time.

Available methods of treatment for leaky gut syndrome

In order to get a diagnosis, the person will need to provide two urine samples; one before drinking a solution, which is actually a mixture of mannitol and lactulose, and another after drinking it. If a person is diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome, then the treatment will consist of certain changes in the diet and in life habits. The person in question will need to avoid alcohol and caffeine, while a diet rich in fiber and low in sugar will be highly recommended. Probiotic supplements that contain lactobacillus GG, as well as supplements that contain vitamin B12, fatty acids and glutamine are advised, too. Dairy products that are known to feed the yeast should be avoided, as well as fermented products, fizzy drinks and dried and canned fruits. Vinegar might also be bad for people who suffer from leaky gut syndrome, and the same goes for bread and foods that might cause allergies. 

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