Leaky Gut Syndrome
Leaky gut Syndrome is a very common condition affecting a high percentage of the population today. The medical profession have no protocol to diagnose leaky gut syndrome, nor do they acknowledge it even exists. As a result many people go undiagnosed and are unaware that they may suffer from a leaky gut. Pretty much every chronic degenerative disorder stems from a leaky gut from arthritis, and digestive problems to ME, MS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Fibromialgia, and neurological disorders to name a few.
So what causes leaky gut syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome is a result of gut dysbiosis (abnormal gut flora). There are around 500 different species of bacteria that inhabit the human gut, the beneficial bacteria (the good bacteria) and the opportunist bacteria (the bad bacteria). In a healthy gut the opportunist bacteria are limited and tightly controlled by the beneficial bacteria or flora. But when this beneficial flora is weakened and damaged, they get out of control. Unfortunately our modern life-styles, stress, antibiotics and diet, sooner or later damage our indigenous beneficial flora and whatever opportunists were waiting for their turn to become active. Once active and not controlled by damaged good bacteria, certain opportunists, get access to the gut wall and damage its integrity, making it "leaky". For example, microbiologists have observed how common opportunistic gut bacteria from the families Sirochaetaceae and Spirillaceae have the ability due to their spiral shape to push apart intestinal cells, breaking down the integrity of the intestinal wall and allowing through substances which normally should not get through. Candida albicans has this ability as well. Its cells attach themselves to the gut lining literally putting "roots" through it making it "leaky". Partially digested foods get through this leaky gut wall and into the blood stream. Other pathogenic microbes and a whole host of toxic substances are now able to enter the body through the leaky gut. The immune system goes into overdrive and is unable to cope, causing havoc around the body.
What are the symptoms of a Leaky Gut Syndrome?
The symptoms of leaky gut syndrome are: chronic fatigue, bloating, intestinal cramps, mood swings, poor immunity, migraines which are the most common are often the same symptoms as a yeast overgrowth called Candida. When a leaky gut is left untreated it can lead to serious health problems throughout the body, for example; food allergies, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and pretty much every degenerative disorder is linked to a leaky gut. It is absolutely vital that we look after our digestive system and avoid the serious complication that arises from a leaky gut. So how do we avoid and treat a leaky gut?
- Firstly eliminating foods from the diet that feed the parasites causing the leaky gut. The Candida diet is the diet to follow for healing a leaky gut. This diet is designed to starve fungi, yeasts and parasites that cause a leaky gut into submission.
- Secondly supplementing the diet with a high quality multi strain probiotic supplement to replenish the beneficial bacteria that protected the gut wall and digestive system.
The diet and supplemental programme for treating leaky gut syndrome can be found by clicking the following link: Candida Diet