Natural Treatment for Leaky Gut in Washington, DC
What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition caused by an increase in intestinal permeability. Under healthy conditions, the intestinal wall represents the first line of defense for the body. A key structure of the intestinal lining is the space between gastrointestinal cells known as tight junctions. Tight junctions act as the barrier between the gut and the bloodstream. When tight junctions loosen, or are severely compromised, harmful substances—like bacteria, undigested food particles, and other toxic substances—can easily escape into the bloodstream, wreaking havoc on the body.
Leaky gut syndrome is often an underlying factor in many chronic conditions including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other gut disorders, food allergies and asthma, autism, inflammatory conditions and autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto's disease and Type 1 Diabetes.
Preventing and treating leaky gut can help support optimal health by limiting the absorption of toxic substances into the body, supporting healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients, reducing systemic inflammation and reducing hyper-reactivity of the immune system.
Natural treatment for leaky gut includes dietary and lifestyle changes that can have a lasting impact on one's health. Natural remedies such as vitamins and botanicals are available to help facilitate repair of the intestinal barrier, restore health and promote optimal wellness.
To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare practitioner in Washington who specializes in natural treatment for leaky gut, call (703) 215-2795 or contact Dr. Andrew Heyman online.
Symptoms & Conditions Associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome
As leaky gut syndrome can increase toxins in the bloodstream, heighten inflammation and overwhelm the body's detoxification and immune system, it can have an impact on one's overall health with a wide range of negative health effects spanning from depression to joint pain.
The following is a list of just some of the symptoms and conditions that warrant further investigation into leaky gut syndrome as a major underlying factor:
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Gut conditions including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
- Autoimmune conditions
- Joint pain
- Thyroid problems
- Inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema
- Mood and cognitive issues such as depression, anxiety or ADHD
Leaky Gut Syndrome Causes
One of the main culprits that contributes to leaky gut syndrome is diet. Gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye is a major cause of leaky gut. Other inflammatory foods that impair the gut barrier include dairy and excessive sugar and alcohol intake.
Leaky gut can also be caused by infections and toxins. Common infectious causes include yeast (Candida) overgrowth , intestinal parasites and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) . Toxins in the form of medications such as antibiotics, steroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also contribute to leaky gut.
High stress levels can also play a major role, as stress weakens the immune system and reduces the body's ability to fight off invaders.
Leaky Gut Natural Treatment
Holistic leaky gut treatment focuses on lifestyle and dietary modifications as well as targeted nutrient therapies to help heal the intestinal lining.
The first step in leaky gut natural treatment typically begins with identifying and removing toxic and inflammatory foods from the diet. Getting rid of infectious factors that negatively affect the gut can also play a major role. Testing for and treating intestinal infections such as Candida, SIBO or parasites are crucial for treating leaky gut.
Adding back essential nutrients for digestion such as digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid (HCL), bile acids and beneficial bacteria (probiotics) can also help promote proper absorption of nutrients as well as a healthy balance of good to bad bacteria in the gut.
There are also many nutrient and botanical remedies that can help the gut to repair itself. One example is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps rejuvenate the lining of the gut wall. Botanicals such as slippery elm and deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) are just a few examples of herbs that can help reduce leaky gut. Slippery elm stimulates the body's intestinal tract to increase natural mucus secretion which is an instrumental part of the intestinal lining. DGL helps support the body's natural processes for maintaining the mucosal lining of the stomach and intestinal tract.
Treatment for leaky gut syndrome is crucial for maintaining overall health as it reduces toxicity and inflammation throughout the body and prevents a hyperactive immune system. Many factors can contribute to leaky gut syndrome and a successful treatment plan requires a targeted and customized approach. Your holistic leaky gut treatment plan will be created to address your unique needs, while also targeting specific dietary and physiological imbalances, reducing your stress levels and making other lifestyle modifications.
To meet with a healthcare provider in Washington who can help you heal the gut with natural and effective therapies, call (703) 215-2795 or contact Dr. Andrew Heyman online.
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