Natural treatment of leaky gut
Intestinal hyperpermeability or too permeable intestine
SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES OF INTESTINAL HYPERMEABILITY
What is intestinal hyperpermeability or leaky gut?
Intestinal hyperpermeability or too permeable bowel syndrome also called "leaky gut", is a dysfunction of the intestinal barrier which occurs in people with food allergies, food intolerance, intestinal diseases or recurrent infections.
It affects the permeability of the intestinal barrier and allows the passage of unwanted blood, producing a series of symptoms associated with autism, auntoinmunes diseases, intestinal diseases, fatigue, joint pain, migraine or headaches, among other problems.
The intestinal walls must be permeable to allow entry of nutrients in the body.
At the same time, the intestinal wall can not be completely permeable, because it must protect us against microbes and toxins: the gut is constantly in contact with millions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, antigens (genetic material from microbes and food), toxic substances (undigested substances,...), or components that may be carcinogenic (nitrosamines, PAHs...).
In short, good intestinal state is required to:
- The proper absorption of nutrients
- Acting as a defensive barrier against infections, toxic and too large to be absorbed macromolecules.
- Production of vitamins, especially vitamin K and some B vitamins (microbiota or gut flora)
- Production of antibodies or defenses
Today, there are scientific and clinical studies on the close relationship between the state of the intestine and many health problems related to allergies, inflammation, and even intestinal condition may influence mood, due to capacity gut flora to synthesize neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
Schematic sheet on the proper functioning of the intestinal barrier.
Too permeable intestine
It is natural that sometimes the intestinal wall does not work well and permits substances to go through. In these cases, the intestine produces defensive substances called cytokines or inflammatory cytokines. It is a problem when alterations that cause inflammation and damage to the intestinal wall consistently occur, for example, in the case of food intolerance.
In intestine too permeable, the cells of the intestinal wall, which is formed by tight junctions between cells increase their separation, allowing the passage of non-adequate substances the bloodstream, which in turn, again cause more inflammation and gut damage. Externally, it can be seen by the appearance of eczema, flatulence, migraine, recurrent infections, aggravation of arthritis,... etc
Schematic sheet on how unwanted substances are allowed to pass to the blood stream when the leaky gut occurs.
Causes of intestinal hyperpermeability
Improper diet and other modifiable factors
- Lack of chewing: Non chewing food properly carries longer digestion and greater fermentation or putrefaction of food in the digestive tract, with the production of substances that can irritate or inflame the intestine.
- Food too rich in animal protein and / or low in fiber, increase the putrefactive bacterial flora, which weakens the intestinal health. The protective microbiota is that one that leads to the fermentation of vegetable fiber, therefore, you need to eat plenty of vegetables to promote its growth in the colon.
- Weakened intestinal flora, which can be caused by stress, medication use of antibiotics, dietary changes (travel, per diem, etc.), Laxative abuse, celiac disease, intestinal diseases, etc.
- Additives and pesticides, particularly those found in processed industrial products. For example, nitrites and nitrates present in sausages, are capable of becoming carcinogenic nitrosamines. Additives and pesticides may reduce the healthy bacterial flora.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs such as aspirin
Diseases or intolerances producing intestinal hyperpermeability
- Celiac disease (gluten allergy)
- Food poisoning from salmonella, listeria, etc. or contaminated water
- Infections of intestinal parasites
Symptoms of intestinal hyperpermeability
Having some of the following symptoms may indicate intestinal hyperpermeability:
- Flatulence, gases and tarry stools due to poor absorption of nutrients
- Abdominal swelling, swollen belly especially after meals.
- Eczema or skin reactions
Leaky gut diagnosis
The hyperpermeable gut is a disorder that often goes undiagnosed. It is observed when other digestive diseases, intolerance, intestinal diseases or autoimmune (study, study) are studied.
It can be detected with an analysis of urinary lactulose and mannitol.
In the following study intestinal hyperpermeability can be seen, observed in digestive diseases as irritable bowel syndrome. Enterocytes (intestinal cells) have a higher than normal separation between them, called intestinal holes. These are holes that allow unwanted substances pass through the intestinal barrier. In this case, in individuals with irritable bowel when gluten is consumed.
People with frequent migraines, recurrent infections, bloating after eating, or other symptoms described above, may may have the microbiota and / or intestinal mucosa weakened.
In blood tests, an increase of IgE and IgG immunoglobulins is observed, although these values are not specific and may indicate other damages. It is always recommended to consult a specialist doctor to determine if there are alterations of the intestine after an overall assessment.
Natural treatment of intestinal hyperpermeability
The natural treatment of too permeable bowel syndrome consists of:
1- Treat or remove the cause / causative agents:
2 - Proper diet for intestinal hyperpermeability
Summary sheet with the basic guidelines for treating leaky gut or too permeables syndrome by © Botanical-online.com
3- Improve the digestive function:
4- Supplements and nutrients that help repair the intestines: Prebiotic supplements, glutamine, some medicinal plants and essential fatty acids. They posses anti-inflammatory effects.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.