If you have unpleasant symptoms such as gas, bloating, cramps, and food sensitivities, you may have what’s commonly known as “leaky gut” syndrome. Deepti Saxena, MD, and her team of Aveda Integrative Medical Center in Bay Area, California, offers evaluation and treatment of this difficult-to-diagnose condition. Schedule your appointment by calling the office or schedule online to have your leaky gut addressed so that digestion and health can be restored.
Leaky gut is a condition where the lining of your small intestine becomes damaged. This leads to permeability so that undigested food, toxic waste, and bacteria actually “leak” into your bloodstream. Your body then reacts with increased inflammation and allergic reactions.
Leaky gut has to do with the junctions in the gut. They usually seal tightly to control what passes through the lining of the small intestine, but when you have leaky gut, these junctions don’t work properly.
Exactly why people develop leaky gut isn’t fully understood. It can be common in those who have celiac disease and Crohn’s disease but also shows up in people without these chronic conditions.
Signs that you have inflammation from a leaky gut include:
People with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, are also often diagnosed with leaky gut.
Leaky gut is sometimes hard to diagnose because the symptoms can vary greatly. No specific test determines that you have leaky gut, so it requires an expert physician like Dr. Saxena to evaluate your symptoms and rule out other causes for an accurate diagnosis.
Changing your diet is a major step toward healing your gut. The doctor helps you eliminate foods that your body sees as toxic, and that contribute to your intestinal permeability.
She may ask you to eliminate gluten, dairy, refined sugar, caffeine, soy, and alcohol for several weeks and then gradually add foods back in — one at a time — to determine which ones aggravate your condition. Diarrhea, bloating, and fatigue disappear as you diligently follow this elimination plan.
Dr. Saxena may also recommend specific supplements to help rejuvenate the lining of your intestinal wall as well as healthy anti-inflammatory foods such as avocados, coconut oil, and flaxseed.
If you’re suffering from digestive distress or other symptoms of systemic inflammation, but can’t identify why, call the office of Aveda Integrative Medical Center or book online to set up an evaluation. Learn how you can restore the health of a leaky gut.