There are a variety of gastrointestinal and autoimmune diseases that can contribute to what is known as leaky gut syndrome.
So, what exactly is leaky gut syndrome? It’s close to exactly what it sounds like. Each one of us has semi-permeable guts. What that means is the mucous lining of our intestines is designed to absorb water and nutrients from our food. Your intestinal lining is responsible for acting as a barrier to bacteria. With leaky gut syndrome, your intestinal lining “leaks” allowing more water and nutrients through, but also potentially allowing toxic molecules to come through as well.
Some common causes of leaky gut include suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, chronic overuse of NSAIDs or alcohol, and even food allergies. Symptoms can include gas, bloating, low energy levels, and painful indigestion. Basically, your immune system is compromised when you have leaky gut.
If you think leaky gut syndrome might be an issue, there are some steps you can take that may provide some relief. Dietary changes are typically the first order of business:
• Avoid alcohol, processed sugars, caffeine, and dairy products.
• Try eating more organic fruits and vegetables loaded with antioxidants that fight off free radicals.
The next step is to make an appointment for acupuncture to rebalance your energy. Chinese medicine can be an extremely helpful tool in repairing your leaky gut. I’ll take a full health history to examine the underlying causes of the issue that is creating this imbalance in your body. Duration and frequency of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the condition.
Traditional medicine often just prescribes various drugs to address the symptoms of leaky gut, but it doesn’t get to the root of the problem.
Make an appointment today to begin the journey to rebalance your energy and heal your gut from the inside out.