Our digestive system absorbs nutrients into the bloodstream through openings in the small intestinal walls. However, when certain diseases or medications heighten one’s intestinal permeability, harmful particles also enter the bloodstream through these openings.
The result is Leaky Gut Syndrome, which is believed to cause symptoms like brain fog and conditions like Crohn’s disease.
Dr. Borenstein helps his patients determine the causes behind their symptoms and how to best address them. A treatment protocol that includes diet changes like eating more vegetables and lifestyle adjustments like engaging in regular exercise may help those with Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a digestive disorder where bacteria, undigested matter, and toxins pass from the intestine into the bloodstream and affect your health. This occurs due to higher permeability in the intestinal walls, also known as leaky gut.
Leaky gut affects not only your digestive system but also other parts of your body.
Digestive signs of Leaky Gut Syndrome may include:
Mental and other physical symptoms may include:
Conditions thought to be linked to Leaky Gut Syndrome include:
Leaky Gut Syndrome is believed to occur due to inflammation.
Gut microbiota is the name for the collective bacteria that help to digest food and plays a role in immune function. When gut microbiota becomes imbalanced, it causes an immune response that triggers inflammation.
The resulting inflammation affects the tight junctions in your intestine walls, raising permeability and allowing harmful particles to pass into your bloodstream and possibly causing more inflammation.
Risk factors that may raise your chance of developing Leaky Gut Syndrome include:
Conditions that may also raise your risk include:
Dr. Borenstein will diagnose your symptoms by reviewing your medical history, performing a physical exam, and may order specific imaging, urine, or blood tests.
There are many ways to address Leaky Gut Syndrome and reduce its symptoms. Dr. Borenstein will work with you to determine the best protocol(s) for you and will monitor your progress.
Lifestyle changes that you can make for better digestion include engaging in regular exercise, avoiding smoking, and maintaining a healthy sleep schedule.
Making changes in your diet might also help your gut. This can include reducing the amount of meat and sugar that you consume and eating probiotic-rich foods like vegetables. Those with celiac disease will likely benefit from a gluten-free diet.
Taking probiotics can help promote healthy gut bacteria. Dr. Borenstein can also talk with you about how to use antibiotics for Leaky Gut Syndrome treatment.