Leaky Gut Doctor in Boca Raton, FL

Our mucous lining in our intestines is designed to be semi-permeable so it can absorb nutrients and water from our food into our bloodstream - so basically everyone has a semi-permeable gut. With Leaky Gut, however, it is a matter of scale.

Some people's guts develop a higher level of intestinal permeability and allow larger molecules through - including toxic ones. Your intestinal lining is supposed to function as a barrier to the infectious agents or bacteria travelling through your intestines, and it plays an important role in your immune function. When it becomes hyperpermeable, serious problems can arise.

It's important to work with a functional medicine physician who understands how your body and your gut function together - and recognize when and why Leaky Gut has developed and how best to treat it.

To schedule your consultation with Boca Raton and Florida's top Leaky Gut specialist, complete the form below or call us at (754) 247-0122 today!

What is Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut is a condition of increased, abnormal intestinal permeability where toxins “leak” into your bloodstream and cause an inflammatory response that can manifest in various disease states. The lining of the intestines becomes damaged, irritated or inflamed, and undigested food and microbial toxins can enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc.

Who is at Risk for Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut can impact anyone - regardless of their general health condition. It can develop at any age, ethnicity and in gender, but it is more common in older people. Interestingly enough, aging is one of the most common factors in Leaky Gut. Both Leaky Gut and systemic inflammation can increase with age, and they are associated with age-related declines in both physical and cognitive function in older adults.

Causes of Leaky Gut

There are a variety of causes or risk factors that increase your chances of developing Leaky Gut, including:

  • Taking NSAIDS like aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Inflammatory diet or nutritional deficiencies
  • Food sensitivities or food allergies
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Chronic stress
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chronic, inflammatory and autoimmune disease states (e.g., multiple sclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue, allergies, cystic fibrosis, scleroderma, celiac disease, candida overgrowth or inflammatory bowel diseases)

Symptoms of Leaky Gut

Proper digestion is essential for physical and mental function and Leaky Gut interrupts a wide array of essential processes in your body - so the impact can be broad. The most common symptoms usually include:

  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Burning sensation in your gut
  • Painful indigestion
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Gas
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Brain fog, or problems with concentration and memory
  • Depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, and other changes in mental function
  • Rashes
  • Poor nutrient absorption
  • And many more

There is sometimes a question of whether a symptom might actually have been a cause - including chronic medical conditions. Did they cause your Leaky Gut or did your Leaky Gut cause the medical condition. Teasing out what is causing your Leaky Gut syndrome is an important part of your diagnosis and treatment journey.

Also, you can have Leaky Gut without any apparent gut or digestion-related symptoms.

Diagnosing Leaky Gut

A complete medical history, medical testing, and a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms can be effective tools that can be used to properly diagnose Leaky Gut. If you are experiencing symptoms of Leaky Gut, our goal is to uncover the source of your symptoms, so that we can effectively diagnose and treat your condition.

At Manhattan Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, we have a great deal of experience in diagnosing Leaky Gut and have had great success in treating the condition among our patients.

Leaky Gut Treatment in Boca Raton FL

The underlying cause of your condition must be identified and addressed, and since no one patient is facing the same cause of Leaky Gut, the course of treatment will vary with each individual patient. Primary treatment tools may include:

  • Identifying and limiting exposure to toxins - Toxic exposure can contribute to Leaky Gut.
  • Testing and treatment of chronic, inflammatory, and autoimmune disease - Many of these diseases have been linked to Leaky Gut. Reducing inflammation and encouraging proper immune function is crucial in treating Leaky Gut.
  • Assessing Allergies - Environmental allergies, as well as food allergies and sensitivities, can all cause or result from Leaky Gut.
  • Developing a medical nutrition plan to optimize health - Certain foods contribute to Leaky Gut. Proper nutrition can have a tremendous impact on your gut health.
  • Testing and optimizing hormone levels - Imbalanced hormones can cause or result from Leaky Gut.
  • Targeted supplementation - There are many herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements that can naturally encourage gut health, but there are also supplements that may be contributing to your Leaky Gut condition. Finding the right probiotics and prebiotics is also an important tool to address Leaky Gut.
  • Healthy movement - An individualized plan for healthy movement that is designed to be appropriate for your physical condition can have a profound impact on health and immunity - helping ameliorate the health of your gut.
  • Stress management - Stress is one of the most common risk factors for Leaky Gut and managing your stress may help solve your problem.

If you are struggling with Leaky Gut, working with a doctor who understands the complexity of digestive disorders is critical. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, we offer the most up-to-date testing and treatment for Leaky Gut so you can stop suffering from the symptoms of Leaky Gut.

We recommend that you prepare a list of symptoms - not just your digestion issues but all your health concerns - prior to your first consultation. There are a myriad of conditions and health issues that may be contributing to your Leaky Gut.

Request Your Consultation Today!

Dr. David Borenstein is a top functional medicine practitioner in Boca Raton, Florida who treats patients suffering from Leaky Gut. Because he recognizes that each patient requires a treatment regimen tailored to the individual health profile and specific symptoms, his approach is customized for you and your body. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating complex health conditions.

Compile your symptoms checklist and call Manhattan Integrative Medicine at (754) 247-0122 or contact us online.

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5550 Glades Road, Suite 210
Boca Raton, FL 33431


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