Is a leaky gut making you sick and miserable?

Question: I’ve been seeing an allergist who says I might have Leaky Gut Syndrome. I’ve never even heard of this. What causes it, and could it really be what’s behind my allergies?

Dr. Glenn Rothfeld: First, I give lots of credit to your allergy doctor for looking into the possibility of Leaky Gut Syndrome. Despite overwhelming evidence, some doctors still refuse to accept that Leaky Gut Syndrome is a real condition.

And, of course, they’re wrong.

Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs when your digestive tract is more permeable than it should be. This allows partially-digested food to pass through the walls and right into your bloodstream.
When that happens, it can trigger an aggressive immune response from your body. You can develop allergies, asthma, or even an autoimmune disorder like inflammatory bowel disease or rheumatoid arthritis. Having multiple symptoms can be an even stronger indicator of Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Among the causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome are alcohol consumption, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, infections, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and Candida overgrowth.

Eliminating the causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome will certainly go a long way toward improving your symptoms. And you can expect your doctor to recommend supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, or L-glutamine.

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Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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