THE LEAKY GUT SOLUTION
Understanding and Recovering From Digestive Distress
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How’s Your Gut?
The phenomenon of a “leaky gut” has been a buzz lately, but do you know what it means or who should be concerned?
The digestive tract is where food is broken down, and nutrients are absorbed. When food moves through your system, the walls of your intestines act as barriers, controlling what enters the bloodstream to be transported to your organs to nourish and regulate the rest of your body.
Small gaps in the intestinal wall allow water and nutrients to pass through while blocking the passage of harmful substances, but when that wall becomes penetrable, bacteria and toxins can seep through into the bloodstream. These “leaks” in the intestinal wall is where the term “leaky gut” comes from, and symptoms can range from bloating and digestive issues to food sensitivities. It’s also believed that leaky gut is an underlying cause that contributes to all sorts of chronic conditions and diseases.
A few things to consider:
– There are four billion prescription drugs ingested annually in the United States alone.
– There are 70,000 known chemicals used commercially in the food industry that consumers are in contact with regularly.
– Over 3,000 of these chemicals are directly added to the food supply.
– Approximately 10,000 chemicals are used in food processing, preserving, and storage.
– According to the EPA, the air in our homes is now anywhere between 5 times and 100 times more toxic than that of air outdoors. This, too, is due to the chemicals we use on a regular basis.
These are only a few of the many environmental issues that directly affect the onset and progression of leaky gut syndrome.
A Functional Solution
Leaky gut, or hyperpermeability, is an emerging gastrointestinal condition that has proven to cause dysfunction in nearly all organ systems within the body. The latest research has shown connections between leaky gut and hundreds of medical conditions that are considered untreatable.
Although the damage is clear and the complications are noticeable, leaky gut is still considered a medical mystery. It is commonly being treated with medications that are further aggravating the problem in exchange for temporary relief from symptoms. If this trend continues, leaky gut will persist and may worsen beyond repair.
Fortunately, functional medicine has recognized this dilemma and has conducted research on the appropriate diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and proper recover maintenance in order to provide a true leaky gut solution.
During The Leaky Gut Solution, you will learn how functional medicine works to uncover and treat the root cause behind your discomfort. You will also receive strategies to improve your gut health and the guidance needed to create a treatment plan that caters to your body’s unique needs.