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6 Common Causes of Leaky Gut

The 6 Common Causes of Leaky Gut:

  1. Gastrointestinal Disease: IBS, IBD, Celiac, Diverticulitis, Gastroenteritis, etc.
  2. Imbalance of Gut Flora = Dysbiosis [1]: Yeast [2], Gram negative bacteria[3], SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth), Parasites [4].
  3. Food Allergies + Food Sensitivities: Gluten/Wheat and Cross Reactive Foods with Gluten are the biggest culprits [5,6,7,8].
  4. Stress + Hormonal Imbalance: HPA Axis Dysregulation (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis), Hypothyroidism, PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), Glucose Dysregulation (Diabetes, Obesity), Menopause [9]
  5. AutoImmune Conditions: Irritable Bowel Disease, Celiac Disease, Systemic Lupus, etc [10].
  6. Toxins + Medications: Toxins + Medications (NSAIDs, Steroids, etc) [11,12].

Once you have determined that you do indeed have Leaky Gut (see this article on Lab Testing Pros & Cons for Leaky Gut), the next question should be:

What is UPSTREAM and causing Leaky Gut?

Functional Medicine practitioners are trained to look at physiology from a different perspective. We look beyond the constellation of symptoms in order to analyze the underlying root cause of a person’s current physiologic state.

A Functional Medicine Practitioner can help guide you along all of these steps. It is in your best interest to work directly with a practitioner who has experience with analyzing, assessing and treating Leaky Gut, as well as your overall symptoms.

So what do you do now?

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STEP #1: Assess whether you have Leaky Gut

STEP #2: Determine the Cause/s of Leaky Gut

STEP #3: Remove the cause/s of Leaky Gut, while also repairing the gut barrier (brush border)

A Functional Medicine Practitioner can help guide you along all of these steps. It is in your best interest to work directly with a practitioner who has experience analyzing, assessing and treating Leaky Gut as well as your overall symptoms.

I hope this “Inspired Health” article helps outline the 6 Common Causes of Leaky Gut!

Be inspired,

Dr. Meaghan Dishman

©2016 Dr. Meaghan Dishman ND, LAc, MSOM

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[2] Nieuwenhuizen, W., Pieters, R., Knippels, L., Jansen, M., Koppelman, S. “Is Candida albicans a trigger in the onset of Coeliac disease?” Lancet 2003; 361: 2152–54.

[3] Walker WA, Sanderson IR. Epithelial barrier function to antigens. An overview. Ann N Y Acad Sci.1992;664:10–17.

[4] Verdu, E.F., Mauro, M., Bourgeois, J., Armstrong, D. “Clinical onset of Celiac disease after an episode of Campylobacter jejuni enteritis.” Can J Gastroenterol Vol 21 No 7 July 2007.

[5] Hamilton, I., Cobden, I., Rothwell, J., Axon, A.T.R. “Intestinal permeability in Coeliac disease: the response to gluten withdrawal and single-dose gluten challenge.” Gut 1982;23:202-10.

[6] Walker, W.A., Sanderson, I.R. “Epithelial barrier function to antigens.” Ann NY Acad Sci, 1992; 664:10–17.

[7] Walker-Smith, J.A., Ford, R.P., Phillips, A.D. “The spectrum of gastrointestinal allergies to food.” Ann Allergy, 1984; 53:629-636.

[8] Juvonen, P., Jakobsson, I., Lindberg, T. “Macromolecular absorption and cow’s milk allergy.” Arch Dis Child, 1991; 55:300-303.

[9] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26528128

[10] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26191211

[11] Walker, W.A., Isselbacher, K.J. “Uptake and transfer of macromolecules by the intestine.” Gastroenterol, 1974; 67:531-550.

[12] Fagarasan, S., Honjo, T. “Intestinal IgA synthesis: regulation of front line defense.” Nat Rev Immunol, 2003; 3:63-72.

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