If your digestive system isn’t working properly, you won’t feel well, and it won’t just be because your gut is out of whack. Compromised gastrointestinal health also affects your immune system, which means many of the health issues you’re suffering with could be tied directly to the innerworkings of your digestive system. At Swetech Family Medicine, we determine whether you’re suffering from leaky gut syndrome, and develop a customized treatment plan to help heal you, inside and out.
What Is Leaky Gut?
Ninety percent of food digestion and absorption of nutrients takes place in the small intestine. When this critical digestive role is interrupted because the lining of the small intestine is damaged, the immune system is weakened. When suffering with this condition, a person is said to have leaky gut, or intestinal permeability.
A permeable intestine not only fails to take in the nutrients it needs, it allows other things to “leak” through its walls. Bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles can all seep into the blood stream from the small intestines and move throughout the body. This reaction causes an autoimmune response and can lead to digestive complications like Crohn’s disease, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and celiac disease, but also health problems like:
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Asthma and other respiratory problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Eczema and other skin problems
- Headaches and migraines
- Hormonal imbalances
How can a problem in your intestines possibly impact what’s going on with your lungs or emotions? The digestive system plays a major role in how well your body functions: Nearly 75 percent of your immune system is in your gut.
What Causes Leaky Gut?
How you treat your body and what you put into it are directly responsible for your overall well-being. What you eat influences everything from the health of your skin to the quality of your breathing. Your digestive system is very powerful; if you neglect to nurture it properly, your body is far more likely to suffer negative consequences.
DNA plays a role in a person’s health, but there are ways to manage if not completely overcome the cards you’ve been dealt so you can feel, move, and be your best. Lifestyle adjustments can be the difference between happiness and unhappiness, good health and poor health. Minimizing your intake of refined sugars and alcohol, avoiding antibiotics and over-the-counter pain relievers, maintaining good nutrition, and keeping stress at a minimum all influence the health of your gut – and you.
Do You Have Leaky Gut?
Certainly, you know the signs of gastrointestinal distress – gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and all their friends – but leaky gut can exhibit symptoms that masquerade as other health problems, which can be confusing for you and, sometimes, confusing for doctors who don’t look at a person’s whole to make an accurate diagnosis.
At Swetech Medical Center in Clinton Township, our doctors of osteopathy (DOs) listen to the symptoms you’re experiencing, but we also look at the rest of your body. Your medical history and present condition both influence your diagnosis, but we do not try to fit you into a box. Your health conditions may be common in the grand scheme of things, but the health issues you’re suffering with daily are unique to you alone, and we respect your body’s uniqueness and needs.
Schedule an appointment at Swetech Medical Center in Clinton Township to find out whether you are suffering from leaky gut – and what can be done to get you back to normal. To ignore the health of your gut is to ignore the rest of your health and wellness. Let us help you find your equilibrium and feel your very best.