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Gut Damage

Intestinal Permeability

Gut Health

Leaky Gut is a commonly used term referring to intestinal hyper-permeability. As the name suggests, leaky gut is a dysfunctional condition marked by gaps in the tight junctures in the intestinal lining. A healthy gut contains trillions of beneficial microbes – collectively called the microbiome – that play a critical role in protecting the integrity of the mucosal barrier lining the gut wall. These microbes produce byproducts that reduce intestinal inflammation and repair tight junctions holding the intestinal cells together. The microbiome is delicate ecosystem; disrupting this balance allows for overgrowth of harmful pathogens (bacteria, fungus, parasites) and toxins that destroy the mucosal barrier.

If the barrier is breached, toxins can migrate to the intestinal cells, damaging them and creating inflammation. This damage creates the gaps that let toxins and other particles leak into the bloodstream that should NEVER enter. The body’s immune system identifies these leaked particles as invaders and mounts an immune response to neutralize the threat.

Leaky gut is considered a causal factor in the development of autoimmune diseases. Certain leaked particles such as proteins can appear similar to the body’s own tissues; because the immune system retains a memory of previously encountered invaders, it can mistakenly attack tissues that most resembles these leaked particles. This can result in an autoimmune response, where the immune system becomes confused and attacks its own tissue.

Treatments & Therapies

  • Organic Acids Test
  • Adrenal & Sex Hormone Panel
  • Gut Health & Pathogen Stool Panel
  • Food Sensitivities Panel

The microbiome contains trillions of microorganisms – some good, some bad – that help breakdown food into nutrients for the body. Pathogens can take up residence in the intestinal tract and cause significant damage to digestive functions.

Pathogens include:

  • Parasites
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Viruses

Proper digestion plays an important role in healing leaky gut. Undigested food will putrefy in the intestines, feeding bad microbes and releasing inflammatory poisons. We use enzymes that assists the body in breaking down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. These enzymes help prevent purification by breaking down food, helping the body better absorb nutrients.

Bowel movements are essential for detoxification, carrying waste out of the body. Food that remains too long in the intestinal tract putrefies and can lead to overgrowths of unfriendly microbes. We support the body’s detox systems with the following modalities:

  • Ozone therapy
  • Liver support
  • Gallbladder support
  • Glutathione
  • IgG therapy
  • Probiotic therapy

Conditions We Treat

  • Leaky Gut
  • Villous Atrophy
  • Celiac Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Irritable Bowel Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Gastroparesis
  • GERD
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Intestine Resection

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