THE METABOLIC INSTITUTE – DIGESTIVE HEALTH
A Leaky gut results from
- Damage to the cells that line the gut, making it less able to discern what is appropriate for absorption versus excretion.
- As a result, pathogens and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins and fats, and toxins not normally absorbed may “leak” out of the intestines into the blood stream.
- This triggers an immune-activated response, which can lead to problems such as
- food sensitivities
- skin rashes such as eczema and psoriasis
- abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps and irritable bowel
- joint pain
- Auto-immune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Type 1 diabetes, Hashimotos, Graves disease, Celiac disease, Scleroderma, Lupus, Sarcoidosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Neutropenia, and many more.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), chronic inflammation, food sensitivities, radiation, chemo toxic drugs, certain antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, or a compromised immune system can all be causes of this condition.
Testing for leaky gut syndrome is available through specialty, CLIA certified labs.
Some common food allergens include:
- Tree nuts
- Chronic fatigue
- Digestive disorders
- Joint pains
- Skin conditions
- Behavioral problems
A true food allergy may also result in being allergic to a similar protein found in something else. For example, if you are allergic to gluten, you may also develop reactions to dairy or corn. This is known as cross-reactivity. Cross-reactivity happens when the immune system thinks one protein is closely related to another.
Testing through ALCAT, CYREX Labs and Meridian Labs is available.
Low grade infections can lead to symptoms such as:
- Bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation
- Abdominal pain and discomfort
- Weight gain
- Mood and cognitive issues
- Skin conditions
- Auto immune diseases such as celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, or psoriasis.
At The Metabolic Institute, diagnosing and treating infections is paramount to having a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Integrative CLIA certified laboratories are used to test for infectious agents and digestive health.
In Functional Medicine, the most effective way to treat gastrointestinal dysfunctions and promote gastrointestinal health is through the 4-R Program.
Step 1: What needs to be Removed?
- Toxins in our food source
- Gut irritants such as alcohol, caffeine, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
- Food allergens
- Gut infections such as parasites, bacterial and yeast overgrowth
Step 2: What needs to be Replaced?
- Digestive enzymes Hydrochloric stomach acid
Step 3: Do we need to Re-inoculate with probiotics?
Restore a healthy micro flora balance in the gut
Step 4: Is the intestinal lining in need of Repair?
Provide nutrients for gut healing Support intestinal immune health