Everyone has the occasional stomach issue. Bloating, indigestion and diarrhea always happen at the worst time. But what if you have stomach problems often? Sometimes this has been referred to as Leaky Gut Syndrome. But what is it, and what can be done to improve it?
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Doctors have been torn as to whether leaky gut syndrome actually exists, but they know that the ecosystem in your body is very sensitive. The lining of the stomach is covered in usually healthy bacteria that help to allow appropriate things to be absorbed into the body. This “gut flora” is essentially a living barrier that rejects the bad stuff and allows nutrients to be absorbed into the system. When this lining is damaged, it allows other things like partially digested food and toxins to enter the bloodstream and effects the gut flora. Studies are being done that suggest the imbalanced bacteria could even be the trigger of autoimmune deficiencies and chronic diseases.
The causes of leaky gut syndrome vary. Some people may be genetically predisposed to the condition. It has also been suggested that diets low in fiber and high in fat and sugar may develop leaky gut syndrome.
How to Improve One’s Gut Flora
A change in diet usually promotes a healthier gut lining. Removing foods that promote inflammation such as alcohol and processed foods is recommended. A healthy diet goes a long way in treating many stomach issues.
See your doctor if you are having stomach issues, and be open to trying to cultivate your gut flora. You may find that it helps with many problems you are experiencing.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David P. Yamini, MD
Westside Gastro Care
2001 Santa Monica Blvd #1286
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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