What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? Is It Even Real?

Board Certified Immunologist Dr. Dean Mitchell Discusses Common Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome

A lot of people have heard about leaky gut syndrome but are not sure what it means or if it is even a real medical condition.

Board certified immunologist Dr. Dean Mitchell who practices holistic medicine in NYC discusses what it means to have leaky gut and the common causes of it.

Many people think of a leaky faucet when they think of leaky gut syndrome but it’s not quite the case. Leaky gut has to do with a few different medical disorders where the body’s immune system goes out of balance.

The classic and most understand cause of leaky gut has to do with gluten. Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are well known causes of leaky gut syndrome. It was discovered when patients with celiac disease ate wheat and Dr. Alessio Fasano noticed that the proteins from the wheat caused the gut to open up allowing proteins to leak out which caused digestive symptoms as well as other issues like rashes, respiratory problems and arthritis.

Another cause of leaky gut that we see frequently at our medical practice in NYC is from candida or yeast overgrowth. This is typically caused from an overuse of antibiotics, a diet high in sugar or carbohydrates or the use of acid blockers. Any of these can change the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut and intestines which leads to yeast overgrowth. The yeast overgrowth creates openings between the cells in the intestines and stomach. These openings lead to other medical conditions like skin rashes, sinus issues or vaginitis.

The last digestive symptom and cause of leaky gut is small bacterial overgrowth. In the past this was thought to be irritable bowel syndrome. Today, using a simple breath test we can determine if you have too much bacteria in the gut that needs to be reduced in order to alleviate your symptoms.

At Mitchell Medical Group in NYC we use a variety of different treatment methods to help alleviate leaky gut. Some of our most common treatments for leaky gut include dietary measures where sugar, wheat and diary are reduced or removed completely; vitamin therapy to rebalance the immune system; and anti-fungal therapy to help rebalance your immune system.

Leaky gut is a real condition and options are readily available to help you treat it!

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