What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Even though Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) has gained lots of attention in recent years, it is still not a diagnosable condition, at least in the eyes of western medicine establishments. This is a shame, because LGS symptoms are real and affect many people, and should be addressed by doctors and nutritionists. We’ll take a close look at leaky gut and its causes, and we’ll share why you should consider a personalized treatment from one of our nutritionists and weight loss coaches at our North Virginia location. 

What Is It?

Inside each gut is an extensive intestinal lining that covers over 4,000 square feet of surface area. Its role is to act as a tight barrier and a gatekeeper for what gets into our bloodstreams.

Gut health is directly linked to immune response, as a strong digestive microbiome can often act as an initial bulwark against certain pathogens and diseases. A strong and resilient intestinal wall is critical in order to prevent bacteria, pathogens, hazardous food compounds, metabolic wastes, and chemicals from entering our bloodstream.  

LGS is the result of an unhealthy gut lining that has become too permeable and allows partially digested food, toxins, and bugs to penetrate the tissues beneath it and enter the bloodstream. This may trigger changes in the gut flora (normal bacteria) leading to inflammation within the digestive tract such as bloating, pain, and indigestion, reduce the absorption of nutrients and cause autoimmune disease, diabetes, and even cancer, in the most severe cases. In studies worldwide, unhealthy guts have been linked to a range of diseases and ailments. Healing the gut is critical for wellness, and a few know this mantra-like the nutritionists and coaches at Zizania.

what is leaky gut syndromeVarious risk factors can disrupt the gut microbiota, such as:

  • poor nutrition
  • alcohol consumption
  • infections
  • autoimmune disorders, such as lupus
  • diabetes
  • stress

What Are The Symptoms?

Leaky gut has been known to be the cause of or contribute to the following symptoms:

  • chronic diarrhea, constipation, bloating
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • confusion
  • indigestion
  • difficulty concentrating
  • skin problems, such as acne, rashes, or eczema
  • joint pain
  • widespread inflammation

How Can It Be Addressed? 

Now that you are familiar with LGS and its related symptoms and health risks, the question becomes, “How do I treat it?” Well, because few medical establishments acknowledge it as a legitimate condition, a trip to your hospital or primary care physician likely won’t suffice. Even if your doctor recognizes LGS symptoms, most often they may just prescribe a medication that can end up doing more harm than good.

Instead, consider making an appointment with one of Zizania’s expert Northern Virginia nutritionists and coaches, who will utilize the latest developments in scientific research and studies in lifestyle diets, health, and nutrition, to create a personalized treatment that foregrounds prevention and personal empowerment as much as it does the healing.  

Beat Leaky Gut Syndrome With Zizania

Are you ready to start living your life as a celebration? Then it’s time you heal your gut by contacting Northern Virginia’s nutrition experts, the coaches at Zizania. Using lifestyle diets and individualized nutrition plans, we will help you take control of the food process and any digestive issues you may be having. Call 703-639-7063, or contact us online to schedule your first consultation today.