Common causes of leaky gut syndrome

How do avoid leaky gut?  What are some of the common causes of leaky gut?  Fortunately we can avoid the irritants that can lead to imbalances in our small intestines.  Some common causes that may contribute to the problem are:

NSAID use (est 16k deaths per year in the US http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/02/briefing/3882b2_02_mcneil-nsaid.htm )

Chronic stress (this includes biological, mental/emotional, chemical, and electronic)

Aging

Food allergies and sensitivities (most are undiagnosed. You have them, yes you… but probably don’t know it)

Gastrointestinal disease

Immune system overload

Overuse of alcoholic beverages

Sucralose use (sold under the name Splenda)

Trauma

Dysbiosis (imbalance of the intestinal flora)

Antibiotic use

Candida overgrowth

Parasites

Processed foods

Ok so now you know the risk factors.  How did you do?  Do you fit in any of those categories?  That doesn’t mean you have LGS, but you may be more at risk.  What to do next?  Fortunately the answer is simple.  You can contact us, or a local practitioner for either an extensive written evaluation or for a lab test.  Either can be done from the comfort of your own home.  Whatever course of action you choose, the important thing to do is to start now. 

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