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Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome in Clarkston

What is Leaky Gut?

The gastrointestinal (GI) barrier is an intricate and selective barrier that controls and permits the absorption of helpful substances into the bloodstream while keeping out those that are harmful. In fact, it is 80% of your immune system. In healthy people, the barrier is tightly woven and regulated, allowing only important nutrients to pass through the gut, and protecting the body form harmful substances, such as toxins, undigested food and pathogens.

The gut is constantly exposed to food, microbes and chemicals the GI track must work continuously to defend itself from these unwanted substances that, if allowed entry into the body, can cause a vicious cycle of inflammation. The constant exposure to foreign substances can cause the walls of the intestines to become vulnerable to deterioration and permeability, a condition commonly referred to as leaky gut syndrome.

What is Candida?

Candida is yeast-like fungus that invades the tissues of the GI track. It thrives on sugars and carbs to survive, growing in a plantlike form and sending roots into the wall of the small intestine. These roots eventually bore holes in the intestinal wall, causing a condition known as “Leaky Gut.” This damages the wall and allows candida, bacteria, food, pollen, environmental pollutants and other material to enter the bloodstream. Candida is then carried throughout the body and takes up residence in parts of the body.

Common Symptoms include:

  • Chronic fatigue or malaise
  • Sweet cravings
  • Thrush (white coated tongue)
  • Bloating and gas
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Rectal itching
  • Itchy ears
  • Alternating diarrhea and constipation
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Decreased Libido
  • Depression, irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Foggy brain
  • Allergies
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Lowered resistance to infections


A number of factors increase the risk of Candida overgrowth. They include:

  • Repeated use of antibiotics and/or steroids
  • Chronic stress
  • Diet high in simple sugars
  • Alcohol
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Weakened immune system


How Can I Eliminate Candida?

Cleaning up Candida is a process that involves a three prong approach.

There are key elements that need to be included in a treatment plan to safely and effectively rid the body of Candida.

It is very important that the body and organs are properly supported as the Candida dies it will create a toxin that is released called die-off and your body must be able to effectively eliminate the toxin, or you can become very sick.

It is also important that while cleaning up the Candida and supporting the organs that a gut healing plan is also implemented Candida usually starts and is allowed to invade the gut because it is leaky.

At Forum Health Clarkston we a create a customized plan that will address the Candida and heal your gut. 

For more information, please watch this informative video by Wholistic Matters.

What Causes Leaky Gut?

Many things can cause leaky gut and you may actually live with it for many years and not know you have it. A few things that contribute to the destroying the gut lining are lifestyle toxins:

  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chronic stress
  • Medications
  • Infections
  • Artificial food additives, colorings and preservatives
  • Dietary choices, fast food, processed foods
  • Cosmetics
  • Nicotine


Environmental Toxins:

  • Pollution
  • Auto exhaust
  • Heavy metals
  • Solvents paint, cleaning products
  • Pesticides, Herbicides and Insecticides
  • Radiation
  • Inhalants


How Do I Know If I Have Leaky Gut? 

Here are some of the most common signs:

  • Gas, bloat, heartburn, abdominal pain (IBS)
  • Fatigue, anxiety and/or depression
  • Sinus and allergy problems
  • Joint pain and Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple food sensitivities
  • Weight gain, obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, acne, hives ridged nails
  • Autoimmune diseases (Crohn’s, Celiac, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hashimoto’s
  • Heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Hormone issues like PMS, PCOS, endometriosis and low testosterone


Can I Repair My Gut?

Our detailed assessment forms and in-depth health history can help identify if you have leaky gut.

If left untreated it leads to prolonged inflammation in the body, which then turns in to increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune and many other issues like obesity, sinus infections, asthma and much more.

At Forum Health Clarkston we can customize a plan that is design to address your leaky gut and other underlying issues. Sometimes, the best medicine is no medicine at all.

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