Robert Martinez, DC
The evidence is so compelling for Leaky Gut Syndrome’s ability to dismantle the immune system and cause numerous illnesses and disorders, that now even many physicians in western medicine are recognizing it as a dangerous condition and trying to find suitable treatment options for their patients.
Leaky gut is nothing new. Decades ago, medical professionals referred to it as intestinal permeability and understood fractions of its ability to cause illnesses. In fact, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, declared, “All disease begins in the gut.” In our advanced, modern medicine age, we now know precisely which proteins, microbiota, and microorganisms are responsible for the mucosal and epithelial damage or leaks. The natural functioning of our intestinal wall is to allow nutrients to pass through, but with Leaky gut, large openings enable dangerous substances to enter the bloodstream. This happens when the TJs, or tight junctions in the intestinal wall open and cause seepages.
Why is Leaky Gut Dangerous?
Our immune systems are essential for our overall wellbeing and the ability to fight off diseases and viral infections. However, many people are unaware of the fact that the gut has a great deal to do with direct immune function. Nearly 80% of our immune system is housed within the gut. When the gut lining is damaged, toxins, antigens, undigested food particles, and bacteria can leak through the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream. When this happens, your immune system tries to overcompensate and works in overdrive to attack the toxic substances in the blood. It can also exacerbate the immune system and turn it against the body, causing it to attack itself because it confuses its own cells with the foreign substances; this is called molecular mimicry. This type of immune response is known to cause and intensify autoimmune disorders. Many individuals, who have an autoimmune disease, are unaware that they have leaky gut syndrome, and in turn, those that have undergone leaky gut dietary and lifestyle changes have alleviated or lessened their autoimmune disease symptoms.
Do you suffer from bloating, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease, acid reflux, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, thyroid disorders, IBS, Celiac disease, hormonal imbalance, skin disorders, Parkinson’s, cognitive decline or other chronic disorders? If you do, you should have a few simple, but necessary tests performed to find out if you have leaky gut.
What Causes Leaky Gut?
Many issues can lead to the break down of the intestinal mucosal lining. Unfortunately, most of them are self-inflicted through our diet, lifestyle, or environmental factors.
Origins of Leaky Gut
• Environmental toxins
• Alcohol consumption
• Good & Bad Bacterial Imbalance
• Candida overgrowth
• Systemic Inflammation
• Evaluation of your symptoms
• Functional intestine testing
• Gastrointestinal tract and stool testing
• Measurements of digestive enzymes, inflammation, and bacterial overgrowth
Symptoms of Leaky Gut Include the Following
• Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Poor immune system
• Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
• Excessive fatigue
• Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
• Cravings for sugar or carbs
• Arthritis or joint pain
• Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
• Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn’s
If you believe you have leaky gut, it’s imperative to get tested and receive functional medicinal care to reverse your disorder and to alleviate the complications of long-term gut permeability and the diseases that are so often related to the disorder.
Functional medicine calls on treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually using holistic or alternative approaches.
Dr. Robert Martinez
Dr. Robert Martinez provides functional medicine. He works with his patients to get their digestive system in peak form. With the proper diagnostic testing and evaluation, he works out a dietary and supplement plan that fits their budget and lifestyle, along with a comprehensive therapeutic algorithm. He also implements multifocal functional and alternative therapies that are medically recognized to improve his patient’s overall health.
To tailor your individualized plan to better overall health and to ward off diseases and disorders, please call Health and Wellness of Central Florida to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Martinez.
Health and Wellness of Central Florida
Spring Hill Office
3460 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609
17937 Hunting Bow Cir., Ste. 101, Lutz FL 33558