How To Find And What To Do With Increased Intestinal Permeability

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How To Find And What To Do With Increased Intestinal Permeability
How To Find And What To Do With Increased Intestinal Permeability

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Normally, only what our body needs is absorbed from the intestines into the bloodstream. Everything that he does not need passes through the gastrointestinal tract in transit and is excreted into the external environment. In addition, substances that are unnecessary for the body are still discharged into the intestines in order to bring them out. But sometimes the intestinal permeability increases. This leads to the fact that substances poisonous for the body begin to be absorbed into the bloodstream and poison the body.

How to find and what to do about leaky gut
How to find and what to do about leaky gut

How to detect?

There are many tips on the internet on how to find out if you have a leaky gut. But you shouldn't follow them. Symptom lists vary. It is often suggested to diagnose leaky gut syndrome on the Internet based on the following symptoms:

  • flatulence, bloating, gas formation;
  • stool disorder - diarrhea or constipation;
  • problem skin or acne on the face;
  • unexplained allergic reactions;
  • symptoms of general intoxication, that is, pain in muscles and joints, chronic fatigue, etc.

The beetroot test has become widespread on the Internet. You need to drink two tablespoons of beet juice, which has been previously settled for two hours. After that, the urine turns red. Supposedly this should indicate that the intestines are leaky. In fact, beets in any person lead to reddening of urine and feces, so the diagnostic value of this test is in great doubt.

In official medicine, a double sugar test is used to assess permeability. Its essence lies in the fact that a person takes two carbohydrates. Then their amount in the urine is assessed. To assess the intestinal permeability, take lactulose and mannitol. To test the permeability of the large intestine, lactulose cannot be used because it is fermented by bacteria. Instead, take sucralose. A triple sugar test is also used, in which all three substances are used at once.

What to do?

Increased intestinal permeability is not a separate disease, but only a symptom. Therefore, it can and should be treated. It is worth getting rid of the disease that provoked increased permeability.

Leaky gut syndrome is temporary, not permanent. In reality, the intestines are not perforated, but only a violation of its function occurs. Therefore, after the underlying disease is cured, normal intestinal permeability is restored.

The main diseases that lead to leaky gut syndrome:

  • chronic inflammatory diseases (colitis, Crohn's disease);
  • IBS or irritable bowel;
  • excessive bacterial growth in the intestine;
  • acute infectious diseases - gastroenteritis, enterocolitis;
  • dysbiosis;
  • bowel cancer.

Increased intestinal permeability can only be diagnosed by a doctor based on a triple sugar test. The same doctor will examine you to find the cause of the syndrome. After the underlying disease is cured, the problem will be resolved by itself.

Rebagit is used as a special treatment to help "patch" a leaky intestine. It restores the condition of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines, reduces the distance between cells. This only reduces the increased permeability and does not lead to impairment of intestinal absorption. But in any case, it is required to cure the disease that leads to increased permeability.

Protect the intestines and be healthy!

Author: Sergey Vyalov - gastroenterologist at GMS Clinic, Ph.D. Member of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the Russian Gastroenterological Association (RGA), a member of the European Society for the Study of the Liver (EASL), a member of the Russian Society for the Study of the Liver (ROPIP). He studied and worked at the Charite clinic (Germany).

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