Leaky Gut

Compounding Pharmacist

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a disorder researchers are describing as a condition when the small intestines allow undigested food and toxins to be absorbed into the bloodstream. This condition may block our bodies from properly absorbing essential nutrients.
In healthy individuals, the small intestines act as a net-like structure which supply our bodies with life giving nutrients. They also create a barrier from dangerous viruses, bacteria and other toxic substances from entering into our blood circulation. LGS is classified as an auto-immune disease and some studies suggest it can be responsible for over 50% of chronic health complaints.

Researchers are seeing LGS as a dysfunction where the body attacks its own tissues, possibly creating multiple disease and system failures. As these toxic materials enter our blood supply, our bodies reject them as invaders and set up defense.

Leaky GutHow does the small intestine become compromised? When the epithelium on the tiny villi of the intestines become inflamed and irritated, it causes widening of the spaces between the lining of the intestinal cells. This is believed to destroy the natural functional barrier which would normally prevent metabolic and microbial toxins from entering into our circulation.

Vital nutrients from the foods we eat may not be properly absorbed, creating harmful vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

It is thought a major cause of LGS may be from common medications such as antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc.), alcohol consumption, gluten allergy, lactose intolerance, and abnormal gut flora such as yeasts, bacteria and parasites.

It is clear that the gastrointestinal tract plays a major role in our health and is linked to many system functions, such as our immune system.

Practitioners around the world are treating patients daily suffering from chronic implications. Such implications include chronic disease, metabolic disturbances, inflammation, energy deficits, food sensitivity, food allergy, diabetes, premature aging, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. These health problems are often caused by poor dietary choices, nutritional deficiencies, or exposure to chemicals and toxins in our environment. Also, exposure to herbicides, fertilizers and antibiotics added to foods we consume may wreak havoc on our microbiota (gut health).

Central Rexall Drugs is devoted to promoting optimal health care to move patients to the highest level of well-being. We offer high quality supplements and probiotics which may assist in preventing nutritional imbalances. And our expert Pharmacists can offer you personalized care with choosing the right nutritional supplements.

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