Causes of Leaky Gut (Hyperintestinal Permeability)


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*This is part 1 of a 3 part article series on Leaky Gut. For part 2, click here. For part 3, click here


Gastrointestinal diseases are near and dear to my heart, both as an RD and personally.  I remember drinking beer as a young person and having GI issues but I was too young to know any different.  I remember getting in an auto accident as a 21 year old and being prescribed a plethora of anti-inflammatory drugs now known to damage the GI tract.  I know that my health has always been precarious…and now I know enough to know that not being breastfed….and…being given pablum (a wheat powder) in my formula were a trigger waiting to be pulled.    Drugs that increase intestinal permeability, a stressful event, an chronic stress, a diet full of gluten, …many things add to a smoldering fire.

Not many folks escape this life without having a GI issue, OR, a downstream effect of a GI issue.  Let me give a few examples.  You have migraine headaches but maybe didn’t know that 98% of them are food related, via a type 4 hypersensitivity immune reaction.  Type 4 reactions can be delayed up to 96 hours…cause and effect is nearly impossible without the right kind of test.  You get hives or skin rashes.  Your nails are brittle.  You have fatigue but ‘nothing is wrong with you’.  You’re depressed ‘for no good reason’.  You have asthma or an auto-immune disease like Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis but never suspected that food might be involved in any of these.  Unless you see a functional medicine or natural medicine provider, no one has ever talked to you about the link between these.

Well, I’m about to do just that.  In these next few weeks, I will be covering a series on Leaky Gut (hyper-intestinal permeability) and its causes, its effects, and how to resolve it.

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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyTracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best.  Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease:  Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet.  And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health.  Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.

By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:

  • Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
  • Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
  • Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
  • Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
  • Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme,  there's a good chance you are in the right place.If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.

There are no coincidences.  All good things come from God.