Autoimmune-Leaky Gut Connection
How Leaky Gut Can Lead to Autoimmunity
Once your gut becomes leaky, this is serious trouble for your immune system! Toxins, viruses, bacteria and food particles are entering into your bloodstream, resulting in a condition known as endotoxemia (which literally means that your blood becomes toxic).
This sends your immune system into high alert. Over time, as more of these toxic particles leach into your bloodstream, your immune system uses white blood cells to attack, creating massive inflammation. This also creates “less accuracy” to deal with the “invaders” in your blood. Eventually, this leads to autoimmunity because your healthy tisseus get attacked as well.
The Functional Medicine Approach to Treating Gut Issues
The Functional Medicine approach to healing the gut is relying on advanced lab testing, followed by creating a custom-tailored, personalized protocol to restore your body’s innate healing potential so we can bring your body back into balance.
Since the gut impacts our health on so many levels, it’s often the first place we focus on when we explore a client’s case – determining whether they have leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), or its cousin small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO).
The lab tests help us identify and address the underlying dysfunction for good – whether it’s unresolved stealth infections, environmental toxins, food sensitivities or other hormone or system-wide issues.
Sadly, conventional doctors aren’t equipped to untangle these complex, interdependent issues because there’s simply not enough time in a standard 7-minute visit, nor was the topic covered in their standard medical school training.
Oftentimes, I’ve heard from clients things like “I have a “sensitive stomach” which seems to have become an accepted term for “just grin and bear it”.
But what it could actually mean is a serious gut imbalance that might have far-reaching consequences for your overall wellness. There is recent medical research that also shows a link between chronic unaddressed gut issues, especially gut dysbiosis, as a catalyst to autoimmune illness.
Don’t just chalk it up to having a “sensitive” stomach or “getting older”… seek out care from a Functional Medicine-trained provider to avoid compromising your long-term health.
Dr. Angela Carlson is trained to investigate the symptoms and causes of your chronic digestive complaints or other symptoms, and assemble an effective plan that’s supported by the appropriate lab tests.
If you have been experiencing chronic symptoms that may be connected with digestive problems and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Dr. Angela Carlson, ND today!