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Does Leaky Gut Exist?
Dr. Alexander Rinehart, DC, MS, CCN, CNS
http://www.DrAlexRinehart.com
What is Leaky Gut?
 Clinical condition of varying severity in which the
intestines absorb large, undigested molecules that
are normally blocked
 Intestines become hyperpermeable to substances
that otherwise have no business being absorbed
 Once leaky gut is established, we have to ask
why?
What Causes Leaky Gut?
 Thought to be caused by exposure to “toxic”
substances or clinical conditions that damage the
integrity of the gut
 It’s a functional process by which the intestines fail to
regulate what molecules are absorbed into and what
molecules are kept out of the bloodstream
 Being implicated in a wide range of chronic disease
processes and they hypothesis continues to grow
support
Gut Physiology
 Normal
 1-2% of large proteins to pass into bloodstream & the
immune system is able to protect us against foreign
and potentially harmful molecules that pass the gut
barrier
 Abnormal
 When normal physiology is impaired, the intestine
becomes hyperpermeable to foreign & poorly digested
materials
 This absorption is capable of initiating an overzealous
immune reaction that may reverberate across many
body systems
Common Causes
 Alcohol
 Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
 Viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal infections
 High levels of free radicals from bile, food, and drugs
 Inflammatory cell messengers
 Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, trauma, & burns
 Vaccines
 Food antigens
 Exposure to stress
 High Fructose Corn Syrup
Implications of Leaky Gut
 Gastrointestinal function plays essential role in brain
function
 May predispose individual to depression
 May induce depressive symptoms
 May be associated with autoimmune diseases
 Associated with autistic children
 May be involved in chronic fatigue syndrome
 Gastrointestinal health may be crucial for heart
function
Conclusion
Gastrointestinal Wellness involves removing
offending substances (alcohol, offending
foods), replacing digestive enzymes,
reinoculating with healthy pre-biotics and
probiotics, and repairing the GI tract with
supporting nutrition.
 To read the full discussion please visit:
http://dralexrinehart.com/nutrition-
benefits/does-leaky-gut-exist/
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Does Leaky Gut Exist?

  • 1. Does Leaky Gut Exist? Dr. Alexander Rinehart, DC, MS, CCN, CNS http://www.DrAlexRinehart.com
  • 2. What is Leaky Gut?  Clinical condition of varying severity in which the intestines absorb large, undigested molecules that are normally blocked  Intestines become hyperpermeable to substances that otherwise have no business being absorbed  Once leaky gut is established, we have to ask why?
  • 3. What Causes Leaky Gut?  Thought to be caused by exposure to “toxic” substances or clinical conditions that damage the integrity of the gut  It’s a functional process by which the intestines fail to regulate what molecules are absorbed into and what molecules are kept out of the bloodstream  Being implicated in a wide range of chronic disease processes and they hypothesis continues to grow support
  • 4. Gut Physiology  Normal  1-2% of large proteins to pass into bloodstream & the immune system is able to protect us against foreign and potentially harmful molecules that pass the gut barrier  Abnormal  When normal physiology is impaired, the intestine becomes hyperpermeable to foreign & poorly digested materials  This absorption is capable of initiating an overzealous immune reaction that may reverberate across many body systems
  • 5. Common Causes  Alcohol  Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs  Viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal infections  High levels of free radicals from bile, food, and drugs  Inflammatory cell messengers  Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, trauma, & burns  Vaccines  Food antigens  Exposure to stress  High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • 6. Implications of Leaky Gut  Gastrointestinal function plays essential role in brain function  May predispose individual to depression  May induce depressive symptoms  May be associated with autoimmune diseases  Associated with autistic children  May be involved in chronic fatigue syndrome  Gastrointestinal health may be crucial for heart function
  • 7. Conclusion Gastrointestinal Wellness involves removing offending substances (alcohol, offending foods), replacing digestive enzymes, reinoculating with healthy pre-biotics and probiotics, and repairing the GI tract with supporting nutrition.
  • 8.  To read the full discussion please visit: http://dralexrinehart.com/nutrition- benefits/does-leaky-gut-exist/ (please share )