Autism Treatment – Leaky Gut, part 2 of 3

Posted on 06 January 2010 by admin

I have talked before about leaky gut and what that means. But, I want to discuss some of the things that can cause leaky gut and how leaky gut is diagnosed. Things that can lead to leaky gut include something like a traumatic injury so you can have a chemical insult or chemical injury in the digestive tract that could disrupt this leaky gut. You can have what are called oxalates, oxalates are compounds found in food. And absorption of too many oxalates into the body can create chemical imbalances that disrupt the leaky gut function. And of course anything that can lead to inflammation from infections to food sensitivities to auto immune disorders like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease can lead to areas in the digestive tract that start to become stressed, worn down, inflamed and that can lead to a leaky gut phenomenon.

There are certain tests that can be done that sort of show the significance of leaky gut. It isn’t always an easy thing to ascertain 100% from a diagnostic standpoint. There are some tests that sort of indicate that there is a likelihood of a leaky gut situation happening with the absorption of certain chemicals that can be measured in the urine. But I just wanted to make you aware that leaky gut is a true phenomenon. Leaky gut is not an all or none situation. Leaky gut can happen with kids on the spectrum it can happen with other disorders whether it is Autism or Autism spectrum disorders or other neurological diseases or chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. Leaky gut is something we commonly talk about with respects to digestive problems. Leaky gut is a real thing that can be caused by underlying infection and inflammation of the digestive tract. In part 3 I will cover a few of the common supplements used to treat leaky gut.

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