Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine
Rubina Azam, MD, FAAP, ABIHM
Integrative Holistic Medicine located in Panama City, FL
Poor diet habits, stress, and overuse of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can affect the lining of your digestive tract and lead to a condition known as leaky gut, which may be the underlying cause of some of your health issues. Board-certified integrative and holistic medicine physician Rubina Azam, MD, and her team at the Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine in Panama City, Florida, offer advanced diagnostic testing to diagnose leaky gut and develop personalized plans to improve gut health. For comprehensive care, contact the office by phone or click the online booking feature today.
Leaky Gut Q & A
What is leaky gut?
Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, refers to cracks and holes in your digestive tract allowing harmful toxins and bacteria in your gut to pass through to your bloodstream.
The tissue that lines your digestive tract is designed to form a tight barrier that only allows small molecules (nutrients) and water to pass from your intestines into your bloodstream. If the lining of your digestive tract is damaged, then larger molecules (bacteria and toxins) may seep into your bloodstream.
Once in your blood, the harmful substances may lead to chronic inflammation or trigger an immune system reaction. The toxicity created by a leaky gut may be the underlying cause of many common health conditions, including migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
How does leaky gut develop?
A leaky gut may develop from a number of causes. Some of the most common include:
- Food sensitivities or intolerances
- Poor diet choices
- Overuse of NSAIDs
- Imbalance in gut bacteria
Certain health conditions may damage the digestive tract and also lead to a leaky gut, such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or irritable bowel syndrome.
What happens during a leaky gut evaluation?
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see Dr. Azam and her team with concerns about your health that may be indicative of a leaky gut. To better understand your condition, she obtains detailed information about your medical and medication history, diet and lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors, and symptoms.
Based on the information she gathers, Dr. Azam determines the diagnostic testing you need to further evaluate your health and find the cause of your leaky gut.
How is leaky gut treated?
Treatment for your leaky gut is dependent on the results of your diagnostic testing and is aimed at the root cause of your health condition. Your treatment plan may include:
- Diet modification
- Lifestyle changes
- Nutritional supplements
- Conventional medications
When reviewing your treatment plan, Dr. Azam also discusses the results of your lab tests so you have a better understanding of your condition and treatment plan. She continues to monitor you at regular follow-ups and may request a repeat of your lab work to reevaluate your health and the effectiveness of your treatment plan.
Leaky gut may be the cause of your health issues. To learn more about the condition, contact Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine by phone or online today.