Leaky Gut Syndrome – Pet Parents Guide to Identifying and Eliminating Allergies and Digestive Issues
Over 2000 years ago Hippocrates, often referred to as the “Father of Medicine”, cited that disease begins in the gut. I recently heard Dr. Josh Axe state that PubMed cites over 11,600 studies related to Leaky Gut. While I can’t verify that actual number, I think it’s safe to say that it’s become well accepted that Leaky Gut can have a profound impact on the overall health of both humans and animals. That’s why we created this Pet Parents Guide to Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Leaky gut, or “Dysbiosis” if you’re looking for the medical term is the word used to describe what happens when the lining of the gut becomes damaged. When functioning normally, the lining of the gut operates in a miraculous way that allows nutrients from digested food to pass through the wall of the intestine into the bloodstream. This lining consists of a semi-permeable membrane that serves as a filter, keeping undigested food particles and toxins from entering the bloodstream. So leaky gut is exactly what it sounds like. Damage to the semi-permeable lining creates spaces large enough for undigested pieces of food, toxins and bacteria to pass into the bloodstream. Soon the immune system spots these foreign invaders and goes to work to eliminate them by creating inflammation. Symptoms of leaky gut can vary widely, but some of the most common symptoms include:
- abdominal bloating and/or pain
- Itchy skin
Unchecked, leaky gut becomes a vicious cycle and can lead to a host of respiratory and skin allergies, diarrhea, ear infections, bowel issues, and many more sinister health problems.
Did you know 80% of dogs have Leaky Gut and their pet parents never know. This FREE Guide reveals everything you need to know about identifying Leaky Gut, what causes it and effective ways to eliminate it. Don’t let your dog suffer uncomfortable symptoms (that may also be unpleasant for you). Get the Free Leaky Gut Guide now!
You may also like the companion article, Top 4 Ways to add Probiotics to your dog’s diet without buying supplements.