Your digestive tract serves as a barrier that protects the rest of your body from the toxins and bacteria found in your gut. However, if your digestive system isn’t healthy, those harmful substances may leak into your bloodstream and affect your overall health. At Copper Valley Primary Care, experienced nurse practitioner Laura Moncada, FNP-C, specializes in leaky gut and offers advanced diagnostic testing and treatment to restore digestive health and alleviate many other issues. To learn more about leaky gut, call the Tucson, Arizona, office or book an appointment online today.
Your digestive tract is lined with a tight barrier of cells that only allows for the absorption of very small molecules, namely water and nutrients. These molecules pass through your digestive tract and into your bloodstream and are then delivered to the rest of your body.
However, your gut lining can develop holes and cracks that allow larger molecules to pass through, including bacteria and toxins, which is a condition referred to as leaky gut.
If you suffer from leaky gut, the harmful substances in your digestive tract invade your intestinal tissue and cause inflammation, digestive issues, and alterations in your gut microflora.
These harmful substances may then enter your bloodstream and affect the health of other body systems. Leaky gut has been linked to many common health issues, including:
Ms. Moncada takes a proactive and preventive approach to care and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of leaky gut.
While your genetics may play a role in the permeability of your digestive tract, diet and lifestyle may be the driving force behind your leaky gut. Common causes include:
Long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also cause damage to your digestive tract that creates the holes and cracks that allow the harmful substances to leak through.
Ms. Moncada can determine if you have leaky gut when you come to the office for an examination. During your examination, she reviews your health concerns, medical history, diet, and daily routine. She also conducts a physical exam and provides diagnostic testing to determine if you have leaky gut.
Ms. Moncada develops individualized treatment plans for leaky gut. She reviews your plan in detail so you understand the steps you need to take to improve your gut health. Your treatment may include:
She may also recommend that you limit your intake of alcohol and the use of NSAIDs to support gut health and healing.
To schedule an evaluation for leaky gut, call Copper Valley Primary Care or click the online booking button today.