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Leaky Gut Syndrome is a very interesting disease. As it is not taught in medical schools it is quite difficult for most Doctors to diagnose it in its early stages and in most cases, it can only be identified through its symptoms. LGS occurs when the intestines become inflamed and irritated such that they cannot do their job correctly and some of the symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome include indications that would otherwise be ascribed to other causes and diseases. When the intestinal lining does become infected it is possible for toxins and poisons to leak through it into your bloodstream, and while it is difficult to diagnose, there are many Health Care Professionals who do understand this syndrome and are able to correctly attribute some of these otherwise unrelated warnings to Leaky Gut.

Candida is a type of fungus that is present in most people in small amounts and while normally not present in enough of a quantity to be harmful, if a person’s intestinal tract is otherwise infected or disturbed, the Candida fungus can take advantage of the disturbances and start causing issues. Candida in fact is one of the symptoms of LGS and when the delicate balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria in a person’s body are disturbed it can further flare up. In addition to Candida, other symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome can include Fibromyalgia, Muscle Cramps, Food Allergies including Gluten Intolerance and even Acne.

Unfortunately while a common treatment for most conditions – antibiotics – are sometimes the cause of the problem too. As antibiotics are unable to differentiate between “good” and “bad” bacteria in your system, their application could change the delicate balance present in the intestines, especially as there are increasing numbers of parasites, viruses and bacteria that are growing resistant to antibiotics in general. When this level shifts, an increase in harmful bacteria can cause irritation and inflammation with the concordant growth of the common Candida microbe.

If Candida is able to establish itself in the intestines, it becomes invasive. Rhizoids which are root like structures can burrow through the membranes in your intestinal walls and damage the finger like protrusions on the walls of the intestinal tract known as villi. Once these are damaged the possibility of undigested food particles, toxins and bacteria traversing the intestinal lining to enter the bloodstream are increased. These toxins and poisons in the body further destabilize and weaken the immune system resulting in ever more symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Candida infections may be discovered by careful analysis of the symptoms present. While these indications could also point to other causes, Candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome should also be considered when you are having gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal bloating, diarrhea, constipation and in some cases all three. In addition, LGS and Candida can also have an effect on your overall attitude causing anxiety, depression, insomnia and other mood swings. Symptoms could also include an increased intolerance and sensitivity to different types of foods and food stuffs. Finally chronic vaginal infections, recurrent bladder infections, tinnitus, premenstrual syndrome and yeast infections are all indications of a Candida infection or Leaky Gut Syndrome. Unfortunately, as previously mentioned, these symptoms could also point to other issues in the body, and often LGS and Candida are not considered in a timely and relevant manner leading to further complications and if left untreated a further advancement of the disease.