Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut or intestinal permeability has gained a lot of popularity in recent years but isn't widely recognized by the medical system.

So what is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

It is when the tight junctions malfunction which links epithelial cells linked together. These cells protect our intestines and are the opening between our intestines and our bloodstream. This is key because these tight gap junctions will open when essential nutrients need to enter the bloodstream but also making sure that tiny particles (undigested food, bacteria and toxins) that aren't meant to go through, don't (1).

What are some common symptoms?

  • bloating

  • gas

  • multiple food sensitivities

  • fatigue

  • poor skin health

  • brain fog

What causes leaky gut syndrome?

Although it's still up for debate, some of the potential factors are (2):

  • yeast overgrowth

  • poor gut health (IBS, IBD, celiac disease)

  • autoimmune diseases

  • stress

  • mood imbalances

  • poor diet

  • use of NSAIDs

How do I find out if I have it? (1)

  • Zonulin or Lactulose Tests

  • IgG Food Intolerance Test

  • Stools Tests

  • Organic Acid Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies Tests

  • Lactulose Mannitol Test

What do I do if I have leaky gut syndrome?

  • reduce/remove food sensitivities

  • reduce processed foods and refined carbohydrates

  • increase intake of anti-inflammatory foods (bone broth, turmeric, fatty fish, etc)

  • support the gut lining with supplements and herbs i.e. l-glutamine, digestive enzymes, collagen, etc.

  • practice mindful eating

  • take a good probiotic

  • eat fermented foods (be sure to start small)

  • find ways to manage stress


1. https://draxe.com/health/7-signs-symptoms-you-have-leaky-gut/

2. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/leaky-gut-what-is-it-and-what-does-it-mean-for-you-2017092212451

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