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?
multiple food sensitivities
poor skin health
What causes leaky gut syndrome?
Although it's still up for debate, some of the potential factors are (2):
poor gut health (IBS, IBD, celiac disease)
use of NSAIDs
How do I find out if I have it? (1)
Zonulin or Lactulose Tests
IgG Food Intolerance Test
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