Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition where there is damage to the intestinal lining. In a normal, healthy person, the intestinal lining should be impermeable except to allow properly digested food to pass through. In the case of Leaky Gut Syndrome, the intestinal lining becomes more permeable, allowing larger particles of food, food that has not been digested entirely, and other toxins, to pass through into the body or, in other words, “leak” out.
The causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome vary and range from medications such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs, to candida, to excess consumption of alcohol and sugar, to stress, to parasites, to overeating, to chronic constipation, to environmental factors such as toxins and pollutants in our everyday lives. Whatever the cause, the result is the same; irritation and inflammation, and specifically, damage to the intestinal lining. After this damage has occurred, the gates are open so to speak and the control over what goes out and what stays in is gone.
When these “invaders” make their way through the intestinal lining when they should not, the immune system responds by making antibodies and the body thus reacts with symptoms. Malnutrition can result from improper absorption of vitamins and minerals. Stess on the liver can also occur, given that the liver is the clearinghouse for toxins and it can become overworked and have a harder time functioning optimally. Other symptoms consistent with food allergies or food sensitivities can occur as well. Because of the stress Leaky Gut Syndrome puts on the body, there is a huge impact on how one feels both physically and mentally.
More to come on Leaky Gut Syndrome and it’s relation to food allergies and food sensitivities in the next couple days!