Food Sensitivity

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

The intestinal tract is covered in lining to protect the bloodstream from absorbing anything it should not. At its optimal state, this lining provides a high level of protection. It’s not designed to protect against everything, but generally, it performs well and causes little to no trouble.

Leaky gut syndrome, however, is what we call the times when the lining has tears or holes in it, allowing more foreign particles into the bloodstream than it regularly would.

This type of issue causes inflammation in the gut system, leading to further digestive issues. The Harvard Medical School shares how research today has been linking more instances of leaky gut syndrome to other, more severe problems and chronic diseases.

Harvard Medical School continues to explain that, as mentioned, everyone has minor gaps in the lining, but some individuals are more likely to suffer from leaky gut syndrome due to genetic predisposition or even their diet. The American Style diet, full of sugar, saturated fats, and low in fiber can be one of the major causes of leaky gut syndrome. Similarly, Harvard discusses the theory that stress and alcohol use may be other causes.

When dealing with leaky gut syndrome, it’s important to speak to a medical professional to find the optimal treatment for you. Similarly, adjusting your diet to avoid foods which your body can’t process could be of help. This might help prevent too many food particles from entering the bloodstream and could potentially lessen the symptoms. By eating foods that help fight inflammation, in theory, the gut should be able to rebuild the lining and continue working as it should. This not only should lead to a life with few to none negative symptoms, but it will also lead to a healthy lifestyle.




Leaky gut: What is it, and what does it mean for you?