Hippocrates, the founding father of modern medicine, once said “all disease begins in the gut“. And he was right.
You have probably heard the term ‘leaky gut’ in health blogs recently, but what really is leaky gut syndrome?
Medically, leaky gut is an intestinal tight junction malfunction. But since that doesn’t really clear anything up, think about the lining of your digestive tract as being a net that separates the food that you have eaten and your blood stream.
In a healthy digestive tract, the holes in this net are tiny, only allowing specific nutrients through to your bloodstream. However, when you suffer from leaky gut, this net is damaged and the holes are bigger, which allows foreign bodies to seep into your bloodstream.
Unfortunately, as these holes get bigger toxins, including undigested food particles, gluten and bad bacteria, leak from your digestive tract into your bloodstream and cause inflammation. As the inflammation builds up, it can cause an immune reaction, leading to a variety of sensitivities and in turn illness.
Symptoms of leaky gut
The inflammation caused by leaky gut can emerge as the following symptoms:
- Food allergies,
- Low energy and fatigue,
- Food sensitivities and intolerances,
- Digestive issues,
- Skin problems,
- Weight gain,
- Thyroid conditions,
- Joint pain,
- Syndrome X, and
- Other autoimmune conditions.
Generally experiencing multiple food sensitivities and becoming bloated after eating are the biggest warning signs that you are suffering from leaky gut. Another indication you suffer from leaky gut that has progressed is when there is undigested food in your poo!
If left untreated, leaky gut can lead to more severe health problems.
In our next post, we’ll focus on what causes leaky gut.