What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome, or gut hyper permeability, is the name
given for the condition that allows
larger food particles (macromolecules) to pass through the
gut wall. The cells that make up
the lining of the gut, are linked together by a chemical bond
called a tight junction. This
junction maintains the integrity of the gut wall.
Ordinarily, only properly digested food (micro molecules)
permeates through the intestinal wall. When this wall is damaged,
larger particles, such as partially digested food, pathogens
such as parasites or yeasts and toxins, pass through. The
body does not recognize them and activates the immune system
to search and destroy. The result is inflammation.
Leaky gut syndrome is linked to autoimmune diseases such
as arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia,
chronic fatigue syndrome, and IBD. Many health practitioners
see leaky gut syndrome as the
underlying cause of many food allergies and food sensitivities
because the body begins to
recognize many types of food as foreign.
When food slips through the intestinal wall, the body automatically
goes into attack mode. Eventually, the body habitually recognizes
these foods as the "enemy," and every time you eat
them, the body reacts—you have a food sensitivity. There
is no single cause of leaky gut syndrome. Antibiotics, caffeine
and alcohol, severe trauma like burns or prolonged surgery,
chronic constipation, chemicals and other environmental pollutants,
stress, poor diet, parasites, yeast, and bacteria could all
contribute to a leaky gut.
Dealing with Leaky Gut Syndrome
Many health practitioners recommend a hypoallergenic diet.
Sugar, white flour products,
wheat, oats, dairy products, high-fat foods, alcohol, and
foods often linked to sensitivities and
allergies must be eliminated for periods of time to see if
How you eat is also important. Chew food more thoroughly and
attempt to eat frequent small
meals instead of a few large meals.
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