What is a leaky gut?

A leaky gut is exactly what it implies – intestinal permeability. Let’s imagine that you have a system that regulates what is beneficial to your health and what can do damage. This is our own immune system which is in the lining of the intestines. There are certain foods that will cause inflammation and tears in the lining such as wheat, alcohol and any type of NSAID (non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) in addition to any food allergies.

When there are tears in the lining of the intestinal wall larger particles can slip through and enter the blood stream causing chronic inflammation and a poor immune response. Symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include gas, bloating, chronic diarrhea, constipation, food sensitivities, fatigue, brain fog, memory loss or skin problems.

The first step to healing a leaky gut is to remove wheat, alcohol, processed foods and any allergy causing agents and to add more fiber to your diet. Fiber feeds the good/friendly bacteria and promotes a health and vitality.