Leaky gut syndrome is a poorly understood medical condition which is largely unknown to even many practitioners in the field. It is an intestinal disorder caused by an increase in the permeability of the lining of the gut. This causes two kinds of problems:
- Interference with filtration and absorption mechanism
- breach of the protective barrier and immune function of the gut
What happens in leaky gut syndrome?
When the small intestine layer becomes weak or injured in the parts, it can no longer function as a barrier between the contents of the intestine and blood flow. Usually, cells that cover the intestine function as the front line of defense, in the same way as the wall protects the building – it makes strangers and enemies come out.
With gut syndrome leaking, the barrier is breached leading to bacteria and toxins from bowel contents being able to seep through and enter the bloodstream, causing various problems. Foods that are partly digested, bacteria, fungi, and other elements of bacteriom which are usually found in intestinal content now have free access to all parts of the body.
In response to this intrusion, the immune system kicks by starting an autoimmune reaction. The consequence of this is the bloating sensation and production of intestinal gas. Other complications can also occur including:
- Joint pain
- Leather rash
- Abdominal cramps
- Food sensitivity