March 23, 2023
Leaky gut, also known as intestinal permeability, is a condition where the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, allowing undigested food particles, toxins, and bacteria to leak through the intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream.
In a healthy gut, the intestinal lining acts as a barrier, preventing these substances from passing through and entering the bloodstream. However, when the intestinal lining becomes damaged or compromised, it can result in inflammation and a host of other health problems, such as food allergies, autoimmune disease, and chronic inflammation.
The causes of leaky gut are not fully understood, but factors that may contribute to the condition include a poor diet high in processed foods and sugar, chronic stress, certain medications (such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and gut dysbiosis (an imbalance of the gut microbiome). Treatment typically involves identifying and addressing the underlying causes of the condition, as well as making dietary and lifestyle changes to support gut health.
It is important to remember that healing the gut is a process and make take time. Working with a healthcare provider who specializes in lifestyle medicine can be helpful in developing an individualized plan for gut healing.