What is leaky gut syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome is a proposed condition some health practitioners claim is the cause of a wide range of long -term conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis. It is said to have symptoms including bloating gas, food sensitivities, aches pain and cramps. But due to medical expert, it’s still something of medical mystery.
According to gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic said, “It is a very gray area. Physicians don’t know enough about the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ. Isn’t a diagnosis taught in medical school. Instead, leaky gut means you’ve got a diagnosis that still need to be made”.
Linda A. Lee, MD, a gastroenterologist and director of Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center also said, “We don’t know a lot but we know that it exists. In the absence of evidence, we don’t know what it means or what therapies can directly address it”.
A possible cause of leaky gut is increases intestinal permeability or intestinal hyperpermeability. It is also said as a major cause of disease today that is continuing to grow and is reaching epidemic proportions. It is condition that continuously affects millions of people. Unfortunately, most are blind to this fact and don’t even realize it. At least 50% of chronic complaints have been accounted and confirmed by laboratory testing. However, it almost always goes undiagnosed. In fact, it is still unrecognized by almost all medical professionals.
Proponents of leaky gut syndrome itself claim that many symptoms and condition are caused by the immune system reacting to toxins, germs or any other substances that have been absorbed into the bloodstream through a porous ‘leaky’ bowel.
What can cause Leaky gut syndrome?
The inside of the bowel is lined by a single layer of cells that make up the mucosal barrier (the barrier between the inside of the gut and human body). It is effective at absorbing nutrients and for the same time prevents most large molecules and germs passing from inside the bowel into the bloodstream which is can potentially causing widespread symptoms.
Increased intestinal permeability begins with inflammation and irritation to the lining of the digestive tract. If this continue, the intestinal lining will begins to wear and break down. It will forms large gaps between our intestinal cells and will allow pathogens, toxins and undigested food particles as per mention above.
Over time, our liver will overloaded with toxins. Then the immune system also become impaired after continuously being assaulted by unwanted substances. Along with the stress of both intestinal permeability and our everyday life, it will finally make our hormonal system becomes fatigued.
Our human body is just not designed to handle this chronic stress properly as there is no time to rest and repair. Due to this circumstance, it will lead to the development of many common conditions such as:
- joint pain
- chronic fatigue
- food allergies
- chronic sinusitis
- irritable bowel syndrome
As a conclusion, leaky gut syndrome is not something to be taken lightly. Prevent it before it progresses to autoimmune disease, because the autoimmune can’t always be reversed. Get serious about our health and this condition that unknowingly affects million of innocent people.