leaky gut syndrome
Does everyone have leaky gut?
Everyone does. In fact, intestinal permeability, as it's known medically, is normal. Until it's not. If too much stuff passes from the digestive system into the blood, or if the wrong things get through, like harmful bacteria, infections and diseases may ensue!
Why does this happen? Unfortunately due to stress, processed foods, antibiotic overuse, and pesticides and herbicides "normal gut junctions" become "loose gut junctions" see image 1.
Experts point to four main causes of leaky gut:
Poor diet: Grains, dairy products, and sugar are the most common culprits.
Chronic stress: Overtime, stress weakens your entire immune system and prevents it from fighting off foreign invaders, leading to inflammation in the gut.
Toxin overload: We come in contact with over 80,000 chemicals every year, but the worst offenders for leaky gut are antibiotics, pesticides, aspirin, and NSAIDs
Leaky gut may cause or contribute to the following symptoms:
chronic diarrhea, constipation, or bloating
skin problems, such as acne, rashes, or eczema