Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is the name given to a condition in which the ability of the intestinal wall to keep out large and undesirable molecules is reduced. Hence the name, as substances that are normally kept outside the body and within the intestines, are “leaking” across the intestinal wall and into the body as a whole. This happens when the spaces between the cells of the intestinal wall become enlarged for various reasons.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is hardly ever tested for or diagnosed by doctors in general practice but there are vast amounts of research implicating altered permeability of the intestinal wall in a large number of illnesses.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is “an increase in permeability of the intestinal mucosa to luminal macromolecules, antigens and toxins associated with inflammatory degenerative and/or atrophic mucosal damage”.

To simplify a few of these terms that may be unfamiliar:

Mucosa – The intestinal wall

Lumina – The space within the walls of the intestine

Macromolecules – Large molecules

What causes Leaky Gut Syndrome

There are quite a large number of factors that can increase the permeability of the intestinal wall. The most common are:

* Alcohol and caffeine – These irritate the gut wall.
* Candida and Gut dysbiosis – Caused by antibiotic use etc.
* Drugs – The worst offenders include NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), antacids and pain med’s like aspirin and ibuprofen.
* A diet high in refined carbohydrate.
* Environmental contaminants
* Food additives
* Insufficient digestive enzymes
* Chronic stress – Stress reduces blood flow to the gut leaving it unable to repair itself.
* Other gastrointestinal disease.
* Poor liver function resulting in inflammatory toxins being excreted into the intestines in bile.

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