A Gut Reaction
Q: What is a "leaky gut," and what are the symptoms?
A: Leaky gut is a common problem, but it often goes unrecognized. It is a condition in which inflammation or damage to the intestinal wall causes large spaces to develop between the cells of the wall. When this happens, foreign elements such as bacteria, toxins, and food have the potential to "seep through" the intestinal wall and to invade the circulatory system, leading to a number of health problems. Basically, the thing to keep in mind is that if your intestines are not healthy, neither are you. The gut is the body's point of entry for nutrients and fuel. The symptoms of a leaky gut mimic irritable bowel syndrome: gas, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, alternating constipation and diarrhea. This can lead to confusion over the diagnosis. If you have these symptoms, it may benefit you to bring up the possibility of leaky gut with your physician.