Gut Health


Leaky Gut and Intestinal Permeability Part 1 — Definition, Symptoms, and Causes

So much has been written about leaky gut that is has almost become a household phrase. “Hi Mom, how’s your leaky gut today?” Well, maybe it’s not that well established, but we can tell you that when our medical team started in practice, most doctors in the conventional medical field considered leaky gut to be holistic quackery. In fact, the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research (the GI Society) continues to claim leaky gut is a myth. (Although they do recognize “increased intestinal permeability in those who have Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, in individuals receiving chemotherapy, and those who have a high intake of bowel-damaging substances such as aspirin and alcohol.”)

Even though much of the conventional medical community is reluctant to recognize leaky gut as a legitimate medical condition (or insist that it is somehow different from “intestinal permeability”), we here at BioDesign Wellness are encouraged by the increased discussion in the research and online. It is an important topic for many people who are in need of a solution.

In this two-part series, we bring you up to speed on the basics. In this part, Part 1, we explain what leaky gut is and why it is so important to recognize, describe the symptoms, and explore the common causes and triggers. In Part 2, we delve into testing and treatment.

What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability) is a condition that occurs when the continue reading

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