You've probably heard of leaky gut by now, but what exactly is it? Leaky gut stems from an impaired digestive system which can lead to undigested fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Bacteria living in the gut release toxins as they break down these particles. The toxins damage the mucosal lining and loosen the tight junctions between the cells lining our gut. This leads to leaky gut, where these undigested proteins are leaking out into the bloodstream. The body recognizes the undigested food as an invading substance and starts the immune attack.
Should any of this concern you? Well, as more people make poor dietary choices, undergo chronic stress, and toxic overload, leaky gut is becoming more and more common. If you follow a Standard American Diet (SAD), you are probably struggling with gut issues. Below are some common signs and symptoms of a leaky gut:
If you think you have leaky gut, contact me for a Nutritional Therapy consult.
JENNIFER SWEENIE, NTP
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Chef