Leaky Gut Overview:
Leaky gut is a functional condition involving the hyperpermeability of particles from inside the lumen of the gastrointestinal tract. This condition is not recognised officially in the medical system but is considered common in complimentary healthcare circles.
The idea is that leaky gut involves chronic damage and inflammation of the gastrointestinal lining, resulting in weakness of the Gap junctions between epithelial cells. This allows particles to exit the digestive tract and enter circulation that would not normally make it through the epithelial lining.
The particles permeating through the digestive tract may then illicit an immune response systemically, resulting in vascular inflammation, autoimmune disease, or cognitive dysfunctions.
Chronic inflammatory responses in the gut result in a gradual breakdown and loss of function in the epithelial cells and gap junctions. Over time these break down enough to allow particles of undigested food or microbiology to enter the bloodstream.
The initial inflammation may be the result of many factors, including food allergies, genetic predispositions, toxic exposure, or nutritional deficiencies.
Poor immune function
Skin rashes or psoriasis
- Lactulose/Mannitose test
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Updated March 2018
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