We apologize for that weird word in the topic of our blog post, but ‘leaky gut’ is something important in the world of medicine. It is not a disease. It is a collection of few particular as well as some general symptoms. So what makes one say that your gut leaks? What actually ‘leaks’ out of your gut?
Well, let’s make it simple. The lining of your intestinal wall contains tight junctions so that the food molecules do not escape quickly. These fixed junctions inside the gut are made up of specialized proteins and are important in regulating the permeability of your intestinal wall. When this same barrier becomes ineffective in guarding the escape of molecules through the intestine, the condition is then termed as ‘leaky gut syndrome’.
What causes this condition is still a mystery. However, several scientific studies propose that the major ailments prevailing in today’s era, such as diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and multiple sclerosis are caused due to this unknown mysterious syndrome.
Several parasites, bacteria, and viruses have been discovered that affect these skilled junctions of the gut, which eventually results in declined wall permeability. Many toxic substances, as well as drugs, can also cast the same effect. Food allergies also stand to be a great cause of making the gut wall leaky.
How would you know if you have a leaky gut?
Well, there are certain signs which although are not specific for this syndrome, but they do signify that something in wrong inside the digestive system.