Leaky Gut Syndrome: The Systemic Consequences of Faulty Digestion

(Chapter taken from Digestive Wellness, 3rd Edition McGraw Hill) Author of Digestive Wellness, Digestive Wellness for Children, Leaky Gut Syndrome. Founder of www.innovativehealing.com and www.AccessToHealthExperts.com “The gut is a major, potential portal of entry into the body for foreign antigens. Only its intact mucosal barrier protects the body from foreign antigen entry and systemic exposure.” –Russell Jaffe, M. D., ELISA/ACT Clinical Update 2, No. 1 (January 1992). Leaky gut syndrome is really a nickname for the more formal term increased intestinal permeability, which underlies an enormous variety of illnesses and symptoms. It’s not a disease or an illness itself. The

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome or intestinal permeability are terms used to describe an inability of the stomach lining to absorb protein molecules. Instead of being absorbed and digested, these protein molecules circulate throughout the blood stream. Here, they stimulate the immune system, and, in turn, immune system cells react to their presence as they would to any foreign protein by initiating an inflammatory reaction that leads to autoantibody production and autoimmune disease development. Evidence for this theory includes the presence of gastrointestinal tissue damage seen in patients with a number of different autoimmune diseases including ankylosing spondylitis, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid

The Leaky Gut Theory is False

What Is The Leaky Gut Theory? The theory is that the leaky gut syndrome (also called increased intestinal permeability), is the result of an altered or damaged intestinal lining, caused by toxins, poor diet, parasites, infection, or medications, making it less able to protect the internal environment [of the body] as well as to filter needed nutrients and other substances. Some leaky gut theorists believe a leaky gut allows substances such as toxins, microbes, undigested food, waste, or larger than normal macromolecules to leak through an abnormally permeable gut wall. They propose that these out–of–place substances affect the body directly

Leaky Gut / Intestinal Permeability and Enzymes

What is Leaky Gut The largest part of the immune system in our body is in the mucosal lining in the gut. The immune system makes sure all those undesirable elements do not get across into the bloodstream to begin with. The intestines are permeable to a certain degree so the proper nutrients get through. Spots in the gut wall open and close selectively to admit the good stuff as the contents of the intestines pass by. Normally, only certain nutrients are absorbed if they are sufficiently broken-down and in the right form. Everything else is selectively blocked out. But

Leaky gut syndrome — how healing your digestive tract promotes total wellness

Molly had been lactose-intolerant for many years before having children. Surprisingly, she went through two pregnancies completely able to digest dairy foods, and thought she’d overcome whatever the problem was — until faced with a newborn who had nursing difficulties, a two-year-old, and a full-time job. Suddenly it seemed like everything she ate gave her bloating, gas, and eventual diarrhea. She was tired, irritable, unable to exercise — and running frequently to the bathroom. As she relayed her story, it sounded a lot like leaky gut to me. As I explained to Molly, leaky gut syndrome is a digestive disorder