What is leaky gut syndrome?
Although it’s not a medically recognized condition, some health practitioners say that leaky gut syndrome causes a range of symptoms. Your gut is naturally porous—that’s how your body absorbs nutrients through the intestinal lining. But should the lining become damaged, larger molecules (called macromolecules) can escape the digestive tract and enter your bloodstream. “It’s like the intestinal lining has a skinned knee,” says David Edelberg, MD, medical director of WholeHealth Chicago. The result can be inflammation, bloating, stool changes, and fatigue.
But other doctors and health professionals argue there isn’t enough research proving that leaky gut syndrome is a true condition. There’s controversy if a leaky gut causes problems outside of the gastrointestinal tract. Many doctors and health professionals don’t recognize leaky gut as a diagnosable condition.
Check out what proponents say are potential leaky gut symptoms.
You’re grappling with food sensitivity
Leaky gut can trigger inflammation, but it may also be caused by inflammation in the gut. And the one way your gut can become inflamed is through food sensitivities—here’s how to tell if you have food sensitivities. Dr. Edelberg notes that there are few good tests for leaky gut symptoms; as a result, one of the better ways to get nearer to a diagnosis is to eliminate foods that are most likely to cause problems. There are six he focuses on, and he asks patients to try going without them for two to three weeks: dairy, egg, corn, gluten, citrus, and soy. Patients can then reintroduce the foods one at a time to identify their trigger.