What is leaky gut?
Leaky gut is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles and bacteria to "leak" through the intestines and into the blood stream. Leaky Gut is also referred to as "intestinal permeability". The foreign substances entering the blood can cause inflammatory and allergic reactions such as migraines, irritable bowel, eczema, chronic fatigue, food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and more.
With leaky gut, damaged cells in your intestines don't produce the enzymes needed for proper digestion. As a result, your body cannot absorb essential nutrients.
10 signs you have a leaky gut
According to Dr. Leo Galland, director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, the following symptoms might be signs of leaky gut:
Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
Poor immune system
Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
Cravings for sugar or carbs
Arthritis or joint pain
Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn's
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