10 Signs You Have a Leaky Gut

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:

  1. Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating

  2. Nutritional deficiencies

  3. Poor immune system

  4. Headaches, brain fog, memory loss

  5. Excessive fatigue

  6. Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea

  7. Cravings for sugar or carbs

  8. Arthritis or joint pain

  9. Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD

  10. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn's

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