Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins (alcohol, gluten, antibiotics, additives and preservatives etc) are able to “leak” through the intestinal wall into the blood stream causing widespread inflammation and a cluster of symptoms.
What is Irritable Leaky Gut?
What are the signs of Irritable Leaky Gut?
Some of the symptoms of leaky gut a may include:
Anxiety and irritability
What are the causes of Leaky Gut?
There isn't a direct known cause for leaky gut syndrome and it remains a bit of a medical mystery. A protein called zonulin is the only known regulator of intestinal permeability. When it is activated in genetically susceptible people, it can lead to leaky gut. Two factors that trigger the release of zonulin are bacteria in the intestines and gluten.
How do I know if I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
No single test is enough for a diagnosis of Leaky Gut. However, useful tests your doctor/practitioner might recommend include:
GI Mapping stool test