Let’s talk about leaky gut! What the heck is it? Do you have it? Well below is a short summary of what it is and the symptoms of having leaky gut. ****The picture above is the supplement I take every night to seal the lining of my gut. (FYI - I am not paid to prompt)**** What is leaky gut?
The intestines are protected by a single layer of specialized epithelial cells that are linked together by tight junction proteins. Leaky gut symptoms are a consequence of intestinal tight-junction malfunction.
These tight junctions are the gateway between your intestines and your bloodstream. They control what is allowed to pass into the bloodstream from your digestive system. More than 40 different TJ proteins have now been recognized to play a role in gut health. Tight junctions have a very precise job — they have to maintain the delicate balance between allowing vital nutrients to enter your bloodstream, while remaining small enough to prevent xenobiotics (disease-causing compounds from your diet or lifestyle) from passing out of your digestive system into the rest of your body.
Symptoms and signs you may have leaky gut:
1. Food Sensitivities
Because of the onslaught of toxins that enter the bloodstream, the immune systems of people with intestinal hyperpermeability are on overdrive mass-producing various antibodies, which may make their bodies more susceptible to antigens in certain foods (especially gluten and dairy).
2. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Elevated gut permeability is oftentimes localized to the colon in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis. This mean people with leaky gut have a higher chance of developing chrons disease.
3. Autoimmune Disease
The key to understanding how leaky gut can cause an autoimmune disease is through the research done on a protein known as “zonulin.” Eating gluten may trigger this dangerous cascade. Gluten “activates zonulin signaling irrespective of the genetic expression of autoimmunity, leading to increased intestinal permeability to macromolecules. The good news is that, at least as far as leaky gut plays a role in autoimmune conditions, (rest in comments)