Internet definitions of “Leaky Gut Syndrome” have described it as a condition where your gut lining works like a sieve and allows bacteria and other toxins to pass into the bloodstream and causes symptoms like bloating, fatigue, etcetera. However, a medical definition of syndrome is a combination of symptoms resulting from a single cause or commonly occurring together so as to fit a distinct clinical picture.Herein lies the problem! “Leaky gut syndrome” is not recognised by the established medical community as a specific disease. It is not listed as a diagnosis in the International Classification of Disease (ICD-10) and this is why many of you may have been told by your doctor that you should stop looking for information on the internet! 🙂 However, scientific studies have shown enough evidence to make it an intriguing field of study.
“Leaky gut” or Increased Intestinal Permeability?
“Leaky gut” is essentially another way of describing increased intestinal permeability or impaired gut barrier function.But whether it can be called a “syndrome” as defined in medicine, is definitely open to debate! 🙂
Your gut is lined by cells which are closely connected to each other by tight junctions (TJs). This layer keeps the “baddies” away from areas where they can cause mayhem. This layer is not like a concrete wall which prevents all substances from going across. The tight junctions are extremely dynamic and highly regulated so as to maintain normal permeability. Healthy TJs make sure that harmful substances that affect your immune system are kept away while allowing the normal passage of electrolytes,nutrients and water.[Read more…]