Leaky Gut Syndrome
Leaky Gut Syndrome (or "increased intestinal permeability") describes damage to the intestinal mucosal lining, causing leaks in this protective filter. These enlarged spaces between the cells of the gut wall allow undigested food and other potentially harmful compounds (e.g., bacteria, toxins, waste) to enter the bloodstream. This can trigger digestive and other symptoms, such as bloating, gas, bowel irregularities, increased food sensitivities, and compromised metabolic detoxification. It can also result in pro-inflammatory signals throughout the body that may lead to the development of other chronic conditions.
Suggested causes include chronic inflammation, immune function, bacterial overgrowth, lifestyle choices (e.g., poor diet, heavy alcohol consumption), food sensitivities, and frequent or long-term use of medications that influence intestinal microbial balance or pain relievers that impact intestinal lining integrity.
- About 70% of the body's immune system is found in the digestive tract.
- Practically any organ or body tissue can become affected by food allergies created by a leaky gut.
- A leaky gut can also hamper the body's ability to absorb vital nutrients.
Metagenics offers a specialized program for leaky gut syndrome that includes a clinically designed dietary plan and medical food formulated to support a healthy microbial balance and gastrointestinal mucosal integrity.