What is Leaky Gut?

What Exactly Is Leaky Gut?

Inside our bellies, we have an extensive intestinal lining covering more than 4,000 square feet of surface area. When in good health, it forms a tight barrier that controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream. An unhealthy gut lining may have large cracks or holes that allow digested food, toxins, and bugs to penetrate the tissues beneath it. This triggers inflammation and changes in the gut flora that could lead to problems within the digestive tract and beyond.

Who Gets a Leaky Gut (and Why)?

We have some degree of leaky gut, as this barrier is not completely impenetrable. Some of us may have a genetic predisposition and may be more sensitive to changes in the digestive system. Our DNA is not the only one to blame. Modern life may actually be the main driver of gut inflammation. There is emerging evidence that our standard western diet, low in fibre and high in sugar and saturated fats, may initiate this process. Heavy alcohol use and stress also seem to disrupt this balance.

We already know that increased intestinal permeability plays a role in certain gastrointestinal conditions such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.  The biggest question is whether or not a leaky gut may cause problems elsewhere in the body.



A Path Toward a Healthier Gut

Although it is unusual to hear the term “increased intestinal permeability” in most doctors’ offices, alternative and integrative medicine practitioners have worked on gut healing as an initial step to treat chronic diseases for decades. Other cultures around the world often recommend specific diets to make people feel better. In many countries now it is common to see people changing their diets after getting sick. Some practitioners take remove foods that can be inflammatory to promote changes in the gut flora. Among the most common are alcohol, processed foods, certain medications, and any foods that may cause allergies or sensitivities.


In saying this, starting from the inside out is very important to us here at the Chief Life. Our nutritional meal guides allow the body to detox in a safe and efficient manner in order for us to start to lay the proper foundations for our road back to better health. Talk to us today and see how we can start to improve your health today.

Nicole McDermott

I am passionate about working with people on a holistic level to balance hormones, improve mood, manage weight all whilst educating people on the benefits of a balanced whole foods diet. Follow more great advice from Nic here.