Thousands suffer from leaky gut syndrome, but the underlying cause is still a mystery. The common mechanism underlying the condition has been described. There is a breach in the mucosal barrier of the intestinal lining which leads to gut contents entering the blood stream. This includes partially digested food, bacteria and fungi.

The result of this violation is a series of symptoms that together are called the Leaky Gut Syndrome.

From a biochemical viewpoint, whenever bacteria act on undigested food they release some toxins. These toxins turn the gut lining more permeable and leaky, and the condition worsens with repeated attacks by endotoxins released by gut bacteria.

The final common pathway of a series of these insults is the condition called leaky gut disease. Among the factors responsible for leaky gut syndrome are these:

1. Intestinal parasites, bacteria and viruses that come from food and water sources that may be contaminated.

2. Digestive enzyme lack that acts in a similar fashion to celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.

3. Overeating refined carbohydrates can worsen the leaking of the intestinal lining.

4. Dyes, food preservatives and coloring material contain toxins in the form of certain chemicals which have been implicated in leaking gut disease.

5. Excessive intake of coffee, tea and alcohol may also result in irritation of the gut lining.

6. Plant toxins and fungal toxins that are ingested when eating stale or rancid foods and grain causes injury to the gut.

7. Gut permeability is worsened through free radical damage to the mucous membrane also.

8. Environmental pollutants have also been described as a cause for leaky gut syndrome in a few research publications.

9. Psychological stress and anxiety is hard to quantify but have both been implicated in cases presenting with symptoms suggestive of leaking bowel disease.

Only a few of these factors have been associated firmly with the condition. Most studies only suggest a relationship without being able to connect the causes firmly with the disorder. It is possible that individual variations and unique factors that are currently poorly understood work in concert to precipitate the disease.

Drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines are linked to gut permeability disorders as a consequence of their irritation of the gut lining and the propensity to breach the intestinal mucous membrane. There is little environmental or population data available to identify many other suggested causes for the disease.

Leaky intestine syndrome can affect people of all ages and there are many who haven’t been diagnosed but display features suggestive of the condition. It is clear that much more research into the disorder and its causes is necessary.

Source by Cumba Gowri

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