Ayurveda

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome ?

Partially digested food, intestinal bacteria and all other toxins, some times pass through the walls of the intestine and mingle with the normal blood stream. This occurs during the widening of inter cellular spaces ( space separating one cell from the another). Due to this the unwanted materials – which need to excreted in the normal course leak into the blood stream – by crossing the barrier of the gut wall.

Due to this the gut wall or the lining of the intestine is severely affected and is subjected to damage. This leads to the damage of brushy borders called microvilli which facilitate the process of digestion. The cell function gets affected due to this. The biological catalysts (enzymes) that are required for proper metabolic needs are not manufactured due to this. It results in improper and inadequate digestion. Essentially the absorption of nutrients is affected. The toxins now invade the blood stream.

The body responds to these “foreign invaders” through inherent defence mechanism. This results in inflammation, allergic reactions, and other serious symptoms.

The swelling and inflammation contribute to the numerous serious diseases. Immune system becomes overburdened by toxins that enter the liver. The toxins are flushed back into the blood stream. This further spreads to connective tissues, and through them to muscles.


Resultant Adverse Effects of Leaky Gut Syndrome

The leaky gut syndrome presumably play a key role in the following systemic disorders:

  • Inflammatory bowl disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Pancreatic dysfunction
  • Giardia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lupus

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