I am not sure of exactly when it happened; but at some point in the last ten years, the term “Leaky Gut Syndrome” became a regular fixture all over the internet. This rather disturbing and strange term is self-explanatory.
Leaky gut syndrome is when the lining of the intestines is worn down and thin enough for undigested material to absorb into the blood stream and cause a large host of medical issues. Rashes, migraines, back pain, urinary tract infections, gas, cramps and joint pain are some of the effects of leaky gut syndrome.
This all makes sense, except for one thing; leaky gut syndrome is not actually a recognized medical condition.
There is a great debate about which came first, the chicken or the egg? Proponents of leaky gut syndrome contend that eating large amounts of breads, sugars and processed foods irritate and wear down the lining of the intestines and cause a whole host of medical issues.
Critics of leaky gut syndrome claim that the other medical issues are what causes the wear down of the lining of the intestines. These claims come from groups of scholars who see a correlation between the thinning of intestinal lining and instances of multiple sclerosis, diabetes and lupus.
People with serious intestinal disorders such as crohns disease, celiacs or irritable bowel will also be at a greater risk for thinning of the intestinal wall and hence “leakage” of it’s contents into the blood stream.
This is even more of a dilemma when one recognizes how much the stomach affects the rest of the body. It is widely agreed upon that a very large percentage of the body’s immune system is initiated in the stomach. There are also several studies indicating that most of a person’s serotonin, one of the “feel good” chemicals in the brain, is created in the stomach.