The gut lining is naturally semi-permeable, allowing essential nutrients to be absorbed while keeping harmful substances from entering the bloodstream.
However, factors such as chronic inflammation, poor diet, stress, medications, and infections can damage the tight junctions between intestinal cells, resulting in increased permeability.
Intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut), is a condition where the lining of the small intestine becomes compromised, which allows undigested food particles, toxins, and bacteria to leak into the bloodstream.
This breach of the gut barrier can trigger a cascade of effects throughout the body, leading to various health issues and complications.
The good news is that leaky gut can be addressed through targeted lifestyle changes and dietary adjustments. Emphasizing a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet, managing stress, supporting gut health with probiotics and prebiotics and other high quality supplements, and avoiding triggers like processed foods and medications can help restore gut barrier integrity and promote healing.
If you suspect you have a leaky gut or experience chronic health issues related to gut health, work with a functional medicine practitioner to address it.
We can help you identify the ROOT causes of leaky gut and develop a personalized plan to support gut healing, reduce inflammation, and enhance overall health. Taking proactive steps to heal the gut can have far-reaching effects, supporting your immune system, digestion, and overall well-being.
Contact our office in Norwalk, CT today to get started!
Dr. Jamie Ahn is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician based in Norwalk, Connecticut.