Diseases and Leaky Gut

Disease and Leaky Gut

Increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut) can lead to diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food allergies, obesity, and metabolic diseases like non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, all of which are characterized by inflammation (1).

The mucosal lining of the body provides our greatest contact with our external environment, covering a surface of about 400 square meters, or 4300+ square feet, most of which is found in the gut (digestive tract) (1)!

The intestines serve two opposing functions, first, when we eat food the intestines allow needed nutrients and molecules to enter the body to be used for energy or support of body functions, and second, the intestines also prevent harmful substances like potentially harmful microorganisms from entering the body (