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Leaky gut syndrome 

What exactly is "bowel leaky syndrome"? What intestine may have a shared eg. eczema appearing on the skin?


In the last few years, doctors and scientists around the world began intensively to appreciate the role of intestinal disorders in the development of many diseases. When it was found that the causes of many diseases have their origin in abnormally increased intestinal permeability, a hypothesis which suggests the existence of the syndrome called tentatively bowel syndrome permeable (leaky gut syndrome - LGS).

And although the disease is interested in how far the environment primarily natural medicine practitioners, its existence has been confirmed in numerous scientific studies and clinical observations.

Guts is not only food digestion

It has long been known that the condition of the digestive tract, as well as the composition of our diet plays a vital role in maintaining human health. Scientific studies in recent years indicate more clearly the extremely important influence on the development of intestinal disorders of various diseases, sometimes seemingly unrelated to the digestive tract.

Still there are also new information that assigns intestines function much broader than just digestion and absorption of all nutritional elements needed to meet the needs of building, energy and regulatory issues.

The intestine is the most important contact area of ​​the internal environment of the body with all the richness of the external environment. His key role in this respect becomes clear when we realize that in addition to the components necessary from the viewpoint of proper diet, foods also contain potentially harmful to our constituents.

The bowel wall must therefore serve as a kind of filter that allows to penetrate into the blood only safe food components and are mainly in the form of degraded accepted by the body. This task belonging primarily to the intestinal epithelium, is supported by a substantially located in the small well-developed lymphatic tissue.

It contains all the necessary components of the immune system to help you protect your body against the ingress of harmful food ingredients (microbes and toxins), on the other hand produce immunological tolerance with respect to coming from outside the body, but usually harmless components (food ingredients, potential allergens, etc.).

Another extremely important role of the gut immune system is to generate specific immunity against germs which may attack other systems, eg. the respiratory or urinary tract.

Finally, the effective resistance of the intestinal microbial composition depends on the regulation of the same living in the intestine. All these functions can be severely disrupted in the event of damage to the intestinal wall, consequently, the development of inflammation in the mucosa, which is a phenomenon that initiates a chain of pathological changes leading to the development of leaky gut syndrome.

Causes and consequences of leaky gut syndrome 


This process can have many causes, and the most common to be eating the wrong foods (junk food, preservatives, highly processed products), certain medications (antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, hormones), alcohol and caffeine, toxic compounds (heavy metals).

Another important reason may be a serious problem with the composition of the so-called. physiological intestinal flora when probiotics are being replaced by bacteria and pathogenic fungi.

Leaky gut syndrome begins when developing inflammation of the intestinal wall leads to, among other things. damage to the connections between cells of the intestinal epithelium, which "leak" and loses the ability to selectively absorb nutrients. In this way from the intestinal lumen into the circulation enter the inappropriate, harmful factors, which may cause a number of disturbances in the functioning of the body.

As a result, the patient develops a whole range of symptoms, including m. al .: skin problems, disorders associated with the gastrointestinal tract, joint problems, sleep disorders, poor concentration and memory, depression, heart problems, abnormal blood pressure, swelling, and also immune disorders.

The most common diseases associated with LGS include m. Al .: allergic diseases (eg. asthma), autoimmune diseases (eg. diabetes type 1), obesity, certain diseases of the nervous system (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, autism, et al.) And inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn - Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease).

Many of these diseases is very serious and widespread public health problem and their formation and development are still unclear. Therefore, as a potential common element of these pathologies, LGS should become in the next few years the subject of serious scientific analysis, as well as discuss the medical community.

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