Overview

What is Irritable Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins (alcohol, gluten, antibiotics, additives and preservatives etc) are able to “leak” through the intestinal wall into the blood stream causing widespread inflammation and a cluster of symptoms.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Irritable Leaky Gut?

Some of the symptoms of leaky gut a may include:

Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain

Heartburn

Heartburn

Eczema

Eczema

Insomnia

Insomnia

Fatigue

Fatigue

Bloat

Bloat

Thrush

Thrush

Stress

Stress

Anxiety and irritability

Anxiety and irritability

Food intolerances

Food intolerances

Malnutrition

Malnutrition

Muscle cramps

Muscle cramps

Poor memory

Poor memory

Brittle nails

Brittle nails

Sluggishness

Sluggishness

Depression

Depression

Causes

What are the causes of Leaky Gut?

There isn't a direct known cause for leaky gut syndrome and it remains a bit of a medical mystery. A protein called zonulin is the only known regulator of intestinal permeability. When it is activated in genetically susceptible people, it can lead to leaky gut. Two factors that trigger the release of zonulin are bacteria in the intestines and gluten.

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

No single test is enough for a diagnosis of Leaky Gut. However, useful tests your doctor/practitioner might recommend include:

 GI Mapping stool test

GI Mapping stool test

Zonulin

Zonulin

Secretory IgA

Secretory IgA

Calprotectin

Calprotectin

Find a Practitioner

See a list of practitioners who are specialised in treating a Irritable Leaky Gut