Some medical professionals deny that leaky gut exists, while others claim it is the root of nearly every disease. Leaky gut is a bit of a medical mystery.
Scientists are still trying to determine exactly what it is and what are the causes. Some people think that gluten causes leaky gut, but the role of gluten in the condition is complicated.
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is a mixture of proteins found naturally in grains like wheat, barley and rye. It is responsible for the elasticity of the dough, which helps the dough hold together and rise. Gluten also what gives bread it’s chewy texture.
The two major proteins that are part of wheat gluten are gliadin and glutenin and gliadin is the portion of the gluten that some people are reacting negatively to.
What Is Intestinal Permeability?
Intestinal permeability is a term that describes how easily substances pass through the intestinal wall. Normally, there are tiny gaps between the cells in the small intestine called tight junctions.
If these are damaged or too loose, it causes the gut to become “leaky,” allowing substances and organisms in the gut to leak into the bloodstream.
This increased intestinal permeability is also known as leaky gut syndrome -when bacteria and toxins are leaking into the bloodstream, and causing inflammation throughout the body.
Increased intestinal permeability has been implicated in autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease and inflammatory skin disorder.
How People React To Gluten?
The most severe form of gluten intolerance is called celiac disease which is a hereditary autoimmune disease. For individuals with celiac disease, gluten can cause diarrhea, stomach pain, excessive gas and skin rashes.
Over time, it can cause damage to the intestines, which impairs their ability to absorb certain nutrients.
What Activates Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Gluten may play a big role in the development of leaky gut syndrome,but it is certainly not the only cause.
Here are some of the factors that causes this condition:
A diet high in fat and refined carbs may increase intestinal permeability.
Chronic inflammation contributes to multiple chronic diseases, as well as increased intestinal permeability
Prolonged stress can alter the gut-brain interaction and lead to all kinds of gastrointestinal issues, including increased intestinal permeability.
Poor Gut Flora
When the balance between the beneficial and harmful bacteria lining the gut is compromised, it can contribute to leaky gut syndrome.
A lack of zinc in the diet can alter intestinal permeability and contribute to multiple gastrointestinal problems.
It is naturally present in the intestinal tract. When the growth of yeast, mainly Candida, gets out of hand, it causes major problems.
Signs That You Have This Syndrome
- Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome
- Seasonal allergies or asthma
- Hormonal imbalances
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Celiac disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Candida overgrowth
- Food allergies or food intolerance
Should Gluten Be Avoided?
For individuals with celiac disease, gluten increases intestinal permeability and triggers the autoimmune response and inflammation.
Currently, there is no solid evidence to support that gluten increases intestinal permeability or causes leaky gut in healthy people. And if you have symptoms of gluten sensitivity, it may be beneficial to remove gluten from your diet.
Factors That Improve Gut Health
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can improve gut health. You can find them in foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi. They are also available in a supplement form.
Avoid sugary beverages and foods with added sugars or refined wheat flour. The harmful bacteria in your gut will thrive on these food.
Consume more fruits,vegetables and legumes that are high in soluble fiber, which feeds the good bacteria in your gut.
Remember, by increasing beneficial bacteria in your gut,you may improve the gut health and help prevent yourself of having a leaky gut syndrome.