Leaky Gut Syndrome

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What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome (LGS) is a condition that occurs when the wall of the small intestine is damaged and becomes highly permeable to substances. As a result, the gut “leaks” out undigested food particles, pathogenic microbes, and toxic waste products into the bloodstream and cause a wide variety of symptoms arising from inflammatory and allergic reactions.

Controversy Regarding Leaky Gut Syndrome

At the outset, it should be stated that a controversy exists amongst the mainstream (allopathic) medical fraternity with regard to LGS. This branch of the medical sciences is of the opinion that there is insufficient solid evidence to support the existence of LGS. There is also disagreement with reference to the efficacy of the various treatment regimens, ranging from nutritional supplements to herbal remedies that are recommended for alleviating the wide variety of conditions, supposedly caused by a leaky gut. Therefore, the present article discusses LGS from the standpoint of complementary or alternative medicine.

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