Leaky Gut Syndrome
This label does have a bit of meaning, but not as much as some attribute to it. When food is not sufficiently broken down in the stomach and duodenum into nutrients that can be absorbed through the intestinal lining, lumps of food pass into the small intestine. These lumps can damage the fragile lining of the small intestine. Blood lies underneath the thin intestinal lining to take up the nutrients and transport them to where they are needed. If the intestinal lining is damaged so that the blood comes into direct contact with lumps of food, it can cause an immune reaction which can exacerbate diarrhea and result in intolerance to more foods. Some medical practitioners have labelled this the “leaky gut syndrome.” This is all it is; nothing more. The lining can be repaired by taking L-glutamine amino acid. However, this repair is only a temporary fix. It does not solve the cause of food not being properly digested in the stomach and duodenum.