Leaky gut is a general term that describes compromised gut integrity with increased intestinal permeability. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to leaky gut including bacterial or fungal infections, medications, alcohol and conditions such as celiac disease. When the gut junctions become compromised food components are allowed to exit outside of the digestive tract. This can contribute to the development of autoimmune conditions as well as what clients often perceive as being highly sensitive to many foods. Nutrient deficiencies are commonplace when leaky gut occurs.
The path to healing leaky gut lies in determining the underlying cause. Once the offending agents are removed, the path to healing can begin. Diet and healing supplements are key to allowing the gut to heal and allow nutrients to be adequately absorbed. A registered dietitian trained in the field of gastrointestinal nutrition can help guide the client toward the right food and supplement choices to heal a leaky gut.