leaky gut is a hypothetical and unproven medical diagnosis based upon a theory on which there is a condition of altered or damaged bowel lining, caused by toxins, poor diet, parasites, infection or medications, which has led to increased permeability of the gut wall to substances which normally remain isolated in the lumen away from the body's internal circulatory or interstitial areas. NSAIDS such as asprin are known to erode the gut lining and cause inflammation, other medications such as corticsteroids suppress immune function and disturb intestinal flora, and antibiotics indiscriminately kill bacteria causing bacterial flora disruptions in the small intestine.
It has been proposed that, when substances such as toxins, microbes, undigested food, waste or larger than normal macromolecules leak through an abnormally-permeable gut wall, they affect the body directly, while others postulate an immune reaction to these substances.Answer Question
Answer by BridgetC140 at 2:07 PM on Jan. 13, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 2:25 PM on Jan. 13, 2011