How to heal a leaky gut with a low FODMAP diet.

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How to heal a leaky gut with a low FODMAP diet. A “Leaky gut”, or an increased intestinal permeability, is a general problem for a person who is having digestive as well as autoimmune conditions. All doctors do not agree on if the problem is present or it is a relationship along with the other conditions. The evidence has been continued to build up as a lot of researchers are seeking for many other answers.

Know that leaky gut

In order to better understand the meaning of a “leaky gut”, one has to first imagine the digestive tract to be a long tube which connects the mouth to the anus of the body. The tube is having an extremely thin lining, of only about 3 mm in thickness.  This can also be considered to be equivalent to the width of two pennies. Such a lining is needed in order to keep the food particles within the intestine as well as even make it possible to absorb all the nutrients from the food which is eaten.

The Symptoms of a Leaky Gut

The symptoms that which are associated with the problem of a leaky gut are very big in number and might be easily connected to any other kind of health condition. Below mentioned are the most common symptoms of a leaky gut that include the problems of:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Skin Rashes
  • Food Intolerances
  • Poor exercise tolerance
  • Cognitive and memory deficits

Causes of a Leaky Gut

The human body intestines have been covered by a layer of epithelial cells which are connected with the use of tight junction proteins. When a person suffers from a leaky gut, there is a tight junction malfunction which occurs. There are a number of causes for the same. They can be stated as follows :

Based a study of the journal Neuroendocrinology Letters, a leaky gut is caused  due to high levels of stress . 

According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) there are individuals who have genetic predispositions of developing a leaky gut. 

Donald Kirby, MD – Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic suggested a poor diet to cause a leaky gut. 

How can a FODMAP diet help 

A low FODMAP diet might be very useful for the people suffering from the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  It has been proven to release gas, provide relief from bloating, cure the abdominal pain, diarrhea, and might even help to provide relief from constipation to some extent. There have been a number of concerns that have been raised over the chances that a low FODMAP diet may lead to a reduction in the quantity of the intestinal bacteria. This aspect is really debatable.  Some of the new evidence has revealed that a low FODMAP diet can help to element a leaky gut, calm down the immune system, as well as aid in repairing the intestines.

Primarily there is not accurate data which reflects the fact that the alterations in the microbiota also called the gut bacteria which occur after a low FODMAP diet is consumed are considered to be bad. There might be some good alterations which occur also when one looks at the microbiota. 

In the patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, the patients have different levels of densities as that of the enter endocrine cells existing in their intestines. And they are also responsible for a release of the serotonin levels, which are helpful with the motility as well as the flow of the food and even pain reception in the gut.


Thus it might be one of the often overlooked factors as to why the low FODMAP diet is considered to be helpful in solving the problem of leaking gut. 


Guest Post by Kathy Mitchell

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Kathy Mitchell is a Travel & Beauty Blogger. She likes to Go Out with her Friends, Travel, Swim and Practice Yoga. In her free time, you can find Kathy curled up Reading her Favorite Novel, or Writing in her Journal. She has written many product reviews including Blue Copper 5. To know more about her follow her on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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