Your health depends on the integrity of your intestinal lining, your gut.
Similar to the way in which your skin protects you from the outside world, your intestinal tract is the “skin” that serves as a barrier to protect your internal systems from the outside world. This sensitive barrier is about 9 meters (30 feet) long and only one cell thick – incredibly long and microscopically thin!
A simple metaphor to help you understand your gut lining is to picture it as cheesecloth, with small holes perfectly sized to allow only the desired nutrients from food, such as vitamins and minerals, to pass through to enter into your bloodstream.
These little openings are held together by structures called junctions, and it is important that they remain the correct size. Any disturbance to the lining can loosen the junctions and create holes that are too big. This is like stretching the cheesecloth and transforming it into a fish net.
With loosened junctions, harmful substances such as toxins, pathogens, allergens, parasites and undigested food particles (including poop!) can enter the bloodstream to cause systemic inflammation and cause a wide array of health problems.
This condition is called intestinal hyper-permeability, or more commonly, “leaky gut.”
A properly functioning digestive system (gut) is critical to good health. In fact, 60 -80% of our immune system is located in your gut and 90% of our neurotransmitters, chemicals responsible for regulating mood such as serotonin, are made in our gut.
So if you're always sick and in living in a cloud of gloom, this could be a clear sign that your gut needs healing.
So how do you know if you have a leaky gut that is affecting your health and well being?
We have designed an simple questionnaire to help you discover if a leaky gut is affecting your life. While this test does not provide a definitive diagnosis, it can help you assess the health of your gut.
Give yourself one point for every symptom you have from the list below. If you have 3 or more symptoms you are at a higher risk of having leaky gut syndrome.