Leaky gut is diagnosed by a primary health provider. It is a combination of symptoms that often include fatigue, headaches and digestive issues. Leaky gut refers to the lining of the small intestine. The lining of the small intestine in a healthy person has tiny holes to absorb food once it has been broken down. In the case of leaky gut these ‘holes’ are too big and food particles are absorbed before being broken down.
What causes these ‘holes’ in the small intestine lining? Inflammation. When inflammation is released in the gut it damages the lining of the small intestine. When these ‘holes’ in the small intestine exist in the case of leaky gut food and nutrients are not absorbed as they should be and then we are coping with mal-absorption issues.
Many people are advised to follow a gluten-free, casein-free diet or paleo diet. However if these diets still include foods that a person is sensitive to it will not produce the results a dietary intervention is capable of which is to allow any whole foods back into the regular diet in moderation.