What is leaky gut?
Well, for one, it’s something many are scouring the internet looking for. You’ve likely heard about it from a friend or read an article about. But what is it really?
There are a lot of misconceptions on leaky gut. Many believe gluten causes it in everyone. It doesn’t, but bread has a terrible PR rep.
Many believe it to be a cause of many diseases such as type 2 diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. But, it’s just as likely a biomarker of these diseases than a cause.
The truth of the matter is it’s relatively new to the health/wellness scene. And though many have tried to say it’s a myth, there is a great deal of evidence that it exists and may be problematic.
I’ll put my bias on the line and state that I think it’s probably something that’s very important to maintaining optimal health. Still, I think most people who think they have it don’t, and some who don’t have it may.
In today’s video blog we cover what leaky gut is and try to give you a better understanding of it.
What is leaky gut? A synopsis
In today’s video we tackle leaky gut. One of the difficulties in creating such a video is that most of what people find and read on the internet is made up.
You may find a long list of symptoms associated with it, but there’s really no evidence to support this. Most of the time, it’s the standard non-descript symptoms associated with everything:
- Brain fog
- Skin rashes
Unfortunately, there really is no data in published papers on the symptoms. It does appear to play a role in autoimmune and cardiometabolic diseases.
But since the data on symptoms is murky and not well-supported by data, we left that out. In this video, we stick with things there is good evidence for.
In this video, we cover:
- What is leaky gut?
- The different types
- Portions of the digestive tract that can become leaky
- Why oral health is important
- How different parts of the gut protect against it
- Why testing is difficult
- Which test gives you the most useful info
- The most important factors for addressing it
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Without further ado, enjoy the show!