Leaky gut syndrome isn't an actual condition or disorder often recognized by standard medicine. The only time you'll ever hear it mentioned in relation to your health is from alternative medical practitioners. More commonly known as intestinal permeability, the lining of your lower digestive tract is believed to have loosened down to the cellular level, allowing for toxins and bacteria to seep into your bloodstream. This causes you to suffer from a number of symptoms of the condition.
Of all the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, changes in your digestion are by far the more common. As the bacteria or toxins that are normally filtered out of your body permeate the digestive tract, you can begin to experience abdominal cramping, nausea, gas and bloating as well as heartburn or indigestion. For some, you may also begin to experience episodes of diarrhea or loose, watery stool. For others, you can suffer from bouts of constipation.
Besides the pain you feel from abdominal cramps, you can also develop other forms of pain. In this situation, you may begin to experience some pain within your joints or muscular tissue. It can be felt along the arms, legs, knees, elbows, ankles, wrists or anyplace on the body equipped with a joint or muscle. But as time goes on, this pain may eventually lead to joint or muscular fatigue and even weakness.
With leaky gut syndrome, it is also thought that the intestinal permeability can bring about some respiratory issues. When the toxins or bacteria invade your bloodstream, the body's oxygen levels can change, resulting in a shortness of breath or an unexplained windedness. It is also alleged to have some affect on the development of asthma.
Since it's held that toxins are now in your bloodstream, you can also begin to suffer from cognitive changes. And much like other disorders accepted by Western medicine, leaky gut syndrome can cause mood swings, irritability, anxiety, nervousness and confusion. It is also said to be the cause of the fuzziness, grogginess or fogginess you can feel during the day.
Another belief with intestinal permeability is that it can cause certain skin problems and is a contributing factor to common food allergies. In this situation, the toxins or bacteria actually cause your skin to breakout in a rash or raised, itchy patches.
As the toxins or bacteria enter the system, your body reacts with an immune response. But since your immune system is occupied with defending itself from the food you eat, it puts you at a higher risk of suffering from more frequent infections, such as urinary tract infections (UTI).