Common Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is a digestive condition that renders the lining of the gut more permeable. While the term is popular, it is currently not regarded as a diagnosable condition [1]. Leaky gut syndrome is said to be marked by gaps in the intestinal walls that allow germs, toxins, and other substances to pass into the bloodstream.

The signs and symptoms of this condition are attributed to the immune system’s reaction to the germs and toxins that have crossed the porous intestinal membrane into the bloodstream. There is insufficient evidence [2] to support this claim, even though some medical conditions can and sometimes increase intestinal permeability.

The gut wall is lined by a single layer of cells that make up the mucosal membrane. This layer helps in the absorption of important nutrients, but it prevents germs and large molecules from escaping into the bloodstream via the gut wall. While this barrier can be weakened sometimes, scientists do no believe it is enough to cause serious medical symptoms.

Proponents of this condition believe that the passage of toxins and germs from the gut to the bloodstream activates the immune system and triggers widespread inflammation in the body, leading to many uncomfortable symptoms that may also compound existing health problems. This article explains the symptoms typically attributed to leaky gut syndrome.

Chronic diarrhea

Leaky gut syndrome is thought to cause chronic diarrhea [3]. Diarrhea is the term for frequent bowel movements that are often watery. You may have multiple bowel movements in one day when you have diarrhea. The onset of these bowel movements is often sudden and intense. In extreme cases, it can lead to involuntary defecation.

Diarrhea is not a unique symptom of leaky gut syndrome. It is often associated with gastrointestinal problems like food poisoning or more chronic conditions like inflammatory bowel disease. In people with a leaky gut, this diarrhea is often long-lasting. The severity and frequency of bowel movements vary from person to person.

If dealing with severe diarrhea, it is important to stay hydrated. Diarrhea causes watery stool and this can cause you to lose a lot of water if your bowel movements are too frequent.