Leaky gut syndrome is a proposed condition of an altered or damaged bowel lining. The proponents of this theory postulate that certain drugs, alcohol and poor diet cause widening of intestinal cell junctions, which allows the gut microbes and tiny food particles to seep through the intestinal walls and enter the bloodstream. These tiny invaders trigger an autoimmune response, which in turn leads to a various medical problems, including chronic fatigue.
While there is some scientific merit to Leaky Gut Syndrome, it is a disease that has been abused by those who are eager to make money. Many naturopathic and alternative practitioners turned leaky gut syndrome into the root cause of every symptom and disease in the world, starting from bloating and headaches and ending with asthma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and chronic fatigue syndrome. They make the diagnosis without relying on any proven tests or objective data and charge a fortune for various alternative treatments that are supposed to cure it.
The truth is that while leaky gut syndrome is certainly a plausible medical condition, it is a very rare one and most likely is only found in people who have underlying intestinal disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease (Chron’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis) and or in people who were treated with radiation to their stomach.
There are no proven treatments for LGS. On a purely theoretical basis, supplementation with amino acid glutamine may be helpful but there are no studies to prove that. The general recommendations include “anti-inflammatory” diet that contains a lot of healthy fatty acids and avoidance of the offending drugs and foods.