Once a person gets beyond occasional and mild when describing their gut health issues, I immediately think dysbiosis (bacteria imbalances), leaky gut, and low-grade inflammation because they all go together.
Gut barrier integrity is key to health. When the gut barrier goes from semi-permeable (releasing water and nutrients) to really permeable releasing toxins like LPS into the bloodstream, all kinds of problems occur.
Are there ways to address leaky gut? Yes.
Certain probiotics, immunoglobulins, polysaccharides, and polyphenols have been shown to address the intestinal barrier integrity.
Should your gut health protocol address leaky gut? Absolutely.
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