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Dr. Josh Axe

Q and A with Dr. Josh Axe, Author of Eat Dirt

You’ve heard of leaky gut—the sneaky, hard-to-diagnose illness that robs you of your vitality and turns every single meal into a minefield of potential health destroyers. And as a board-certified doctor of natural medicine who’s also a doctor of chiropractic and certified nutrition specialist, Dr. Josh Axe has seen up-close how relatively small gut leaks can lead to huge health problems.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome happens when your intestinal lining has become damaged as a result of inflammation or irritation. Drugs, alcohol, gluten and processed foods can damage the lining of the gut wall. Leaky gut can also result from internal toxicity due to an imbalance of bacteria and yeast, which we call “dysbiosis.”When this happens, the lining of the gut becomes full of tiny holes, like swiss cheese, or a leaky bucket. In many places, the lining of the gut is just one cell thick, so leaky gut or “intestinal permeability” can easily happen.