The digestive system is the home to bacteria, the immune system, enzymatic functions, and plenty of food particles. The intestines act like a gateway, providing a barrier that disposes of waste and carefully pulls out vital nutrients. Leaky gut syndrome manifests when the tight junctions of this seamless barrier begin to crack and become loose. This failure of a critical function of the intestines begins to let particles and toxins into the bloodstream. The body may become inflamed by these large particles and the intestines may begin to struggle to digest nutrients. Learn about the risk factors for leaky gut syndrome now.
Deficiency In Certain Nutrients
Having a deficiency in certain nutrients may be a risk factor for developing leaky gut syndrome. Vitamin D deficiency is known to be associated with inflammation and gut health. Vitamin D works to activate the immune system and improves the gatekeeping functions of the intestine. It does this by helping the cells of the intestinal wall activate their ability to intelligently discern pathogens from digested nutrients. It also helps regulate the function of the killer T-cells in the gut that can either cause inflammation or help keep the intestinal flora balanced. Zinc is another important nutrient known to help with tightening the junctions between cells of the intestinal lining and improve immune function, and thus a zinc deficiency could mean leaky gut syndrome.