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Gluten Leads to Leaky Gut. Surprise, Surprise!

Jeremy Hendon | April 8
Gluten Leads to Leaky Gut

Occasionally, I cheat on my Paleo diet (shocking, huh?).

However, even when I cheat, I never eat gluten, and I’m probably the least-sensitive person I know.

Even though I don’t experience any acute symptoms from eating gluten, I still avoid it at all costs.

Gluten Leads to Leaky Gut


gluten causes leaky gutRecently, there was a study published with the following title:

A Controlled Trial of Gluten-Free Diet in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Diarrhea: Effects on Bowel Frequency and Intestinal Function

The study took a bunch of people and divided them into 2 groups.  One group ate gluten, and one group didn’t.

Along the way, the researchers measured how leaky the participants’ intestines were (in other words, how much stuff was getting through that shouldn’t have).

It should come as no shock to you, but the group that was eating gluten had significantly more leaky gut.  In other words, a lot more things were getting through into their bloodstream that their intestines should have been keeping out.  All of the participants already had some digestive issues, but not all of the participants were allergic or even “sensitive” to gluten.

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Gluten Increases Intestinal Permeability

And, as a secondary conclusion, don’t eat gluten.

The dose always makes the poison, so eating gluten once or twice a year probably won’t have a major effect on most people, but is it really worth the risk?  After all, it can take up to 6 months for some bodies to recover from gluten exposure.


Leaky gut has only started to be recognized as a serious condition in the past 5-10 years, but it’s potentially at the root of many major health issue.

On the plus side, it’s largely reversible, so if you stop eating things like gluten that cause leaky gut, then you will probably get better.

On the downside, toxins like gluten cause leaky gut to some degree or another for all humans.

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