When I think of ‘leaky gut’, I think BOGUS.
To be quite frank (sorry not sorry).
I’m not a doctor, but from my research I can neither confirm nor deny that leaky gut syndrome does affect Hashimoto’s disease.
With that preface, I will say that I don’t buy it. It makes no sense to me. I’m sure it does to some people, but I’m not one of them.
Oh, you haven’t heard of leaky gut? Well, here’s what Harvard Health Publishing has to say:
“An unhealthy gut lining may have large cracks or holes, allowing partially digested food, toxins, and bugs to penetrate the tissues beneath it. This may trigger inflammation and changes in the gut flora (normal bacteria) that could lead to problems within the digestive tract and beyond.”
Now, this is a real condition! It’s actually called increased intestinal permeability, so there is some science behind it.
And while I’m all for probiotics and the like and I definitely think gut health is important, I have not found any evidence that leaky gut affects thyroid diseases.
I’ve seen leaky gut connected to celiac, Crohn’s and the like, basically anything that may be affected by inflammation, but we can’t even be sure that inflammation affects Hashimoto’s disease!
Listen, I went gluten free (because gluten can cause inflammation). Yes, it was only for three months, but it didn’t change anything for me or my Hashimoto’s. I felt 100% exactly the same. If you haven’t read about my gluten free journey, you can do so here and here!
To me, it seems like leaky gut has become a trendy condition to blame other conditions on. While there is some truth to leaky gut when you consider intestinal permeability, there is no research that suggests leaky gut syndrome is real or affects any of these other conditions.
Of course, if you’ve come across evidence in your search, please share it! Leave a comment below!