"With leaky gut syndrome, in essence, the things that you eat that are supposed to stay in your intestine and just pass on through -- some of them get absorbed in your body," said Mercy Medical Center gastroenterologist Dr. Jonathan Schreiber. Dr. Schreiber
said that when that happens, the intestines become inflamed, causing a variety of symptoms.
"Everything from abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, bloating," he
said."Difficulty losing weight, or even gaining weight as a result of this inflammatory response."
Doctors said the best treatment is a high-fiber diet, eating low-fat foods, drinking lots of fluids and getting plenty of exercise.
But Dr. Schreiber
isn't convinced that leaky gut syndrome is anything more than irritable bowel syndrome or other intestinal disorders.
"There's just a lot more study that needs to be done to be convincing that it really does exist and that we really should be treating people for it," he