Ever heard of leaky gut syndrome? Of course you have. In the world of natural health, the term gets tossed around almost as often as kombucha or detox. But what does it actually mean—and is it as freaky and dangerous as it sounds?
That depends on who you ask. “Leaky gut syndrome is something of a medical mystery. From an MD’s standpoint, it’s a very gray area,” says Rudolph Bedford, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
Here’s what you should know about this mysterious condition, how it could be putting you at risk for weird health problems, and what to do about it.
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