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Is leaky gut syndrome associated with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
I have found Leaky Gut Syndrome (a condition in which there's an abnormal increase in the permeability of the small intestine) especially relevant for many people with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Scientific research connects Leaky Gut Syndrome with chronic fatigue and depression. Recent research from Belgium confirms my observations about Leaky Gut Syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome and suggests a treatment plan that can alleviate chronic fatigue and also major depression.

The Belgian researchers found that people in their study with either chronic fatigue syndrome or major depressive disorder showed laboratory evidence of Leaky Gut Syndrome, when compared to a healthy control group.

More importantly, they demonstrated that treatment with diet and specific nutrients not only reversed laboratory signs of the Leaky Gut Syndrome, but also improved symptoms of fatigue, malaise and depression.

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