An interesting study was just published 6 days ago in Nutrients on intestinal permeability and athletes. This is a compelling follow-up to a similar article I shared last July in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on heavy exercise-induced intestinal permeability in athletes.
When one thinks of nutritional supplements in athletes, they usually think of nutrients that enhance energy and sports performance. However, athletes commonly suffer from gut issues that are often not identified or addressed. 'Leaky gut' occurs from dysfunction in the intestinal barrier. This intestinal barrier in the gut is only one cell layer thick. It is essential for the absorption of nutrients and preventing large molecules and bacteria from getting into the blood stream. This is a particular problem for those taking part in heavy exercise or any form of vigorous strength training, such as CrossFit athletes, strongman competitors, and powerlifters, and can lead to gut issues in athletes as well as more serious conditions such as inflammatory bowel and autoimmune disorders.Read More