How a Leaky Gut Leads to Systemic Inflammation

 

What is leaky gut syndrome? 

One serious health issue that many people unknowingly suffer from is leaky gut syndrome.  This occurs when the lining of the gut is chronically inflamed and nutrients are not being absorbed as they should.  Additionally, small fissures open up in the membrane that lines your intestinal tract allowing bacteria, toxins, and partially digested food molecules to slip out into the bloodstream where they are considered foreign invaders by the immune system. Once this foreign matter is detected, white blood cells rush to surround the offending particles and systemic inflammation ensues.

Allergies can develop when the body produces antibodies to the undigested proteins that are derived from previously harmless foods. These antibodies can get into any tissue and trigger an inflammatory reaction the next time that food is eaten.   According to holistic health practitioner Dr. Zoltan Rona, “If this inflammation occurs in a joint then autoimmune arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis) develops. If it occurs in the brain then myalgic encephalomyelitis (i.e. chronic fatigue syndrome) may be the result. If it occurs in the blood vessels then vasculitis (or inflammation of the blood vessels) is the resulting autoimmune problem. If the antibodies end up attacking the lining of the gut itself, the result may be colitis or Crohn’s disease. If it occurs in the lungs, asthma is triggered on a delayed basis every time the individual consumes the food that had triggered the production of the antibodies in the first place.”

Symptoms and health problem associated with leaky gut include:

Visceral fat, or abdominal fat, is a type of body fat that exists in the abdomen and surrounds the internal organs.

Visceral fat is a type of body fat that exists in the abdomen and surrounds the internal organs.

Early symptoms include the development of food allergies, eczema, psoriasis, hives, and acne, but the bacteria and the toxins that are released into the body through the intestines can lead to more serious issues such as inflammation, heart disease, fatty liver disease, insulin resistance, autoimmune disorders, cancer, celiac disease, ADHD, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, autism, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

New research from Sweden has uncovered a connection between leaky gut and visceral fat, which is a type of body fat that surrounds the internal organs. The researchers found that women with higher test markers for leaky gut syndrome also had higher levels of visceral fat, as well as fatty livers, and also had a larger waist circumference, which in turn can increase your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.  Because of the serious nature of the illness, leaky gut syndrome is viewed by many alternative health practitioners as the spark which can ignite a firestorm of inflammation, and this is a leading cause of many illnesses, including cancer.  You can read more about that with this link.

How to heal a leaky gut.

  • Eliminate common food allergens, including wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, eggs, and soy.
  • Try an elimination diet of the above items to see if your health improves.
  • Eat an anti-inflammatory diet of whole foods in their natural form (unprocessed)
  • Eliminate sugar in all forms (except for natural sugars in fruits).  Read an article about sugar and cancer
  • Homemade bone broths that nourish the body and are soothing to the gut lining.
  • Take Digestive Enzymes
  • Do an appropriate cleanse for Parasites
  • Do an appropriate cleanse for candida with Thorne Research – Formula SF722, which also contains probiotics to replenish the beneficial gut bacteria.
  • Eat naturally fermented foods
  • Medications such as antibiotics, steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, acid blockers and hormone therapies all have a detrimental effect on the good bacteria within the gut. Rethinking these strategies for more natural approaches may be in your best interest.

 

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