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Leaky Gut Syndrome, The Debbie Downer of the Gourmand. By Erika Weber MS LAc

Here’s the dictionary definition: “Hyperpermeable Intestines.”

Big words. What they mean is that the intestinal lining has become more porous, with holes developing that are larger in size; making the usual screening process unable to function.

Picture this scenario:

Your body is a trendy nightclub suddenly deluged by an unwanted invasion of the bridge and tunnel crowd. Larger, undigested food molecules -along with equally disgusting grossness such as yeast and other waste toxins-jump the velvet rope straight into Club Bloodstream and wreak havoc.

 

Suddenly, the immune system is compromised because the intestinal lining can’t do its job as the first mechanism of defense. Think of it as the bouncer of the digestive system.

The outer layers of the epithelial (intestinal cells) are connected by tight junctions. The tips of the cells are called microvilli. Usually their job is to absorb properly digested nutrients, orderly and efficiently sweeping them into the bloodstream.

When the process happens normally, it’s effective. In a perfect world, the bouncer scenario again-but with a refined crowd.

When the tight junctions are opened, unscreened molecules trespass freely and cause chaos on your health. Yikes.

 

Your liver is trying like hell to screen out the interlopers, but it just can’t keep up with the rushing crowd. So your immune system, is called in, and while it does its best to fight a brave battle, it’s a losing one. The foreign bodies work their way into the unsuspecting tissues, causing inflammation and stress.

Worse, it often makes your body fight itself and autoimmune issues ensue. MS, IBS, chronic fatigue, ulcerative colitis, and fibromyalgia are all caused by inflammation in the body.

Once this begins, some of the chemicals in foods, including those that did not previously cause issues, get involved. Sensitivity to phenols and glycerin may trigger horrible reactions. Food intolerance is now a way of life. You need to rethink your diet and cut out foods that cause discomfort, such as gluten and dairy.

Celiac disease can be an unfortunate side effect (luckily, there are many easy to follow diets now to address this problem). Although it’s not the food that causes the body to react, it’s what happens when the leaky gut allows the giant sized molecules to push their way into your poor defenseless system.

It’s hard to say exactly how it happens because LGS is a very personal journey.

How do you know you have it?

Could be a body rash that doesn’t go away. Headaches are common, confusion, memory loss, or just plain fatigue that can’t be explained. Craving sugar and carbs is a common indication that you have a yeast overgrowth (candida) which is also a telltale sign. Whenever poison gets into your bloodstream, it becomes an unrelenting hostile takeover.

Wait! You can’t let that happen! You cannot become a victim of your misbehaving gut! Be proactive! Identify what causes it and attack!

Here are some major contributors to LGS: diet, chronic stress, inflammation, medications, yeast, lack of zinc.

If you change your approach to food, you can fix it or at the very least, keep it at bay.

*Get rid of sugars, starches and grains to get rid of inflation. Your intestinal tract will be so much happier once you’ve stopped irritating it.

*Take probiotics. The friendly bacteria feeds on the bad stuff. A ratio of 85% good to bad bacteria will stop LGS in its tracks.

*Supplement your diet with large doses of vitamin D and zinc which help the intestinal lining to come back from the attacks. Essential fish oils are helpful, too in reducing inflammation.

*Try eating pineapple, papaya or other natural digestive enzymes. Raw fruit is very helpful in breaking down the foods we eat and cleaning out the gut lining. They also reduce inflammation.

Check out Www.scdlifestyle.com for the great tips and explanation of this modern epidemic.

Remember: Good heath starts in the gut! So be good to yourself and keep your belly happy 💜

 

 


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