It is the entry way between the outside world and our inside world. A healthy gut should digest and assimilate the things we consume, letting the good stuff in and keeping the bad stuff out. If our intestinal barrier becomes damaged, if there is a breakdown of its defense, or an imbalance of gut flora, problems can occur anywhere in our body. A breakdown of the gut lining leads to increased permeability or “leaky gut”. When this happens, large protein molecules and toxins can leak though into our blood stream, and since they shouldn’t be there, our body identifies them as foreign invaders and starts an immune system attack. What starts as local inflammation becomes systemic inflammation attacking your weakest link. This is how autoimmune diseases start, like Hashimotos (thyroid) and Rheumatoid arthritis (joints). The gut is also where neurotransmitters are made, which effect brain function and mood, meaning “leaky gut” can lead to leaky brain. A dysfunctional “leaky” gut can be the source of so many health problems and diseases including: Inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune diseases, type 1 diabetes, autism, depression, heart failure, eczema, and psoriasis.
In our modern world “leaky gut” is common because of our environment, food, and lifestyles. Some of the major contributors are antibiotics and other medications, dietary toxins, diets high in processed foods and refined carbs, heavy metals, chronic stress, fungus and yeast overgrowth, and hidden parasites.
Healing the gut is essential to overcoming any health challenge whether you experience digestive issues or not.