Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A New Spin on Leaky Gut Syndrome
Leaky gut syndrome is diagnosed when someone has a permeable intestinal wall that let's food or toxins leak through into our bloodstream. Our bodies then have to create an immune response to these food particles which can then lead to all sorts of health problems, including food allergies, mood disorders, chronic health challenges and autoimmune conditions. Digestive symptoms include bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea, but often presents itself as more complex symptoms like food allergies, eczema and rashes, migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, weight gain, blood sugar issues including Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroid syndrome, mood issues including depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia, infertility and a whole range of autoimmune conditions. To learn more about leaky gut and certain foods to eat that can help it heal, read here.  

When first understanding leaky gut syndrome I thought the problem was only in the gut.  But with more research I see now that the gut becomes leaky due to the liver weakening and becoming sluggish. The liver makes bile that moves from the liver and gets stored in the gallbladder to then be released in the large intestine to break down fats by moving through the gallbladder duct.  If this bile does not move through and reach the large intestine in adequate amounts then the blend of bile and hydrochloric acid required to break down fat and protein in the gut is not strong enough and you have undigested proteins and fats.  Once this undigested food reaches your lower intestine, it won’t be broken down enough for your cells to actually use the food as fuel. And instead the food will just lie there and rot.  This rotting food feeds pathogens that are sitting in the colon and intestinal tract. This gut rot creates ammonia gas and can result in symptoms of bloating, digestive discomfort, chronic dehydration, or oftentimes no symptoms at all until it does eventually get severe enough to cause discomfort.  So by the time there is discomfort know that the build up of undigested food as been going on for months to years prior and takes time to heal.

So with this new information not only do we want to heal the actual leaky gut but also the liver and gallbladder for that matter to make sure the bile is enough to break down food that body can actually use and not sit there causing more of a problem.  So here is another piece of the puzzle about leaky gut.  It's not only about the toxins that break through the intestinal wall to the blood stream but also about the undigested food that feeds bad gut flora.  To read more about how to repair and rebuild the gut, read here.