Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition that happens when gaps develop between the cells (enterocytes) that line your intestinal wall. These tiny gaps allow substances such as undigested food, harmful proteins, bacteria, viruses, yeast and metabolic wastes, to enter into your bloodstream. These harmful substances should be confined to your digestive tract, in order to maintain proper digestion and health. Once the integrity of your intestinal lining is compromised (damaged cells called microvilli become unable to do their job properly), this causes a flow of harmful substances to leak into your bloodstream. You also then become unable to process and utilize the nutrients and enzymes that are vital for proper digestion. The end result is your body experiences harmful inflammation often referred to chronic inflammation. Your body then goes into attack mode trying to kill or eradicate these harmful substances. This is what is generally called the autoimmune response.
Leaky gut syndrome is often associated with inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, or celiac disease. In addition to the above, people who suffer from leaky gut syndrome will often experience some, or many of the common ailments below:
- Food allergies
- Seasonal allergies
- Sore swollen joints
- Frequent stomach aches
- Diarrhea followed by constipation or visa versa
- Frequent heartburn
- Frequent colds
- Frequent sinus/upper respiratory infections
- Chronic Fatigue
- Frequent headaches/migraines
- Chronic or frequent yeast infections
Happy Gut, Happy Brain
Recently, there has been a great deal learned about how our brains are directly affected by the health of our gut, and the bacteria contained within. Our brains are connected to our guts via the vagus nerve. Matter of fact, it is now well established that the vagus nerve is the primary route your gut bacteria use to transmit information to your brain. Today, research is discovering that your mental health is very much dependent on the microbes in your gut. In an article The Scientific American reported: “Scientists are increasingly convinced that the vast assemblage of microfauna in our intestines may have a major impact on our state of mind. The gut-brain axis seems to be bidirectional—the brain acts on gastrointestinal and immune functions that help to shape the gut’s microbial makeup, and gut microbes make neuroactive compounds, including neurotransmitters and metabolites that also act on the brain.” In addition, an article published the June 2013 issue of Biological Psychiatry, suggest that even severe and chronic mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), might be eliminated through the use of certain probiotics (healthy bacteria found in our guts). One of the factors that amaze most individuals, who implement my Primal Lifestyle philosophy, is how much better their cognitive function is (intellectual process by which one becomes aware of, perceives, or comprehends ideas).
Simply – healthy gut = healthy brain!
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