Leaky Gut Syndrome
What causes Leaky Gut Syndrome and what does it mean?
What leaky gut syndrome means is the intestinal lining has become more porous, and more proteins start leaking through the gut, which is why it’s called leaky gut. Basically, your gut just isn’t functioning properly. It’s not keeping those larger molecules out and the result is that larger, undigested food molecules and other bad stuff like toxins, yeast, other forms of waste that your body normally doesn’t allow through starts to freely flow through into your blood stream. What that means is it’s going to cause serious issues like inflammation and possibly disease for a long time.
Leaky gut over time also causes food intolerances and food allergies, and as you know, food sensitivity like gluten sensitivity/intolerance, is growing rapidly today.
WHAT'S ALL THE HYPE ABOUT GLUTEN?
Gluten is seen as a food intolerance and begins leaking through the pores in the leaky gut causing an immune reaction and thereby causing inflammation . Once the immune system begins to recognized the gluten proteins it tries to eliminate them because they are seen as a foreign invader, and starts a vicious cycle of recognizing other proteins leaking through the gut such as casein, or albumin in eggs, or bacteria in yeast found in peanuts and as all these proteins and yeasts leak through the gut, a systemic inflammatory response occurs and you have autoimmune diseases now.
Once your gut lining is disrupted, you have improper absorption. Not only do you have things like gluten leaking through the gut, but now your body is also unable to absorb specific vitamins and minerals like zinc which supports gut health. Again, it leads to improper absorption of things like vitamin B12 and iron, a lot of minerals. Vitamin B12 and iron, two very common deficiencies are associated with leaky gut syndrome.
When you have leaky gut syndrome and proteins leak through your gut like gluten, not only does it affect your gut, but actually those proteins will recirculate. Your body will then start to attack your thyroid. That’s why leaky gut has been associated with hyperthyroidism like Hashimoto’s. It can cause inflammation of the joints. It can cause inflammation of different areas like your colon causing ulcerative colitis. It can also cause systemic inflammation throughout the body. Sometimes it will target specific areas of your body, hence how a gut issue can actually cause a thyroid condition. This is very common.
Leaky gut has been linked to depression, dementia, Alzheimer's and anxiety because these proteins can actually cause inflammation of the brain. This is also why it’s been linked to MS. Most skin issues today are linked to the gut health as well. An issue like psoriasis which is autoimmune is absolutely linked to the gut.