What is Leaky Gut?
All Disease Begins in the Gut – Hippocrates
A lot of research has linked leaky gut to a number of chronic diseases and health issues. Our lifestyles today consist of refined and processed foods, chronic stress, bacterial imbalance and toxic overload.
Leaky gut syndrome or intestinal hyperpermeability is a condition where the ‘tight junctions’ of your intestinal lining allow toxins, large proteins, microbes and undigested food particles to pass through into your bloodstream. This causes inflammation throughout your body leading to a variety of diseases.
Leaky gut syndrome is almost always associated with autoimmune disease. In order to reverse symptoms of autoimmune disease, you need to heal the lining of your GI tract. An autoimmune disease is defined as one in which the immune system makes antibodies against its own tissues.
Diseases in this category include lupus, alopecia areata, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatic, MS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Sjögren’s syndrome, vitiligo, thyroiditis, vasculitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, urticarial, type 1 diabetes and Raynaud’s syndrome.
To learn more about the connection between gluten, leaky gut and autoimmunity click here.