Leaky Gut

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What is leaky gut?

The role of your small intestine is to let nutrients through and into your bloodstream and to keep undigested food particles, toxins, bacteria, stool and any other substances that have no business being in your bloodstream out.  The nutrients pass through the gut barrier through “tight junctions” and into your bloodstream where they are transported to the cells of your body to provide nutrition.  In a healthy gut, everything else passes through your small intestine and out through your stool.

Leaky gut is representative of those microscopic tight junctions widening just enough to let other substances (besides nutrients) such as undigested food particles, toxins, bacteria, feces, etc. into your bloodstream.  When this happens, your immune system goes into full-blown attack mode.  Picture a dozen fire trucks racing to put out a 4 alarm fire.  That is what happens in your body between your immune system and the foreign particles that are now in your blood stream.  Your body wants them destroyed and eliminated through your urine or feces.

The immune reaction causes widespread inflammation in your body and serious irritation to your gut lining.  Eventually, the small intestine loses its ability to properly digest and absorb nutrients (see blunted brush border and villous atrophy).  In addition, the systemic low-grade inflammation that occurs in the body and is associated with leaky gut can create a fertile environment for the growth of illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and a whole slew of autoimmune diseases (crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, MS, IBS, etc.).

There are many gut irritants that can cause leaky gut.  Gliadin (Gluten) is one of them.  Others are:

  • Antibiotics (through your own use as well as ingesting meat and milk from animals treated with them).
  • Chemicals such as formaldehyde in our carpets and wood cabinets and from everyday household products.
  • Toxins.
  • Alcohol and drug consumption.
  • Other food sensitivities (soy, cow’s milk, eggs, corn food dyes, etc.)
  • Sugar consumption.
  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • Pain killers such a NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and other prescription drugs.

Click here to read about how pain killers and other medications cause leaky gut.

Here is a recent article by Dr. Alessio Fasano, a prominent name in leaky gut research that describes the connection between leaky gut and autoimmune conditions.

Here is a recent study done on Bovine Colostrum.  The study concludes that BC reduces inflammation in the gut and helps to repair leaky gut.  If you have interest in using Colostrum to heal your gut, contact me to learn more: 

“Controlling clinical signs of inflammation and thereby improving the quality of patient’s life is the main goal of IBD treatment. Currently, the therapeutic end-point in the treatment of IBD is the remission of symptoms but emerging evidence indicates that sub-clinical mucosal inflammation and the intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that disrupt the barrier could lead to disease relapse [42][43]. In a previous study, colostrum was able to prevent injury of the rat small intestine caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [14]. The present study gives evidence for colostrum as a prophylactic agent with properties that strengthen barrier function and favour epithelial restitution.”

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