Leaky gut sounds as bad as it is because our gut should not be leaking. A wall of cells called tight junctions make up a healthy gut wall, which is the barrier to keep larger proteins out, like undigested food for instance.

Second, behind the gut wall are lymphatic cells which lead to the circulatory system. An immune reaction occurs with a compromised barrier. Inflammation throughout the body also occurs.

Reasons the gut barrier becomes compromised:

  • Stress (both physical and emotional)

  • yeast

  • parasites

  • fungal overgrowth

  • smoking

  • environmental pollution

  • chemotherapy

  • radiation

  • imbalance of the microbiome (from long-term antibiotics, for example)

 Step by step of what happens in leaky gut:

  1. Space between cells allows proteins to leak through

  2. Proteins interact with lymphatic cells

  3. Inflammation occurs

  4. Inflammatory messages find their way to the blood

  5. It circulates inflammatory messages throughout the body

  6. Causes symptoms in different organs and body systems

While inflammation is occurring throughout the body, the immune system is dealing with it in another way. The immune system reacts as a means of protection. To clarify, it produces antibodies causing food intolerances or sensitivities.

Examples of outcomes of leaky gut:

With a good gut barrier, larger proteins cannot get through and cause all the problems. As Hippocrates stated, “all diseases begin in the gut.” Therefore, repairing the gut is vital to regulate gut barrier function and rebuild health.

If you are having any of the problems listed above, then you may need to change your diet and heal the gut. A personalised treatment plan addressing diet, nutritional, and herbal medicine has the best outcomes for leaky gut, so read about how an Initial Naturopathic Appointment can help.

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