Know about leaky gut, cure most of your diseases – Part 1

Know about leaky gut, cure most of your diseases – Part 1


“All disease begins in the gut “The above
quote was penned by Hippocrates, an ancient. Greek physician, nearly 2500 years ago. Latest research confirms that at least 90%
of all modern healthcare problems and diseases begins in the gut. If we trace back the path of arthritis, diabetes
and depression, it will lead us to an irritated and inflamed gut. Even minor ailments like constipation (Infrequent
bowel movements and small, hard-to-pass, stool), eczema (An itchy inflammation of the skin),
fatigue (Feeling overtired, with low energy and a strong desire to sleep that interferes
with normal daily activities) is directly linked to gut dysfunction. Furthermore, a damaged gut can increase the
levels of toxins in the body. Our gastrointestinal tract is 30-foot-long
highway from mouth to anus. It extracts nutrients from the food and supplies
energy to every cell of the body. Every part of the system plays a crucial part
and things can go wrong at any point. Friends, have you heard about ‘Leaky gut’
before? If no, then let’s get introduced to this
gut condition that could be an underlying reason for a number of common ailments as
well as serious health conditions. The food we eat is broken down in the digestive
system and most of the nutrients get absorbed in the small intestine. At the same time, the intestine acts as barriers
and stops the entry of toxins and harmful bacteria from food entering in to the blood
stream. You will be surprised to know that the lining
of your intestine is just one cell thick to allow easy flow of nutrients from food to
blood. These cells form the barrier known as the
gut barrier, that separates you from the outside world. There are junctions between each cell which
acts as gates. These junctions are very tight. They allow water and nutrients to pass through
in to the blood stream. But they block harmful toxins and bacteria
from crossing or leaking in to the bloodstream. This is called intestinal permeability. But due to certain reasons when the gut barrier
is compromised, it leads to a condition called ‘intestinal hyperpermeability’ also known
as leaky gut. In leaky gut the junctions between cells becomes
consistently bigger, allowing harmful toxins, pathogens (anything that can produce disease
– bad bacteria, bad virus, fungus), partially digested proteins, fats and even undigested
food particles in to the bloodstream. Now every time an unwanted particle or pathogen
enters the bloodstream; it triggers an immune response or an allergic response. But that doesn’t mean that you will see
rashes throughout the body but it can lead to various symptoms (condition of disease). So, if the gut is continuously leaking, the
immune system has to be on constant attack. Thus, if leaky gut is not healed it leads
continuous body wide inflammation. Also, leaky gut causes mal absorption of vital
minerals and nutrients like zinc, iron etc Now how do we find out if we have leaky gut? Just ask your body where it hurts. It may communicate to you through various
symptoms which can be triggered by a leaky gut. Now let’s have a look at various symptoms
of leaky gut. Gut concentrated symptoms:
Constipation, gas, chronic diarrhoea, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Small intestinal
bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), celiac disease (An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein
found in wheat, barley and rye), multiple food allergies, gastric ulcers, crohns disease
( A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract),
etc. General symptoms of leaky gut: Problems in
digestive tract may extend to other system of the body and may show up as symptoms in
the form of Rheumatoid arthritis ( Inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness
that can worsen with age), chronic fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, weak immune system,
eczema, acne, weight gain, thyroid disorders etc. Brain related symptoms: Your gut is directly
connected to your brain. What affects your gut affects your brain also. If the gut is leaky you may experience symptoms
like brain fog (is the inability to have a sharp memory or to lack a sharp focus. You just really feel like you’re not yourself
and you’re unable to think clearly), depression ( A mental health disorder characterised by
persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment
in daily life), anxiety ( A mental health disorder characterised by feelings of worry
or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities), mood swings,
headache, confusion, ADD ( Attention deficit disorder ), ADHD ( Attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder ). Auto immune related symptoms: The list does
not end here. Leaky gut may exhibit itself in the form of
neuropathy ( Weakness, numbness and pain from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet
), multiple sclerosis ( A disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective
covering of nerves ), lupus ( An inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks
its own tissues ), migraine ( A headache of varying intensity ), Hashimotos disease ( When
the immune system attacks the butterfly-shaped gland in the neck (thyroid), fibromyalgia
( Widespread muscle pain and tenderness ), Alzheimer’s disease ( destroys memory and other important
mental functions ). Now wasn’t that a very long list… yes indeed…
by now you must have got an idea that leaky gut is not something that can be ignored. In fact, it has to be addressed as soon as
symptoms begin to show up and should be fixed as early as possible. But that can be done only when we find out
what causes our guts to go leaky. There is no single cause. It could be due to various reasons. Let’s have a look at some of the culprits
that may be causing leaky gut. 1) Excessive sugar intake: A diet high in
sugar particularly fructose will feed yeast, candida (A fungal infection) and bad bacteria
harming the barrier function of the intestinal wall. Moreover, bad bacteria create toxins called
exotoxins that damage healthy cells and make hole in intestinal wall
2) Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen can contribute to leaky gut. 3) Deficiency in vitamins A and D and Zinc
leads to intestinal hyperpermeability. 4) Disturbance in the balance between beneficial
and harmful bacteria can affect the gut barrier function of the intestinal wall. 5) Lectins are found in many common foods
we eat including grains. While small number of lectins is not much
harmful, too much lectin can cause leaky gut syndrome. Sprouting and fermenting grains can reduce
the number of lectins. Reduce consumption of grains or completely
avoid grains. 6) Genetically modified (GMO) and hybridised
foods contain large number of lectins as they have been modified to fight off bugs. Must avoid GMO Foods. 7) Genetically modified foods are engineered
to withstand the heavy spray of herbicide, namely, round up, which could kill any other
non-genetically modified food. The active ingredient in Round up is glyphosate
which is classified by World Health Organisation as a carcinogen. Besides causing many potentially dangerous
health issues like causing cancer, glyphosate damages the microbiome leading to impairment
of gut health (killings good bacteria). 8) We are exposed to antibiotics through drugs
and medicines, utilization in crops and farm animals. Antibiotics alters the balance between the
gut microbiome leading to poor gut health. 9) Consumption of gluten foods like wheat,
barley, rye etc, processed meats, bakery items, junk foods, refined oils, artificial sweeteners,
highly processed foods, sugary and carbonated drinks and excessive consumption of alcohol
harms healthy bacteria and promotes the growth of harmful bacteria leading to leaky gut. 10) Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth:
The gut bacteria primarily live in large intestine. However due to aging, poor motility (Motility
is the ability of an organism to move independently, using metabolic energy), diabetes, low stomach
acid etc the gut bacteria can overgrow in the small intestine leading to SIBO, small
intestinal bacterial overgrowth. This leads to the production of Zonulin (is
a protein that modulates the permeability of tight junctions between cells of the wall
of the digestive tract) which opens up tight junctions of the gut leading to leaky gut. 11) Obesity reduces short chain fatty acids
in the Gi tract, which keeps the junction tight. This increases intestinal permeability leading
to leaky gut. 12) Depression, insufficient sleep, stress
etc brings about chemical and hormonal changes in the body leading to alteration in the balance
of gut bacteria which in turn leaks to intestinal hyperpermeability. 13) Fibre is the food for gut bacteria. Foods low in fibre leads to reduction in the
abundance and diversity of gut bacterial community, reduces the by-product of digestion butyrate
that keeps the gut junction tight. 14) Children born via the vagina has much
robust and diverse microbiome compared to children born via C-section… the more diverse
the gut bacteria, healthier the gut. 15) Conventional cow’s milk can cause leaky
gut. The component protein A1 casein (is a protein)
harms the gut. Pasteurization process destroys vital enzymes
making sugar like lactose very difficult to digest. In
my next video, leaky gut part 2, we will see how to fix the leaky gut. What should we do, food to include and avoid
etc to heal and seal the gut.

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