Natural Gut Health
Gut Health is the foundation to the health of the body. Optimal gut health plays a role in many functions of the body, including immunity, detoxification, inflammation, neurotransmitter and vitamin production, nutrient absorption, whether you feel hungry or full, and how you utilize carbohydrates and fat. Intestinal permeability or “leaky gut” is a common occurrence these days due to chronic stealth infections, food intolerance and sensitivities, environmental toxins, alcohol and NSAID use. Intestinal Permeability creates food intolerance that can contribute to inflammation and weight gain.
Intestinal Permeability and food intolerance has been associated with aching joints, fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), bloating, tiredness, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, eczema, headaches and migraines. Intestinal Permeability and food sensitivities especially play a major role in many inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.
Bacteria, viruses, fungi (yeast) and parasites contribute to the total burden of the immune system and with the other factors involved contribute to the overall picture of what creates intestinal permeability. Chronic stealth infections can be present in the body for years and decades, evading detection from the immune system, and at the same time the immune system becomes weakened due to it constantly attempting to neutralize the toxins released by the infectious organisms. These biotoxins affect the body’s physiology and generally weaken the body, allowing other organisms to invade opportunistically over time.
Your gut epithelial layer (the lining or outmost part of your gut) is the major barrier between you and the outside world. Its integrity is essential in the function of the immune system. Many things can alter the integrity of the gut lining (barrier). The cells are held together by “tight junctions”. Triggers can break these tight junctions and make the gut more permeable to immunogens and allergens from our food and environment, which sets off cascades of immune and inflammatory responses contributing to poor health.
Dysbiotic (infectious or opportunistic) organisms, pesticides, alcohol, gluten, stress, NSAIDS such as aspirin and ibuprofen, are among the triggers that break tight junctions. (That right it’s not just gluten!). Diet plays a large role in what organisms are present in the gut. A Western diet feeds dysbiotic organisms that contribute to immune activation while healthy gut bacteria can stimulate anti-inflammatory responses to heal from disease.