Leaky Gut Syndrome
Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS)
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Is Leaky Gut The Real Reason You’re Sick?
Leaky Gut is known as ‘The Disease Your Doctor Can’t Diagnose,’ a dangerous and hidden cause of chronic illness that medical science hardly recognized until recently…
It can masquerade as fatigue, anxiety, depression, digestive symptoms, weight problems, and many other serious conditions…
It’s been found in association with chronic diseases including: asthma, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel, psoriasis, cancer, and heart failure…
And even with all the latest technology and over 10,000+ research papers talking about intestinal permeability (or leaky gut), it’s still a hidden epidemic to modern medicine!
It’s Now or Never For You And Your Loved Ones
Chronic disease is on the rise and most of us know someone we love who’s suffering from one. And the worst part is, modern medicine isn’t figuring out how to stop it.
• Already over 133 million Americans have chronic diseases, and by 2020 it’s expected that 157 million Americans will
• It’s now estimated that there are 50 million Americans with autoimmune disease (more than heart disease and cancer combined)
• 64 million Americans have digestive diseases
In GB and Ireland we are seeing the same trend towards increasing numbers of suffers from chronic and serious disease in proportion to our population too.
And as you can see from the chronic disease numbers, people with these conditions are growing at a staggering rate.
What connects all these conditions? What has changed, and why do we have all these problems that our parents and grandparents never faced?
Modern Medicine Forgot The Old School Ways
Hippocrates – the father of modern medicine and creator of the Hippocratic oath – 2500 years ago said, “All Disease Begins In the Gut.” But it seems that this principle has been lost.
Until now. Now the science and testing has progressed to the point where we can prove how important the gut is for every single part of your body to work properly.
The food we eat becomes the cells that create every part of our body. These cells all completely die and get replaced every year. Which means what you eat literally creates you.
Beyond that, we now know the digestive tract contains 80% of the immune cells your body has. It contains 400x more of the neurotransmitters serotonin than your brain and 500x more melatonin. (mood and sleep regulators)
This gut-disease connection is real and the founders of modern medicine new it. Unfortunately, we forgot about this connection and have now drifted course to a quick fix mentally for chronic disease which the numbers show is clearly not working.
Let’s Stop Talking About Chronic Disease – and Start Fixing It
In this article, I’m going to walk you through how important the digestive tract is for health, how it works, and what happens when it breaks down.
So let’s explore that by taking a journey through your body when you eat food. And from that place, I can show you the disastrous consequences of what happens when they don’t.
What If the Holy Grail of Health Was Already Inside You?
We are all searching for that one thing that can make us healthy. And I want to argue that you already have it. You just have to pay attention, nurture it and if it’s broken, fix it.
I’m talking about your digestive tract and I’m talking about what happens when it breaks down and becomes leaky ,because a leaky gut creates big issues.
The gut is a long hollow tube that’s actually outside the body. It’s meant to let the good things in (like nutrients from our food), but keep the bad things out (like toxins and undigested food particles).
When you have leaky gut, these bad things like toxins, bacteria, and undigested food get into your body instead of being dumped into the toilet.
These foreign particles challenge your immune system, which stands guard to protect you with 80% of its soldiers just inside the gut wall in what’s called the Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT).
When leaky gut is happening, the immune system sets off a chain reaction including localized inflammation in the gut wall and system wide inflammation throughout the body. This is one of the worst things that happen with leaky gut. Because we all know inflammation is the first step towards chronic disease
The World’s Oldest Modern Marvel
The most interesting parts of the digestive tract are the small and large intestines. These are amazing organs. Let’s start with the small intestine.
The small intestine is still technically outside the body and designed for absorption of nutrients. It’s a tunnel for food to so your body can get at all the good stuff out of it. Nutrients released from the breakdown of proteins, sugars, and lipids in the stomach are absorbed in the small intestine. The overwhelming majority of the nutrients from your food are extracted by the small intestine.
How it gets the job done is even more fascinating. It has a sophisticated structure that maximizes this nutrient absorption, with a really fast blood vessel delivery system right behind it with highly intelligent membranes to get the good stuff into the body and cycle the bad stuff out.”
The selective membranes of the small intestine only allow certain “good things” to pass through the tissue of the small intestine and enter the vast network of blood and lymph vessels below it.
You can think of the system like a massive train station. The trains and buses are the lacteals and capillaries of the lymphatic and vascular systems but only people with tickets can get on and ride. The tissue of your small intestine is only taking the good passengers with tickets. The non-ticketed bad passengers keep riding the gut waves down to get flushed out of the body. And any bad passengers who make it into the body go on these trains and buses straight to the liver to get thrown out for not having a ticket.
The Magic Powers of the Small Intestine
The most fascinating things occur in the small intestine tissues. What does the tissue of your small intestine look like? How does it work? Let’s start in the lumen and work our way outward…
Remember the small intestine’smost important job is to get as many nutrients out of the food you eat as possible. It has a specialized structure that allows it to get this job done, as I’ll explain.
The lumen is the hollow space inside your small intestine – the place where digested food passes through. It’s lined with epithelial tissue classified as a mucous membrane. Think of when you’ve had a runny nose – the lining of your nose is a mucus membrane – it can secret stuff like mucus – the lining of your small intestine is similar. It looks like scrunched up shag carpeting. Literally…
The wave-like folds of this carpet are much like the plica of your small intestine and the individual shags of the carpet are much like the villi. Here’s an anatomical drawing…
So you can see that there is a lot of stuff going on here. All of it is designed to maximize the surface area and absorption ability of the small intestine. You have the Plica folds, the villi protrusions, and then on top of that (literally on top of the villi) there are microvilli! These all work together to breakdown, grab and absorb nutrients.
Notice that the villi also contain the capillary bed and lacteals – this is the transport system we talked about earlier. As you can see, your vascular and immune systems are closely associated with the gut. They have to be! All the food you eat gets pumped around and distributed to your tissues via the vascular system. And at the same time this system encounters tons of pathogens, unwanted bacteria and undigested food.
The body has to be ready to tackle and get rid of the unwanted. With 80% of the immune system network waiting under your epithelial tissue it’s actually ready for the job and enjoys the daily fight. We now know that this daily battle is communication that the immune system uses to regulate itself.
So this small intestine tissue regulates what passes into our bloodstream and what meets our immune system. Its ability to do this job correctly influences our entire health.
When it’s all working properly this is the keystone of health. When it breaks – watch out, let’s go the next level deeper to see how bad it gets
How Tight Are Your Cells?
The cells in our body don’t just chill next to each other like best friends. In fact, they are joined for life and if these joints start failing bad things begin happening.
All tissues in the body are made up of cells –millions of specialized cells. But something has to hold them together; they don’t just sit next to each other in a row. They need to be expertly attached to one another. The small intestine regulates these attachments to get the right nutrients in and keep the bad stuff out. And when the regulation pathways or attachments start breaking that’s when we get a leaky gut.
The first line of defence that keeps the cells together in the small intestine and selectively allows passage for only certain molecules is called the tight junction. Think of the tight junctions as stitching that binds the cells of the mucosal epithelium together to create the small intestine barrier.
Now just like there are specialized stitches in sewing, there are other types of junctions that bind the cells together for different reasons. The other cellular junctions are called Gap junctions, adherents junctions and desmosome junctions. For the purposes of leaky gut, we’ll keep our focus to the tight junctions because if something gets past the tight junction, the other junctions aren’t likely to stop it because that’s not in their job description.
When sewing, we use thread to make a stitch. In the body, the “thread” in the cell junctions is made of proteins.
Proteins? The stuff that I need to eat to build muscle? Yes. The body has multiple uses for proteins. Proteins can provide ways for cells to communicate, build enzymes that catalyse reactions, and much more. You can think of the proteins that make up the tight junctions as structural proteins. They are like massive bridges that span the spaces between cells. There are several types of proteins that create the tight junction.
• Junctional Adhesion Molecules (JAMS)
All of these groups span between two adjacent cell membranes to hold on to one another.
This literally keeps the cells tight and the barrier between the outside world of the small intestine and your bloodstream intact. These tight junction proteins are connected into the adjacent cell’s membrane via an anchor protein. Much like a bridge is anchored to both sides of the river.
The anchors inside of the cells (purple boxes above) are proteins and go by the names of Zonulin 1 (ZO1), Zonulin 2 (ZO2) and Zonulin (ZO3). On the other side of the anchors are what can be thought of as drawstrings. The drawstrings (red lines) of the tight junction are called Actomyosin. It is this combination of membrane spanning proteins and anchoring proteins and drawstrings that create the tight junction.
So, to recap… Here’s the summary.
Bodily tissues are made up of tons of cells that are held together by junctions. The tissue of your small intestine is made up of epithelial cells held together by several junctions, the most important being the tight junctions. The tight junctions are made up of membrane spanning proteins, anchoring proteins and drawstrings that work together to uphold the integrity of the tight junction.
This tightly woven sheet of cells in your small intestine acts as a protective and selective barrier between the outside environment and you.
How Tight Junctions Create A Leaky Gut
Just like the Tower Bridge in London, the tight junctions of your gut can open and let through molecules. They function much like a gate in that sometimes they open for some necessary nutrients to come into the body.
But just like the Tower Bridge, they don’t just allow any old thing to pass through. There is a regulatory system for it.
The opening and closing of the tight junctions in the small intestine are predominantly regulated by a molecule called Zonulin. Zonulin is like the gatekeeper. Zonulin acts on the proteins of the tight junction, causing a cascade effect that leads to the tightening and releasing of Actomyosin fibers (the drawstrings) which then create more or less space for molecules to move between the cells.
Research shows that Zonulin expression can be triggered by many things, like certain bacteria and foods like gluten. When there is an over expression (too much) of Zonulin, the tight junctions open up too wide or for far too long – that is when problems start to arise.
This is what is called a leaky gut.
A Leaky Gut Is As Useful As… An Umbrella With Holes In It
An umbrella is great in the rain… unless there’s a bunch of holes in it. When the tight junctions are chronically open, the once protective barrier has a bunch of holes in it, allowing all kind of bad things into the body that aren’t supposed to be there.
• Bacteria and Bacterial toxins (LPS)
• Viruses, Yeast, Parasites & Other Gut Flora Organisms
• Partially Digested Food Molecules
• Metabolites and Acids
• Toxic food preservatives, colorants, flavour enhancers, patricides, herbicides, GMO foods etc on our food
All of these foreign molecules gain direct access into the GALT – the transportation system we talked about earlier where 80% of your immune system is waiting.
When this happens the immune system jumps into action. It needs to neutralize, get rid of and tell the rest of the body about the attack. This process includes increasing inflammation around the gut wall and increasing the levels of inflammation in the whole body. The increased inflammation at the gut wall can then actually begin to damage the cells of the gut wall… which can quickly become a self-perpetuating cycle of cell damage and more leaky gut if it’s not fixed.
As more foreign particles trickle through from the leaky gut, the immune response increases and results in chronic inflammation. This is thought to be the beginning of autoimmune disorders and is never a good idea if you want to avoid chronic disease.
What Happens To Your Body In Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut starts with an increase in inflammation and the activation of the immune system. The immune system now begins to create antibody soldiers that are specific to the types of foreign particles that are getting through. It needs the whole body to know about the attack that is happening to the gut.
Many people have felt this process when they suddenly become intolerant or allergic to foods they’ve always eaten like dairy, eggs and even beef.
On top of that, the immune system can miss some foreign invaders or get overrun if your gut is too leaky. This puts the burden on the liver and detoxification system. Remember, the transportation system behind the gut wall is a direct transport right to the liver. And if you start stressing the liver with a bunch of toxins it’s going to start causing issues in the detoxification system.
While this is going on, your body begins to try and turn off the inflammation using hormones and other means. It also has to rush a bunch of nutrients in to help with detoxification and cell repair. This can create nutrient deficiencies over time which will only worsen the health of the body.
As you can see, leaky gut syndrome is a serious digestive tract problem that can burden the immune system, hormone system and detoxification system. The longer and more intense the leaky gut syndrome, the higher your risk of developing chronic disease.
How To Know If You Have A Leaky Gut
The research is becoming clear that if you have a chronic disease, you have an increased likelihood of leaky gut. But that doesn’t mean everyone has it, or that even everyone with a chronic disease has it.
So you are left with a couple next steps.
Step 1) Get tested
The first step would be to work with me and have a Health Scan to determine whether you have Leaky Gut, and the root cause of what has triggered it. Once we discover your root cause we can take the first steps to healing and sealing your gut, removing your specific toxins, and returning you to health.
Step 2) Take this 3-min Leaky Gut Risk Assessment. This test will give you some indication as to whether it is likely you have Leaky Gut or not. If the probability is high, then you are in the right place. You have found a practitioner with years of experience in helping clients heal Leaky Gut successfully.
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Leaky gut is known as ‘The Disease Your Doctor Can’t Diagnose,’ for a reason.
It’s a dangerous and hidden cause of chronic illness that can show up as fatigue, anxiety, depression, digestive symptoms, weight problems, and other serious conditions…
What’s tricky about it is HOW it shows up. Everyone is different. One person can have inflammation in the gut leading to depression and anxiety. Another person will have severe acne.
What’s even worse is that 30% of people with leaky gut don’t even experience digestive problems.
The science and testing has progressed to the point where we’ve proved what Hippocrates said 2500 years ago… gut health is needed for every single part of your body to work properly. Just by reading this article you now have a better understanding of leaky gut than most modern medicine doctors… but don’t stop there.
I’m on a mission to change chronic diseases in the world… and your gut health is important to me.
Take the leaky gut assessment to find out whether or not you have any of the top 10 risk factors (and find out what to do about it).
The great news is…it is curable! It is simply a matter of diagnosing the root cause in your personal circumstances, and prescribing the correct detoxification plan, supplementation and diet. My client’s experience a huge improvement in symptoms with in a couple of weeks.
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