HIDDEN DANGERS OF LEAKY GUT
“All disease begins in the gut.” Hippocrates
As we learn more about the origins of chronic illness, it is becoming clear that Hippocrates knew something 2,000 years ago that modern medicine has been ignoring.
Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, obesity, depression, autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, and autoimmune diseases. ⠀⠀
In fact, research has shown that restoring the integrity of the gut barrier is imperative to restoring overall health.
Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle directly contributes to unhealthy gut flora and increased gut permeability:
* Pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, birth control, and NSAIDS
* Sugar, refined carbs, and processed foods
* Toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils (margarine, canola oil, vegetable oils, etc.)
* Chronic stress
* Chronic infections
Antibiotics are particularly harmful to the gut flora, and recent studies have shown that antibiotic use causes a profound and rapid loss of diversity and a shift in composition of the gut flora, which is not recovered after antibiotic use without appropriate intervention.
Research has also shown that infants who are not breast fed and are born to mothers with poor gut flora are more likely to develop unhealthy gut bacteria, which can then lead to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, eczema and psoriasis, depression, and other health problems.
Increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut) plays a pathogenic role in various autoimmune diseases, including celiac, Hashimoto’s, psoriasis and type 1 diabetes.
Info from Chris Kresser