A staggering number of diseases are caused, initially, by a problem of holes in the intestines, and people do not realize it!
Doctors call this the problem of “leaky gut syndrome” intestines.
Migraine, joint pain, autoimmune diseases, depression, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue : all these diseases can be triggered or aggravated by bowel problems.
I will talk about causes and solutions.
But before that, a little bit of anatomy:
Essential notions to know about your intestines
The elementary cells of the intestines are called “enterocytes”. Between each of these cells is a space called “tight junction”.
As their name suggests, tight junctions must be tight. They are there to filter the content of the intestines and allow only the passage of water, nutrients, electrolytes (potassium, magnesium …) in the blood.
But the intestines are there to let pass the nutrients that to protect us from dangerous substances: undigested food particles, intestinal bacteria, toxins, their role is then to block.
Unfortunately, like any complex mechanics, the intestinal barrier can be disrupted. Small “holes” can form in your intestines because tight junctions loosen. Molecules pass through your blood when they have nothing to do with it.
At this point, it’s the beginning of trouble. Because this problem can cause the most varied diseases, and the most serious ones.
How intestinal hyperpermeability causes disease
When the tight junctions widen and form small holes in the intestine, proteins or bacteria pass into the bloodstream. Several mechanisms can be triggered, and cause diseases:
The first of these mechanisms is an immune response. The body tries to catch these molecules and destroy them to evacuate them. For this, it causes inflammation. Depending on where the foreign bodies are, inflammation can occur in the joints, liver, arteries.
It is then that the osteoarthritis and the coronary diseases (the arteries that irrigate the heart) are triggered or aggravated.
The second mechanism is an autoimmune disease.
Here’s how it works: Some food proteins are very similar to the proteins in our organs. In trying to attack them, our immune system also attacks similar organs.
For example, pieces of gluten, a wheat protein, have been shown to look a lot like the proteins in our thyroid gland. If you have the hyper-permeable bowel and gluten passes into your blood, your immune system will react by attacking the gluten … and attacking your thyroid gland.
This is why Hashimoto’s disease, which is a hypothyroidism caused by the destruction of the thyroid gland, is strongly correlated with the consumption of gluten. Conversely, people with this condition often experience remission when they go on a gluten-free diet.
Other diseases associated with intestinal hyperpermeability
Other serious diseases are associated with hyperpermeable intestines: type 1 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, asthma.
Heart failure is related to the presence of bacteria and intestinal toxins in the blood. One study showed that people with heart failure have 35% more intestinal permeability.
The hyperpermeable bowel can also trigger acne, itching, rosacea, stomach upset, headaches and fatigue.
Causes of holes in the intestine
The diseases mentioned above, which are potentially related to a problem of intestinal permeability, are among the “emerging” diseases whose frequency has increased significantly in recent decades.
And indeed, the lifestyle and the modern diet are directly responsible for these problems of intestines “holes”.
The main culprits are:
- Modern wheats and highly refined white flour
- The proteins of cow’s milk
- Potatoes and spicy foods (pepper, pepper)
- The alcohol
- Drugs such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen and aspirin) and antibiotics
- Stress, acute or chronic
Gluten promotes the production of zonulin, a hormone that increases intestinal permeability.
Milk protein, called casein, is irritating to the gut and increases intestinal permeability.
Sugar and refined carbohydrates can increase intestinal permeability by increasing the insulin resistance of intestinal cells. An insulin-resistant cell no longer absorbs all the sugar it needs to function. She suffers and eventually dies, causing holes in the intestinal wall.
Roundup (glyphosate) may be another cause of intestinal permeability. It would act as an antibiotic, killing the bacteria in the gut and causing “dysbiosis” (disruption of the balance of intestinal flora). Poorly protected by bacteria, the intestinal barrier is more subject to aggression, causing a widening of tight junctions.
What to do ?
So what to do?
The first thing to do is to become aware of the problem. Listen to the signals your body sends you. If you notice symptoms caused by your meals, you almost certainly have an intestinal problem.
If you have an autoimmune disease or any of the health problems mentioned in this article, you can consider steps to restore the integrity of your intestinal barrier.
- Stop the wheat, the potatoes, the spices that burn.
- Reduce your stress level, if necessary by changing jobs or moving.
- Reduce or eliminate your consumption of sugar and alcohol.
- Stop the pain medication.
- Eat organic foods that have never been in contact with Roundup.
- Eat chicken broth (cooked with the carcass of a chicken) or beef broth (with bone marrow). You will be full of collagen.
- Take a dietary supplement of glutamine, an essential amino acid, that enters the composition of enterocytes (the cells of the intestine), and accelerates the regeneration.
- Eat fermented foods: sauerkraut, kefir, pickles. They are big providers of probiotics, bacteria that will come renew and strengthen your intestinal flora.
- You can do even more with good probiotics in the form of food supplements: take the Saccharomyces boulardii, Lactobacillus caseii Var GG strains. They have been shown to be effective in the treatment of diarrhea; moreover, experimental data suggest that they stimulate the secretions of an essential immunological component of the intestinal barrier, the SIgA .
- Also take a vitamin B complex, vitamin D and zinc as a dietary supplement.
To go further on the problem of the intestines “holes”, I recommend the following page, on the website of the Foundation for Integrative Medicine. Attention, it’s in English: http://www.mdheal.org/leakygut.htm But it’s the most complete report I know. Access is free.
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