What Causes Leaky Gut?
There are many factors in the American diet and lifestyle that contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome. A review of the causes of leaky gut will reveal why this condition is a pandemic in the modern world.
- Overuse of antibiotics. Antibiotics, unfortunately kill both the good and bad bacteria. The friendly flora in the intestine becomes depleted.
- Poor diet. The Standard American diet of fast foods and processed foods is lacking in important vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
- High carbohydrate diet and eating too close to bedtime. This provides food for the fungal and yeast overgrowth.
- Infestation of offending organisms. The intestinal lining is weakened by the
presence of bacteria, virus, fungal over-growth, parasites, and heavy metals.
- Chronic stress.
- Normal immune response to foreign proteins. This leads to an increased inflammatory response.
- Environmental contaminants.
- Excess alcohol.
- NSAIDS and other medications, including birth control pills.
Leaky Gut and the Disease Process
Leaky Gut contributes to several diseases through the following pathways:
- Antibiotic therapy and poor diet kill friendly bacteria which leaves the intestinal mucosa vulnerable to offending organisms.
- These organisms may cause the bowel to become inflamed which causes a loss of absorption and nutrient deficiencies to occur.
- Inflammation causes the intestinal mucosa to become hyperpermeable allowing larger undigested proteins to enter the blood stream. These foreign proteins cause food allergies to occur.
- As the friendly bacteria are killed and the bowel becomes enflamed, the protective antibodies are affected allowing foreign invaders such as yeast, parasites, bacteria, etc. to easily move through the gut lining into the body and affect any organ system.
- Antibodies form to fight the foreign proteins that have leaked into the body. As they search for these foreign proteins, they may attack similar proteins in the body such as organ tissue and autoimmune diseases may occur.
- As large undigested proteins move throughout the blood supply, they may become lodged in the lymphatic system causing an abnormal flow of lymph and symptoms such as Fibromyalgia to occur.
Many health problems can arise when larger food particles and toxins enter the blood streams.
â€¢ Autoimmune disease
â€¢ Celiac disease
â€¢ Crohns disease
â€¢ Environmental illness
â€¢ Inflammatory joint disease/arthritis
â€¢ Intestinal infections
â€¢ Pancreatic insufficiency
â€¢ Ulcerative colitis
â€¢ Chronic Fatigue syndrome
â€¢ Food allergies and sensitivities
â€¢ Liver dysfunction
â€¢ Rheumatoid arthritis
â€¢ Irritable bowel syndrome