What is Leaky Gut? And What Causes It?

May 6, 2019

 

In this interview,

Holli Bassin and Dawn Mc Gee talk about:

 

Leaky Gut 

The integrity of your Intestinal barrier which is just a thin mucus membrane

between your gut or digestive tract and your blood stream is compromised or broken down.

Tight junctions are leaky and inflamed.

It’s just a thin mucus membrane so this is very easy to do.

What happens is that the contents of your intestines can enter your blood stream. And then this causes the immune system to react because it thinks there’s a foreign invader in your blood stream

 

How do you know you have it?

 

  1. Symptoms – Are Classified in 3 groups…

    1. Digestive – Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBS (gas bloating, constipation, reflux), and food sensitivities.

    2. Systemic – Depression, anxiety, migraine, headaches, muscle pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, brain fog, and micronutrient deficiencies.

    3. Autoimmune: Celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, asthma, and Hashimotos thyroiditis.

  2. Testing – to determine the root causes of the condition so you can come up with a plan or protocol to reverse this condition.

 

What causes Intestinal Permeability?

  1. Dietary Factors – Refined sugar, High start diet, Gluten in grains, Casein in dairy, alcohol

  2. Medications – Antibiotics, NSAIDS, PPI’s, birth control pills, blood pressure medications lisinopril etc…

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  3. Lifestyle factors – Excessive Stress, Smoking tobacco

  4. Other conditions – dysbiosis, SIBO, Yeast overgrowth / Candida, candida albicans, parasites, low stomach acid.

 

Testing – to determine the root causes of the condition so you can come up with a plan or protocol to reverse this condition.

  1. Zonulin levels and Blood antibodies 3 important Biomarkers –

    1. Zonulin – “Gate Keeper” - protein found in the tight junctures of intestinal – epithelial cells,

      1. if a lot of this is present in an elevated state, it indiacates the tight junctures have been broken down and the barrier has been damaged.

    2. Actin – Muscle protein that has structural and mechanical roles in the small intestines. In the microvilli, it its involved in cell division, growth and repair.

    3. LPS – Trillions of microorganisms in our digestive tract. (Gram (+) and Gram (–) bacteria) LPS is a component of Gram (-) bacteria. With intestinal permeability – LPS will enter the blood stream and our bodies will produce LPS antibodies. CAUSES INFLAMMATION WHEN IT ENTERS THE BLOOD – causes chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, chronic fatigue, obesity, and autoimmune disease.

 

What can you do about it?

*Reduce *gluten*

Constantly work on healing the gut. Some suggestions and supplements are:

Bone broth, Aloe Vera extract, Slippery elm, Marshmallow root, Chamomile, Okra, Cat’s claw, Zinc carnosine,

Take Curcumin, Meriva instead of NSAIDS to reduce inflammation.

 

 

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