Leaky Gut Syndrome, and what you may not know about it.
The small intestine contains billions of cells, which are packed tightly together to keep bacteria, viruses, and other toxins out of the body's tissues. The intestines also contain Villi. Villi are finger-like projections on the lining of the intestinal tract with hair-like cell membrane extensions called Microvilli. The Villi are responsible for the absorption of nutrients.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition which causes the intestinal lining to become inflamed. When this happens, the Microvilli become damaged or altered. The damaged Microvilli cannot then produce the necessary enzymes and secretions that are essential for healthy digestion and the absorption of nutrients.
When the intestinal lining becomes damaged; large spaces develop between the cells of the intestinal wall. When this happens; large, undigested food particles, bacteria and toxins beginto leak into the bloodstream (see picture above). The body perceives these undigested food particles as pisonous invaders and alerts the immune system to attack them. This creates inflammatory reactions which can occur throughout the entire body.
As these particles travel through the bloodstream they eventually reach the liver; which is designed to filter toxins from the blood. The liver is the largest gland in the body and plays a very important part in detoxification as well as having many other functions including; bile production, containing bile acids (which aid digestion), filtering out toxins such as drugs, alcohol and environmental toxins, storing glucose as glycogen then breaking it down about 4 hours after a meal to be converted to glucose to regulate blood sugar levels, converting ammonia to urea and removing damaged red blood cells.
Leaky Gut Syndrome completely overworks the liver as it floods it with additional toxins, diminishing the livers's ability to neutralize chemical substances. When it cannot cope with the level of toxins, the liver expels them back into the bloodstream. The circulatory system then pushes the toxins into the connective tissues and muscles where the body stores them to prevent major organ damage.
Over time, the liver becomes so completely overworked that it is never able to return to deal with the stored toxins, thus the toxins are simply left in the various areas of body tissue where they were originally placed. As the intestinal lining becomes weaker and weaker, more toxins and undigested foods continue to flood the bloodstream, making the situation simply impossible for the already overworked liver to filter. This in turn causes the immune system to release antibodies to fight the leftover foreign substances and in doing so, toxic oxidants and inflammation are produced as the immune system attacks the body tissues containing these toxins. This situation then begins to cause inflammatory reactions, pain, food sensitivities, and several other physical symptoms, thus starting the unfortunate process of general breakdown of the body's natural defense; the immune system.
Statistics show that an estimated 75-90% of the population have been impacted by food intolerances and sensitivities. Research indicates that Leaky Gut Syndrome affects millions of people worldwide. Leaky Gut Syndrome is a chronic debilitating condition that often goes undiagnosed by most mainstream medical professionals. Many don't acknowledge that the condition even exists. As a result; many people are not aware that the sufferings and symptoms they are presently dealing with are being caused by the Leaky Gut they have developed over time. We need to emphasize, this problem is very real and even more importantly we need to understand how to stop it's progression.
The symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome are many and varied. They include: abdominal pain, heartburn, fatigue, depression, migraines, loss of mental clarity, insomnia, bloating, anxiety, gluten intolerance, malnutrition, muscle cramps and pains, poor exercise tolerance, food allergies.
Leaky Gut Syndrome has also been linked with many conditions such as: Celiac Disease, Mutiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Austism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eczema, Dermatitis, Ulcerative Colitis.
70% of our immune system is located around the digestive system so it is no wonder that all of these symptoms and illnesses can be traced back to a common cause of Leaky Gut Syndrome.
So you may be wondering what causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?
There are a large number of factors related to Leaky Gut Syndrome. The most common known contributors are a poor diet, food allergies, pharmaceutical drugs, chemotherapy, some stomach medications (H2 blockers), stress, radiation, infections, parasites, celiac disease, hypochloridia (reduced stomach acid), candidiasis (yeast over-growth), dysbiosis (imbalance of bacteria), alcohol, and damage to the microvilli that line the intestine and produce the enzymes that digest our food. Food additives such as MSG & soy proteins can also damage the intestinal flora. Organic foods are always preferred when possible. These are only a few of the causes. There are many others that we wll discuss in more detail later.
With food sensitivities and intolerance appearing to have obvious links to many diseases, it is vital that the offending foods be eliminated from the diet for at least 3 to 6 months. It is also important to note that having a variety of foods in the diet can help prevent food intolerances. Those whose diets are repetitive end up developing sensitivities to those foods that are eaten day in and day out. Once the offending foods have been eliminated, the diet should be supplemented with S.A.V.E. and an Omega 3 fatty acid such as Krill Oil, which helps reduce inflammation in the intestinal wall as it promotes it's healing.
The need for food intolerance testing is pivotal to find and remove the offending foods that are enhancing the problem. This is the first step in stopping the vicious cycle that is tearing down your body's natural defenses. Just as important as testing, is the need to repair the intestinal lining to prevent more undigested foods from entering the bloodstream. The daily supplementation of S.A.V.E. has been shown to be extremely beneficial to the rehabilitation of the cells in your body, the guy and it's lining; rejuvenating it's ability to effectively reduce inflammation which will help return your body to it's normal function and balance.