Leaky Gut: The Root of Allergies, Sensitivities and Autoimmune Disorders
Having a healthy gut is the first step to reclaiming your health. Think about it, the food and drink that pass your lips, go down your esophagus, into your stomach and through your intestines, literally become your cells that make up the systems of your body. If you think your food doesn’t influence your health – think again. It plays a 70-90% role in our health outcomes.
But, what if your digestive system isn’t working well? Is Leaky Gut a “Thing”? How does Leaky Gut happen in the first place?
Gut Health: Top 3 Offenders
Our digestive system is responsible for providing your finely tuned body with the fuel it needs to run efficiently. What happens when you don’t feed the right fuel to your car? Right! It doesn’t run well. Same with our body. The Standard American Diet (SAD) or Modern Urban Diet (MUD) has not been good to our bodies.
- 70% of us Americans are overweight and obese. Clearly, we are not a healthy population.
- Our SAD MUD damages our digestive track. It contains toxins that literally thin the walls of your intestines, feed the bad bacteria that live there, cause constipation and/or diarrhea and basically wreak havoc down there. Um, IBS!
- If that isn’t enough ammo against the SAD MUD, it makes us gain weight, have acne, PMS, and potentially an autoimmune disease, if you wait long enough. How sick do you want to be?
- SAD MUD taxes our system to the point where we no longer efficiently digest and assimilate our food. We end up with reflux/GERD/heartburn; headaches and fatigue.
ALCOHOL, CAFFEINE, DEHYDRATION:
Both caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your body. This creates a much greater concentration of the existing toxins along with the caffeine and alcohol. This high level of toxins begins to poison your cells and the bacteria that live in your body. Your liver gets in the game now, just trying to do it’s best to package up all the toxins you are consuming, this is a nutrient dependent process, but you aren’t eating nutrient rich foods. You are becoming a swamp instead of a fresh spring-fed lake. EWWW!
- Drinking 1/2 your weight in ounces of water is essential to having a healthy gut and body.
- Your body needs about a quart of water just to make the appropriate amount of digestive juices to digest just one meal!
- Your intestines need water to efficiently absorb nutrients, and to create motility in the intestines so food moves along the tube.
ANTIBIOTICS, MEDICATIONS AND POLLUTANTS:
Antibiotics are a good thing if you have a bacterial infection. The problems arise when antibiotics are given too frequently for what might be a viral or yeast infection. Every time you take antibiotics, the bacterial balance in your gut gets messed up. Those antibiotics don’t just kill the bacteria causing you acne or a sinus infection. The antibiotics are not picky! They kill off the good bacteria, too.
- Other medications serve to add toxins to the pile, making your liver and kidneys work harder.
- Pollution is from the air we breathe and the SAD MUD we consume. All of it must be detoxified through your liver.
Now that your intestinal lining looks like a hose with holes in it, too many foreign proteins are “leaking” into your immune system. Being that your immune system is there to defend you, it mounts an attack on the food you’re eating, creating food sensitivities, allergies and cross reacts with some of your organs creating autoimmune diseases. In an attempt to heal, your immune system creates inflammatory molecules that create symptoms throughout your body. Those are the symptoms of the autoimmune diseases, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, hormonal imbalances, you name it…almost every disorder is linked to the gut.
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