Do You Have a Leaky Gut?
Many of us develop chronic health problems as we age that throw us into a downward spiral of feeling bad every day, developing further complications, taking multiple medications, and suffering more misery.
Hang on – don’t despair – there is hope! You can do something about it.
Natural remedies and integrative therapies can often help you with options that are safer than taking one drug after another.
How does it all get started? Your health issues may show up as inflammation in one or more areas of the body. In the short term, inflammation is the body’s response to apparent injury. If you injure yourself on the outside of your body, you might see redness, swelling, heat, and pain develop. But internally, it gets more complicated.
So what sets off inflammation?
In reality there are many ways to set off inflammation. These triggers can include specific foods, environmental chemicals, and many different physical/emotional/chemical stressors.
The good news is that there are many ways back out of it. One of the first practical steps to take is to figure out if you have a leaky gut (intestinal permeability in medical terms).
As you’ll learn in our FREE Guide “Do You Have a Leaky Gut?“, this condition does not really mean that food is falling out of your GI tract. It does mean that you might have damage in your intestines that make it hard for the body to absorb the nutrients it needs from foods you eat and that allows partially digested foods like proteins to slip into your bloodstream and trigger immune system reactions.
Those partially digested proteins are not ready for prime time, that is, utilization by your own cells. What happens instead is activation of the immune system. Food allergies and sensitivities and intolerances get going to cause inflammation. And inflammation picks on areas of your body where your genes and environmental stressors of a lifetime have predisposed you to develop problems.
What conditions might all of these undesirable events lead to?
Just as a start – think about inflammatory diseases like allergies and asthma, sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, Hasimoto’s thyroiditis and other autoimmune diseases, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, stomach and duodenal ulcers, skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis, various cancers, and more. Autism, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease include inflammatory features. Diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, involve inflammation.
So, figuring out your personal triggers for inflammation and the symptoms that result is a very good thing. What do you need to consider in your diet, environment, stresses, and habits?
Take that first step – claim your FREE copy of our Leaky Gut Guide (at the top of the right sidebar) and get started restoring your health and wellbeing today.
To Your Health,
Iris Bell, MD PhD