By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Healing leaky gut is the key to helping inflammation, allergies and autoimmune disease.
If you have an interest in health, leaky gut syndrome is probably something you’ve heard of. Leaky gut is also referred to as increased intestinal permeability, and bacterial translocation. It is an extremely common condition, particularly in people with immune system problems, digestive problems or long standing fatigue.
Some people still doubt the existence of leaky gut and its relationship to autoimmune disease. However, a great deal of research has been done on the topic. There are many published articles in medical journals describing leaky gut and autoimmune disease such as this one.
Leaky gut means the intestinal lining has become more permeable than it should be. This is a problem because it allows wastes and toxins inside the intestines to get into your bloodstream, while also impairing the proper absorption of nutrients into your blood. So too much bad stuff gets in, and not enough good stuff gets through. Professor Alessio Fasano is a paediatric gastroenterologist and a world leader in research on leaky gut and its relationship to autoimmune disease. According to Professor Fasano, a leaky gut is necessary but not sufficient to develop an autoimmune disease. That means you can’t get an autoimmune disease unless you have a leaky gut.
Approximately 70 to 80 percent of the immune cells in your body are located in your gut. If your intestinal lining is excessively permeable, your immune system becomes chronically stimulated while having to deal with a high level of waste seeping through. A chronically over stimulated immune system predisposes an individual to developing autoimmune disease, allergies, food sensitivities, and it leaves your immune cells less able to fight off infections.