Early today I had an interesting conversation with a doctor in natural medicine. She told me about a conference she attended. The topic was leaky gut. I had learned about leaky gut six months ago, but not much. Apparently, it is damage of the intestinal lining. Why is this bad, you might be thinking to yourself? Because toxins, bacteria, and other waste that normally do not leak out of the intestine are. Normally, these things are absorbed into the lining of the intestine wall. What is worse it can leak into the blood stream. Try to imagine this you have a trash bag and there is a watery substance; when the trash bag rips the watery substance leaks out.
What are the affects of leaky gut? Autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal problems, abdominal bloating, gas, fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, and food sensitivity. What she had learned is wheat or gluten could be a contributor. Now this can be confusing, because for the past 15 years people have heard do not eat white bread or pasta, eat wheat or rye. Now they proved in a video that some wheat products can actually do more harm than good. This is something I am going to do more research on. I know in a past article I wrote about leaky gut or included it.
However, this is a new medical term that has recently surfaced over the past two years. There are more studies being done. We still should be mindful and pay attention to what we eat, because this is also diet related. Of course, there are other factors that contribute to leaky gut syndrome, radiation, chemo, and other traumas. If you experience any of the above, it might not be a bad idea to talk to your doctor.
Cheryl A Nocera