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Is Leaky Gut Causing Your Arthritis & Inflammation?

Posted by Administrator on 7/9/2014

Leaky gut syndrome is the formal nickname for increased intestinal permeability.  A healthy intestinal lining allows only properly digested fats, proteins, and starches to pass through so they can be assimilated.  At the same time it also provides a barrier to keep out bacteria, foreign substances, and large undigested molecules.  This is called the "barrier function". 

When the intestinal lining is irritated and inflamed, larger molecules, toxins, bacteria, and undigested food particles pass through and are seen by our immune system as foreign, stimulating an antibody reaction and activating cytokines, who's job is to alert our white blood cells to battle the particles.  This results in irritation and inflammation in many areas of the body.

As time goes on, people with leaky gut syndrome tend to become more and more sensitivities to a wider variety of foods and environmental contaminants.

For example, Blastocystishominis, a bacteria that causes GI problems, has been found in the synovial fluid in the knee of an arthritis patient.   

Leaky gut syndrome is also associated with food allergies, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, and malabsorption syndromes, autoimmune diseases, asthma, bronchitis, eczema, food and environmental sensitivities, allergic disorders, psoriasis, Reiter's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome and skin irritations.

What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

While there is no single cause of leaky gut syndrome, some of the most common are chronic stress, dysbiosis (microbial imbalance in the body), environmental contaminants, gastrointestinal disease, immune overload, overuse of alcoholic beverages, poor food choices, presence of pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeasts, and prolonged use of NSAIDs.

The use of NSAIDs, steroids, antacids and antibiotics are probably the greatest contributors to leaky gut syndrome.

NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen work by blocking small messenger proteins called prostaglandins.  Some prostaglandins cause pain and inflammation; others cause healing and repair.  NSAID's block all prostaglandins.  The pain is gone, but the healing process is blocked. 

Since the intestinal lining repairs and replaces itself every three to five days, prolonged use of NSAIDs blocks its repair. 

The GI side effects are well known;  the lining becomes weak, inflamed and "leaky," causing leaky gut syndrome, or intestinal permeability.  NSAID use also increases the risk of ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, and colitis/ulcerative colitis. 

So What Can You Do?

  • Restore gut integrity by replenishing your "good" bacterial flora with probiotics and by adding fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchee and kefir to your diet.
  • Support your digestive tract with digestive enzymes and chew your food well and slowly.
  • Eat more fiber, fresh fruit and vegetables and eliminate processed foods.  Poor food choices contribute to an imbalance of gut pH and an imbalance of good-bad bacteria in the gut.
  • Reduce daily exposure to household and environmental chemicals.
  • Reduce stress with daily meditation, relaxation and exercise.
  • Use home remedies to heal the gut and rid your body of candida.

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