Leaky Gut Syndrome
Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter: Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. Eze 13:10-11
What is Leaky Gut?
Leaky gut is exactly what it sounds like. The intestinal tract is like a fine screen or mesh, which only lets nutrients of a certain size through. The nutrients then pass into the hepatic portal blood vessels, which can bring nutrients to the liver, your chemical detoxification plant. Untempered mortar is mortar that hasn't hardened, making it easy to break, or knock down walls made with it.
In a leaky gut condition, the intestinal tract becomes inflamed and the selective permeability (letting only digested food particle through) breaks down. This allows the passage of not only normal digested nutrient building blocks (amino acids, fatty acids and simple sugars from carbohydrates), but also the passage of larger food particles, like larger chain proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and toxins that were never meant to pass through. This can be likened to a window screen. If the screen is functioning properly with no holes in it, air will pass through, but the flies, mosquitoes and other bugs will not. In leaky gut, the intestinal barrier becomes inflamed. Instead of only letting the digested broken down food particles through, the larger food particles and toxins enter, causing the immune system to become weakened and over stimulated. This is like the screen that now has tears, making larger holes that allow all types of insects to get through.
This presents a few problems:
Larger chain proteins can trigger not only intestinal irritation and inflammation, but also all kinds of allergies, immune and autoimmune problems, and inflammatory joint conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Leaky gut can also result in toxicity, since toxins leak through the "screen" of your intestinal wall (because of the larger holes produced by the inflammation). These toxins ultimately end up in the liver, your chemical detox plant. Unfortunately, your liver is then overburdened, and the toxins end up circulating throughout the body, causing havoc wherever they go. If the toxins deposit in the brain, you might have foggy thoughts, possible memory loss and/or confusion, and even the start of neurological disease like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease. If the toxins deposit in the joints, you will have arthritic-type pains. If the toxins deposit in organs that produce white blood cells (WBCs), your immune system will be weakened, making you more susceptible to illness, including cancer.
What causes Leaky Gut?
Antibiotics, steroids, chronic stress and caffeine (like excess coffee) are definite culprits but there are several more factors. Look at food allergies, food allergy sensitivity is one of the largest daily cause of leaky gut in America. Big allergens are dairy, animal products and wheat. Besides these, anything you eat day in and day out can become an allergen.
Parasites can be found in all of us, especially intestinal parasites. They come mainly from beef, chicken, fish and pork, but they are everywhere. Poor diet, usually manifested in eating food that is highly processed or preserved, or high in fat or sugar or animal content. Even strict vegan diets are not free from getting fungus and parasites because the overalkalinty is the perfect environment for fungus and without enough protein to signal the stomach to release Hydrochloric acid, the parasites and fungus on grains and produce enter the bowel without being destroyed.
Toxic heavy metals like metallic lead, mercury or cadmium—cause irritation to the intestinal lining.
Drugs have many side effects that can result in poor assimilation. Drugs kill, especially antibiotics, the normal flora of bacterial growth in the bowel, allowing pathogenic bacteria to grow back in a greater proportion. Candida, or yeast, also overgrows the bowel, causing leaky gut. Other drug side effects are corrosion to the gastrointestinal tract, causing the inflammation and leaky gut.
Eating or Drinking Toxic Food containing Chemicals and/or Toxins. When we eat or drink food containing chemicals or toxins this directly causes intestinal lining irritation and inflammation which leads to a leaky gut. This is primarily animal products, dairy. More toxins as you eat up the food chain at least 16X more.
Eating acid pH forming food causes stress on the digestive tract and on your total health. This cooked animal /dairy products and refined sugars and flours. Eating dead or deficient food causes very poor digestion because once you cook the food, the enzyme content of the food is destroyed This not only causes leaky gut but also greatly reduces one's total health.
Leaky gut is probably the second greatest cause of sickness and disease after mental and emotional stress because it is the greatest physical cause of INFLAMMATION. It is interesting to see that even in young, healthy children the first system to show negative physiological changes is the digestive system.
So what to do about Leaky Gut?
A great addition to the diet is Slippery Elm, it is a bark that is very gelatinous and can help sooth irritated bowels. Mix a teaspoon in a small glass of water and consume before meals. When buying the herb, remember to get the powdered kind to make consumption easier.
Yucca is wonderful for calming the bowel. It has many uses but for the bowel it seems to exert two positive effects. First, yucca is what the Native Americans used as a detergent to wash clothing, it foams up and looks very soapy in water. The effect on the bowel is similar in that it keeps the bowel walls clean and foreign material is less likely to impact on the sides of the bowels so there is less absorption of wastes. Secondly, yucca contains saponins, a plant steroidal compound, that speeds up the healing process of the bowels. I would use a liquid extract, not a tincture or powder, as it would be more concentrate. Note though, it tastes horrid and you may want to be creative like maybe filling up large veggie caps with the liquid just before consumption. That keeps the taste out of my mouth. I would go with one or two capsules before meals.
N-Acetyl Cysteine is a glutathione booster that helps the liver to detoxify the body faster. It is really good for many things but will aid healing by relieving some of the burden from the Liver. I buy it in capsules because it smells and tastes similar to rotten eggs.
You won't get much mileage out of swallowing glutathione because the three amino acids that make it up are just digested and not very likely to be put back together the same way. A nebulizer or suppositories may be things to look into.
PS is a Phospholipid that has the ability to lower the release of cortisol. In the case of inflamed bowels and the stress that one can go through with leaky gut, PS can be a good option. Taking 1,000 mgs daily can reduce cortisol secretion by over 60%.
I would suggest that you do some research of your own, but to steer you in a bit, you may want to look at LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) but you need to educate yourself about it.