Leaky Gut

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Leaky Gut is
one of those "natural health" conditions that we all hope
we never get. The truth is that many of us have it to some degree
and our symptoms vary widely. So – What is "leaky gut"?
It is a condition in which the gut lining leaks.

You might ask
"Is this bad?" Yes it is bad. I will paint a more graphic
image. Some years back, I visited a natural M.D. to see what I could
learn. He viewed live blood under a microscope and projected the
images on the screen. One particular sample looked strange –
when I asked what it was, he said that it was poop in the blood.
Yuck! That’s disgusting, but it is a very effective image of
what leaky gut is.

The intestinal
lining is meant to be permeable – in a healthy state, only
certain nutrients and water will pass through the gut wall. However,
in an unhealthy state, the intestinal lining is inflamed and excessively
permeable and waste products that should be carried out of the body
will pass into the blood stream.

This condition
of excess permeability is caused by food sensitivities, yeast /
fungus, parasites, certain drugs – particularly NSAID’s, alcohol,
caffeine, liver dysfunction, and food additives and preservatives.

Symptoms of
leaky gut are varied, but they include: gastrointestinal discomfort
such as gas and bloating, diarrhea or constipation, asthma, allergies,
headaches, fatigue, anxiety or moodiness, poor concentration or
memory loss, and autoimmune disease.

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12, 2010

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