What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Hello, everyone.
Dr. Rawls here and the question is: What causes leaky gut? So here we go — three
minutes or less. Basically, we all have leaky gut, so you have to get back to
what do we — what is the job of our intestinal tract? The job of our
intestinal tract is extracting the nutrients that our cells need to survive
from all the stuff that we eat. And that’s a really tough job, because
there’s really a small minority of the things that are in food that we actually
need to nourish our cells. So we have to get that across what we call the ‘gut-blood barrier’. So there’s actually a membrane that separates all
the things that we don’t want from the things that we do want, so those things
have to cross, but that membrane is just a little bit leaky. So we all have
foreign proteins and different things that get across and that’s why 70% of
our immune system is actually in the intestinal tract to prevent these abnormal things, these foreign things from crossing into
our bloodstream. So, if you eat bad food, are chronically stressed, which slows
everything down, and all of that grows bad bacteria, you strip the mucus
barrier — the protective mucus barrier — away from that gut intestinal lining, so
it becomes more porous. So you have more foreign proteins that are
crossing over and you can actually have bacteria from the gut crossing over, and
that can cause general inflammation in the body. It basically clogs up our lymph
nodes and our lymph system and it can really really make
us miserable. But beyond that, if you have what we call ‘dysbiosis’, or disruption of
the balance of the gut, those gut microbes can produce chemical substances
that cross over and actually end up in the brain. That can agitate and irritate
our brain, so there’s a neurological, systemic, and a whole range of symptoms.
So the solution is: you’ve got to change your diet, you’ve got to reduce your stress,
and you’ve got to do herbs and things that help seal that membrane back up the
way that it’s supposed to be. So for more topics like this, check out my website
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