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“Leaky Gut” sounds pretty weird, right? The first time I heard the term back when I was struggling with chronic diarrhea and low energy, what that popped in my mind was, “Ewwww, does that mean my poop is leaking into my body?” Now, after years of studying leaky gut, that simplistic question isn’t far from the truth (more on leaky gut below). Here is what concerns me most: More and more people are affected by leaky gut… and many of them don’t realize that this sneaky disease is what’s making them suffer. Leaky gut can masquerade as fatigue, anxiety, depression, digestive symptoms, weight problems, and other serious conditions. It’s been linked to asthma, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel, kidney disease, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and heart failure. Even with all the latest technology and over ten thousand research papers written about it, this hidden epidemic is still referred to as the “Disease Your Doctor Can’t Diagnose.” And for good reason. Without the proper information, it can be hard to diagnose and treat. What is Leaky Gut? Leaky Gut, or Increased Intestinal Permeability, is a condition whereby toxic food particles, environmental chemicals, and bacterial waste leak through your digestive tract and enter your body. Once inside, these foreign particles raise your cortisol and push your immune system into battle, promoting inflammation and jumpstarting the development of chronic disease—not to mention sucking your energy dry. There is growing scientific interest in the relationship between disease and intestinal permeability. In fact, combining the terms in a Google search leads to scores of articles as people searching for answers to their poor health. Here is a short list of Google searches that make this point.
- Intestinal Permeability and Heart Disease
- Intestinal Permeability and Autoimmune Disease
- Intestinal Permeability and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Intestinal Permeability and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Intestinal Permeability and Acne
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