How Does Inflammation in the Gut Impact You
Most people think of inflammation as something that happens in the joints or when there is an external injury. The one place commonly unrecognized for inflammation is in the gut. This creates damage to the lining of the intestinal tract which can even create holes that allow undigested food into the bloodstream. This is known as leaky gut and it leaks dangerous toxins into the bloodstream that inflame internal organs such as the brain.
These toxins are seen as a physical invasion by the immune system and it reacts. When the immune system reacts to an undigested food particle it creates an acquired food allergy. This can also lead to autoimmune diseases. The immune system is left on high alert and it eventually wears out.
What Foods Contribute to Leaky Gut?
Some of the most common foods that cause inflammation in the gut are gluten, (the protein in wheat), casein, (the protein in dairy), corn, sugar, and soy. These foods should be reduced or eliminated, especially if digestion is a problem. For additional information on foods impacting the gut read Breaking the Vicious Cycle, by Elaine Gottschall. She talks about using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to help reduce inflammation and heal the gut.
How Can You Heal a Leaky Gut?
Some supplements can assist in reducing inflammation in the body. Specific enzymes and probiotics can assist in reducing the inflammation and healing the gut. One of my favorites is also omega 3 fatty acids for their multiple uses. They reduce inflammation, assist vision, and help the brain to function while also protecting it. Bone broth is also very healing to the gut.
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