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Leaky Gut

Immune function and gastrointestinal health are interdependent. When poor diet (excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, food preservatives) and stress (including pollution, pesticides, and pharmaceutical chemicals) overload the digestive system, leaky gut syndrome can result. This increased intestinal permeability allows bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, undigested food, and waste to pass through the intestinal wall. When these substances enter the bloodstream, the immune system reacts by creating antibodies against its own tissues. Chronic overstimulation of the immune system leads to inflammation and autoimmune disease, food allergies, a reduced ability to resist infectious organisms, and mineral deficiencies. Symptoms can be relieved by eliminating known dietary causes of inflammation, such as excessive alcohol and processed foods, and avoidance of gluten or dairy in sensitive people. Treatment can include probiotics, and supplements such as glutamine. Ask our pharmacist for more information.

References

Pharmacol Res. 2020 Aug 16;161:105135.
JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2016 Nov;40(8):1170-1176.
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/leaky-gut-what-is-it-and-what-does-it-mean-for-you-2017092212451
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/putting-a-stop-to-leaky-gut-2018111815289


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