An unhealthy gut leads to an overactive immune system which leads to inflammation leading to all those illnesses we think of as “normal”.
Your gut has a very delicate, very thin (only 1 cell thick) permeable outer wall, almost like a tightly woven, but not too tightly woven, net that allows nutrients - the sugars, amino acids and fats from the food you just ate and digested - through the wall to nourish your body, and to keeps larger food particles, bacteria, and toxins, in and it does its job very, very well, until it doesn’t.
When your diet is high in processed and/or fast foods or you make other poor dietary choices, you consume sugar and/or gluten, don’t handle stress, have low stomach acid, are exposed to toxins in food from preservatives and pesticides or from your environment, take NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve) and/or antibiotics you will disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria in your gut, and not in a good way. The bad bacteria don’t have your best interested at heart, they’re like that selfish neighbor that wants to take over the neighborhood, and they’re really loud, and obnoxious about it. That’s bad bacteria, they muscle their way through the delicate outer wall of your gut causing the tightly woven “mesh” to loosen. This is where your gut lining no longer does its job well.
When the mesh loosens, it creates holes that allow undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins through the lining and into the body, where they don’t belong (this is called leaky gut and 90% of us have it, and it’s not good, because when things move through the gut lining, into the body, it causes an immune response because your immune cells doesn’t recognize these “foreign objects” and this in turn causes inflammation, and not the good kind that keeps you alive, this kind will slowly, and painfully, kill you.
According to research conducted on both animal human subjects and published in journals such as clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Leaky Gut Syndrome has been linked to the following symptoms and conditions:
ALS, allergies and food sensitivities, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and depression, ADHD, autism, bloating, candida and yeast overgrowth, celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn’s disease, digestive pain, fibromyalgia, gas, Hashimoto’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, metabolic syndrome, migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and other liver malfunction, Parkinson’s disease, PCOS, restless leg syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and skin inflammation (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea dermatitis and acne.).
Yup, all of these are linked to leaky gut, and, as I said, about 90% of us have it.
As I mentioned earlier, good inflammation keeps us alive, it does its job, and then dissipates. When you have leaky gut and your gut wall has holes that continuously allow food and bacteria through, and this causes your immune system to continuously fire, over and over, on a daily basis, to protect you from “foreign invaders”, this is what’s known as low-grade chronic inflammation, and this is what is causing all of the above illnesses, but they all start with those everyday aches and pains we’ve all come to associate with “normal aging”.
Not sure how you feel, but this doesn’t sound normal to me in any way, shape, or form.
If you have leaky gut, any of the illnesses listed, or any aches and pains of “normal” aging, the first thing you should set out to do is heal your gut lining.
Cut out sugar, gluten, dairy and processed foods that contain preservatives and pesticides, and stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil and Aleve and start nourishing your gut with healthy foods that support it like prebiotics, vegetables, gluten free grains and humanly raise beef, lamb, chicken, turkey and fish, and definitely all the healthy fats that we cut out of our lives for so long, eat your avocados and raw nuts and seeds.
You gut, and your future self, will thank you for it.