Okay . . . so yesterday we found out about the different types of fat we carry in our body and which ones are dangerous to our health. We spoke of "visceral" fat and that one of the ways this fat accumulates in the body is by the stress in our lives. But there's also another way. And that would be from a "Leaky Gut".
It's well studied that people with higher markers of leaky gut also had higher levels of visceral fat, liver fat, a larger waistline, bacterial imbalance (that's the "good" and "bad" bacteria we spoke of), an unhealthy diet and nutritional deficiencies.
So what is this "LEAKY GUT"?
"Leaky gut" also known as "increased intestinal permeability", is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins are able to "leak" through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream causing bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, aches and pains, chronic diarrhea or constipation, nutritional deficiencies, fatigue, headaches, confusion, joint pain, difficulty concentrating and skin problems such as acne, rashes or eczema.
And when the gut is "leaky" and bacteria and toxins enter the bloodstream, it can cause widespread "inflammation" and will trigger a reaction from the immune system which leads to even more "inflammation" and weight gain!
And guess what? These toxins trigger inflammatory proteins called . . . you guessed it . . . "cytokines"! Cytokines then change the production and transmission of neurotransmitters (that's our communication highway) responsible for our mood which can lead to negative emotions and fatigue.
So as you can clearly see . . . the combination of inflammation, cytokines and leaky gut are all reasons we have a hard time losing weight.
And the really sad part about "leaky gut" . . . is that conventional medicine doesn't recognize "leaky gut" as a real condition therefor, they don't treat this condition.
Unfortunately, it's up to us to fix our health and that's why I'm giving you this information. We need to be "Empowered"!
So you ask . . . exactly how does this "leaky gut" work and cause such devastation to our body and weight?
Okay . . . so listen up . . . in a healthy body . . . once the food we eat goes through the stomach and now becomes nutrients in the small intestine . . . these nutrients attach to the wall lining of the small intestine. At this time, they find a very small hole in the wall lining and pass through to get into the bloodstream so they can nourish our cells with energy. This is how the body is supposed to work. So . . . when we eat a specific group of food . . . that contains a specific protein and the digestive system is functioning "correctly" this protein will be eliminated. No harm . . . No foul
BUT . . . if we have a compromised immune system . . . our body can not eliminate these proteins and when they get into the small intestine . . . they attach to a nutrient and hitch a ride into the bloodstream as a toxin to our body. And if that wasn't bad enough . . . this toxic protein isn't satisfied with just passing through the wall lining like the nutrient . . . they rip a big hole in the wall lining allowing toxins, bacteria, food particles and even human waste to enter into the bloodstream. And this is where ill, disease and weight issue all come into play.
Okay . . . so now the immune system is yelling . . . Mayday, Mayday and what does it send out . . . "INFLAMMATION"!!!!! Boom . . . weight gain!
Tomorrow we'll continue with this devastation in our intestines.
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