What causes leaky gut syndrome and how to heal the intestines
(NaturalNews) What is leaky gut syndrome? You hear the term leaky gut syndrome and imagine holes poked into your intestines. Unfortunately, your image is pretty much spot on.
In a healthy gut, the walls are lined with cells that are sealed together, providing a barrier that contains its contents. Villi, which contain a tiny vessel from the circulatory system and a vessel from the lymphatic system, absorb nutrients from our food. This exchange through the villi is designed to be the only means whereby nutrients enter the bloodstream and the lymphatic system.
When the gut is permeable, the cells lining the wall of the intestines do not provide a proper barrier. Toxins, microbes, and undigested food particles leak through the intestinal wall directly into the bloodstream and the lymphatic system. The immune system goes into overdrive, attacking these foreign particles that do not belong in the blood or the lymph fluid.
What causes leaky gut syndrome?Parasites, a buildup of bad bacteria, allergens, and toxins all cause inflammation and destruction of the tight bonds holding the cells together that line the intestines. Some blame gluten for the destruction of the cell lining. Common sense says Candida is the most common, primary cause and most likely the precursor to gluten sensitivity.
Candida begins as a one cell yeast. As it grows and multiplies, it changes into a form called hyphae, filaments that spread and grow, boring into tissue. The filaments exude enzymes that feed off of our tissues, actually digesting our tissues before absorbing nutrients from them.
There is no possibility of sealing the gut wall without elimination of Candida overgrowth, elimination of parasites, and elimination of inflammation.