When You Don't Know What Foods Are Harming You, It Is Hard To Avoid Them
August 18, 2014
I am treating more patients in my office with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and other autoimmune disorders than any other time in 18 years of practice! So what is going on here? My theory is that our gut lining, our barrier to the outside world, is being compromised by the poor quality foods. We end up with “leaky gut syndrome” that manifests itself into autoimmune disorders because the gut is leaking like a sieve!
“The primary functions of the gastrointestinal tract have traditionally been perceived to be limited to the digestion and absorption of nutrients and electrolytes, and to water homeostasis. A more recent analysis of the functional arrangement of the gastrointestinal tract, however, suggests that another extremely important function of this organ is its ability to regulate the trafficking of macromolecules between the environment and the host through a barrier mechanism. Together with the gut-associated lymphoid tissue and the neuroendocrine network, the intestinal epithelial barrier, with its intercellular tight junctions, controls the equilibrium between tolerance and immunity to nonself-antigens. When the finely tuned trafficking of macromolecules is dysregulated in genetically susceptible individuals, both intestinal and extraintestinal autoimmune disorders can occur.” * Citation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaky_gut