Welcome to the podcast Fibromyalgia Real Solutions with Amanda Love. You are listening to episode 13 where I talk about “What is this thing called Leaky Gut? Click here if you would rather listen to it – http://bit.ly/31Yb060
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I do believe that there is a lot of information both good and bad out there about fibromyalgia. As an educator who specializes in this area, I think it is my job to point out to you that beneficial information can be organized in a fashion that will reduce the symptoms of this malady.
My name is Amanda Elise Love and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9 years ago which influenced my decision to enter the field of nutrition and now I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who works with those who are suffering from fibromyalgia.
Before we get started I want to say that each podcast is to be informative but also to help you take some action steps that will improve your health. Please try some of these suggestions and let me know if they have benefitted you.
For those suffering from fibromyalgia, the importance of maintaining a healthy gut cannot be ignored or dismissed because that is where harmful toxins, bacteria or any bad antigens are stopped from entering the bloodstream.
If healthy, the small intestine, which is about 23 feet long, has a lumen or a wall that is not smooth but is covered with very tiny finger-like projections that make up the mucosal layer of tissue. These cells have an immune function which they perform by only allowing very small molecules to enter the bloodstream where nutrients for all of our cells are then supplied.
If our gut is functioning well, this process of permeability allows only beneficial molecules through this mucosal barrier but does not permit larger harmful molecules through this wall.
We could say that our gut is really smart because this is just one of the three barriers that protect us from the disease. There is also a chemical barrier in the gut which is the home of our immune system. This barrier contains digestive enzymes and deals with an inflammation response.
The third barrier is a layer of gut bacteria or microbes which create antibodies to protect us from destructive agents. However, if they are able to enter the bloodstream they are able to stimulate our immune system in a negative way.
So what happens if there is a malfunction or breakdown of the gut lining which allows toxic molecules to enter the bloodstream where they can cause an inflammatory response which makes us sick or ill.
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The name of this barrier breakdown is called “leaky gut” syndrome which produces inflammation in the bloodstream and tissues.
This is how it works! Whenever inflammation in the bloodstream occurs, the response of the body can result in autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia, Hashimotos (thyroid disease) , chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, and many more afflictions. When a molecule of undigested food that a person is intolerant of breaks through the gut barrier our immune system springs into action creating antibodies to destroy these foreign molecules which it views as an enemy.
For more information on Food, intolerances listen to podcast Episode 12 on Food allergies and Intolerances. http://bit.ly/2kqXTcH
The next time a particle of undigested food even touches the gut lining our immune system is ready and immediately creates antibodies to fight off the invader. This antibody protection can be measured and when it has a level above normal it indicates an infection. This happens, for example, when a person has appendicitis or respiratory infection.
In talking about our gut lining structure there is one more thing to cover that has a strange name which is “tight junctions “. This protein structure seals up the cells in the lining allowing only nutrients through digestion if they are working properly. They are like a piece of cheesecloth that can stretch out creating larger holes than they should which allows undigested food particles through which enter the bloodstream.
Now, why would these tight junctions stretch out creating larger holes than they should? Scientists know that there is a chemical protein called Zonulin. This is a chemical produced by our bodies that is in charge of the opening and the closing of these tight junctions. If more zonulin is released then should be then a leaky gut can develop.
At this point what happens is a “Domino effect “ on body organs as one after the other begins to malfunction.
Remember, the job of the liver is to filter out toxins in the blood. A leaky gut disrupts the liver and it cannot do its job as designed. Then the immune system tries to help by going into high gear. Next, the small intestine becomes even more damaged and researchers believe that this is a precursor to many illnesses including Celiac, Crohn’s, multiple sclerosis, IBS, and even asthma.
If you suffer from FMS then you are probably familiar with the following list of symptoms most of your experience. These are food intolerances, brain fog, bloating, diarrhea, and other GI symptoms, thyroid issues, skin rashes, joint pain, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies due to poor absorption.
In regards to the production of Zonulin, there are several things that affect it. These are diet, an imbalance in gut bacteria and our western lifestyle. Let’s look at these briefly.
In our diet, the most powerful trigger of excess zonulin is the protein gluten found in wheat. Many fibromyalgia sufferers have an intolerance to gluten even though they don’t know it. However, even those who are not intolerant can be affected creating a leaky gut which results in poor nutrient absorption.
To counteract this I recommend eliminating from your diet all grains, nightshades, legumes, and dairy for a few weeks to see if you notice a difference in how you feel. I also urge you to eliminate as many processed foods as possible. The reason for this is that they contain many chemical additives and emulsifiers which are meant to prolong shelf life. These emulsifiers are known to cause gut inflammation.
The second factor contributing to a leaky gut is an imbalance in the gut bacteria which happens if you have a yeast overgrowth called Candida ( See episode 6 and 7 part one and part two for more about Candida .) Candida Part One – http://bit.ly/2JuiuW9 Candidia Part Twohttp://bit.ly/2xBl8UH
Lastly, as to our western lifestyle, it appears that there is a connection between our antibiotic use, which began in the late ’40s, to the rise of gut problems such as the leaky gut. Also, the use of inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen has been shown to lead to damage the small intestine as well.
There is also evidence that the chemicals in our processed foods and the antibacterial products we use in our homes affect the small intestine in a harmful way.
To conclude, stress is a major culprit in gut issues. Stress weakens our immune system producing inflammation and irritation in the gut causes an imbalance in the bacteria.
I think this topic of leaky gut shows you a picture of the complexity of our gut function. Sometimes, someone will ask, “why don’t you tell me a supplement that can help me ?” The answer to that is that there is not one supplement or one action that will help reverse the symptoms of fibromyalgia. However, it is without a doubt, possible to reduce your symptoms if you have a multi-step plan to follow. So if you want to learn how we can develop a plan to reduce your symptoms go to my website www.amandaeliselove.com to schedule a free 20-minute call to discuss your health issues. I love sharing these episodes with you and I have been SO excited about all the listeners and feedback you’re sending me. Subscribe (which is free on Itunes), share and get all of the people you know who need this support to listen! Did ANYONE thing resonate with you today? If so, leave it in the comments which help me create even more informative shows for you! See you next week and thanks for being here. Like, share, and comment. Looking forward to talking with you soon for the 14th episode where I am going to talk about The Connection between the Gut and Thyroid Gland.
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Episode Candida Part One http://bit.ly/2JuiuW9
Episode Candia Part Two – http://bit.ly/2xBl8UH
Episode 12 Food allergies and intolerances http://bit.ly/2kqXTcH
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