Readers Write: Leaky gut syndrome

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The following auto-immune diseases are preventable, and some are reversible: Alzheimer’s; anxiety and/or depression; ALS; ADHD autism; candida; celiac disease and gluten sensitivity; chronic fatigue syndrome; Crohn’s disease; fibromyalgia; gas-bloating-digestive pain; low thyroid; irritable bowel; lupus; metabolic syndrome; migraine headaches; multiple sclerosis; liver malfunction; Parkinson’s; restless leg; rheumatoid arthritis; eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, acne; diabetes; ulcerative colitis; allergies and food sensitivities.

Most of our immune system is in our gut. Autoimmune diseases, which occur when our immune system attacks healthy cells, are linked to a condition called leaky gut,” or “increased intestinal permeability.”

The protective lining of the intestines becomes damaged by the toxic substances in whatever we eat and drink. The toxins can then cross directly into the bloodstream, rather than being excreted. The immune system goes into high gear, but there are so many foreign substances attacking our bodies there is often collateral damage, and ailments like those listed above prevail.

Stress causes a decrease in probiotic diversity in our gut. Over-sterilzation with antibacterial soaps, purifying cleansers, etc., contributes to autoimmune illnesses because we are not exposed to the good bacteria found in our natural environment. Living in a pristine environment with air sanitizers and bouquet scents is really sickening.

Today, seven in 10 Americans are on at least one perscription/pharma drug. Painkillers, antibiotics and synthetic drugs also damage our fragile gut lining, opening our bloodstream to a tidal wave of toxins.

Eliminate packaged and processed foods, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils and high-fructose corn syrup. Learn more about leaky gut, and heal yourself.

Kristina Baker

Idyllwild

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