Are you struggling with gassiness, bloating, and irritability? Are you worried that you might have a leaky gut because you’re suffering from GI issues and you feel drained?
While you work to start restoring your gut, what you may not know is that you’re likely also suffering from a leaky brain. Today, I’m going to explain the gut-brain connection and what your doctors likely miss.
Are you struggling with gassiness, bloating, and irritability? Are you worried that you might have a leaky gut because you’re suffering from GI issues and you feel drained? Leaky gut is a buzzword these days. You hear it all over the place. So what is the definition of leaky gut? The gut of the GI tract– it’s the tube that goes between the mouth to the end of the GI tract, which is your anus.
And it is smooth muscle, and it’s got holes all over it– very tiny holes. It is when you eat all the foods and take in nutrients from vitamins. The particles that your body needs to function right into the bloodstream.
It’s a normal healthy thing that is the way the body functions. What happens with the leaky gut, though, is that those holes in the sieve, they’re bigger, more stretched out, and irritated.
So what does that do?
That allows a lot more things to get into the bloodstream than are not supposed to. It starts to alert your immune system that kicks up inflammation all over your body.
It causes gassiness, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, but you may not know if other inflammation centers can also occur, including fatigue– we’re just really tired all the time.
You can also get pain anywhere in your body, not just in the GI tract. You can also get skin issues, skin reactions, like rashes, eczema, acne, rosacea. The biggest thing that can happen is you can start to get inflammation in your brain.
People think that brain fog is just from stress from work or just getting older– just normal. But what they don’t know is that brain fog is brain inflammation. You may not know there’s something called a blood-brain barrier.
So that’s a barrier, just like the GI tract is smooth muscle. It’s got holes in it that allow certain things to get from the bloodstream into the brain. When you have a leaky gut and things are getting into the bloodstream that shouldn’t get in there.
That blood-brain barrier gets irritated, inflamed, and things that shouldn’t be is getting into the brain. So many people are struggling with it, and nobody is connecting the dots. So you work on the brain and the gut together.
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