Leakey Gut Syndrome

Leakey Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is the initial condition that would eventually lead to several symptoms of eczema, hives, skin irritations, asthma like syndrome and ulcerative colitis. This condition is commonly referred to as Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis

Causes

Starts from one of the following causes…

  1. Lack of breastfeeding or short term period
  2. Introduction of solids earlier than 1 year
  3. Use of antibiotics
  4. Too many vaccines

In normal circumstances

In order to fully comprehend this condition we must look into the physiological aspect of the normal function of organs responsible for these conditions the stomach and the small intestine.

In normal digestion, once we ingest a bite of our food, it moves into the stomach. The stomach would release the following to enhance proper digestion

  • hydrochloric acid
  • mineral and
  • enzymes

Let me explain this point using a live example.

Now on one hand, let’s take a fresh apple and place it on a window’s sill for a while. Natures laws dictate that over a short period of time the apple will rot completely. This process is triggered from within the apple itself. The trigger, triggers self destruction using its own enzymes. We conclude that the any fruit or vegetable contains enough enzymes within it. When we eat none-GMO vegetables or fruits, our stomach provide 10% of the trigger needed to initial the self destruction process of the apple. The apple will provides 90% of the digestive enzymes needed to finish the digestion.

On the other hand, lets take an apple and cook it into an apple pie. Upon consumption of the apple pie, our stomach has to provide 100% of the enzymes needed to digest the apple pie. This is because the heating process during cooking had deactivated (denatured) all the digestive enzymes inside the apple.

Enzyme insufficiency

Normally this case is applied to infants between birth and first birthday. The stomach of an infant at birth does not contain any enzyme. It is unable to digest any solids or any food whether purrated, blendered or cooked. Infant’s stomach and the villis of the small intestine can only handle and absorb mother breast milk because it does not require ANY digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid or mineral. All other foods given to an infant require enzymes, hydrochloric acid and minerals that the infant does not have in full functional capacity until the first birthday a year later.

In this case, if the mother opts out of breast feeding by choice or by lack of lactation, then the infant’s stomach will not be able to digest or absorb the food given. Any undigested food in the infant’s diet will end up on the skin surface sooner or later.

The Process

In normal circumstances:

When a person eats any meal, the tongues’ receptors send information to the stomach and the gallbladder informing them of the type of food that is being ingested. The stomach responds in releasing corresponding enzymes, minerals, and certain amount of hydrochloric acid suitable to type and quantity to digest this meal. Once food is chewed and starts to move down into the stomach, it meets with hydrochloric acid, specific enzymes (whether protease, lipase, cellulase, etc) to digest the meal. The digestion turns food into chyme (very fine food particles).  Once digested it begins to seep into the small intestine to be absorbed by the villis.  Food in the villi goes directly through a tube into the liver. The tubes (called portal veins ) have two properties

  • continuance one way suction from the small intestine into the liver
  • selectivity of fine particles only

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition of the small intestinal where the villis of the small intestine malfunction due to several reasons, including the introduction of solid food at an early stage  during infancy. The stomach of an infant does not have any enzymes or hydrochloric acid. We should not forget that mother’s milk come predigested. Therefore, solid foods need enzymes that the infant does not have. Lack of digestive enzymes delivers undigested food particles into the intestine. Undigested food contains larger food particles. The intestinal villis are too small to absorb the large undigested food particles. Due to the continuance suction of the villis and the abundance of undigested food particles in the intestine, some of these large particles get sucked to the spout of the villis causing its blockage. Due to the continuance suction, eventually, the stuck large food particles dilate the spout of the villis and get sucked in the tube causing its damage by dilation. Dilation of the portal veins remove their properties of fine food selection. Large Particle seep into the portal veins to the liver which is unable to metabolize large particles. The liver releases these large particles into the circulation. These large particles are too large to be filtered and be eliminated through the kidneys. In order to relieve the body from the stresses of presence of these particles in the circulation, the body channels them to the skin pores, the lungs or the colon causing one of the following conditions.

1- Eczema

Should the large particles end up in under the skin then the next symptom to be expected is eczema. The symptoms are characterized with moderate to severe itch day and nigh, roughness of the skin with bleeding episodes at the irritated sites, distinct redness of the irritated area. The condition appears like an irritation of the area:

  • eczema all over the body especially at the wrists’ folds, the elbows’ folds, behind the knees’ folds
  • skin irritation on the arms and legs,
  • acne on the face, upper and mid back and chest
  • psoriasis like conditions on the limbs and torso

2- Asthma

Should the large particles end up in the circulation, the body may channels these large particle to the lungs as a deposit point. Immediately, the lungs protects itself by forming a layer of mucus at points of contact with blood stream. Consequently, the newly formed mucus acts against the oxygen / carbon dioxide exchange.  The mucus prevents oxygen crossing the lungs walls into the blood leading to lower oxygen in blood and hinders carbon dioxide from leaving the blood causing higher concentration of carbon dioxide in the blood stream. This situation will lead to the following symptoms

  • fatigue and tiredness due to the increase of carbon dioxide in the blood stream
  • shortness of breath due to decreased oxygen in the blood stream
  • asthmatic like symptoms due to the increased mucus deposit in the lungs

3- Ulcerative Colitis

Should the large particles end up crossing the colon walls to be disposed off. The walls of the colon causing inflammation of the colon walls. The colon begins to form mucus over the inflamed area as a protective measure. Persistence of these symptoms leads to open ulcers in the inner walls of the colon. This situation leads to the following symptoms

  • disrupted colon functions
  • bloating and gas
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • diarrhea alternating with  constipation
  • rectal bleeding
  • abdominal pain