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Leaky Gut and Toxins

You've likely heard of leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability. But how does it relate to toxins like mold, glyphosate, heavy metals, and more? And if you have symptoms of all of these, which should be treated first?

First, let's review leaky gut. Leaky gut is a state in which the lining of the intestines become damaged. If you have any autoimmune disease, it is highly likely that you have a damaged intestinal lining.

We now know that our gut lining actually has five layers: oxygen concentration, defense chemicals, the microbiome, the physical barrier, and the immune barrier.

Mycotoxins, the toxins produced by toxic molds, can directly damage the lining of the digestive tract and disrupt the balance of gut bacteria. Heavy metals, glyphosate, and other toxins also cause imbalance in the microbiome layer of the gut lining leading to - you guessed it - leaky gut.

So, as you can see, it is highly important to treat toxins in the body to help heal leaky gut. But it goes both ways! Damage to any of the layers of the gut can lead to harmful substances like bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles entering the bloodstream which the body is going to respond to with increased inflammation.

This is why I treat for both - the order depends on which symptoms are predominant. If digestive symptoms are predominant or you're sensitive to a variety of foods or other allergens, I would likely focus on healing the leaky gut first. If, for example, neurologic symptoms are predominant, then we might be able to treat both at the same time or focus more on mold while keeping in mind gut healing.

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