Wait, what, how can that be? This certified nutrition specialist says nearly 80% of the adult population over 30 has leaky gut syndrome to some degree.
It seems he's not alone in this somewhat controversial claim. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, claims that pesticides, antibiotics, medication, environmental pollution and other common food substances are to blame for this skyrocketing rate of intestinal inflammation and "leaks".
What is Leaky Gut? Leaky gut syndrome is still somewhat controversial in the established medical community but as more studies have come to light and gut health has come into more focus the "leaky gut syndrome" diagnosis has gained more mainstream acceptance. "Leaky Gut" is when large “holes” form in the intestinal lining, allowing unwelcome substances like undigested food particles and toxins to pass through and get into the bloodstream. When these toxins and nasty microbes find their way out, the immune system considers them foreign and starts attacking—causing inflammation.
If this “leaky gut” goes on for a long time, your body continues to overproduce white blood cells to try to keep the toxins at bay. This leads to chronic diseases - some medical professionals and researchers thing it can contribute to diabetes and lupus.
Leaky gut affects everything, including the brain, thyroid, skin, colon, liver and spleen. Common symptoms include bloating, excessive gas, cramps, fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, skin rashes, hives and food sensitivities.
Bone Broth and Your Gut Health
So here's one of the most amazing things (yes, there are a lot) about high-quality bone broth:
As mentioned, gut health is emerging as key to your overall health and wellbeing, including protecting you from most of today's most dangerous diseases. Bone broth contains some incredibly essential elements that make it very powerful in healing gut issues you may have. One of the main compounds that help gut health is the specific type of gelatin found in bone broth called a "hydrophilic colloid." Studies have shown that gelatin in combination with collagen help line your stomach and create a barrier against toxins, allowing your stomach and intestinal lining to heal and reverse leaky gut syndrome.
Ref: Gelatin tannate reduces the proinflammatory effects of lipopolysaccharide in human intestinal epithelial cells
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