How Did I Get a Leaky Gut Continued (Hyper-Intestinal Permeability)


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*This is part 3 of a 3 part article series on Leaky Gut. For part 1, click here. For part 2, click here. 


Well, if you’ve been following along, we’re discussing things that contribute to a leaky gut.  We’ve reviewed chlorinated tap water which is anti-microbial not only to bugs in the water but to our ‘good’ bugs in the GI tract… shelf stable foods with all their preservatives and their effects on GI flora….and now we’ll spend a little time reviewing some basic physiology.

“Digestion” is the mechanical and chemical breakdown of our food.  The mechanical piece starts with chewing, and the process continues with the chemical breakdown of our food.  In order to to this well, we need hydrochloric acid which kills any microbes that might accidentally be ingested with our meal, and hydrochloric acid also signals the pancreas that food is coming and to get ready.  The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes which allow for absorption.  Many things are key here:

1.  We must chew our food well, or we’re asking a lot of our digestive process.  Eating on the run and thus eating without adequate chewing, and eating under stress (which alters Hydrochloric acid) all impair digestion from the get-go.

2.  Hcl is PARAMOUNT to digestion.  Let me repeat.  Hcl is Paramount!  Without it, we are at risk of bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections.  It lowers the pH and enzymes work better in this environment.  And, it signals the pancreas as mentioned.

IF food gets to the small intestine and is not properly broken down, the whole food can be absorbed, rather than amino acids, fatty acids and glycerol, and starches and sugars.  We are not and were not designed to have ‘beef’ in our blood steam and yet when the process breaks down (and not the food), we are at risk of food allergies and sensitivities.

That, my friend, begins a whole new discussion about how the immune system ramps up to attack the ‘foe’ when in fact, its just beef that wasn’t digested to its full extent.

This is such a big discussion that it will have to come in pieces.  Tune in next time for how a low-protein diet can impair digestion via a lack of Hcl.

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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyTracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best.  Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease:  Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet.  And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health.  Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.

By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:

  • Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
  • Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
  • Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
  • Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
  • Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme,  there's a good chance you are in the right place.If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.

There are no coincidences.  All good things come from God.