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What Is Leaky Gut And How Can You Treat It? with Dr. Elizabeth Boham

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Day. We're going to talk about leaky gut. Which is something that is starting to be in the awareness of traditional medicine but they still don't have a clue how to diagnose it and how to treat it so tell us I what is leaky gut. Yeah so so. Many people are like saying the word leaky gut leaky gut. But officially right the official medical term is increased intestinal permeability and I love to draw picture for all my patients when they come in to really show them what we mean by increased intestinal permeability in the limoges good. I don't know I'm still drawn each side mirrors smart so we know there's this one cell layer right there's that one cell layer the end of the Vienna. Theam that divides the inside of the intestine. Right so where. The food is and all sorts of other things the protest. Gi Tract is a tube outside of your body right. I mean it's a protected to put food in Santa comes out the other side and literally like not really part of your body in the sensitive stuff inside is yet in your body. So but there's that cell layer that has to determine what should come into my body right and what shouldn't what's been properly digested food you know has this. Has this protein been broken down enough yet? should this come in. Should they should. I absorb this or should stay out to that filter coffee filter. You don't want the grounds getting your coffee but drain the good stuff getting it and that sort of how you're supposed to work. That's that's great. Yeah cousins like you have holes in your coffee filter and stuff leaks through right. And why is that a problem right because that stuff leaking through? That might be a food particle. That's not digested enough yet. Or it could be a bacteria or a bug a fungus or something. That's shouldn't be getting into the body. Some of the not so good bacteria and and when when those things that they get into the body when they're not supposed to then they can trigger all sorts of other symptoms in the body and that might be symptoms of inflammation. So somebody might feel like joint pain or asthma congestion. It may trigger and there's been a lot of studies to show this. It can trigger auto immunity rights all kinds of our Mallika. But we know what's interesting? Is that most diseases. That are chronic. Diseases are inflammatory diseases heart. Disease Cancer Diabetes Alzheimer's Stroke. I mean these are all inflammatory diseases. Even depression is inflammatory disease of the brain. Add is inflammation of the autism summation of the brain. And so. What's really interesting about this gut issue? Is that when the barrier breaks down? And you'll basically like An area the size of a tennis court if you're out flat and it's like you know one. Celtic so you basically went cell away from sewer you know on the other side important salary and that can get damaged when that does things leak in like you said and you've got sixty percent of your immune system right under that layer Which then reacts to whatever's coming through this supposed to come through so your body's actually doing its job creating inflammation Yup. It's just that your guts leaky getting it shouldn't be getting it right. And then and then you start to not feel so good like you mentioned fatigue or brain fog or or joint pain or swelling in the body. We see a lot of people holding onto water or or swelling or congestion. Asthma and then that whole cycle of auto immunity also. Yeah so it's it's really You know one of the most prevalent problems and so why are we having all this leaky gut right? That's a great question right and it's so much because of our crummy food supply. What do we know about that to me? I food supply that we've been putting a bunch of pesticides and antibiotics into which is just shifting our micro biota and life. Assi from the Round Up the weed killer. That's almost are. Gmo foods and even wheat products and is one of the biggest damages of your microbiome. Forget that it causes cancer whether you can argue that or not but it does disrupt your microbiome right right and you know we of course are trying as physicians not to prescribe as much antibiotics for our patients but so many of us have taken unfortunately too many antibiotics and then our food supply right. You know we're using so much antibiotics and our food supply to grow bigger cows for example. And that's just shifting our whole that whole macrobiotic in our gut. It's true and I I read a paper recently about Emulsifiers and food which is using all processed food to make dick or solidify it. Hold it together. And these Mosa fires like Karen Gina and anthem gum and even the microbial translate Tammy's which is basically bacteria made gluten can believe that and the reasons call. Gluten is because it's like glue make things together make the food stick together right but is highly damaging to the gut and you've got all these processed food ingredients in food that are linked to auto immunity. Yep Right so it's not even a and then of course the starch and the sugar the process oils all damage your gut. And then of course the lack of Fiberg lack of phytochemicals in our diet right. You'd foods prebiotic foods probiotic foods like Sauerkraut for lunch yesterday. I mean we don't need that stuff and it's so important we've seen so much damage to our gut because of all these various factors in our diet and then of course there's an acid blockers that we take for everything anybody because you mentioned hormones can mess up your gut bacteria. Steroids can do it and she ended up with. Antibiotics obviously ended up with this horrible cascade of people with gut issues. It's the number. One reason people go to the doctor much of it now. It's it's crazy isn't it? I mean it's so many people are coming in with with digestive issues with And symptoms of inflammation in their body. But it's it's really common even people coming to US for other reasons. We're seeing okay. It's the guy we've got to start with the guy and and pay attention to what's going on there. We'll flexible. Medicine has been thinking about this for decades microbiome revolution restocking about it. This huge industry development around and there was talking about probiotics and that and we've been focusing for decades on the simple fact that most of our chronic illnesses start in the gut asking whatever the name of the problem you have whether it's Migraines or whether it's depression or whether it's diabetes or obesity rate or autism or whatever you gotta start with the GUT and and traditional medicine like leaky God is not a thing like you go to the doctor if you ever arthritis and I'm like how's your gut cardiology. How's your gut? Even though there's so much research showing the connection you don't get train. Right is just huge gap. Right now where. The science has advanced so far but the practice hasn't right and in functional medicine. We've been really great at actually getting the memo that the GUT is at the center of our health. Right so for years ray we. We've learned about that five. Our program with functional medicine and how helpful that can be to heal the digestive system and then and then he'll all these symptoms or diseases that somebody has means amazing. I'm talking to the CEO. Cleveland Clinic recently and was telling me about studies that he'd heard about that had used fecal transplants in autistic kids and taking the poop out of a healthy kid and put a million autistic kid and the kid autism goes away. It's phenomenal. I mean that's not true for all kids with autism. But it's funny. Yes it's amazing transplants from people who are thin to people who are diabetic and their blood. Sugar gets better right. I mean I had a guy once who was a really great patient and he was very poorly controlled diabetic on lots of medications and we worked on. His Diet helped a lot to down from two hundred to like the one twenty or so we can get it all the way down with a really good diet and exercise and he was telling me he had a bunch of digestive issues. And so I said you know. Why don't you take some charcoal and do this and do that? And he called me back. He says I don't happen but my lectures went to ninety S. We absorbed all the toxic crap in his gut that was causing inflammation that was causing his blood sugar and bounce and these are the kinds of things that we do every day in functional medicine but that are not part of traditional care and people are missing out on right right. When we're saying why is that. Why is this going on? How do we get underlying cause for that individual