Leaky Guts?

Here’ s a good email I got all about gluten and leaky gut. Sounds icky.


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Gluten Free
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011 23:04:03 -0800
Subject: Leaky Guts?

Ever heard of “Leaky Gut”? I’ll admit it sounds a little ridiculous, but
it’s real.

Technically, the inside of your stomach and intestines are still outside
your body. Food is brought in, processed, the nutrients absorbed, and the
waste passed out. Your digestive track is the most highly immune system
protected area of your body. If you think about it, this is the most likely
point of entry for any invaders or toxins.

The idea here is that when your small intestine gets damaged then it leaks.
It’s not like a leaky tire, but more like a screen door with a hole in it.
You want the fresh air, but not the flies. Get enough holes and the screen
door is an open invitation for all the bugs in the world to come into your

It is like this with leaky gut. Bacteria, undigested food, toxins, get
through the gut barrier and into your blood stream. This causes an immune
reaction inside your body. Your body will assume it is under attack and
produce antibodies for any foreign objects it encounters. Things get dicey
when your body makes antibodies for proteins that happen to look like
structures in your own body. This is called auto-immune disease. When you
body’s own immune system attacks it’s own tissue.

It’s a real crapshoot. It varies from embarrassing hair loss (alopecia) to
permanent nerve damage (multiple sclerosis).

Where does wheat and gluten fit into this? I’m glad you asked. 🙂

Gluten is a gut irritating substance. In other words it can damage your gut.
If the damage gets bad enough then tiny gaps start to form in the intestinal
lining. Next thing you know you have leaky gut. Of course some people are
more sensitive than others, but I think everyone suffers from it to a
greater or lesser degree. Even if your gut doesn’t actually leak, this
constant irritation keeps your immune system on red alert all the time,
making allergies worse.

Other stuff like aspirin, NSAIDs, and alcohol can also irritate the gut. So
you want to take it easy on those things. But for most people the constant
bombardment is coming from gluten. For many people it’s every meal of every
day for their entire lives.

Eating gluten is like gambling except there’s no winners – only losers. And
some people are gonna lose bigtime.


For those of you who missed it on Facebook, here’s a link to an interview I
did for Newstalk 1290 CJBK in London, Canada about Gluten Free January.

I’ve added some new items to the website. I have a section for Products so
people can recommend gluten-free products and companies. Only a few things
there at the moment so feel free to contribute.


I’ve also added a section for Stories to share personal stories people have
sent me about their experiences with being gluten-free. In the future I will
assume any stories sent to me are okay to post here unless you specifically
ask that they be kept private. If you’re willing to share, I’d love to get
your personal stories on the site. I can blabber on and on about gluten and
the danger to health it represents, but personal stories are much more


Those of you who are new to the program can catch up on all the emails I
have sent out here:


Getting close to a week in. I’ve already heard that some of you have lost
weight already or are starting to feel better. Keep it up. Habit-wise the
first week is the hardest.



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