Our gut barrier, when working properly, forms a tight barrier seal that controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream.
An unhealthy gut lining may have large cracks or holes, allowing partially digested food, toxins, and bugs to penetrate the tissues beneath it.
This may trigger inflammation and changes in the gut flora (normal bacteria) that could lead to problems within the digestive tract and beyond.
It is believed that we all have some degree of leaky gut, as this barrier is not completely impenetrable (and isn’t supposed to be!).
Some of us may have a genetic predisposition and may be more sensitive to changes in the digestive system, but our DNA is not the only one to blame.
Modern lifestyle may actually be the main driver of gut inflammation.
There is emerging evidence that the standard American diet, which is low in fiber and high in sugar and saturated fats, may initiate this process. Heavy alcohol use and stress also seem to disrupt this balance.
When I think of leaky gut, I not only think of internal boundaries, but I think of external boundaries.
Boundaries are critical for a healthy life foundation.
If our boundaries are weak, we can’t sense as clear, or tune into our wiser self.
What are your boundaries like?
Are they loose, open, way too open or just right?
Could there be any correlation between “leaky gut” and “leaky life boundaries”?
Are the yes’s in your outside life causing stress and inflammation on the inside?
Life for thought….