This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I have been hesitant to share this condition because it honestly scared me to death when I first learned about it. In time, not only have I healed, but the more I understand the condition the more empowered I become to prevent it from coming back.
This is a lengthy research report, so bear with me as the details are important. I will describe the condition leaky gut (or increased intestinal permeability), how it is linked to your immune system, why it matters, causes and solutions.
***You have been warned***
Leaky gut is more specifically described as increased intestinal permeability. It is a descriptive term related to the small intestines having a reduced barrier function. This condition is not a diagnosis alone, but has been linked to many illness and symptomology.
Metabolic Syndrome (Met S) affects nearly 47 million Americans. 1 The prevalence of arthritis is 52.5 million US adults between 2010-2012. This is estimated to rise to 78 million for Americans aged 18 years or older by 2040 per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2 These numbers are staggering in so much as it would seem lucky for you not to get either Met S or some form of arthritis. The question becomes whether or not having Met S may increase your risk of developing arthritis and how to avoid both problems.
Did you know that fats, also known as lipids, are an important macronutrient that supplies concentrated energy, supports cellular health, and aids vitamin and mineral absorption? Fat is good for your health and healing in moderation, but not all fats are created equal.
Many of us were raised on the idea that consumption of fat (aka lipids), especially from animal sources, results in obesity and heart attack. Yes, an overconsumption of lipids, calories, or sugar results in obesity and potentially metabolic syndrome. However, the reality is that healthy lipid consumption does not equate to obesity or heart attack. In fact, healthy lipid consumption promotes cellular health, provides cellular energy, improves absorption of Vitamins A, D, E and K, provides the precursor (cholesterol) to many hormones, as well as supporting other metabolic processes. 1
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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