The following has been extracted from a blog by Chris Kresser, you can read the full blog post here.
Chris Kresser begins his blog post with one of Hippocrates’ famous quotes 'All disease begins in the gut'. Mentioning that this physician, considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine, "said this already 2,000 years ago, but we are only now coming to understand how right he was."
Many researchers, among them Chris Kresser, "believe that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier will be one of the most important goals of medicine in the 21st century. As Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome."
Chris talks about two closely related variables that determine our gut health: the intestinal microbiota, also known as “gut flora”, and the gut barrier.
“The gut flora: a healthy garden needs healthy soil”
Addressing the gut flora in human health and disease, Chris lists a range of features of the moderns lifestyle that directly link to an unhealthy gut flora. Some of them being:
• Antibiotics and other medications like birth control and NSAIDs
• Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
• Dietary toxins
• Chronic stress
“The gut barrier: the gatekeeper that decide what gets in and what stays out”
In this section he talks about ˝one of the main functions of the gut is to prevent foreign substances from entering the body” and how leaky gut syndrome has a huge impact in this role.
It’s very interesting how he explains this!
Follow this link to read the full blog post. You will find very interesting information and links to research that supports his findings.