Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Chronic joint pain? I bet you have a leaky gut! 

If you have aching knees, painful fingers, or a chronic pain in the back, forget about blaming your malfunctioning joints. It is highly probable that the root of your arthritic pain is actually located in your gut! But how is it possible?

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Healthy intestines are naturally permeable, allowing tiny nutrient particles to flow through their lining and enter the bloodstream. Problems arise if the intestinal lining becomes damaged causing a leaky gut or intestinal permeability. 

The most common causes of a leaky gut are

  • stress
  • NSAIDs (Ironically, these are exactly the same drugs doctors prescribe for treating arthritis!) 
  • gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye)
  • lectins (found in beans, lentils, unfermented soy products, and nightshade vegetables)
  • sugar
  • alcohol
  • genetically modified food
  • preservatives in processed food
So how can something as innocent as your daily toast be the culprit of your debilitating joint pain?

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For example, let's take gluten. Gluten is a combination of natural proteins and also the major functional component in wheat flour. Unfortunately, it can irritate and severely damage the small intestine. A damaged intestinal lining allows larger, undigested food particles (like gluten proteins) and intestinal microbes to escape into the bloodstream. As a result, the immune system is triggered to go into attack mode against the invaders, creating an inflammatory response in other parts of the body, including joints. All in all, this process can lead to arthritic pain and swelling.

As a matter of fact, the golden rule is that if you want to treat the joints, first you must heal the gut! A personalized elimination diet can not only uncover certain food intolerances, but it can also cure a leaky gut, and as a result it can easily help you relieve your chronic joint pain as well.

Click here to learn more about the leaky gut syndrome!

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