Medicine is a constantly evolving science. As illnesses develop, treatments are theorized, tested, ditched or adopted, and the cycle continues. The results of these theories, the research, is archived in locations such as PubMed, the largest archive of medical journals available. Whether the research is further implemented or not, it has a home in those archives to be the foundation of further analysis and testing later. One such collection of data involves the possible connection between gut health and autoimmune conditions, specifically celiac disease and Hashimoto’s.
Research done by Dr. Alessio Fasano focused on intestinal permeability and autoimmune disorders. Dr. Fasano theorized and discovered that at the heart of every autoimmune condition was intestinal permeability. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Graves’ disease, and yes, Hashimoto’s.
Celiac disease is one of those autoimmune conditions, but is a bit more unique. In celiac gluten acts as trigger and cause of intestinal permeability. When gluten is removed from the body, it is able to heal the wounds.
Dr. Fasano’s research asserts that three pieces are necessary then for these autoimmune conditions. 1 – The genes, the genetic predisposition to develop the condition. 2 – a trigger, something to light the fire as it were. 3 – Intestinal permeability. If these three things are behind all autoimmune conditions as Dr. Fasano suggests, then perhaps by addressing the pieces that are manipulatable the autoimmune conditions can be prevented? The genes cannot be addressed, but triggers can be avoided and perhaps intestinal permeability can be regulated, by maintaining gut health.
When it comes to thyroid health, many are prescribed Synthroid. Often those on the medication don’t feel well while taking it but this can be addressed thusly. Synthroid is a T4 medication that is to be converted into T3 through the body. This doesn’t occur when the liver or gut are not working as they should, unable to absorb and process the nutrients your body is taking in, including medications, meaning that the Synthroid being taken is not functioning as it is supposed to.
Intestinal Permeability, the scientific version of a leaky gut, appears as symptoms like bloating, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome. The digestive system is where a majority of our immune system lives, if it isn’t functioning correctly, the entire system begins to attack anything viewed as an antigen. Thus, an autoimmune disorder would become triggered and active, even though what it is reacting to is not necessarily the correct cause.
What kinds of things contribute to a leaky guy? Food sensitivities, allergies, infections in the gut, mouth or sinuses, stress, imbalance of gut flora, nutrient deficiencies. All of these create intestinal permeability which can then, if the research is correct, create the conditions for autoimmune attacks. By addressing the contributing factors to intestinal permeability, sufferers of Hashimoto’s or any other autoimmune condition may see serious results.
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