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It’s impossible to feel emotionally balanced if your gut is not healthy.  This is especially true if you have leaky gut.What is Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut is a condition that develops when the lining of the intestinal wall breaks down.  It is frequently caused by infections, toxins, and certain foods.  Eating gluten, sugar, or excessive amounts of other inflammatory foods like dairy can lead to leaky gut.  Drinking extreme amounts of alcohol may be another cause.  Toxins from medications and environmental threats (mercury, pesticides, and BPA among others) are another major cause of leaky gut.

It may be important to note that stress is also a leading cause of leaky gut issues.  Intense emotional disturbances can create a physical strain on the body that contributes to health problems like leaky gut.

For the body to absorb vital nutrients properly, the gut is permeable to very small molecules.  The cells that line the intestinal wall regulate this permeability.  However, certain foods like gluten can cause the gut cells to release a protein called zonulin that breaks down tight junctions in the intestinal lining.  This process is accelerated by the presence of other toxins, stressors, and inflammatory foods.

Once the gut wall begins to break down, you have a leaky gut.  Then, toxins begin to escape from the intestines and are incorporated into the blood.  Now, because there are holes in the digestive system, food doesn’t get digested completely.  Small, undigested food particles end up going through holes in your gut wall right into your bloodstream.

This is not supposed to happen, and once they enter your bloodstream, they can shut down different parts of your blood-brain barrier. The immune system sees these foreign particles as pathogens and attacks them. This creates an immune response that is imbalanced and attacks even healthy cells. This may lead to depression, autism, A.D.D., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and more.Your Gut is Your Second Brain

Your gut contains more neurotransmitters than your brain. Your gut wall also houses 70 percent of the cells that make up your immune system. You might not link digestive problems to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, mood disorders, autism, ADD, OCD, dementia or cancer. But, many diseases that are seemingly unrelated are actually caused by gut problems.

GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome™. It is the invention of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBrideThe modern world poses many dangers for the gut flora, and once it is damaged, the health of the whole body enters a downward slide towards disease. You can purchase Dr. Campbell-McBride’s highly respected book on Amazon.

The GAPS diet is a healing protocol that involves detoxification, dietary changes, and supplementation that, collectively, are designed to heal the digestive system, thereby causing a reduction or remission of related physical and mental symptoms. 

More specifically, the aim of the GAPS diet is to correct the balance of the gut flora and to heal the intestinal tract to support proper digestion, healthy immune system, improve brain function, and reduce inflammation.

The GAPS diet is designed to heal your gut, which is directly linked to having a balanced metal and emotional well-being.

Learn More About the GAPS protocol on this podcast Dr. Michael Karlfeldt interviews Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride