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WHAT IS IT?
Our gut has a lining which has over 4,000 square feet of surface area. One function of this intestinal covering is to not allow the substances inside the intestine into the bloodstream and vice versa. Intestinal permeability or leaky gut is a condition where the intestinal walls of the digestive tract become more permeable, weak and sometimes gets holes because of damage, causing the transfer of substances from the gut into the bloodstream. This causes a host of issues. For example, it compromises the proper nutrient absorption within the gut. Or undigested food may find its way into the bloodstream and be identified by our body as a foreign object, activating the emergency response which results in inflammation all over the body. The body may be able to digest the food, but if you have food sensitivities, there will be difficulties for your digestion process. By consuming what you are sensitive, you can irritate your gut’s lining, causing inflammation throughout the whole body.
- Inflammation of tissues causes pain. In order to stop the effect of an inflammation response, the body tries to release cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone. However, with increased cortisol, blood sugar levels are also increased. This causes weight gain, which can lead to insulin resistance and even diabetes.
- With cortisol also being responsible for controlling fat storage, it starts storing fat around the mid-section.
- With an escalated immune response, the body develops further food sensitivities. The body feels it is under attack by a foreign material, so it starts holding onto its supplies and fluids. This can cause different parts of the body to get malnourished and be bloated.
- Because an inflamed gut wall, which leads to lack of gut bacteria, the body cannot properly absorb nutrients. This results in decreased metabolism and weight gain. And, because the immune system is overactive, it uses the available nutrients to better assist its function, not leaving much to be used for metabolic function and weight control.
- With food sensitivity, the gut’s inflammatory response causes decreased levels of serotonin in the body. This causes the person to experience cravings that are satisfied by going for carbohydrates or sugar, increasing the blood sugar, which results in weight gain.
- Also, low levels of serotonin leads to depression and loss of enthusiasm to engage in activities related to weight loss, such as healthy dieting and exercise.
How does food sensitivity contribute to excess weight gain?
Serotonin is the main hormone that impacts the whole body by helping with cellular communication between the nervous system and brain cells. It also stabilizes mood and assist the body with sleep, digestion and eating, and overall well-being.
Too little or too much serotonin in the body causes a whole host of effects. When the gut is reacting to food sensitivities, it lowers the serotonin level.
Too little serotonin will:
- Lead to depression
- Cause Inflammation
- Decrease bowel function and consequently decrease detoxification of the body
- Affect sleep and wakefulness
- Slow down wound healing
Impact bone’s health