Intestinal permeability also referred to as leaky gut is a gateway to autoimmune disease. Think of it as an open door, inviting in disease. Is leaky gut the only contributor? No.
There are 4 factors that contribute to autoimmune disease in your body, this includes Interstitial Cystitis.
1.Genetics. You're born with inherited predisposition but this does NOT mean your predestined to get every disease your parents & grandparents had. To many people think just because a parent has a disease means they will get it. How you live and the choices you make determines if your genetic snps are expressed (activated/turned on) Food and lifestyle choices are a big factor. You can have control over your health.
2. Environment plays a big role. This means air, foods, exposures, pesticides, water, cleaning products, chemicals, heavy metals, pollution, the list is long. It's impossible to avoid toxins. The goal is to clean up your environment to be toxic-free as much as possible. It's a process.
3.The intestinal lining is one of many barriers (there are 5 in gut) designed to protect harmful substances from entering and exiting. If your tight junctions are open undigested proteins and particles from foods you eat and bacteria are released into your bloodstream. For IC sufferers the health of your gut microbiome impacts the health of your bladder microbiome.
4. The health of your immune system. The foods, habits and lifetime exposures mentioned above have direct impact on your immune system. What you're putting on and in your body matter. The immune system recognizes food as safe or as an invader/threat. You may suddenly find yourself reacting to many foods that you normally had no trouble eating. The foods aren’t the problem. They're only a sign that you're intestinal lining is now permeable and needs help restoring the mucosal lining.
Signs of leaky gut usually begin with digestive problems like bloat, gas, constipation or diarrhea that worsen. You may also be getting frequent colds, infections, or worsening allergies that are hard to get over.
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