Leaky gut is the most common cause of chronic inflammation. This can be caused by:
- Excessive sugar intake
- Processed foods
- Aspirin and related anti-inflammatories
- Soft drinks
- PPIs (used to treat reflux or heartburn)
- Other damaging agents (such as chemotherapy, birth control, HRT medications, moulds, environmental toxins)
We need to know the status of our gut health.
Your diet, what you eat, and drink daily plays a huge role in one’s metabolic well-being, it even plays a vital role in reversing, treating, and controlling chronic, inflammatory illnesses.
Many people, particularly those in the corporate sector associate ‘tiredness’ and ‘stress’ with part of their job role, opting to happily invest in over-the-counter remedies, including supplements, particularly marketed as ‘Executive Stress Relief’, or off the shelf pharmaceutical brands to relief symptoms as opposed to addressing the root causes of inflammation.
Many of the medications used to ‘treat’ leaky gut deplete one’s body and immune systems of vital minerals and vitamins, thus altering the PH of the gut. This in turn impacts one’s health status increasing the risk of other symptoms such as heart disease, cancer, depression, mental health, weight gain, frequent infections, insomnia, liver damage, hypothyroidism, lowered immunity, and inability to regulate brain decision making due to ‘brain fog’.
Chronic inflammation with or without a leaky gut may also be caused by periodontitis, gingivitis from suboptimal dentition, or an infection of a root canal in your mouth.
In fact, chronic periodontitis, an inflammatory condition of the gums, may be a direct cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
Other causes include chronic sinus infections, or ongoing infection with pathogens such as Borrelia, or metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and inflammation, often accompanied by obesity).
There are also cases of chronic inflammation due to ongoing exposure to air pollution or mold toxins. Determining the root cause of inflammation is just the first step.
How healthy is your gut health impacting your metabolic wellbeing?