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The Secret Illness That’s Making Millions Miserable

The Secret Illness That’s Making Millions Miserable

There is nothing fun about being sick. Depending on how well you’ve been taking care of your body, illness can be as simple as a sore throat or as costly as a stay in the hospital. The first step to treating any sickness, whether chronic or acute, is the diagnosis. You’ve got to know what you’re up against before you can fight it! Which is why it’s even more disturbing to realize that there has been a sharp rise in the number of people suffering from an undiagnosable disease.

The sickness is called “leaky gut“ and a significant number of cases are routinely misdiagnosed as other conditions. Leaky gut is thought to be caused by a combination of stress, poor diet, and high consumption of antibiotics and NSAIDs–all things developed countries have in spades.

Unaware of what’s actually happening to the body means those with leaky gut sometimes suffer unnecessary disability or death.

“In theory, leaky gut syndrome results from damage to the intestinal lining that leads to a state of intestinal hyperpermeability, allowing undigested proteins, fats, waste, bacteria, and other toxins to ‘leak’ through the gut membrane, which should only allow healthy nutrients through,” Lissa Rankin reported for Care2. “These particles can then wind up in the blood stream and lymphatic system, where the immune system tries to come to the rescue to eliminate these unwanted intruders, triggering an auto-immune response. While a natural immune response is usually a good thing, too much can lead to a state of inflammation, which wreaks havoc in ways you may never relate to gastrointestinal function.”

So why are we just now learning about this painful and life-threatening condition? And more importantly, what can we do to fix it? Scroll through the infographic below to learn all that and more.

This Secret Illness Could be Making You Sick

Related:
7 Tips to Help Your Gut
How Healing the Leaky Gut Could Heal Your Life

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Top Image via Thinkstock. Infographic Source: SolvingLeakyGut.com

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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1:43PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

Boy, what next

7:10PM PDT on May 26, 2014

you are what you eat

8:06PM PDT on May 24, 2014

never heard of this..tfs

6:30AM PDT on May 23, 2014

noted

11:14AM PDT on May 21, 2014

Diane M. The only connection between Metformin and Pancreatic Cancer, is it's believed to reduce the cancer/tumors.

8:39PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Thank you!

9:39PM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thank you for info.....very much appreciated..

1:03PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Nice to know my beneficial bacteria have a safe house

11:55AM PDT on May 18, 2014

wow! interesting. TY

6:37AM PDT on May 18, 2014

I have several students who have been diagnosed with gastroenteritis as a result of eating very poorly. The parents are surprised when they find that their darling children are sick, and all they've been feeding them is fast food and hot cheetoes. I'm so glad I taught my kids to monitor their snacking at an early age. Hopefully they will continue to monitor once they move out. This leaky gut is rather scary. Thanks for the article.

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