If you have autoimmunity, you may also have leaky gut.
Autoimmunity is an extremely common disorder in which the immune system attacks and destroys part of the body. Common autoimmune disorders include Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, and vitiligo.
Leaky gut, a condition in which inflammation damages the intestinal wall and makes it overly porous, creates a hyper inflammatory state in the body that can predispose one to autoimmunity.
Symptoms of leaky gut include:
– constipation or diarrhea
– food sensitivities
– joint pain
– skin issues
– unstable mood
– impaired brain function
Sometimes autoimmunity itself causes leaky gut as it creates chronic inflammation that can damage the gut wall. As you can see, it’s a vicious cycle and the immune system and gut health are closely intertwined.
If you’re experiencing chronic digestive problems, or know you have an underlying autoimmune disorder that may be impacting your gut health, contact our office.