About 80% of the immune system resides in the gut. The balance of good and bad bacteria have an important impact on inflammation in the body. Inflammation plays a role in many chronic diseases including coronary artery disease, obesity, cancer (to name a few) as well as numerous autoimmune conditions.
Your liver is one of the main detox organs and serves to process and eliminate harmful toxins from the bloodstream. A common lifestyle disease we see today is fatty liver. Patients with fatty liver have up to 30% change of developing cirrhosis within 10 years.
A common manifestation of a damaged gut barrier is thyroid disease. Increase stress hormones leads to a change in thyroid production which increases risk of Hashimoto's, Grave's or hypothyroidism.
The Gut-Brain connection is now well documented and the gut is often described as the "second brain." The gut plays a major role in mood, stress and sleep health.
Skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea can all be affected by inflammation and damage in the lining of the GI tract. An imbalance in bacteria, increased inflammation and immune activity affect these conditions.
If you are experiencing 3 or more of the following, GI issues may be negatively affecting your health: