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Celiac Disease, Leaky Gut, and Stress

March 5, 2013

TearsCeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by consuming gluten and related proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Celiac disease causes an immune reaction causes inflammation and flattens the villi in the small intestine meaning that the body is unable to adequately absorb nutrients leading to malnutrition and diarrhoea, along with a host of other symptoms. The damage to the villi in the intestine resulting in increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut). The increased intestinal permeability caused by Celiac disease can result in other food allegies.

When a person displays the symptoms of celiac disease, but there is no test result to link the symptoms to such diagnosis, then other causes for the disorder need to be examined. One other cause that is usually overlooked, is chronic stress.

Chronic stress can cause an inflammatory response within the body and weaken the immune system. Chronic stress can lead to the production of cytokines producing a damaging inflammatory response.

Chronic stress weakens the immune system’s response to infection. The brain and intestine are mediated by many of the same hormones and the nervous system so prolonged stress can affect the digestive system causing: diarrhoea, constipation, cramping, bloating ,and excessive production of digestive acids.


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