Leaky gut syndrome has major consequences for all systems throughout the body. Knowing what causes it and how it works can be a good step towards improved health.

Our intestines are lined internally with cells called epithelial cells. Epithelium means ‘cover tissue’. These cells cover the wall of the intestine and have very small spaces between each other. The spaces allow digested food to pass through the intestine wall in the same way that roof tiles let air through while still keeping the roof covered.

When food is properly digested, the particles are very small and pass through the intestinal wall where they are absorbed by the blood. The blood then transports them to the cells where they are converted into energy.


Origin of the biofilm
We ingest a lot of unfriendly chemicals every day through such things as junk food, coffee, alcohol, sugar, medicines and antibiotics. These chemicals weaken the population of healthy bacteria in the intestine. When that happens, the bad bacteria get the upper hand. They then have the property of forming a thick mucus layer which we call the biofilm.

This biofilm attaches to the epithelial cells lining the intestinal wall. Those cells normally have a very small healthy mucus layer, somewhat similar to the inside of our mouth: the insides of our cheeks are naturally moist. That is the normal condition of the intestinal wall too, but unfortunately, it dries out due to the presence of the harmful biofilm.

Large spaces between the epithelial cells
When the epithelial cells dry out, they become infected. The inflammation causes them to swell and spread further apart. At that point, the spaces between the epithelial cells are too large and allow food particles to pass through before they are sufficiently digested.

This wouldn’t normally happen, they should stay in the gut longer so that digestion makes them smaller and they pass through the gut wall then. The swelling of the dried out epithelial layer, however, results in particles passing through which are too large.

Consequence: inflammatory diseases
So these oversized food particles end up in the blood, which isn’t good.

When anything enters the blood, the body measures it for size. Normal, very small food particles are acceptable, but anything larger is seen as a virus or bacteria. The body’s immune system therefore attacks larger food particles. This produces an inflammatory response which puts a strain on the entire body without your noticing.  Once this has started in the body, it will never fix itself. The situation will continue throughout life and indeed get worse. The result is all kinds of inflammatory diseases, which in turn cause other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, rheumatism, allergies and much worse.


What can you do about this?
The way to break this downward spiral of leaky gut syndrome begins with removing the harmful biofilm from the gut. This is possible with the Intestinal Detox cure and is the first step in the process.