Leaky Gut & Covid-19: Herbal Allies
Updated: Jan 19
Researchers are connecting leaky gut syndrome (also known as intestinal permeability) to greater severity of Covid-19 symptoms. Below is a link to an excellent article on it as well as my healthy gut powder recipe.
What is leaky gut syndrome? Roughly 80% of our immune system is in our intestines and it is constantly protecting us by sampling foreign and endogenous molecules to see if they are 'good' or 'bad'. However, through the overuse of antibiotics, ibuprofen and/or poor diet, the immune system can be impaired. This impairment happens at a place called the gap junctions where there is a naturally bit of 'leakiness' so that the immune system can continuously sample molecules. However, when these gap junctions become damaged, bigger 'holes' occur so that macromolecules, like proteins, can leak out of the small intestines. The body creates antigens in response. This is thought to be the basis of many autoimmune diseases. The symptoms of leaky gut are long including, constipation/diarrhea, gas, bloating and autoimmune issues. (1)
Protecting our gut is one of the most important things we can do.
Here is my "Gut-healing" powder formula:
Echinacea root powder (E. angustifolia) 20%
Golden Seal root powder(Hydrastis canadensis) 20%
Gotu kola leaf powder(Centella asiatica) 15%
Frankincense resin powder(Boswellia serrata) 15%
Burdock root powder (Arctium lappa) 10%
Licorice root powder (Glycyrrhiza glabra) 05%
I have found for best results to take 5 grams per day.
Leaky Gut and Gut Dysfunction Likely Connected to Severe COVID-19. January 13, 2021 by Kim Stewart
People infected with COVID-19 experience a wide range of symptoms and severity, including high fevers and respiratory problems. However, new research shows that when the virus attacks the gastrointestinal tract, it may increase the severity of the viral infection. Continue reading:
(1) Clinical Nutrition, A Functional Approach, The Institute for Functional Medicine
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