The 7 Stages of the Inflamed Gut

This is a follow up to my original article on Gut Health. Conditions and disease or the other end of the spectrum, true health really do begin with what you choose to eat and what happens in the gut. Eating is something we do multiple times on a daily basis, therefore the opportunity to maintain efficient digestion and health, or promote systemic inflammation and sickness is truly in your hands. Science and research have now proven that a Leaky Gut is the cause of so many problems beyond indigestion, gas, bloating, and heartburn. Autoimmune Diseases like Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, Celiac, Arthritis, Neuropathy, MS, Guillain Barre, and Graves, have all been proven to begin in the gut, and more are being found out each day.

I came across this list, or chain of events, of the 7 Stages of the Inflamed Gut, courtesy of Natural Health, a few months ago. The list below states, very accurately, the chain of events which happen when inappropriate food and drink is dumped into the body on a regular basis. Eat Right and you avoid this.


Here’s a Simplistic Overview of What Happens

1. The small intestine cannot absorb nutrients properly which usually results in fatigue and bloating.

2. Large food particles are able to pass through the intestinal lining causing an autoimmune response. (the immune system detects and responds to foreign invaders in the bloodstream).This results in food or environmental/chemical allergies or sensitivities.

3. Carrier proteins are damaged and cause nutrient deficiencies, which can also be the cause of many symptoms (eg. a magnesium deficiency may induce muscle spasms, a copper deficiency, or high cholesterol).

4. Chemical sensitivities can develop. This leakage of toxins can overburden the liver, and make the body less able to handle the elimination of chemicals and toxins.

5. The protective coating of IgA (immunoglobulins A) is adversely affected and the body is not able to ward off protozoa, bacteria, viruses, and yeasts, such as candida. The result is bloating, gas, inefficient digestion, or worse: ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, or Crohn’s.

6. Bacteria and yeasts are able to trans-locate, meaning that they can pass from the gut lumen or cavity into the bloodstream. This enables the parasite to setup infection anywhere in the body.

7. The formation of antibodies can leak across and look similar to antigens on our own tissues. When an antibody is produced to attack it, it also attacks our tissue. The result is autoimmune disease.