They’ve insisted it’s not real for years. If you dared ask about it, you ended up being belittled. Even the doctors who’ve treated it have been mocked.
The medical mainstream has repeatedly attacked and dismissed the very concept of a “leaky gut.” And MILLIONS have suffered needlessly from digestive disorders, nutritional deficiencies, fatigue, pain, and more as a result.
But new research PROVES that leaky gut is all too real. And it also reveals…
- HOW it happens
- WHICH specific food additive can cause it
- WHAT happens next inside your body
And let me warn you, the answers to all three are VERY alarming. Because you not only have surely been exposed to this very same additive yourself. You’re likely being exposed to it daily. We all are.
But there’s also a bright side to this discovery. Once you know what to look for, you can AVOID it, EASE your symptoms, and SLASH your risks.
How your gut can spring a leak
Leaky gut is just what it sounds like. The membrane in your gut starts to form microscopic cracks, and it “leaks.” This allows tiny bits of toxins from the intestine to slip into your bloodstream.
The most obvious symptoms of leaky gut are digestive problems. But it can also cause harm in dozens of not-so-obvious ways. And that’s because entering the bloodstream is like entering a superhighway with access to your entire body.
The new study looks at how this damage can unfold in a very unexpected way. And it starts with exposure to a SINGLE common ingredient found in hundreds of everyday foods and drinks.
The villain, in this case, is sugar. But it’s not just any old form of the sweet stuff. It’s specifically fructose, or the key ingredient in the high-fructose corn syrup that’s hidden in all kinds of foods, including soft drinks, bread, salad dressings, chain-restaurant foods, and more.
High fructose corn syrup is a leading driver of obesity and diabetes. And the new study shows one more way it can sentence you to a lifetime of chronic disease.
Experiments on mice found that when this excess fructose gets into the gut, the intestine releases an enzyme called fructokinase to help digest it… a process that comes with an ugly side effect. It inadvertently blocks the proteins that protect the intestine walls from damage.
That causes those little cracks… the “leaks” in a leaky gut… which allow those toxins to sneak into the bloodstream. And in this case, they make a beeline for the liver.
A leaky gut could lead to a fatty liver
When those escaped toxins reach the liver, they can cause two problems:
- fat accumulation
If those two issues sound familiar, that’s because they’re also the two key hallmarks of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. NAFLD is a serious – and potentially deadly – problem that’s quietly turning into one of America’s leading health threats.
(For more on NAFLD and the dangers it poses to your health, see my earlier free report here.)
And in the study on mice, the problem got even WORSE when fed fructose and a typical modern “Western” diet. But the research also shows something else: How to STOP it.
The leaky gut and liver problems never appeared in mice that weren’t given excess fructose.
These weren’t sugar-free mice, either. They got some sweet stuff, like the natural sugar you’d typically get from healthy sources such as fruit. They just didn’t get huge quantities or this other excess garbage sugar.
In other words, you don’t need to make huge sacrifices here. You just need to avoid high levels of fructose and specifically high-fructose corn syrup.
We all know it’s in soda. But many people don’t realize how many OTHER products contain it. Do yourself, your gut, and your liver a favor, read all labels closely, and AVOID anything with this toxic additive.
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