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Is Leaky Gut Responsible for MS?



























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Growing in popularity is the notion that multiple sclerosis is connected to leaky gut syndrome.

MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the myelin sheath covering nerve fibers. Leaky gut syndrome results from increased permeability of the intestines’ lining, allowing toxins, germs, and waste to get into the bloodstream.

In attacking these invaders, the immune system may struggle in differentiating between the body and foreign substances, causing it to attack itself and inflame the body, according to Dr. Soram Khalsa. Leaks may be caused by off-balanced gut flora from taking antibiotics, resulting from stress, using anti-inflammatory medications, and more.

In a study on mice, scientists found that structural changes of the gut occurred after being infected with an MS-like disease, Healthline reported. Additionally, inflamed T-cells appeared even before symptoms of MS appeared.

While the idea that a leaky gut causes MS is growing in popularity, according to Healthline, some scientists have speculated that it could be other way around because as MS symptoms increased so did problems in the intestines.

The Scientific American reported that research has found gut flora to be altered in patients with MS. One study showed an increased presence of methanobrevibacteriaceae, which triggers the immune system, while microorganisms that inhibit it had decreased in number.

Earlier research has shown that probiotics — the healthy bacteria in the gut — can help to prevent the development of MS to a certain extent, Healthline noted.

Though no official data have been compiled on the topic, some have suggested the Western diet may play a role as well. According to Scientific American, many immigrants from India, a country with low numbers who develop MS, become high-risk for developing the disease.

Other research has shown connection between MS and several other factors, including vitamin D deficiency, consumption of salt, and smoking, the Scientific American noted. Over 100 gene variants, many involved with the immune system, have been linked to MS, as well.

Controversy exists over whether leaky gut syndrome is an actual illness, and in the past, many doctors have associated intestinal health with autoimmune disease only associated with digestion, such as Crohn’s disease, according to Healthline.

The Scientific American reported leaky gut syndrome has been connected to other autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Healthline stressed the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and having a balanced diet in combating any autoimmune disease.

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