We all know that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is bad for us but understanding the harm that is done to our intestinal tract is important. After all, 70% of our immune system resides in our gut. Let me explain…
When we eat processed and inflammatory foods it affects the lining of our guts and causes the tightly packed mucosal lining of our intestinal walls to become not so tightly packed together anymore.
Think of it as your hands and fingers locked together and the more harmful processed foods you eat the further your fingers separate, the larger the spacing becomes. These small holes are supposed to absorb nutrients from our GI tract, but since that barrier or lining is damaged, larger and harmful things can pass through the intestinal wall like bacteria, gluten, and even food that has not been fully digested. This wreaks havoc not only on our GI health, but our overall health as well.
Leaky gut causes an inflammatory response from the body, which reveals itself as issues and symptoms including IBS, IBD, food allergies, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, chronic diarrhea, headaches, stomach pain, bloating, joint pain, and even skin problems like eczema, rashes, and acne (Paray, Albeshr, Jan, Rather, 2020, Gyires, Zádori, 2016).
One of the most famous properties of cannabinoids, including CBD, is the inhibition of inflammation (anti-inflammatory) with applications that seem almost endless (Gyires, Zádori, 2016).
According to Current Neuropharmacology, a peer reviewed scientific journal, these plant cannabinoids was shown to reduce GI mucosal lesions that are induced by alcohol, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), stress, and controls gastric acid production (Gyires, Zádori, 2016). These cannabinoids were also shown to reduce hemorrhaging, reduce inflammation caused by leaky gut, and support the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which plays part in gut motility, aid in the uptake of food, encourages a healthy and regulated metabolism (Gyires, Zádori, 2016).
Plant compounds to the rescue for GI tract health.
*This information is for educational purposes only. No medical advice or claims are being made.
Gyires, K., & Zádori, Z. S. (2016). Role of Cannabinoids in Gastrointestinal Mucosal Defense and Inflammation. Current neuropharmacology, 14(8), 935–951. https://doi.org/10.2174/1570159x14666160303110150
Paray, B. A., Albeshr, M. F., Jan, A. T., & Rather, I. A. (2020). Leaky Gut and Autoimmunity: An Intricate Balance in Individuals Health and the Diseased State. International journal of molecular sciences, 21(24), 9770. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21249770