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Stress and Leaky Gut

Since most of our immune system activity is in the gut, and since gut permeability is correlated to many diseases (diabetes, MS, Crohn's, IBS, etc.), an empowering act we can all implement is supporting the healthy function of our stomach and intestines.  Related to that, a new study examined the role of stress in causing intestinal permeability (leaky gut).  The study showed that stress caused leaky gut (intestinal permeability), primarily because of the release of "corticotropin-releasing factor".  Corticotropin-releasing factor is secreted in response to stress, including psychological or physical, acute or chronic.  One of the primary reasons for the release of corticosteroids is to make glucose available to the brain.  When stress occurs, there is an increased need for glucose, which supplies energy to the brain.  Therefore, avoiding low-blood sugar can go a long way toward preventing exaggerated stress reactions.
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