If you suffer from leaky bowel syndrome (when your intestinal barrier becomes permeable) then it also becomes easier for large protein molecules to enter into your bloodstream. This is a big problem.
These large, partly digested protein molecules don’t belong outside of your gut. If they manage to make their way through the leaky bowel lining, your immune system will immediately tag them for destruction.
Unfortunately, in their attempt to protect your body against the foreign particles and disease-causing microorganisms, the attacks made by your immune system army may also lead to the development of autoimmune diseases. An array of other leaky bowel symptoms may also follow.
It’s like your immune army’s ability to recognize the enemy becomes confused by the presence of material that’s not supposed to be there. It starts to attack your body’s tissues that it means to protect from harm. This is the beginning of leaky bowel syndrome.
‘Death sits in the bowels and bad digestion is the root of all evil.’ – Hippocrates 350 BC
Leaky Bowel Syndrome and Leaky Bowel Symptoms
With Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease), your immune system attacks your thyroid tissue, mistaking it for pathogens. Hashimoto’s disease nearly always leads to a low thyroid condition, affecting metabolism, skin and hair, brain cognition, energy levels, and all other leaky bowel symptoms. Hashimoto’s disease is a symptom of leaky bowel syndrome.
Hashimoto’s condition nearly always leads to a low thyroid condition, affecting metabolism, skin and hair, brain cognition, and energy levels. That is the reason it is included as one of the diseases of the leaky bowel syndrome.
It occurs more frequently in people who have an additional autoimmune dysfunction. People with Hashimoto’s tend to also have other autoimmune disorders. (Maybe we should look for a shared root cause?)
Leaky Bowel Symptoms in Hashimoto’s
According to the National Institute of Health’s website: In Hashimoto’s disease, the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing inflammation and interfering with its ability to produce thyroid hormones. Large numbers of white blood cells called lymphocytes accumulate in the thyroid. Lymphocytes make the antibodies that start the autoimmune process.
Hashimoto’s disease often leads to reduced thyroid function or hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a disorder that occurs when the thyroid doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones for the body’s needs. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism—the way the body uses energy—and affect nearly every organ in the body. Without enough thyroid hormone, many of the body’s functions slow down. Hashimoto’s disease (and therefore, leaky bowel syndrome) is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.
Thyroid Hormones Protect Your Gut from Leaky Gut Syndrome
The tight junctions between cells in your stomach lining and small intestine lining are strongly influenced by your thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones T3 and T4 play a crucial role in protecting the mucosal lining of your gut from ulcer formation caused by stress.
Studies reveal that people with gastric ulcers were found to have low levels of T3 and T4 hormones while their reverse T3 hormones were also at abnormal levels. This situation directly affects the permeability of the mucosal lining of the bowel, leading to leaky bowel symptoms.
Gut Bacteria is Involved in Converting Thyroid Hormones
The gut bacteria are also very helpful in the process of converting inactive T4 thyroid hormones into the active form known as T3 hormones.
About 20% of your T4 is being converted into an active form (T3) inside your gastrointestinal tract. The “converter” is an enzyme known as intestinal sulfatase. Intestinal sulfatase is produced by healthy gut bacteria!
When there is an imbalance between the number of beneficial bacteria and the number of pathogenic bacteria in your gut (intestinal dysbiosis), the needed conversion of thyroid hormones will be reduced.
Seventy percent of your entire body’s immune system is located in your digestive system.’ – Dr. Ellen Antoine
Symptoms of Leaky Bowel Syndrome
Below are leaky bowel symptoms that you need to look out for:
- Joint pain and arthritis
- Excessive, long-term fatigue
- Low immune system
- Mineral and Vitamin deficiencies
- Brain fog and headaches
- Anxiety and depression
- Autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s disease
Symptoms of Thyroiditis:
- Weight gain
- Paleness of the face
- Joint and muscle pain
- Feeling cold most of the time
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Joint and muscle pain
- Hair loss
- Irregular or heavy menstrual periods
- Slow heart rate
Take note that other conditions can cause symptoms that resemble these leaky bowel symptoms. You may need to consult your physician to exclude other causes.
Repair Leaky Bowel Syndrome
Fortunately, both leaky bowel syndrome and thyroid insufficiency can be successfully addressed naturally, and at the same time. How? By taking the necessary steps to repair your gut and, therefore, avoid leaky bowel syndrome.