Challenges, such as leaky gut are on the rise. A leaky gut can also contribute to inflammation within the body, causing the blood-brain barrier to become leaky, or permeable. This means that molecules and toxins may be able to enter the brain. In a healthy gut, the wall of the small intestine acts as a gatekeeper. It allows water and nutrients to absorb while harmful substances are kept out. Poor diet, medications, and bacterial overgrowth compromise the lining of the gut and determine what is known as a leaky gut. Symptoms vary but can include food sensitivities, allergies, arthritis, hives and more. Several foods can help to heal the gut, and thus the blood-brain barrier. These include bone broth, raw cultured dairy, fermented vegetables, coconut kefir, as well as sprouted seeds and legumes. Conditions associated with leaky-brain include:
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