3. Markers of Leaky Gut

Our brain manages several vital aspects of our body, including our thoughts and hormones. Unfortunately, there is an increase in the number of brain problems in the United States. By investing the mechanism of the leaky brain, functional medicine can begin to understand the root cause. MicroRNA-155 Research suggests that microRNA-155 is a marker for elevated inflammation. This molecule can create microscopic gaps in the blood-brain barrier, allowing toxins and unwanted substances to go through. The permeability of the blood-brain barrier forces the brain to work in overdrive and become inflamed. Brain inflammation may be associated with symptoms such as depression, anxiety, brain fog and autoimmune brain problems. This is because of the decrease in the firing rate of neurons in the frontal lobe of the brain. Homocysteine High levels of the amino acid, homocysteine, may be associated with blood-brain barrier damage. Furthermore, studies show stress, poor diet, and toxins raise homocysteine levels in the body. To reduce these levels, the body needs adequate amounts of vitamin B from food so that it can convert homocysteine to glutathione, which would behave as an antioxidant to help put autoimmune rations into remission. Homocysteine levels above 7 UMOL/L may damage the protective blood-brain barrier and are connected to autoimmune brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's.

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