30 Sep Mucosal Barrier Function – Biohealth #304
Your digestive system is over 80% of your immune system and the health of your gut is going to affect the health of your entire body. Your digestive system health is dependent on the intestinal mucosal barrier, this is your bodies second skin. This is your bodies first line of defense against pathogens. The mucosal barrier is how the body deals with food antigens which can cause allergies and sensitivities.
The healthy mucosal barrier is involved in
- Maintaining Optimal Immune Function
- Normal, Healthy Gut Function
- Proper Digestion & Assimilation of Food & Nutrients
Mucosal Barrier Function – Biohealth #304
The Mucosal Barrier Function – Biohealth #304 is the 3rd test we would look at doing if needed. The intestinal mucosa contains several immune antibodies known as immunoglobulins: sIgA, IgA, IgG and IgM. IgA is the most abundant immunoglobulin in the gut mucosa. The test measures immunoglobulin reactivity to specific food proteins. High or low reactivity correlates with potential damage to the mucosal barrier and an inflammatory response. If all immunoglobulins are low, then the mucosal barrier is totally shut down.
When we have a healthy intestinal mucosa, we have a healthy body. Gut damage however is common and caused by a number of things.
- Food Allergies
- Processed foods
- Medications and drugs
- Heavy Metals
- Gluten Intolerance
- Inadequate Diet
Our bodies are designed to handle stress and our gut is one of the quickest parts in our body to repair itself. However constant repetitive exposure to certain foods and or toxins will cause damage. This is why as a wrong kid you could eat anything and not get any problems, however as that mucosal lining gets worn out so to does your bodies ability to fight it. If you have a food allergies or sensitivities and they have damaged the gut function this will cause a heightened immune response to that food. Over time that allergy will become more severe if not removed. Most common food allergies.
- Nuts & Seeds
Not only can that an inadequate diet will also lead to the damage of gut function. Diets that lack tissue building protein, fats and fat soluble nutrients can contribute to the breakdown of intestinal function. Many people who follow long-term vegan diets can end up with intestinal dysbiosis, colitis and catabolic breakdown of tissue.
Healing the Mucosal Barrier
If the test shows that there is damage to the gut mucosal barrier, a repair process needs to be put together to help bring you back to optimal health.