Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity & Leaky Gut
Episode 32 with Dr. Alessio Fasano
The Connection Between Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease
Dr. Alessio Fasano is a gastroenterologist and a world-renowned expert on intestinal permeability (aka “leaky gut) and it's connection to autoimmune disease. In order for autoimmunity to be triggered in the body, three precursors need to take place:
- genetic vulnerability
- environmental triggers
- leaky gut.
Then, once autoimmunity is triggered, the body attacks more than just the part associated with the diagnosis (i.e. joints in rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid in Hashimoto's disease, and skin in psoriasis). It also attacks the intestinal lining, creating a vicious cycle. Today, we'll learn more about this complex condition and how it affects our autoimmune health.
Dr. Fasano is also an expert on celiac disease, so we'll learn the difference between celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), as well as the difference between gluten cross-reaction and gluten cross-contamination.