Most of us do not recognize the degree to which digestive problems can wreak havoc in the entire body, leading to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer, and more. So having a healthy gut means more than simply being free of annoyances like bloating or heartburn; it is absolutely central to your health. Your gut is connected to everything that happens in your body. That is why Functional Medicine almost always starts helping people treat chronic health problems by fixing their gut.
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to Dr. Elroy Vojdani about why the gut is so heavily involved in immune regulation, how leaky gut (also known as intestinal permeability) happens, and what to do about it.
Dr. Vojdani is the founder of Re-genera Medical, a boutique Functional Medicine practice in Los Angeles, California. Dr. V began his career as an interventional radiologist, diagnosing and treating complex, late-stage cancers and other extremely debilitating diseases. While this experience gave him unique insights into hospital-based medicine, his desire to stop disease before it reached the point of becoming a chronic illness remained at the core of his desire to practice medicine. Today, he continues in his father’s footsteps–pioneering to find answers to medical conditions that go undiagnosed and untreated.
Dr. Vojdani has coauthored over 20 articles in the scientific literature and continues in an integral role in research related to autoimmune, neurodegenerative, and autoinflammatory conditions. He is the author of When Food Bites Back: Taking Control of Autoimmune Disease and the coauthor of a medical textbook entitled Food Associated Autoimmunity.
In this episode, we dive into:
- The top ailments where leaky gut is part of the equation (3:15)
- The connection between leaky gut and brain health (11:17)
- What can create the onset of leaky gut besides food (22:30)
- How antibiotics impact the gut (32:34)
- How food additives can aggravate leaky gut (41:21)
- The top foods that can cause leaky gut (50:05)
- Why autoimmune conditions are more common in women (53:33)
- At-home tests for leaky gut (1:05:24)
- The five most common foods that people will develop antibodies to (1:10:11)
- How to heal a leaky gut (1:19:00)
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For more on Dr. Elroy Vojdani, follow him on Instagram @regeneramedical, Facebook @regeneramedical, Twitter @regeneramedical, YouTube @elroyvojdani, and through his website, regeneramedical.com. Get his book, When Food Bites Back: Taking Control of Autoimmune Disease, here.
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