Multiple Sclerosis and Leaky Gut Connection

Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have more archaea (a microbe that triggers inflammation) and less butyricimonas (a microbe containing anti-inflammatory properties) than people without MS. Our gut health plays a huge role in our overall health and well-being. 

Bacterial overgrowth of the gut influences the immune system and inflammation. MS is only one of the autoimmune diseases affected by the types of gut bacteria and the amounts of them as well. Autoimmune diseases and illness are affected by the bacterial balance in the gut. Illnesses such as:

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Colitis

With multiple sclerosis the immune response system attack the protective sheath (myelin) that is covering the nerve fibers and causes communication issues between the central nervous system (CNS), spinal cord and brain, and the rest of the body. Eventually, MS can cause the nerves to completely deteriorate or they can become permanently damaged.

Multiple Sclerosis is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. A person would need a genetic predisposition to developing autoimmune diseases such as MS in order for gut bacteria to be a trigger. 

The Connection

Leaky gut syndrome is also known as intestinal permeability. There are numerous things that can damage the intestinal wall lining leaving holes, cracks, and rips for bacteria and other toxins to escape from and enter the bloodstream. The bacteria making its way out causes inflammation as the body’s natural response to trying to handle any foreign invaders and to heal as well. Our intestines are supposed to keep the toxic sludge on the inside from touching anything out of bounds, without that boundary bacteria begins wreaking havoc and the body is in for a ride that isn’t exactly enjoyable.

Leaky gut syndrome and MS will trigger one another back and forth, one making the other one worse or mere aggravated. Natural leaky gut treatment is very important because getting the gut repaired and healed can have a positive impact on the MS flare-ups. As it has already been mentioned, our gut health has a huge impact on the rest of our body whether we notice it or not. A healthy gut is a happy gut and that makes a positive impact on the rest of our health.