So, what are leaky gut & chronic inflammation anyway?
A healthy gut is impermeable to the harmful by-products of digestion and our commensal bacteria. “Leaky gut” is when this protective barrier is no longer functioning properly and those harmful by-products exit the gut and enter the body. If this happens constantly over time, chronic inflammation may develop, which can lead to disease. But how exactly can this lead to disease? And how does the gut become leaky in the first place? Who is at risk for leaky gut? And what, if anything, can you do to prevent leaky gut and chronic inflammation? Join us as Associate Professor, Dr. Will DePaolo, director of the University of Washington’s new Center for Microbiome Sciences and Therapeutics (CMiST), guides us through the gut and answers these questions.