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Arthritis is linked to your gut bacteria


Arthritis is linked to your gut bacteria

“Immunologists have long felt there was a link between gut bacteria and autoimmune diseases”, Diane Mathis of Harvard Medical School confirmed to Science magazine. Arthritis and particularly rheumatoid arthritis seems to be no exception.

The magazine quotes Sonya Angelone (a spokesperson and nutrition consultant at the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietectics) as saying  “People with inflammatory arthritis have been shown to have inflammation of the intestinal tract, which results in increased intestinal permeability,” and that “probiotics may be able to help decrease the inflammation associated with increased intestinal permeability,” which lets certain bacteria into the bloodstream, triggering inflammation.

Probiotics may be taken as supplements or by eating certain foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, live yoghurt, kefir, tempeh and kimchi.

“There is an intimate relationship between gut bacteria and disease,” Jeremy P. Burton, PhD, an assistant professor at the Canadian Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotics, told The Arthritis Foundation. “Whenever there is a chronic disease that impacts the intestinal tract, including [autoimmune types of] arthritis, there is the potential to treat it with probiotics.”

We know. That’s why Chris Woollams wrote Heal Your Gut – Heal Your Body.