Digestion: Intestinal Permeability

In his book Toxic Relief, Dr. Don Colbert M.D. explains a phenomenon that can wreck inflammatory havoc on the body called intestinal permeability.

A healthy small intestine permits absorption of substances such as triglycerides from digestion of fats, sugars from carbohydrates, and amino acids from di and tri peptides. At the same time, the small intestine filters out substances such as partially digested food and toxins.

But if your small intestines have been damaged by actions such as over use of anti-immflammatories like aspirin or too much alcohol, it may develop microscopic openings or holes.

These holes allow partially digested foods such as proteins to pass directly into the bloodstream in a process known as intestinal permeability. Intestinal permeability can cause ailments such as food allergies (which can be represented by acne) or chronic skin problems as seen with acne.