I bet you’ve heard of leaky gut syndrome, but maybe you’re wondering really, what is it? How do I know if I have it? What’s the problem with having it, and if I do have it what should I do about it? So, let me see if I can cover a couple of those things for you today. So the medical term for leaky gut syndrome is Increased Intestinal Permeability, and it means that damage has been done to your intestinal wall and the barrier that should allow small particles through fully digested proteins and nutrients to come through and block out undigested larger proteins and toxins. That barrier has been impaired and there are several things that can cause it. So, the problem with having it is that when those larger proteins pass through or toxins, into your blood stream, it’s going to up regulate your immune system so it can lead to autoimmunity and also is going to put your body in a state of inflammation, and high levels of systemic inflammation that’s chronic in your body can lead to a whole myriad of health conditions. So, how can you find out if you have leaky gut syndrome? Well, of course there may be a set of symptoms but there is a blood test and also can be tested in the stool and the test is for a particular protein called zonulin and when that protein reaches a certain level, we know that you have leaky gut. And there is a whole protocol that I use in my practice to help people resolve their leaky gut, which is a very important thing to do if you have a chronic degenerative disease, if you have pain, if you are having increased symptoms during menopause, or if you’re just hoping to age well. You don’t want to have leaky gut. So, it’s relatively entailed but it’s something we can do and probably three to six months on the outside depending on how diligent you can be with your protocol and how bad your condition is. But there is something you can do at home, right away and that is to drink bone broth every day. That’s one of the things that I put into my protocol for people who have leaky gut and even if you don’t have leaky gut, bone broth has wonderful health benefits. So, I have a couple articles that I’d like you to check out one is non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, three alternatives because only a very short course of NSAIDs like Advil or Ibuprofin, or Aleve or Naproxin can damage the intestinal wall and you’re going to want to find out what those alternatives are, and then there’s an article on bone broth. It talks about the benefits and gives a couple recipes. So, I hope you’ll check out both of those.