Leaky Gut Syndrome

“All disease begins in the gut.” Hippocrates, father of modern medicine

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How’s Your Gut?  

Leaky Gut Syndrome. The fancy term is “increased intestinal permeability” or “hyperpermeable intestines,” and the condition shows itself with a host of symptoms, possibly including: allergies, anxiety, skin rashes, mental fog, diarrhea and constipation, headaches, fatigue, bloating and flatulence, joint pain, moodiness/irritability, and nutritional deficiencies. Does this list sound familiar? You may have Leaky Gut Syndrome and not even realize it.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? 

In a nutshell, it’s poor body plumbing. As Hippocrates proclaimed 2000 years ago, “all disease begins in the gut.” He’s still right today.

When we eat, the intestinal wall plays a big role as a protective barrier to the immune system, only allowing properly digested food particles –fats, carbohydrates, and proteins- to pass through to the bloodstream. When there’s irritation and inflammation on the intestinal wall, though, small openings may occur that allow undigested food particles and other toxic materials to pass through to the bloodstream. This sets the stage for poor health and ensuing disease.

How d0 you get Leaky Gut Syndrome? 

Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) is a prime instigator for Leaky Gut Syndrome. Heavily processed foods that are filled with chemical food additives, combined with high sugar intake, insufficient intake of fiber, not chewing food properly and eating under stress may all contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Use of common medications such as antibiotics, birth control pills, aspirin and ibuprofen may play a role, as does excessive use of alcohol and caffeine. Digestion troubles such as low stomach acid might be a factor. Chronic stress weakens the immune system, as does exposure to environmental toxins. Allergic reactions to specific foods or the chemicals in these foods may be a trigger, and bacterial, fungal, viral or parasitic infections may also set the stage for Leaky Gut Syndrome.

What can you do to get better? 

The good news is: you CAN get better!  A return to good health can be achieved by focusing on three main areas:

  1. Diet
  2. Lifestyle
  3. Supplement Assistance

With the knowledge, support and encouragement of a holistic nutritionist, you can successfully complete a gut-recovery 4-step program. Working your way through ‘The 4 R’s,’ you will REMOVE the toxins, REPLACE  digestive factors to encourage good digestion, REINOCULATE by re-establishing good gut bacteria, and REPAIR damage to the gastro-intestinal tract with targeted supplements.

As soon as I complete my credential (one more semester to go!), I hope to be helping you and your family members with issues like Leaky Gut Syndrome. Stay tuned…I’m your girl!

 

 

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