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Leaky gut – What it means and what you can do

Many of you have likely heard the term leaky-gut. In school we were encouraged not to use this word, and instead refer to it as intestinal permeability. But leaky gut is now an inevitable buzz word that people relate to more than the term intestinal permeability.. so we might as well embrace it!

So what exactly is leaky gut?

Basically, it’s a condition that happens as a consequence of intestinal tight junction malfunction. These tight junctions are the gateway between your intestines and what is allowed to pass into the blood stream. They keep things out like toxins, microbes and undigested food particles.

Having a leaky gut is essentially like having the gates broken from your intestines to your blood stream so many of these particles that should never have been able to enter have now gotten through.

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My artsy diagram of our intestinal membrane and what happens when it becomes compromised/damaged/inflamed

You end up having particles circulating around your bloodstream that should never have been there to begin with. When this happens it causes inflammation throughout your body leading to a variety of diseases, as well as food sensitivities.

What does this mean for you?

There are a host of issues and symptoms that could arise from having leaky gut. And if you happen to be stressed, on medications/over the counter drugs, rush through your meals and barely chew your food, lack fiber and nutrient dense foods, eat too much sugar, smoke and drink alcohol, there is a very good chance that you have leaky gut.

So exactly what kind of symptoms or health issues might you experience?

There’s actually a lot, for example:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Celiac
  • IBS or IBD
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Inflammatory Skin Conditions
  • Autism
  • Mood Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Joint Pain
  • Allergies
  • Weaken Immune System
  • Arthritis
  • Excess Weight

The good news is that you can heal your leaky gut and feel better, which will also help to heal your other health issues too! There are strategies and steps you can take to heal your gut, like managing stress levels (as stress highly compromises our digestion) and evolving your diet to include nutrient dense whole foods to assist with healing and repairing while removing irritants .

If you suspect you have a leaky gut and not sure where to begin, book an appointment with me and we can evaluate your situation and create a simple, realistic game plan that will set you up for success and lasting change.

Wishing you clarity, self-empowerment and success on your journey to self-discovery and optimal health.

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