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Leaky Gut Syndrome

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

The surface area of our intestines is the size of a tennis court if you untangled them. This is a lot of intestinal lining when you think about it. Every day when we breath, eat, etc. we are bringing the outside world into our mouth and our intestines need to have a strong barrier to make sure harmful substances such as yeast, food particles, toxins and bacteria are not absorbed directly into our blood stream. This barrier, which is our healthy intestinal lining, prevents these substances from entering out blood.

The cells that line our intestines are closely knit together and have a glue-like substance that keeps the space between these cells secure, which makes sure the barrier function of our intestines is working optimally. The good bacteria that fills up our intestinal lining (100 Trillion of them) help to make sure this glue and barrier are working.

In some cases, this glue between our cells breaks down and causes openings between the cells which allows yeast, toxins, undigested food particles and bacteria to leak into our blood stream and is identified by our immune system which lies beneath the surface of the intestinal lining. This is called Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Some of the major causes of leaky gut syndrome are:

  • Food Allergies and Intolerances
  • Stress
  • Incomplete chewing
  • Dysbiosis
  • Low Levels of Stomach Acid
  • Low Levels of Pancreatic Enzymes
  • Medications
  • Alcohol

When we have a leaky gut, we’re prone to developing numerous food sensitivities because all the food we eat leaks below the intestinal lining and is identified by our immune system, which reacts to these particles because they see them as foreign.

This also causes inflammation and it is the root cause for developing:

  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, psoriasis, alopecia, lupus, thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s, Graves’), Addison's disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, vitiligo, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and others.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Skin conditions including: acne, eczema, urticaria (hives)
  • Food allergies & intolerances
  • Arthritis, joint pain
  • Autism
  • Multiple food/chemical sensitivities
  • Memory problems
  • Migraines
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Feeling toxic

If you have a condition of leaky gut syndrome or any of its symptoms, I can work with you to restore the function of the lining barrier by changing your diet and address any food intolerances, by adding specific nutrients to support the healing of the gut and by making lifestyle changes. Your gut lining can absolutely be restored if you make some lifestyle changes and become actively involved in the healing process.

If you feel a personal consultation would benefit you or you want to find out more, please contact me at 0750 35 400 35 or email: [email protected]