QandA: Leaky Gut? What The….?!!

One of my beautiful clients  asked me the other day about Leaky Gut Syndrome…. so, I thought i’d share some ‘easily digestible’ information with everyone. (Pardon the pun)!! Lol!!

What’s THAT All About?!?!

Our intestines have a natural mucosal lining that helps food move easily through the digest process, and also acts as a ‘gatekeeper’. This protective lining allows necessary nutrients into the bloodstream, whilst also keeping toxins, pathogens and other stressors out. This lining is anatomically built at a cellular level (epithelial cells), to support this function.

Leaky gut is a compromised state of the connective junctions between the cells of the mucosal/intestinal lining. Gaps develop between the cells and lead to increased permeability, which allows undesirable stressors to leak into the bloodstream.

What Causes It?

There is emerging evidence that leaky gut can be a diet that’s low in fibre, high in sugar and saturated fats, (ie: the typical Australian diet), may cause this process. Heavy alcohol use and stress also seem to disrupt this balance.

OK… So What?

Increased gut permeability is already known to play a role in conditions such as coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Leaky gut can also result in negative changes in the gut flora and there is also a suggestion that it may be linked to other diseases such as lupus, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, allergies, asthma, acne, obesity, and even mental illness. Cause-effect studies still need to confirm these theories though.

How Do I Prevent It?

Avoid inflammatory foods, and foods that could promote changes in the gut flora. The most common are alcohol, processed foods, certain medications, and foods that may cause allergies or sensitivities.

It’s best to eat a nutritious, unprocessed diet that includes foods that reduce inflammation and that help to bring more balance to the gut flora, and rebuild the gut lining.

Need to Know More?

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