Gut troubles: don’t add to the problem, it’s time to fix it!
27 Apr 2017
Gut troubles, how do you know for sure? How does the gut lining become so permeable? Sadly there are many ways to undermine the integrity of the gut lining. By simply not consuming adequate amounts of fibre you starve the healthy bacteria. These “good bacteria” are responsible for repairing and maintaining the gut wall lining. Eating too much sugar causes yeast infections and feeds bad bacteria growth. Indulging in foods loaded with gluten, a protein found in many grains, will stimulate inflammatory responses and allergies.
Gut troubles, the triggers which lead to leaky gut
Triggers are those foods or chemicals which cause the permeability of our intestines, resulting in multiple health concerns. It is, therefore, best to avoid the following:
– Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs
– Over-the-counter products for acid reflux
– Overuse of alcohol
– Food sensitivities to things like gluten and dairy
– Low-fiber and/or diets high in processed foods
– Low-grade gut infections, like yeast, bacteria, and parasites
– Chronic stress
All of these cause damage to the lining of the gut, and as a result let undigested food particles and bits of bacteria into the bloodstream. This “leaky gut” is what sets off an inflammatory response throughout the body. As a result, the inflammation causes everything from skin disorders (acne and rosacea), digestive problems, migraines, fatigue, anxiety, mood swings and even autoimmune disease.
Stop the Leaks; Stop the Symptoms
So how can we address the leaky gut and do the repair work required? Seek out advice and assistance from a functional medicine doctor. This type of doctor can adapt your diet, lifestyle and give you the best supplement to repair your gut because of his unique skillset.
In conclusion, when you compound the cocktail of your daily diet of medication, alcohol and chronic stress, it is clear why so many battle with gastrointestinal issues. The effects of leaky gut include bloating, IBS, food sensitivities, skin issues, brain fog, fatigue, and autoimmune problems. In closing, if you are in doubt it may be time to get yourself checked, prevention is better than cure after all!