If you have been keeping up with trendy health blogs and magazines you have probably heard of this digestive phenomenon.
I prefer to call it gut permeability (which is exactly what it is).
Here's the deal Sparkle, the overload of foreign substances we are exposed to on a daily basis take a toll on the health of our digestive lining.
With the decline of the American diet and rise of digestive distress–– including candida, food allergies, chronic stress, pesticides, chemicals and more –– the seals of tight junctions in our gut lining can become permeable (not preferable for a healthy and strong digestion).
When this happens, foreign substances and food particles that are meant to move through the GI tract to be excreted can end up leaking into the bloodstream, causing the immune system to build a reaction (or antibody) to the foreign substances it cannot absorb.
This is commonly known as leaky gut or gut permeability.
Consequently, your digestion does not absorb or assimilate well and these reactions in the blood can cause further damage, such as systemic inflammation, autoimmunity, weight gain, joint pain, fatigue...and more.
Don't worry, I have some answers for you today...
First, you may be wondering how you can tell if you have leaky gut?
If you are diagnosed or suspect any of the following you most likely have some gut permeability (leaky gut).
Food allergies or sensitivities
Autoimmune disease (such as Crohn's, Colitis, Hashimotos, Celiac or Rheumatoid Arthritis)
Chronic gas or bloating
Chronic diarrhea or constipation
Fatty Liver disease
Want the science? Leaky gut can also be assessed through the Lactulose/Mannitol test. These two different sized sugar molecules are excreted in the urine which reflects absorption from the gut and is a reliable representation of gut permeability.
While “leaky gut” sounds like a disturbing diagnosis, many, many folks suffer with this very common digestive weakness. The good news is, it is completely reversible.
Second, you may be wondering how can you heal leaky gut?
In Functional Nutrition, we call a method called the 4 R's to digestive repair:
1. Remove the digestive irritants triggering leaky gut (candida, food allergies, toxicity, chronic stress etc).
2. Replace the digestive irritants with the nutrients that are required for digestion to take place. (Such as enzymes, Betaine HCL, Pepsin, along with specific amino acids, vitamins and minerals.)
3. Repair the digestive lining so that the permeability restores to a non-permeable environment. (Using foods, supplements, time and patience.)
4. Reinoculate the good bacteria. Once the digestion is back into homeostasis and working order, inflammation is diminished, and the trigger foods are removed you can replenish the good flora to improve the health of your microbiome.
I created DIGEST & DIGEST PLUS with this in mind. Following the recommendations and protocols in DIGEST will ensure you are on the right path for your digestive healing and repair. In other words, you can say goodbye to leaky gut for good (and it doesn't have to take that long!)
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