Naturopath Gut Health Melbourne – 10 Signs You Have Leaky Gut

Naturopath Gut Health Melbourne – Only recently mainstream medicine considered leaky gut syndrome a fake diagnosis by alternative quacks. But today there is growing research confirming ‘leaky gut’ or increased intestinal permeability as a major factor in chronic and autoimmune diseases.

Alternative practitioners have always felt the gut is the foundation of our health. It all started with Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, saying “All disease begins in the gut”. Now science is finally acknowledging this very fact.

What is a leaky gut?

Leaky gut…. is just that a gut that leaks. Your intestinal lining which is normally kilometres of tight junctions can be damaged, through infections, stress, toxins, ageing and certain foods. This damage causes inflammation and increased permeability. Suddenly poorly digested food particles and bacteria are able to pass through into your bloodstream unhindered.

“Leaky gut syndrome” is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. But it’s something of a medical mystery.

“From an MD’s standpoint, it’s a very gray area,” says gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic. “Physicians don’t know enough about the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ.” – WebMD

Your immune system is constantly scanning for protein combinations to detect attack from bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. And here they are in the form of poorly digested food particles…..who would have thought!

Suddenly your body’s primed to attack itself. Now all it takes is a case of mistaken identity, from food particles to body tissue, when the conditions are right in a susceptible person. And the following conditions can occur.

These conditions are all linked to leaky gut syndrome –

  • Arthritis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Fatigue
  • Autoimmune thyroid disorders
  • Autism
  • Resistant weight loss
  • Inflammed brain
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease

 

What causes leaky gut?

Today’s world is vastly different from that of the simplicity of our grandparent’s world. In a few decades, we’ve upped the anti on synthetic chemicals, genetically modified foods, irradiation, non-foods (junk foods), chemicals, preservatives….the list is endless.

This radical change in our environment in a short space of time hasn’t allowed our genes to keep up the pace. Suddenly there’s a mismatch between our genetics and our surroundings. Scary.

Main ‘leaky gut culprits’ are chronic antibiotic use, anti-inflammatory drugs (Voltaren, Nurofen, Ibuprofen), excess caffeine and alcohol, smoking, certain foods (genetically modified gluten, sugar), infections, and toxins. Infections can include candida, intestinal parasites and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins can from plastics (BPA), pesticides, preservatives, medication and heavy metals (mercury) from amalgam fillings and vaccines. Plus, top this off with stress and age.

Do you have leaky gut?

Here are 10 Leaky Gut Signs:

Do you suffer from….

  1. Food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities
  2. Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac disease, psoriasis.
  3. Gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  4. Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  5. Skin issues such as acne, eczema, rosacea
  6. Chronic candida or thrush
  7. Chronically use antibiotics
  8. Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.
  9. Seasonal allergies or asthma.
  10. Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.

 

How do you heal a leaky gut?

In my practice, I have patients follow a comprehensive individualised gut repair and detox program, which removes the irritants, toxic and inflammatory foods once they’ve been identified through testing. Top up identified missing nutrients in the healing and detox pathways.

In addition, I have them follow a 4R protocol to heal their gut. The elements are –

  1. Remove.

Remove the bad. The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the gut, such as inflammatory and toxic foods, and intestinal infections.

  1. Replace.

Replace the good. Add back the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption, such as digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid.

  1. Repair.

Provide the essential nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself. I have my favorites that work a treat.

  1. Reinoculate.

Restoring beneficial bacteria is critical to re-establishing a healthy balance of good bacteria.

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