Your gastrointestinal tract is a distinct tube from your mouth, incorporating the stomach, small and large intestines through to the other end. This tract is supposed to be ‘outside’ the body with only selected substances passing through the walls into the blood stream to be circulated to where they are needed.
An accumulation of such things as emotional stress, poor diet, pharmaceuticals, dysbiosis (an imbalance of gut bacteria), gluten intolerance etc can cause inflammation and weaken the walls, so that instead of being selective with what enters our blood stream larger particles which the body may not recognise get through.
Nutritional Status Compromised
When food particles which have not been sufficiently digested enter the blood stream they are not recognised. Our body can have an immune reaction to them (food intolerances) and this reaction creates a drain on our system and can cause inflammation. Symptoms such as gas, flatulence, bloating, joint pain, migraines, excessive mucous have all been linked with food intolerances.
In addition we have poor absorption and so cannot use the nutrients we are eating and can end up malnourished even though our food intake is good.
Immune Function Compromised
Our mucosal barrier is a protective layer. In the case of a leaky gut this protective layer is compromised. Our bodies produce anti-bodies, in fact 70% of our immune system is housed in the gut where we produce Secretory IgA. With a compromised mucosal barrier comes compromised and an erratic immune system. Imagine the difficulty someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis might have in modulating their immune system without addressing their gut issues.
A significant part of the work that we will do is aimed at relieving the inflammation and irritation in the gut by identifying underlying causes, removing them and allowing healing and repair of the mucosal barrier and gut wall. Optimal health, can only be achieved when the gut is optimally functional and sound.
Almost any health disorder will be exacerbated by a leaky gut as perfect health comes from homeostasis (balance) within the body. If your digestion is compromised so is your body’s ability to carry out this balancing act.
Specifically to the gut, some of the following may be present bloating, poor digestion, fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, IBS, cravings.
As part of your program you will learn about foods which harm and foods which heal your GI tract and about lifestyle habits, changes and nutritional supplements which will help you to restore good health to this vital system.