Gut Health & Nutrition
It's a wonder any of us survived our twenties.
Most of us weren’t taught to value our gut health. In fact, we probably never gave it a second thought in our first few decades of life. That led to food and lifestyle choices that were anything but nourishing, with uncomfortable long-term repercussions.
The way your gut functions has everything to do with how you feel and the strength of your immune system. To turn dinner into fuel, your gut has to break that meal down into teeny-tiny particles, small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream. For that to happen, your gut has to be in tip-top shape.
If it’s not, the nutrients that were supposed to power your days turn into more poop instead! Not only did you waste money on that food, but now you’re a little malnourished too. Not good, right?
If this pattern goes on unchecked, it can lead to common digestive problems like bloating, heartburn, constipation, and diarrhea, as well as systemic symptoms including headaches, joint pain, and fatigue. Even worse, you can start to experience chronic nutrient deficiencies, dysfunctional immunity, and a whole host of mood and hormone issues.
Every time your heart beats and your lungs expand, every time you walk or talk, make a decision, or fight off a virus... all of that all has to be fueled by the nutrients you eat.
Which brings us to Leaky gut.
Leaky gut is also known as intestinal permeability. When the lining of the small intestine – which is normally joined tightly together – is damaged or loosened, it is unable to produce the enzymes that are needed for proper digestion. The permeability of the intestine also prevents the body from absorbing essential nutrients, leading to a weakened immune system.
Leaky gut permits harmful substances such as undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins to move out of the intestine and “leak” into the blood stream and the rest of the body. The result is an autoimmune response by the body that can present as:
- Anxiety or depression
- Celiac disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Crohn’s disease
- Food allergies
- Hormonal imbalances
- Irritable bowel
Every time food particles that are not supposed to get into the blood pass through a leaky gut, the immune system must go on the attack to neutralize those foreign particles. That’s because your immune system doesn’t know that those particles were just some relatively harmless food – it considers any foreign particle to be a potential infection, which could be very dangerous for you. When this happens occasionally, your immune system takes care of the problem without issue. But when Leaky gut goes unresolved, the immune system becomes overloaded and begins to make mistakes. These mistakes often result in multiple food sensitivities or autoimmune conditions.
Close to 75% of your immune system is in your gut, so when you have a problem with your digestive system, the likelihood of developing an immune-related illness increases dramatically.
While the symptoms of various gastrointestinal problems overlap, discomfort like the following can be an indication of Leaky gut:
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation
- Chronic gas or bloating
- Skin rashes
- Chronic fatigue
- Sugar cravings
- Joint pain
Candida or other yeast infections are yet another common indication of leaky gut. Candida overgrowth in the digestive tract is considered a major player in some health problems, like mood disorders, sinus infections, recurring UTIs or vaginal yeast infections, and chronic fatigue. Leaky gut is a serious consequence of candidiasis, a condition caused by unresolved candida overgrowth.
End the cycle of trial & error
Conventional medicine fails to take an individual approach to nutrition, rolling out food pyramids and similar recommendations to the masses. Did you know tomatoes and bell peppers have the potential to cause more harm than good? But they get lumped in with all the other fruits and vegetables.
Find out if you have a leaky gut and start healing.
What causes Leaky gut?
How does the damage to the intestines occur? The answer often lies within what you put in your body.
The causes of Leaky gut depend on the person, their overall health, DNA, and lifestyle. There are many ways you can put yourself at risk for Leaky gut:
- Excessive intake of refined sugars
- A reliance on antibiotics or over-the-counter pain relievers
- High alcohol consumption
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Processed foods
If you’re tired of living with a chronic condition, having low energy, or feeling like something just isn’t right, take the time to find out if Leaky gut is interrupting your happy, productive life.
You can be the person you want to be. Through enzyme nutrition, diet and lifestyle adjustments, your body can relearn how to work in a healthy way. Give us the opportunity to identify what’s going on with your gut. At Ann Arbor Holistic Health, it is our honor to help you get a new lease on life. After comprehensive testing and diagnosis, we address Leaky gut at the source, using a customized care plan to remove what isn’t right, rejuvenate the lining of your intestinal wall, restore healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, and give you your life back.
Contact us today to schedule your comprehensive nutritional evaluation and consultation. Allow us to help your body heal.
Leaky Gut can have far-reaching effects throughout your entire body. Digestive issue, sure, but also respiratory complications, pain, mental health, skin problems, migraines, fatigue, and more.