Gut Health really is a hot hot topic at the moment. With everything from kombucha drinks, fermented foods and bone broths.
While these all have their benefits, gut health is complex, and can be a series of underlying issues that need to be addressed before consuming every fermentable thing in sight. Some underlying conditions, can actually be worsened by certain fermentable foods!
Firstly, what is leaky gut?
A healthy normal gut lining, consists of tight junctions (holes similar to that of a screen or sieve) that are able to allow broken down food and nutrients through, but filter out large undigested particles and pathogens from entering into the blood stream.
When the gut becomes compromised damaged, from things such as stress, infections/bacteria’s, medications, poor dietary choices, alcohol, sugars, hydronated fats etc these tight junctions become impaired, leaving room for pathogens and undigested food particles to enter the blood stream.
What happens then? Then this becomes an issues. The body then sends out attack against these foreign particles, creating an immune response. Resulting in a catalyst of unwanted symptoms, and long term, creating chronic health issues, everything from inflammatory conditions, mental health disorders and food intolerances.
IBS another gut health cofactor?
IBS affects a large number of the population daily, ranging from a variety of uncomfortable and socially debilitating symptoms. What can be causing IBS? It is now known that up to 80% of IBS sufferers have a bacterial overgrowths called SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). Left untreated the individual experiences strong IBS reactions to certain foods, and continues to become more and more sensitive over time.
What are signs and symptoms of leaky gut and bacterial overgrowths?
- Pain and abdominal discomfort
- Heart burn and reflux
- Burping and wind
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Brain fog and lethargy
- Immune issues
- Inflammatory conditions
How do you find out if you have a bacterial overgrowth or leaky gut and treat it?
Testing is the first line of action to confirm. Hydrogen Methane Breath tests are the gold standard in diagnosing these conditions. Followed by a treatment plan, depending on confirmation of the test outcome, the treatment plan can vary from individual to individual.
Do you suffer from any of these symptoms? I can help you investigate and devise a treatment plan. Book in now or contact me for more information.