Do one or more of these symptoms sound familiar?
- Are you bloated?
- Do you have allergies or food sensitivities?
- Do you have diarrhea or constipation?
- Are you tired all the time?
- Do you have acne?
- Do you get sick often and/or recover slowly?
Gut health is so important during anytime of your life. Even in the absence of digestive symptoms, many seemingly unrelated disorders can be traced back to poor gut health such as a hormonal imbalance, acne, allergies, autoimmune disease, joint aches and pains, weight loss resistance and almost any inflammatory condition.
Leaky-gut syndrome is a common finding, particularly in patients with a history of allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, or autoimmune disease. The cells lining the intestinal tract can become damaged allowing substances to “leak” through the gut and enter the bloodstream. This can result in chronic inflammation causing a myriad of symptoms including fatigue, bloating, weight gain, muscle pain, arthritis and a weakened immune system.
There are many factors that can contribute to poor gut health, some of which may seem obvious such as an unhealthy diet. What you aren’t always aware of is that your body may be reacting to those fresh, organic blueberries that you eat for breakfast every morning or the cage-free egg whites that you pack for lunch. Often times the foods that are causing your sore joints, fatigue or headaches are ones that you may have never suspected. A specialty blood test performed in office will detect foods in your diet that may be leaking into your blood stream, unknowingly wrecking havoc on your body.
A healthy gut helps to manage whole-body inflammation and ensures optimal bio-absorption of nutrients. Healing and supporting the gut involves eating the right foods, eliminating food sensitivities, daily probiotics, taking the right antimicrobials and targeted supplementation such as glutamine or zinc. Once repaired, you may find that all other health problems will miraculously disappear. Gut health is tightly interconnected to the optimal functioning of every organ system and it is a foundational pillar to our health.