Our regular readers will know the importance we place on gut health. Given that you will all be focused on healthy habits as we start a new year we thought it was time to revisit gut symptoms.
The gut is complex and sensitive. An increasingly common complaint is leaky gut.
What is leaky gut?
Your gut lining is a protective layer that filters food allowing only smaller particles to be absorbed. Like any protective layer the gut lining can be damaged. Once damage has occurred then larger particles can get through. This is leaky gut in action.
Examples of these larger particles include:
If these particles have free passage through your gut ultimately, your gut will become inflamed.
Symptoms of inflammation include:
If these symptoms are familiar to you we encourage you to take action. A key warning sign is becoming sensitive to several different food groups. If you don’t address this you may suffer further health issues relating to your immune system.
Immune diseases could include
Why do I have leaky gut?
There are a variety of reasons why we get leaky gut. We talk about all of these factors regularly but make no apology for repeating our message again. Are you experiencing:
To complicate things even further be aware that with leaky gut you may not absorb necessary nutrients that support your immune system. These nutrients include B12, iron and zinc.
Healing a leaky gut
Healing your gut takes time. We have highlighted some key actions that we recommend to you. Bear in mind if gluten is your problem it takes up to nine months to remove from your system. See our blogs on giving up sugar and gluten for my experiences of dietary changes.
Where do you start?
We hope that this blog encourages you to assess how your gut is feeling and take any appropriate actions so you feel healthier and happier.
We always appreciate your comments and feedback. Let us know if there are subjects you want information on!
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