Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut…
Are you suffering from this?

The answer maybe yes and you may not even know it! I am going to explain this is non-medical and non-technical terms. Think of it this way, if you put fuel into your car and a few seconds later you hear it coming out somewhere…Uh Oh you know something is wrong!!!. What will you do, stop the pump, stop filling up and go have a look. If there is a leak you are not going to continue putting the fuel in.

Unfortunately, with your gut you cannot just stop putting the food (your fuel) in, however you can change the type of fuel and because it is inside your body you cannot physically see it leaking into areas where it i snot meant to be.
Basically when the gut becomes permeable, the food passes right through into the blood stream creating skin problems, food intolerances, sneezing/allergies, inflammatory conditions, pain, bowel problems, digestive upsets and much more.

What causes the gut to become leaky ? Stress, excess animal based protein, excess sugar, excess alcohol, toxins like parasites, fungal overload, metal toxicity, bacterial overload, eating too late at night, improper chewing of your food and so on. All of these items create acid in the gut and disturb the whole acid alkaline balance.

When your gut ph is more acidic you may suffer from an array of problems like poor sleep, low energy levels, mood swings, irritability, food intolerances, skin problems, weight problems, digestive problems e.g bloating , gas, excess wind, bowel fluctuations of diarrhoea to constipation, abdominal swelling,reflux etc

With a very simple test I can determine what is causing the acid alkaline imbalance, what you need to do about it and whether you have leaky gut or not. It is amazing the amount of people who suffer form this problem and sadly medication is not the answer in fact long term medication and lots of antibiotics contributes to the problem in the first place. A change of diet and lifestyle is a must to begin with.

The most acidic foods are white flour based products (refined carbohydrates), like pasta, pizza, white bread, cakes, biscuits, alcohol,SUGAR of course in all its forms…excess animal protein and not enough vegetables or proteins from plant sources can be a problem. Animal Protein is more difficult to digest ( sources include Red meat, fish, chicken, dairy products, eggs) Plant based proteins provide all the amino acids but in much more digestible form ( wheatgrass, chlorella, spirulina, nuts, seeds, Quinoa, Buckwheat, millet,Avocado) etc More of these are better for you as they offer a multitude of other nutrients other than just protein and they add to the alkalinity of the body. In an acidic environment all the nasties thrive, they eat away at your protective layers on the inside and leave you feeling very sluggish, down and unwell to say the least. You simply cannot thrive and be healthy. Failure to chew your food properly is a massive problem and over eating the dame food types daily. Variety is very important.

The good news is the gut restores very quickly given the right conditions. Replenishing the alkaline levels within the gut as well as treating the body for other imbalances, taking antidotes for toxicity if present, treating core stress issues, looking at your dietary habits and lots more are very important. It’s a blend of numerous things which create it, unfortunately a magic wand cannot fix just like anything else but treatment is highly successful and a must before your immunity gets compromised and you become more deficient in nutrients…You are what you absorb not what you eat.

Gertrude Lawler, Health for life practitioner, Food technologist, Natural Juice Therapist practices in CLANE. Enquiries or to obtain FREE ‘Healthy Gut steps’ please contact Tel:086-3888535 or Email: Gertrude@kinesicare.ie www.gertrudelawler.com