Our lives are filled with environmental toxins which impact the health of our gut. Perhaps you’ve taken antibiotics or are on other medications? Or your diet isn’t what it should be for optimal health, and you’re eating too much processed, sugary food, high in “bad” fats, GMOS and chemicals.
These chemicals directly impact the environment of your gut and the health of your intestinal lining. In healthy circumstances, the lining of your gut keeps large molecules and proteins inside. But exposure to chemicals through food and environmental, disrupt the microenvironment of your gut and create a condition known as leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability. When this occurs, the size of the “holes” in the inner lining of your gut increase and larger molecules are then able to permeate, or pass through, the gut lining. Some items that can now pass through into your system are undigested food particles, gluten proteins, and bacteria. These occurrences, disrupted gut environment and leaky gut, contribute to your inflammatory quotient.
The body “is not happy” when these large proteins cross through the gut lining, and increase production of antibodies, among other things, to compensate for this. This is truly the beginning of inflammatory process, and you can see reactions such as fatigue, arthritis and joint pain, bloating and irregular bowel habits, weight gain or inability to lose weight, headaches, thyroid disease and skin problems like acne and eczema.
Healing your gut is absolutely possible and requires changing your diet, functional medicine diagnostic testing, and using the information gathered from your tests to create a protocol that will reintroduce healthy bacteria into your gut.