What does this mean to you?
Most of my clients with food intolerance, skin conditions and mood disorders are most likely to have some digestive incompetence as a causative factor. Optimal digestion and gut wall stability protect the body against the entry of large food particles into the bloodstream and the subsequent development of undesirable health outcomes.
- Neurotransmitters are chemical substances that send nerve impulses. These nerve impulses can affect mood and behavior. Neurotransmitters found in the brain have also been found in the digestive system.
- One particular neurotransmitter serotonin, also known as our ‘happy’ chemical, plays a role in mood, migraines, concentration, memory, insomnia and appetite.
- While it plays such a vital role in our brain chemistry, approximately 95% of serotonin is actually found in the gastrointestinal system, our GUT! This might explain why you can get a nervous belly.
The gastrointestinal tract is where we digest and absorb nutrients, house our microbes (also known as gut bacteria), and regulate the immune system and synthesis (produce) neurotransmitters (brain chemicals).
A healthy GIT (gastrointestinal system) is linked to a strong immune system, a positive attitude and glowing skin.
Reasons for poor health:
- Leaky gut
- SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth)
- Inadequate upper digestive secretions
Why help improve your health?
- Brain fog
- Skin health (acne, eczema, aging, fine lines)
- IBS (constipation/diarrhea)
- Poor sleep/insomnia
What is a leaky gut?
The proper (scientific) term for leaky gut is ‘intestinal permeability’. Cells in your gastrointestinal system (GIT) are held together tightly. They are considered a gatekeeper, a border/barrier that protects you from food particles, bacteria and gut-generated toxins from entering the blood stream (systemic circulation). When this border (cells) separates or come apart, a mass of bacteria, viruses, parasites, foreign proteins and allergens escape triggering an inflammatory response, causing an array of health issues.
The most common cause of chronic inflammation and disease is compromised barrier function through increased intestinal permeability (‘leaky gut’).
Just as a house with poor structure will not stand strong, a leaky gut can weaken your digestion and overall health.
Good barrier function maintains robust tolerance and sets the inflammatory tone, both in the gut and throughout the body.
A leaky gut may be increased by any inflammatory agent in the gut, including dysbiosis or infection, food allergens such as gliadin from wheat (coeliac disease), toxic exposure, medications (e.g. non-steroidal anti-inflammatories), excessive alcohol consumption, and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis).
Signs you have a leaky gut;
- Food intolerance
- IBS symptoms (bloating/diarrhoea/constipation)
- Low mood
- Poor sleep
- Poor skin health
Some causes may include;
- Some medication
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Pathogenic bacteria/parasites/yeast overgrowth