Every day, we are asked about an approach to help heal the body. Here at The Gut Authority, we like to provide information to help people live a healthier life. We are happy to help our patients live their best life!
Some of the first signs would include gas, bloating, cramping, sensitivity to some foods, and pain in the stomach. The term “leaky gut” is not a clear-cut diagnostic term. It pretty much means you have some some symptoms or issues, but we may not know an exact cause without further testing. It has been linked to autoimmune conditions.
Some foods that can contribute to the formation of a leaky gut may become intolerable, as in an allergic response, or you may be unaware that they are contributing to the problem. However, these foods or other imbalances that could lead to formation of a leaky gut break down and damage the tight junctions that hold the cells lining the intestine together. As a result, toxins or partially digested foods are now able to pass directly from inside the gut into the bloodstream.
When you experience a loss of this digestive tract functional barrier , your body “defender cells” see these partially digested foods or proteins as foreign. It alerts an army of cells called antibodies to come destroy this newfound enemy. But unfortunately, these partially digested food proteins are often similar in structure to cells that may make up various organs or parts of the body. As a result these antibodies may actually begin to attack the body’s own cells creating collateral damage . This could be true, for example, for someone with the genes for development of celiac disease or the genes for gluten sensitivity.
Most functional medicine physicians will use a series of laboratory tests to screen for digestive issues. If the underlying causes are established, a more dedicated treatment plan can be put into place. Here are some stages to work through to get a healthier digestive tract:
The main thing is to have your digestive issues evaluated by a trained Functional Medicine Practitioner. Once you can let your Practitioner know what the symptoms are, he or she can work with you to obtain the appropriate testing to give you the answers you need. When you learn how to heal your body, you can begin the process to living a healthier life.
The leaky gut diet is not a one-size-fits-all program. At The Gut Authority, we design a recovery protocol and diet to help you rid your body of toxins, introduce healthy foods, and heal your gut. By eating the right foods, you can help your digestive tract begin to heal itself. Add in sleeping right and an appropriate exercise program and your body can begin to feel like brand new, or as close as you can get.
Healing your body can help you live your best life. You will begin to have more energy and not feel as fatigued. You will feel happier because you won’t be “bogged down” by all the excess toxins in your body. Are you ready to learn more and get to living the best life you can?
Our team here at The Gut Authority is dedicated to helping you heal your body. We can give you information and ideas on how to do just that. We are here to develop a relationship with all of our patients and work through their gut issues. Give us a call today!