Specialist Area – Gut
The gut is essential to our health and wellbeing and any disruption can lead to symptoms elsewhere in the body. So important is our gut that many believe a healthy gut equals a healthy body. Most people by now have heard of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, I wouldn’t necessarily describe them that way myself, more along the lines of beneficial and pathogenic inhabitants of our gut and It is the balance of this unseen world that effects our health.
Signs of gut imbalances.
- Nausea, vomiting, fullness
- Indigestion, heartburn, nausea
- Easily stressed, anxious, irritable
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Brain fog
The list is endless, and many symptoms are not felt in the gut because when the gut is not happy it produces reactions and signals that cause imbalances elsewhere in the body. Often these can be seen in terms of energy, hormonal imbalance, mood disorders, immunity and even specific organ dysfunction, for example fatty liver.
Do I talk about leaky gut – I would like to dispel the myth of leaky gut. Yes, this is something absolutely real, it so real because this is exactly how our bodies were designed to function. Digested food particles are supposed to ‘leak’ through the gut. If you don’t have a leaky gut then I’m very worried about you. However, there is a genuine problem here and one which researcher now agree exists. This is where the process is weakened, the gut membranes no longer close as quickly or as tightly as they once did, meaning we are exposed for longer to substances which may create low level inflammation and potential autoimmune responses. Herein, lies the challenge to repair the gut lining.