Could you have leaky gut?
Are you feeling bloated, tired or sluggish?
Are you prone to allergies, food sensitivities, skin conditions or mysterious aches and pains?
If you show one or more of these symptoms, it could be a sign that your digestive system is not functioning as it should.
What is leaky gut syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome, also known as intestinal permeability, is a condition where the lining of the gut becomes more porous (‘holey’) and inflamed, allowing a greater amount of undigested food particles, bacteria, toxins and other materials to leak into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body.
Why is it such a problem?
When these toxins enter your bloodstream, your immune system may recognise them as pathogens (disease agents) and begin to fight them off. This causes inflammation throughout the body which, if left untreated, can contribute to and exacerbate long-term health conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, thyroid disorders, eczema, psoriasis and chronic fatigue – just to name a few!
What’s more, while your immune system is busy creating antibodies to help stave off these foreign invaders, it’s left more vulnerable to antigens (proteins that stimulate the production of antibodies), which can spark allergies and other sensitivities in the body.
Spot the common signs and symptoms
Leaky gut has been linked to a host of serious health issues, and may be difficult to recognise, so it’s important to know the signs. Watch out for:
What causes leaky gut?
The cause of leaky gut is different for every person, but keep an eye out for these common offenders:
What you can do…
A leaky gut can be the major cause, or the result of, food allergies and sensitivities. So, the best treatment for leaky gut is to start the gut healing process while simultaneously reducing your reactions to any foods, which may be exacerbating (or the root cause of) the condition. At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we can do this using one, or a combination, of the methods outlined below.
Reducing your reactions to inflammatory foods
At HWA we use a technique called muscle testing or kinesiology, to help identify your food sensitivities. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address your sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).
PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques. It aims to re-train your body and reduce your reactions to foods that may be causing or exacerbating your leaky gut, including:
That help support your digestive system and correct gut dysbiosis, a bacterial imbalance in the digestive tract.
Start healing your leaky gut!
This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot diagnose or cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.