It appears that in today’s health conscious society, and that of health and fitness in particularly, that many people are concerned with appearance and looking good when hitting the beach.

When was the last time you stopped, and thought about what is going on inside the body?

Have you ever heard the term Leaky Gut, and could this be destroying your health?

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a major cause of disease and dysfunction in modern society, accounts for at least 50% of chronic illness complaints, this is backed up by research results and lab tests. Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) occurs when the epithelium walls of the small intestine becomes inflamed and irritated, allowing toxins of the small intestines to enter into the blood stream. This puts stress on the liver, the lymphatic system, and the immune response including the endocrine system. Most, incurable diseases are caused by leaking toxins.These flood into the blood stream, where the body attacks its own tissues. This is known as auto immune disease, and thought to be the primary causes off:

 

Asthma

Allergies

Sinusitis

Eczema

IBS

Rheumatoid arthritis.

One of the most common complaints today is that of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and LGS is often the real cause of this. It is thought that LGS is increasing and more and more people are suffering with it but unaware.

So why is LGS on the increase? Well at first it was due to antibiotics, anti-inflammatory which burn the lining of the intestines. However recently, it is due to alcohol consumption, food intolerances, stress, gluten intolerance, and basically poor gut health due to a lack of good bacteria and digestive enzymes.

Candida are little fungal micro organisms that live in everyone. However some people have an excess of these, usually due to sugars, processed carbohydrates and anti-biotics. Simply just killing Candida is usually not successful, because the gut has not been healed and more often than not candida returns. Antibiotics are usually the original cause. By killing acid forming bacteria (Lactobacillus bacteria produce lactic acid, for example), the environment becomes alkaline, and candida thrive in a alkaline environment. Antibiotics and chronic illness reduce Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) in the stomach. This in turn leads to alkalinity and poor digestion particularly protein digestion.

LGS has serious consequences. When the gut is inflamed it does not secrete digestive enzymes to digest foods properly or absorb nutrients and foods properly. The result can lead to indigestion with gas and bloating – basically irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Poor digestion particularly protein digestion due to low HCL increase the chances of food allergies, IBS, disease of the Gall Bladder and much more. An inflamed gut leads to malabsorption and nutrient deficiencies, causing a number of symptoms for example: magnesium deficiency, chromium deficiency induced high cholesterol or sugar cravings, zinc deficiency, induced prostatitis or lack of acid formation. Processed foods contain additives that the body does not know what to do with, so it puts stress on the liver, whose job it is to detoxify the body.

Lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation of cardiac muscle, thyroid issues, are Auto immune Diseases. They are on the increase and more and more people are showing other symptoms such as: fatigue (not relieved by rest and sleep); weight gain; in some cases unexplained weight loss; and constant flu like symptoms etc.

In conclusion, the way to better health (inside and out) is to take care of the gut first. Good gut health equals all round great health.