Our modern world is not good for our gut. You have heard the expression, ‘you are what you eat’, however more importantly ‘you are what you absorb’. The gut serves as your ‘first responder’ to the junk in your diets. Chemicals, drugs especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and foreign, man-made creations can cause damage to the lining of your gut.
Your small intestine’s lining is only one cell layer thick and when this delicate barrier is damaged by toxins, overuse of medications, or a poor diet, you can have partially digested food particles ‘leaking’ into your bloodstream. This is like a load of raw sewage leaking into your blood. Your immune system is activated and you can develop food sensitivities to foods you would normally be able to digest.
This can cause all sorts of problems not only with your digestive system but it can also leave you feeling sick, depressed, anxious, and even absent-minded.
When your gut is damaged, your body can’t absorb the crucial nutrients it needs like omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, vitamin D, and B12. These key nutrients, which are critical for a healthy body as well as for brain function, have trouble being absorbed when things go wrong in your gut.
So, what can you do to fix this problem?
Start by eliminating food allergens from your diet like gluten and dairy for 6 weeks. The easiest way of finding out which foods are affecting you personally, is to have a ‘vega test’, and I can pinpoint your problems.
Then I may suggest that you take digestive enzymes, probiotics, L-Glutamine an amino acid that lines the gut wall, some zinc and some essential fatty acids to reduce any inflammation. These nutrients can help to repair the damaged intestines and bring your digestive system back into balance. They will also help your general health, and your brain.
Take eczema as an example. If you ask your Doctor for help he will suggest a lotion or a steroid cream which works on the outside, but invariably skin problems stem from the inside. So, unless you address the underlying cause underneath your skin, you won’t sort out the problem, you’ll just deal with the symptoms.
The things that trigger inflammation in your skin are the same things that trigger inflammation in your brain or your body. In fact with some people, if they have an inflamed gut they’ll get eczema, others may get autism or depression, and some may even get back pain.
But the treatment is the same, as treating your leaky gut. If you want to fix your skin, body or brain, you need to fix your gut.