So what is gluten and what’s the big deal?
Gluten is a sticky protein found in wheat. The prevalence of wheat and gluten products especially processed and refined varieties, have led to a greater percentage of the population developing gluten intolerance.
Common Gluten Intolerance Symptoms
Damage to the digestive tract by ingesting gluten can result in conditions like Leaky Gut and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). And even if you may have had a negative Celiac result, it is highly likely you are Gluten intolerant.
We only tend to become aware there is a problem when we see a change in digestion like bloating, indigestion/reflux, bowel issues, nausea and headaches. Even though there are other systemic symptoms like brain fog, fatigue, muscle/joint pains and depression that are alleviated by removing gluten and healing the gut.
Gluten intolerance can affect almost every cell, tissue and system in the body since the bacteria that populate the gut help control everything from nutrient absorption and hormone production to metabolic function and cognitive processes. It can cause significant changes in the gut microbiota — a big problem considering that our overall health depends on the health of our gut.
Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome and IBS
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition where the lining of the intestines become inflamed or irritated allowing toxic chemicals, undigested food and disease causing bacteria to enter the blood stream .This can lead to other conditions like IBS as well as food allergies and chemical sensitivities.
Normal absorption becomes disrupted which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Poor digestion of food leads to the uncomfortable and irritating conditions of bloating/gas, indigestion/reflux, diarrhoea and constipation and nausea. All symptoms that are collectively called IBS.
How to treat Leaky Gut and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
When treating these conditions I follow an easy 4 step Plan that also incorporates nutritional and Herbal remedies.
In the clinic, Trish our Naturopath can order specific tests that can measure your gut microbiota and the presence of toxins. Which is a proven and reliable indicator of gut permeability.
Through these tests and your presenting symptoms Trish can then talk to you about any nutritional/herbal, dietary and lifestyle support you need. By also allowing the digestive tract time to rest and heal, your symptoms may improve.
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