Have you heard of the condition Leaky Gut?  It doesn’t sound pleasant and the impact it can have on your health is definitely not pleasant. Here’s an explanation  from an article on mercola.com of how leaky gut develops and how to heal it:

” Think of the lining of your digestive tract like a net with extremely small holes in it that only allow specific substances to pass through. Your gut lining works as a barrier keeping out bigger particles that can damage your system.

When someone has leaky gut (often referred to as increased intestinal permeability) the ‘net’ in your digestive tract gets damaged, which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now able to. Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria, and undigested food particles. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your blood stream causing an immune reaction.

This leads to inflammation throughout your system and can cause symptoms, such as:

  • Bloating
  • Food sensitivities
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin issues like rosacea and acne
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain
  • Syndrome X

There are 4 main causes of leaky gut which include:

  • Poor diet
  • Chronic stress
  • Toxin overload
  • Bacterial imbalance

The good news is there’s a solution to healing leaky gut. There is a four step process that includes:

  1. Remove foods and factors that damage the gut
  2. Replace with missing enzymes, nutrients, and healing foods
  3. Repair with specific supplements
  4. Rebalanc/Reinnoculate with probiotics”

If you identify with any of the symptoms above, schedule a nutritional consult with your doctor at Lake Pointe to determine contributing factors in your lifestyle and develop a plan to heal and restore your intestinal lining. Call 612-922-8100 to schedule!

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