Health Begins in the Gut
Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Bad breath, gum disease and dental problems
- Bloating, stomach cramps
- Hayfever and chronic sinus problems
- Food sensitivities and food allergies
- Difficulty losing weight,
- Sugar and carbohydrate cravings
- Fatigue and loss of libido
- Mood changes
- Mental fog, poor concentration, poor memory
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Poor digestion, acid reflux and other gut disorders
- Thrush, Chronic yeast problems
- Acne, eczema skin and foot fungus
- Insomnia, Poor sleep, night sweats
- Joint inflammation, stiffness
- Frequent colds, flu or infections
- Menstrual or menopausal symptoms
Your gut bacteria weigh approx 2-3kg!
It is hard to believe that we have approximately 2-3 kg of gut bacteria lining our intestinal tract! There are 100,000s different species, and some that haven't even been identified and studied yet.
All health begins in the colon
Without them we would barely survive, as the "good bacteria" are important helpers in keeping our immune system strong. They are also involved in many other roles in keeping us healthy, including hormonal balance, detoxification, vitamin absorption, bone health, heart health, cancer prevention, and even serotonin and mood control.
Leaky gut syndrome
Good bacteria keep the bad bacteria away. Unfortunately some of these "good bacteria" are killed off by the fungicides and pesticides that are added to our fruits and vegetables, and also by the addition of the various chemicals added in the processing of our foods. Pharmaceutical medications and antibiotics also destroy some of these bacteria.
A predominance of bad bacteria eventually leads to "leaky gut syndrome" where the toxins that your body is meant to excrete are instead leaked back into your system.
Functional gut tests available
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, it would be worth coming in for a check up of your general gut health. Tests are available to check for levels of the good and bad bacteria, and to see if your entire digestive system is working as well as it should be.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure, and health begins in the colon.
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