20 Nov Do you suffer from unexplained fatigue, skin complaints, joint pain or feel bloated ?
Do you suffer from unexplained fatigue, skin complaints, joint pain or feel bloated?
Is Your Gut Leaky/permeable?
The cells of a healthy intestinal lining (your “gut”) are pressed up tightly against one another, sealed by what are known as “tight junctions.” These junctions keep partially digested food safely inside your digestive tract, where undigested food should be. However the lining can become easily damaged and have far reaching effects on your bodies immune system, vitality and mood.
What compromises the fragile gut lining?
- Medications – especially anti-inflammatories
- Yeast infection
When your intestinal lining is compromised this allows undigested food particles to leak out into the bloodstream. The trouble is other toxins leak out too, including microbes.
When these substances enter your bloodstream your body treats them as foreign invaders and acts accordingly. Your immune system releases an inflammatory cascade of chemicals designed to neutralise the threat. Also creating more damage to the intestinal lining leading to poor nutrient absorption and more hunger.
The poorly digested food combines with IgG antibodies to form large bodies known as “immune complexes.” These circulate through the bloodstream until they are deposited in various tissues, where they create localised inflammation. Symptoms may occur such as skin rashes, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, tired all the time, brain fog and skin issues such as eczema and rosacea. Poor stamina and recovery from illness.
Ironically, your body starts to crave the very foods that are making you sick. That’s because if you keep eating High-food intolerant (FI) foods, your body keeps making antibodies to protect you from them. If you try to cut out a particular High-FI food, you have all these antibodies roaming around in search of it, ready to attack it with their special protective chemicals. These would-be protectors actually cause you to crave the food they’re longing to attack setting you up for a vicious cycle of inflammation and weight gain. The phrase “you crave what you should not” in this case has never been so true.
Part A: Signs & Symptoms
If you suffer from any of these on a regular basis (ie one or more times per week) then check yes.
If you have a symptom 1-2 times a week at a mild or moderate level – even if you barely notice it – score 2 points.
If you have a mild/moderate symptoms 3 or more times a week or a severe symptom 2 or more times a week, score 4 points.
If you have a bolded symptom, score 4 points.
- Poor immune function
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Celiac Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
- Attention deficient disorder (ADD)
- Autistic Spectrum
- Poor Memory
- Food Cravings
- Poor Focus, Brain “Fog”
- Weight loss resistance
- Joint/Muscle Pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Shortness of Breath
- Throat clearing
- Dark circles under eyes
Your Leaky Gut Score:
TOTAL SCORE: __________
Below 4: Low Likelihood of Leaky Gut
Currently, you seem to suffer from few food allergies or intolerances, if any. I have found that most people feel and look better when removing High-FI foods and often are reacting to one or more of them whether or not they have any overt symptoms.
6-14: Moderate Likelihood of Leaky Gut
You consistently suffer mild or moderate discomfort and bloating with certain foods, but you do experience periods of relief. Over time, you have noticed weight gain even though your diet hasn’t changed. Your skin and hair may look somewhat dull, and you tend to feel tired or stressed, more than you used to.
16+: High Likelihood of Leaky Gut
Help! You can’t remember the last time you felt light and lean after a meal, and it feels as though your stomach is constantly bloated. You‘ve done everything you can think of to lose weight, and it just hasn‘t worked.
Part B: Provokers
In order to minimise your likelihood of getting leaky gut syndrome and to heal the gut lining if you do, you will want to minimise anything that can cause or exacerbate it. Note, do not go off any prescription medications without the approval of your doctor.
Check each provoker that applies to you:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDS) like paracetamol
Sugar – especially fructose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), agave
Alcohol (more than one drink per day)
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
Prednisone and other anti-inflammatory drugs
Dietary induced nutrient deficiencies
A low-fibre diet
A high-sugar diet
Regular intake of reactive foods (soy, corn, eggs, dairy, peanuts)
Total provokers: __________ Note your goal is to get this number to zero!
The higher your Leaky Gut Score, the more you want to work on lowering your Leaky Gut Provokers score.
For further information to address your digestive health contact Susie and also discuss the food IGG blood test to confirm leaky gut syndrome. 85% of your immunity sits in your gut, your neurotransmitters and seratonin, so affecting not just energy but your mood too. Gut health is the beginning and end of your well being.