So many of our clients come to us seeking help with gastrointestinal issues. We would estimate that 75% of our clients come to see us with gut based problems and at least half of those that don’t we end up treating the gut anyhow. Hippocrates himself said all disease begins in the gut and countless greats since his time have confirmed this. Leaky gut syndrome is incredibly common.
We specialise in gut health, autoimmune conditions and hormones. The latter two of these are often linked to gut health and all three often have leaky gut/intestinal permeability in common.
Clinical Importance of Intestinal Integrity
When barrier mechanisms break down, and undesirable substances penetrate the intestinal barrier, known as “leaky gut” syndrome, the body’s immune system may become exposed to large dietary and bacterial macromolecules which may trigger or contribute to immune reactions underlying a wide range of clinical conditions
Autoimmune conditions are considered third largest cause of death in the industrialised world. If we take into account antibodies in LDL (low density lipoprotein), then autoimmunity could be considered the largest cause of death in the world.
Currently there is no available cure for autoimmune conditions using conventional medicine as conventional medicine is a model designed to help people with acute problems, i.e. you have problem A and we treat with drug B. However, an acute care model cannot be used to treat chronic disease.
If we take, for example the case of Hashimoto’s in autoimmune thyroiditis, the standard of care is to use synthetic T4 thyroxine. However, this does nothing to address the underlying cause and thus the patient rarely gets better. Take another example of an inflammatory autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, patient is prescribed harsh drugs like methotrexate, steroids and immunosuppressant drugs like hydroxychloroquine.
Our bodies are populated by trillions of bacteria of differing species, found on the skin, in the gut and all mucous membranes such as the mouth, vagina, nose and lungs. While bacterial cells may be small, experts estimate that they outnumber our human cells 10:1 and as such they contribute hugely to our overall health.
Focusing on our enteric (intestinal) bacteria, we know that these bacteria form a vitally important and delicately balanced community, which is constantly influenced by our diet and lifestyle choices. Disruption to this microbiome is likely to be contributing to the huge increase we have seen in digestive-related illnesses such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, reflux and constipation. But beyond maintaining a healthy digestive tract and assisting in digestion and absorption, we also now know that the health of the digestive tract is closely linked with health throughout the body. Justin Sonnenberg, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanf...
If you suffer from any sort of food intolerance or food sensitivities an elimination diet may be a valuable tool in determining what the exact cause of your problem maybe.
Whilst it is true that you need food for energy and nutrition, it is also true that each and every piece of food you consume is a messenger. Food actually sends information and signals to your body and your body responds accordingly.
So how are these messages transmitted?
The whole process begins in your mouth, which is the first port of call for the digestive system (otherwise known as the G.I. tract or the gastro intestinal tract) via the process of digestion and absorption.
The digestive system actually has its own nervous system; this system is called the enteric nervous system and it is abundant in enzymes, bacteria and nuro-transmitters. (Chemical messengers that are also found in the brain) hormones and bacteria. In fact a vast amount of the body’s immune system is found in the gut. Many factors that influence dig...