Leaky gut is when the gut mucosa (lining) is impaired, and food particles find their way into the blood stream initiating an immune response seen as food intolerances, general malaise, brain fog, skin conditions and more serious auto-immune conditions. Damage to the gut lining is caused by irritants in the diet (caffeine, wheat, white flour, processed food, sugar) or unsuitable foods (animal fats, food intolerances) or prescription medications, anti-inflammatory meds, contraceptive pill and pain medication. Absorption of nutrients becomes impaired as a result.
Your immune system primarily resides in your gut so it is critical to optimise gut health for your overall health.
Start with removing the culprits that are irritating your gut, then work with a qualified practitioner to repair your gut lining and reinoculate your gut flora.
Deborah McTaggart is a registered nutritionist practising in Barnes, South West London, and global via Skype and Zoom. Deborah has a special interest in high energy demand, high performance, travel health, stress and sport recovery and performance for the busy professional, frequent traveller and recreational athlete. She works as a Consultant with The Resilience Institute, UK who work with global leadership to sustain high performance and long term health resilience. Contact me here for further information on gut health, eating healthy food and improving your health.