Leaky Gut Syndrome is a very common health disorder where the intestinal lining becomes more permeable/ porous than normal. The epithelium on the villi of the small intestine becomes irritated and inflamed, this allows toxic material into the bloodstream, that would in healthier circumstances, be repelled and eliminated. Therefore the gut becomes “leaky” in the sense that bacteria, fungi, parasites along with their toxins as well as un-digested proteins, fats & waste pass into the bloodstream. Once the process of leaky gut occurs, the body perceives these large molecules as foreign invaders and attacks them with an antigen-antibody response. This contributes to poor digestion, mal-absorption, food allergies, inflammation, and compromised liver, lymphatic, and endocrine function.
According to Dr. Ronald Grisanti “Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a major cause of disease and dysfunction in modern society and accounts for at least 50% of chronic complaints, as confirmed by laboratory tests” Furthermore, Dr D. Weber states “Leaky gut syndrome is almost always associated with autoimmune disease & reversing autoimmune disease depends on healing the lining of the GI tract. Any other treatment is just symptom suppression”
There are many different causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome, however the most prevalent cause I see in clinic is gastrointestinal dysbiosis. Dysbiosis refers to bacterial imbalance between the good and the bad bacteria that reside in our gut with more unfriendly bacteria than the friendly species. When the normal balance of these microbes is disturbed, intestinal inflammation increases. A sure way to eliminate these good bacteria is frequent antibiotic use. A diet high in sugar, refined and processed foods also contributes to the pendulum swing of good to bad.
Leaky Gut, dysbiosis and food intolerances all go hand in hand and create a vicious cycle that leads to increased gut permeability and intestinal atrophy. When the gut is inflamed the damaged microvilli cannot produce the necessary enzymes and secretions that are essential for a healthy digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Because of malabsorption nutrient deficiencies often occur, these nutrient deficiencies slow down the ability of the gut to heal and can cause any number of other symptoms. Hence the cyclic nature of this condition as depicted in my diagram.
Leaky Gut completely overworks the liver because it floods it with additional toxins diminishing the liver’s ability to neutralise chemical substances. When it cannot cope with the level of toxins the liver expels them back into the bloodstream. The circulatory system then pushes the toxins into the connective tissues and muscles where the body stores them to prevent major organ damage. As the intestinal lining gets weaker and weaker more toxins and undigested food enter into the bloodstream. The immune system reacts to this by producing antibodies causing allergic reactions and pain and inflammation throughout the body.
Some tell-tale signs you may have Leaky Gut
• Digestive issues such as heartburn, gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
• Seasonal allergies
• Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS
• Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis, or celiac disease
• Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
• Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD
• Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.
• Candida overgrowth
• Food allergies or food intolerances
• Chronic joint and muscle pain
The main way to deal with Leaky Gut Syndrome is through nutrition. It is important to get the body back to optimum health and AVOID the foods or toxins that are causing an allergic reactions. This allows the damaged villi in the intestine a chance to heal and ensures your liver has the time and energy to detoxify your body. There is nothing fancy required for the restoration and healing of the gut mucosa and fortunately our gut lining is one of the fastest growing tissues in the body
hence its ability to heal quite quickly – that is if you avoid the harmful stimulants and put in the right nutrients needed for nutritional balancing. I can’t recall how many cases of Leaky Gut I have seen in clinic with varying different methods and nutrients required to restore function.
I, myself have recently suffered from Leaky Gut. During my pregnancy my surging hormones changed many things including my gut microbiota. I could not take my daily probiotics as they wreaked havoc with my digestive system and hormones. . This change supported the growth of my beautiful baby daughter but caused me to crave carbohydrates and chocolate cake – my glucose tolerance was impaired and I craved fruit like frugivore! All of these changes, including my pregnancy hormones (which are well known to support yeast growth) led me to suffer abnormal levels of candida, gut dysbiosis and finally Leaky Gut. All of my symptomology were gastrointestinal related, however this can vary from individual to individual. I knew the signs straight away and took action immediately. For me the most integral part of my healing was to avoid the numerous foods that had seeped into my blood circulation in which my body had misidentified as foreign bodies and created an antigen response to. Had I not done this my body would have kept on becoming inflamed and igniting the stress response. The other part for me was introducing probiotics to swing the pendulum back in favour of the good bacteria and keep the bad bacteria at bay. In today’s modern society it is easy to fall prey to various health conditions. The challenge is to identify them and get on top if it before it becomes much more serious and entrenched throughout your system.
If you have some of the aforementioned symptoms or have an unexplained medical condition, then Leaky Gut may just be the cause.
The world is growing tired of modern medicine and its failure to properly handle some dis-eases. More and more people are turning to alternative treatments such as kinesiology to address their ailments, a decision which is helping them achieve lasting results. As a leading kinesiologist in Melbourne, Kristy Allan specialises in treating the person as a whole (mind, body, and spirit) not just the symptoms or the sum of parts. Kristy believes that the true path to perfect health includes all of these elements and she strives to bring about balance and harmony throughout all of these systems to get you feeling healthy and whole once more.
Kristy has helped clients all throughout the Melbourne area; working as a kinesiologist in Fertree Gully, Box Hill, Doncaster, Ringwood, Dandenong, Wantirna and many other suburbs throughout Melbourne. It is her experience and many success stories that make her the preferred kinesiolgist in the eastern suburbs.
Kinesiology is one of the most comprehensive and holistic systems of modern natural health care. Its art and science stems from both eastern and western traditions, beautifully blending anatomy and physiology with the energetic systems that science is yet to completely comprehend. It is a modality that focuses on all the fundamental levels of our being, mind, body and spirit.
Kinesiology’s greatest potential is its ability to tap into our own mind-body wisdom. By shedding light on what is having a direct influence on the body’s processes, we are given the key to unlocking and releasing people’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual pain.
Many people who select me as their kinesiologist in Melbourne come away with a “wow” factor, wondering how on earth I was able to pin point personal and relevant information as well as factors contributing to the clients presenting complaints. In fact, many people think kinesiologists are psychic in nature due to the accuracy of information presented in a session. As intuitive as I am, the truth lies with the client. The client has all of his or her own answers, the truth of any situation, past or present. The task of me, as a therapist, is to guide the client in discovering these truths. In working with the client’s innate intelligence, namely the subconscious and higher self, we are able to allow the process to lead back to the cause, past the smoke screen of protest by the conscious mind, to seek the key which can unlock each person’s dysfunction and dis-ease. For only by discovering the hidden cause is the healing likely to be lasting.
Communication with the client’s subconscious and higher mind is established through the use of an indicator muscle, namely the brachioradialis located in the forearm. The kinesiologist and the client form an energetic circuit where communication flows freely between the two individuals. The kinesiologist will be asking the client’s body if the ailment or complaint is located at a structural, biochemical, mental/emotional or spiritual level and the client’s body responds via the indicator muscle. The kinesiologist reads the physical and energetic imprint of the presenting issue and what is required to restore function and balance. Usually multiple factors are involved, and through my experience as a practitioner, it appears everything the body manifests first began on an energetic level, brought into being by thought processes, facilitated by emotions and then physically realised. This is why there is so much more to our health problems than meets the eye. Mind, body and spirit are inseparable and that which affects one will inevitably affect the other.
Kinesiology addresses the connection between the patient’s consciousness and his or her complaints. The body has an innate ability and desire to be healthy. Given the opportunity, it also has the amazing capacity to heal itself. The process of healing involves fusing together the fracture that splits body from mind and erasing dysfunctional patterns that contribute to the dis-ease state. Due to the nature of us as unique individuals with our own unique life experiences, no two kinesiology sessions will ever be the same. I find this aspect of kinesiology so refreshing and to be a true patient centred approach to health and wellbeing.
Through practising Kinesiology in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, I have seen the phenomena of the mind-body connection constantly at work, where emotional or psychological factors are responsible for changes in physiology. Some examples include: an emotion stopping a cell taking up a vital nutrient; a thought form triggering imbalances within the hormonal system; a supressed trauma causing an organ system to become imbalanced; a deeply held belief causing neurotransmitter irregularities – the list is endless.
Restore balance and you restore function. As the client’s body is the guiding intelligence in kinesiology, there is no second guessing the root cause of the problem. A kinesiology session is all about peeling back the layers to reveal the many factors that have been involved in the manifestation of the dis-ease. Sometimes this is a quick resolution and other times more sessions are required. The client’s innate wisdom is the one who determines the revelations and progress suited to their individual needs. Nothing is given that the client can’t handle. Gentle techniques are used to restore the body back to balance, including acupressure and various form of vibrational medicine. Vibrational healing is a powerful form of medicine that bypasses the physical. It has the ability to clear old limiting beliefs and effectively restores and promotes free flowing vital energy to the cells and tissues of our bodies. Lifestyle modifications and nutritional recommendations form part of the whole client approach.
So if you have found that modern medicine just isn't doing the trick, do not hesitate to try out a kinesiologist in the eastern suburbs. We can give you much needed relief for your ailments through natural methods which are quite affordable. We also invite you to browse and read our articles for more information.
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