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Managing Food Intolerance and Leaky Gut

Food intolerance is a result of a reaction to a food, beverage, food additive or component found in food that produce symptoms in one or more of the body’s organs and systems, but is not a true allergy.  Food intolerance can also be triggered by incomplete digestion of food which may result in poor assimilation and distribution of key essential nutrients, minerals and amino acids. Symptoms such as bloating, gas, cramps, aches and pains lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Food intolerance strategies and useful products that can be used to manage leaky gut first requires identification and treatment at the primary cause; possible causes may include indigestion, antibiotic induced dysbiosis, bacterial, viral or parasitic infections, food sensitivities, food intolerances, autoimmune and inflammatory bowel disease.

Strategies for managing leaky gut:

    1. Removal of gut mucosal load via removal of irritants such as foods identified through IgG testing, high GI foods, alcohol, caffeine and unnecessary medications.
    2. Replacement of digestive secretions and gastric mucosal protection via bitter herbs and demulcent herbs such as Slippery Elm.
    3. Re-inoculate with probiotics and prebiotics*.
    4. Repair with low irritant diet, low allergy protein, glutamine, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, B complex vitamins and address micronutrient deficiencies.

* Always seek the advice of a qualified natural health practitioner as there are different strains of probiotics and using prebiotics can sometimes accentuate irritation. 

A healthy gut is the key to overall health.