What causes a leaky gut?
Chances are there is dysbiosis present which means the flora is imbalanced. The ratio of “friendly” versus “unfriendly” bacteria is off and usually there is too much “unfriendly” in the small intestine where they shouldn’t be. We all have numerous strains of bacteria residing in our gut and a healthy gut has about 20% unfriendly bacteria and 80% friendly bacteria.When the “unfriendly” become higher in numbers, the beneficial bugs weaken. The stomach valve (ileocecal valve)
also weakens and the unbeneficial bacteria can climb up into the small intestine. This is also known as SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Uncomfortable symptoms can then present themselves such as gas, indigestion and an acidic environment that can attract other unhealthy pathogens. Conditions such as IBS, GERD and food sensitivities can then develop causing many other health problems. Depending on the severity of your condition, you can start by starving the unfriendly pathogens from their favorite food, SUGAR. A holistic nutritionist can prepare a specific program to help you repair your leaky gut.
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Lehla Moran is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who specializes in chronic pain and fatigue. She performs health and stress assessments at Salt Wellness and can help you find the best practitioner/treatment for your needs.