Latest research is showing that those suffering with cancer, autoimmune diseases, digestive issues and migraines, commonly suffer with an underlying problem of gut inflammation, leading to dysbiosis, which is an imbalance of bacteria in the gut, leaky gut (intestinal impermeability) or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). These are very common underlying health issues! They result in symptoms of musculoskeletal pain, joint inflammation, insomnia, fatigue, cognitive difficulties and more.
Intestinal inflammation has a lot of causes a lot of factors contributing to it. When there are chronic stressors, it can create continuous inflammation, which irritates the intestinal lining or mucosa, thereby creating fluidity in the gut lining itself.
With time, this inflammation increases the gut can become “leaky” or imbalanced which causes a lot of opportunistic and harmful bacteria to grow. But the good news is, there are many ways through which this condition can be avoided and alleviated.
Since the gut micro-organisms are the gatekeepers of our health, any changes to its function have profound effects on our general health. Researchers have revealed that some food additives have detrimental effects on the microbiota in the gut.
Food additives including maltodextrin, carrageenan, E171 (titanium dioxide), can directly lead to gut inflammation.
The use of an anti-inflammatory diet in controlling the gut inflammation has been widely recommended. This diet contains antioxidants, fatty acids and protein, that all help in reducing free radicals, which are created during the inflammation process. Some antioxidant rich foods include; spinach, blackberries, cherries, green tea, and so on.
The use of probiotic foods in alleviating gut inflammation has been unanimously agreed upon by various researchers. This is due to their role in immune system modulation and their anti-inflammatory response. It is one of the best ways to begin reducing gut inflammation and leaky gut.
Another fantastic way through in which gut inflammation can be repaired is the use of an elimination diet. This can vary in many ways, depending on the person’s own eating habits. It involves the removal of certain foods from your diet, which you suspect is counter-reacting to your body, repairing the gut, and then adding back foods and herbs that will help restore the gut lining. Working with a Nutritional Therapist can support and educate you to eliminate certain foods without becoming deficient in nutrients, until your health has been restored. Most people find the hardest part in making lasting health changes, is lack of support. This is crucial at the beginning of your healing journey.
There is no denying it that gut micro-organisms maintain a symbiotic relationship with the epithelial lining of the intestinal wall. However, if there is a dysbiosis/imbalance of the micro-organisms in the gut, a disorder like gut inflammation can develop.
Many recent findings have revealed other factors can also play a part in gut issues including; antibiotic exposure, sleep disturbances, lack of physical activity and chronic stress are some of the main ones.
These can all contribute to an imbalance of the gut flora. Hence, there is a need to consistently reduce your exposure to these extrinsic stressors in order to avoid gut inflammation.
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