WHAT CAN DAMAGE THE GUT
Take a moment to consider if you have taken any of the following regularly:
- The contraceptive pill
These prescription and non-prescription medications can disrupt the ecosystem of good bacteria that dwell in your gut. This disruption, or dysbiosis, can lead to inflammation and permeability of the gut lining (aka ‘leaky gut’). Additionally, a diet that is rich in sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed and starchy foods like rice, potatoes, pasta, pizza, donuts, biscuits, muffins, can wreak further havoc.
Dysbiosis and leaky gut often manifests as heartburn, bloating, stomach cramps, excessive flatulence and an unpredictable bowel habit.
SEEMINGLY UNRELATED SYMPTOMS
The thing to remember about a damaged gut lining is that symptoms can extend beyond those of a digestive nature. Leaky gut often results in macromolecules that would usually be too large to be absorbed, crossing the intestinal barrier and entering blood circulation. These include bacteria and partially digested food particles, which activate the immune system and cause widespread inflammation, manifesting as:
- Allergic conditions such as hay fever, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis
- Skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, or hives
- Mental health issues, like poor memory, brain fog, low mood, irritability or anxiety
- Hormonal imbalances in the form of low libido, headaches, tender breasts, irregular or heavy periods
- Low immunity, frequent colds and flu, mouth ulcers and thrush
HOW WE CAN HELP
Understanding how to evaluate and therapeutically support GI function, is a complex undertaking in a traditional western medicine, busy practice. Too often medication is prescribed to provide symptomatic relief, but it does little to address the underlying digestive damage.
At Well Works, we aim to treat the root cause of your symptoms. We focus on improving your digestive health, by examining all areas of your life. Our 12 Week Gut Transformation Programme uses specialised diagnostics to evaluate:
- Food allergies
- GI function
- Health and diversity of intestinal microflora
- Presence of bacterial, parasitic and fungal infections
The insight from these diagnostics helps us create an individualised nutrition and lifestyle plan, specifically with you in mind. We use targeted nutritional, digestive enzyme, probiotic and hypnotherapy to faciliate healing.
If you are interested in learning more, take your free health assessment by clicking the link below.