Leaky gut & autoimmune conditions

If, like me, you’re more of a visual learner you may appreciate this clip about leaky gut and autoimmune conditions. I like this clip because it’s short and concise but also simple to understand. For me, I don’t like being given a diagnosis and being sent on my way with a prescription. I need an explanation so I can better understand what’s going on in my body and then know how to look after it best.

Equipped with this knowledge I’m far more likely to make the right decisions going forward. For example, when I was first diagnosed dairy intolerant I thought “well intolerance is not allergic, that means I can eat it once in a while”. And once in a while I would…. And I would be fine. Then I would do it again… And I wouldn’t be fine!!!! I thought that meant I had a tolerant limit, i.e. one ice-cream ok, two is bad.

Later on when I learned about leaky gut, I appreciated so much more about what was going on in my body. I understood that even a little dairy was still causing my body issues by weakening my gut lining, even if I wasn’t consciously aware of it. By the time I was aware of it (those with lactose intolerance will catch my drift) it was far too late. The damage had been done.

Once you understand your body and what’s going on under the surface, you’re far better equipped to make better choices for your health.

This is a fantastic, short video from JustInHealth clearly explaining what leaky gut is and how it impacts on health.

Dr. Justin Marchegiani, presenting, explains that 70% of our immune function is located in the gut. If it’s constantly under attack (i.e. from a leaky gut) our immune system becomes hyperactive; it’s in overdrive. When we do need our immune response, it’s generally so worn out our body’s can’t fight off infection when we need them to.

It used to puzzle me why I was constantly getting colds. Two months couldn’t go buy without me at least catching one cold! It was insane. I would eat well (as well as I knew how to), exercise and generally get 8 hours of sleep a night. Yet anytime I had a late night or was particularly busy, I was smacked down by a cold the next day. I’m fairly certain my chemist thought I was making meth because I was buying cold & flu tablets so frequently!

Since changing my diet this has dramatically changed. Colds are so infrequent and rarely do they hang around. Also, because I’m far more tuned into my body when I do wake up with a sore throat or a bit of a tickle in my nose, I know to flood my body with vitamins and probiotics. By the end of the day all symptoms are cleared. This is ridiculously good compared to how my immune system use to be.

I hope watching this video helps you understand what’s going on in your body better, or even serve as a wake up call that your body is under stress.
If you are concerned about your health or suspect you have leaky gut, please consult with your holistic health care practitioner. Self diagnosis can be a lot of fun, but sometimes we can miss symptoms etc that a qualified expert will know what to look for. Don’t gamble with your health.

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