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GUT FUNCTION and FOOD INTOLERANCE, how healing the gut can reduce food intolerance

How can healing the gut reduce food intolerance?

The gut is a general term that includes the stomach, pancreas, intestines, liver and gall bladder

read more here for how the gut works

Food intolerance, gut damage and inflammation in the intestines go hand in hand.

Damage to the lining (lumen) of the intestine, causes inflammation which is a necessary function of the immune system. when inflammation occurs it causes swelling of the intestinal wall.

The wall of the intestines is made of very tightly held together cells, these cells are held together by gap junctions.

When inflammation occurs these gap junctions which are normally impermeable become permeable – meaning substances that would usually stay in the intestine travel into the interstitial spaces between the organs.

This causes the immune system to react to this substance because it is not meant to be in this space, it triggers an immune response. The immune system identifies the substance, lets say it was a fructose or gluten molecule the immune system then identifies this molecule as potentially harmful and responds with more inflammatory cells (which will be causing you bloating and pain) and each time you eat this food more immune responses occur.

The problem after this is that the immune system will react to this specific molecule until the insult passes and healing begins, for some people this immune response never goes away but for many others with proper healing, care and removal of the exacerbatory factors for a substantial time period they may be able to tolerate these foods again.

It comes back to healing the gastric mucosa (lining of the gut) and enabling it to function correctly again which can be done with diet and supplements to boost that initial healing

If you suffer from these problems and want to book in for a free 10 minute consultation to see how we can help you or consider our

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This package is for those who have gut and health problems that just aren’t relieved with the “normal approach” often clients come to naturopathy when they have tried just about everything thing else. We look at everything from allergies to parasites to find what the cause of the issue is, and when we find the cause we can either treat it or manage it effectively.

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