After to speaking to so many people at one of the biggest Allergy Shows in the UK about intolerances, I decided to write this week’s blog on the reason you could have intolerances and how to rectify the symptoms.
New research from Mintel reveals that as many as 86% of all British adults have suffered some form of gastrointestinal (GI) problem or ailment* in the last year. Overall the nation’s top three tummy issues include: wind, bloating or flatulence (62%), followed by indigestion (53%) and diarrhoea (50%). 
Now, all of the above GI symptoms could mean you have a damaged gut, which is why you could be suffering with food intolerances to things like dairy, garlic and gluten etc.
A damaged gut means that instead of foods being broken down, absorbed and eliminated, partially digested foods can now cross through the damaged area of the intestinal lining and enter the blood stream directly. This leak can cause intolerances that then initiate an inflammatory response in the body and the release of stress hormones. This can then lead to a host of issues that may not seem related to a damaged gut, like intolerances, skin conditions, achy joints and stubborn weight gain to name but a few.
Now, the gut is very thin, actually it’s one cell thick, which enables for quick diffusion however it also means it can be easily damaged by our lifestyle such as pollution, medications, stress, food poisoning, alcohol, smoking etc.
Can you pin point a time in your life that could have caused your sudden intolerances?
Fear not, you don’t have to stay on a restrictive diet forever and live on medication to keep your intolerances at bay. Below are five steps that are tried ands tested methods to help heal the gut.
5 steps to heal your damaged gut:
- Remove the foods that you think are causing your GI symptoms. If you are not sure you can do a strict elimination diet, which removes caffeine, alcohol, dairy (including eggs), gluten, yeast, nightshades, sugar, processed foods, fats, spices, nuts and beans/legumes. Or do a basic elimination diet of alcohol, caffeine, dairy and gluten.
- In the meantime, repair your gut with healing foods like bone broth, aloe vera, anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric and omega 3.
- Then restore your bacteria balance so you have a lot more good than you do bad bacteria, roughly 85/15 ratio. Adding fermented food like kefir, full fat natural organic yoghurt and kimchi to name a few. Sauerkraut unfortunate dies in the stomach acid so never reaches the gut.
- Then try to re-introduce one food type at a time and record your symptoms to see what is still giving you problems.
- Alongside this you would need to look at your lifestyle: stress, toxins, sleep, exercise and see if any of these could be causing you damaged gut as well.
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