Over 2000 years ago Hippocrates said diseases begin in the gut, and it feels like we are starting to come back round to this way of thinking again.
Our gut microbiome is critical to our overall health. The different gut bacteria living in our digestive tracts play a part in this. Also, the integrity of the gut lining are important in terms of inflammation. If the gut is ‘leaky’ certain toxins can pass through into the blood stream.
These toxins are called ‘endotoxins’ or lipopolysaccharides (LPS). They are large molecules in the cell walls of some types of bacteria (called gram-negative bacteria). In animal studies it has been shown that LPS can travel around the body causing problems.
The immune system can mount a response to these unwanted invaders, and this chronic inflammatory response is linked to various conditions such as obesity, insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes and other common problems.
Researchers are still studying whether LPS can also pass into our body on the back of dietary fat. In studies on monkeys scientists have shown the levels of endotoxins go up after eating a meal high in unhealthy fats, especially when accompanied by refined carbohydrates. So eating your burger and fries could cause a spike in these molecules which cause inflammation.
Are your symptoms connected to your gut?
I see lots of people with digestive conditions. Some of these are obvious digestive disorders such as stomach pains, IBS, food intolerance. There are also common disorders that are linked to the gut such as headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, skin disorders – all of these begins in the gut.
When you have a diagnosed condition such as eczema, IBS, you focus on the symptoms and manage them through medication. We can forget to look at the root cause once we are suppressing symptoms with medication.
Nutritional therapy is all about looking for an underlying cause and working with the whole body rather than just on the symptoms. With my clients I concentrate on looking at the bugs within our gut, and creating a healthy microbiome through diet and lifestyle choices.
Contact me to book your first consultation to get your new healthy eating plan started.