Research now shows that all manner of symptoms including food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies, as well as many systemic diseases are integrally related to gut function. This philosophy aligns with Hippocrates statement all those hundreds of years ago in around 500BC that ‘all disease begins in the gut’.
An IgG sensitivity doesn’t show up on an allergy test and can have a delayed response of up to 72 hours to a particular food. Food sensitivities are particularly stealth and can show up in many different ways. Functional medicine practitioners assist clients in uncovering the root causes of symptoms, opening the door to true healing rather than just suppressing symptoms with drugs.
2. A Food intolerance is a non-immune reaction and occurs when a particular food irritates a persons digestive system or when a person is unable to digest a food properly. Symptoms of food intolerance are mostly gastro-intestinal including cramps, discomfort, diarrhoea, gas, heartburn, vomiting etc. Typical food intolerances include lactose, gluten and Fodmaps.
3. A Food allergy occurs when the immune system mistakes a food as harmful and creates anti-bodies to fight it. The production of these antibodies creates the symptoms of food allergies including rash, hives, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhoea, itchy skin, rhinitis, chest pain and even anaphylaxis. A food allergy generally occurs within an hour of eating a particular food and shows up on an allergy test known as IgE.
How and Why is Leaky Gut (aka intestinal hyper-permeability) a cause of food sensitivities and worse?
An intact intestinal barrier with healthy epithelial lining cells (enterocytes) is critical to the optimal functioning of both the gut, as well as the overall health of the body as well as the prevention of illness and disease.
Healthy intestinal epithelial cells have villi, finger-like projections that protrude from each cell, and that increase the surface area of the intestine for absorption. These villi can easily be damaged by various lifestyle factors (see list below), reducing their absorption capacity and increasing the susceptibility of the epithelial cells to further damage. Once the villi are damaged and the filtering function of the intestinal cell wall is compromised, foods that the digestive tract once tolerated may now result in varying degrees of digestive system discomfort.
The average human consumes 35-50 tons of food in a lifetime.
The intestinal cells of the digestive tract wall are directly exposed to the external environment through this monstrous consumption of food and drink, and can be easily taxed by exposure to various harmful substances including herbicides, pesticides, flavourants, colourants, preservatives, lactose, casein, gluten etc.
Multiple common insults over a period of time lead to dysfunction of the gut – either in leaky gut or in an imbalance of the gut’s healthy bacterial profile.
Some of the more common digestive tract insults include:
In a healthy functioning gut, the intestinal epithelial cell wall will act as a filter to toxins and large food particles.
Gut barrier break-down or leaky gut results from exposure damage of the intestinal wall, resulting in the unwanted movement of toxins and large undigested food particles into the blood stream. This leads to exposure of the immune system to foreign and often unwanted compounds. This in turn drives the immune system into high alert, frequently resulting in either the origination of, or the worsening of sensitivities, intolerances and/or allergic reactions to food.
As Functional Medicine practitioners and health coaches we recognise that the most effective clinical outcomes across all symptoms and disease spectrums are obtained when there is a normalisation of gut function – the repair and healing of leaky gut and the re-balancing of healthy gut bacteria (gut microbiome).
The five R’s principle is effectively and extensively used.
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BIO: Chantal is a B.Sc.Hons Allied Health with an international diploma in Nutrition and Sports Nutrition. Chantal is a passionate Gut Health advocate and works as a Lifestyle Coach, facilitating the improvement of her clients health conditions through healing leaky gut and correcting dysbiosis (imbalance) of the gut microbiome.
Over her 25 year career, Chantal has held various positions within the health and wellness industry – including 10 years as the Executive Head of Vodacom’s corporate wellness & mobile health programs. Chantal is the owner/ founder of the DripBar which offers vitamin and mineral drip therapy in improving micronutrient deficiencies. She is also the founder/owner of a Kombucha brewery which produces the brand of ‘booch’ called theFarmacy.
Chantal is a competitive cyclist, a plant strong vegan and mom to two grown up girls.
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