Chantal Du Chenne (the Health Coach + owner/operator the DripBar)
A leaky gut will lead to food sensitivities, inflammation (Migraines, IBS, acne, skin break-outs, weight gain, fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, ADHD, anxiety) and autoimmune diseases. It also causes issues with detoxification as LPS, (Lipo Polysaccarides = inflammatory bacteria) leak out into the bloodstream overloading our organs of detoxification. (digestive system, skin, lymph, kidneys and liver). This is especially bad news for hormone balance because hormone balance requires optimal functioning of the liver.
is Gluten really that evil?
Think of gluten as enemy #1 for LEAKY GUT….and those with thyroid disorders.
Gluten has been shown to increase gut permeability, (aka “leaky gut”) in everyone to one degree or another.
A 2017 study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers reported that gliadin contributes to an IMMEDIATE increase in gut permeability, and… this was shown to take place in ALL individuals who consumed gluten! Another 2015 study confirmed there was a significant increase in intestinal permeability in ALL individuals after exposure to gluten.
I get this question a lot from my clients: Chantal, do I have to avoid gluten completely?
The short answer is; if you’re coming to see me with health conditions or symptoms such as an autoimmune disease, hormone imbalances, PCOS, PMS, hair loss, brittle nails, anxiety, depression, skin problems, digestive problems, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue etc then yes, you absolutely should be giving up gluten.
Gluten has been shown to negatively impact the health of the thyroid due to something called “molecular mimicry”. If your thyroid is struggling, (and definitely if you have Graves or Hashimoto’s) giving up gluten 100% (not 99% – that won’t cut it) is a MUST.
So if you care about your immune system, the integrity of your gut and gut health, and your hormone balance then gluten shouldn’t be a regular part of your diet. Better still, NONE at all.
Here are a few things you could get into the habit of doing regularly in order to repair & heal leaky gut…and to maintain a healthy Gut Microbiome.
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Chantal Du Chenne
Head Health Coach@ the DripBar
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 program. Chantal is a B.Sc.Hons Physiotherapy, a renowned professional Golf fitness and conditioning expert, a Sport and Lifestyle Nutritionist and a Health Coach specialising in Gut Health and the Gut Microbiome. Her specific areas of interest include auto-immune diseases, cancer, anxiety and depression. Chantal is the founder of the DripBar which offers vitamin and mineral drip therapy as well as gut health education in improving micronutrient deficiencies.
Chantal is a competitive cyclist, a plant strong vegan and mom to two beautiful grown up girls.
Chantal consults as a Health Coach at the DripBar as well as in the corporate industry and international sports arena (golf and cycling). Get more details by emailing: Chantal@healthtrac.global
the DripBar is a stockist of retail products that support reversal of leaky gut and gut microbiome dysbiosis.