The Leaky Gut Syndrome


In recent years, the term “leaky gut” has made its way from the fringes of alternative medicine into mainstream health discourse. As with many emerging topics, misconceptions are common, but the potential implications of this condition, ranging from skin disorders to autoimmune diseases, can’t be overlooked. Join us as we demystify leaky gut, exploring its causes, effects, and possible interventions.

Deciphering Leaky Gut

The intestinal lining

At its core, leaky gut, or “increased intestinal permeability,” refers to a compromised intestinal lining. Think of this lining as a vigilant gatekeeper, diligently screening what enters our bloodstream from our digestive tract. When functioning optimally, this barrier blocks out unwanted substances. But when its integrity wavers, harmful agents like toxins can sneak through, leading to inflammation and various health concerns.

Why Gut Health Matters

The gut’s influence on mental health

Often referred to as the body’s “second brain,” the gut plays a pivotal role in our overall well-being. Beyond digestion, our gut influences immunity, mental health, and more. When the gut’s integrity is compromised, the ripple effects can be profound. As Hippocrates, the father of medicine, aptly stated, “All disease begins in the gut.” With the burgeoning field of gut microbiome research, this ancient wisdom has never been more pertinent.

Root Causes of Leaky Gut

Toxic lectin found in fava beans

Leaky gut doesn’t spring up overnight. Instead, it’s typically the culmination of various factors:
Plant Toxins: Nature’s defence mechanisms, found in some plants, can become problematic if consumed in abundance include: Lectins, Saponins, Tannins, Glycoalkaloids, Glucosinolates, Sulforaphane, Oxalates, Phenols, Salicylates, Cyanogenic, glycosides, Trypsin inhibitors, Isoflavones and phytoestrogens, Photosensitizers, Omega-6 fatty acids, Mold
Lectins in the Spotlight: Found in beans, grains, and some veggies, these proteins can bind to the gut lining, increase intestinal permeability, lead to inflammation, resist digestion, interfere with nutrient absorption, and potentially induce harm.
Modern Dietary Pitfalls: Processed foods, excessive sugar, certain vegetable oils, and frequent alcohol intake can disrupt the delicate balance of the gut.
Lifestyle Culprits: Long-term stress, medication overuse, inadequate sleep, and nutrient deficiencies can negatively influence gut health.

The Carnivore Diet: A Path to Healing?

Grilled beef kidney – the best source of selenium

One proposed solution, rooted in ancestral eating patterns, is the carnivore diet. By eliminating potential irritants and focusing on nutrient-dense animal products, this diet offers a route to gut restoration.
Rethinking Fibre: While it’s lauded for its digestive benefits, excessive or the wrong types of fibre might not suit everyone, especially those with compromised gut health.
Prioritizing Nutrients: On a carnivore diet, the emphasis is on high-quality meats, including organ meats, which are packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

Lifestyle Interventions: Nourishing the Gut from the Outside In

Meditation and deep breathing

Diet is just one piece of the puzzle. Complementary lifestyle strategies can provide holistic support for gut health:
Intermittent Fasting (IF): By giving the digestive system a break, IF can reduce inflammation and promote repair.
Stress Management: Embracing techniques like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and even Structural Integration therapy can be pivotal. After all, the mind-gut connection is powerful.
Healthy Routine: Prioritizing 7-9 hours of quality sleep, reducing or eliminating alcohol and tobacco use, and engaging in regular physical activity can bolster gut health and overall well-being.

The Adaptive Bodywork Perspective

Releasing the cervical spine

At Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration (ABSI), we’ve observed the intricate connections between physical well-being and internal health. Our bodywork modalities, rooted in deep understanding and holistic approaches, underscore the importance of body balance. Though our primary focus isn’t nutrition, the overlaps between structural balance and internal health are undeniable. Structural Integration therapy, for instance, can play a role in stress reduction, which is intrinsically linked to gut health.


The Adaptive Bodywork Team

Leaky gut, while complex, sheds light on the profound interconnections within our body. A multifaceted approach, encompassing diet, lifestyle, and even therapies like those offered at ABSI, can offer a pathway to healing and optimal health.

To further explore holistic health strategies or learn about the unique bodywork modalities we offer, dive deeper with Adaptive Bodywork. Together, we can embark on a journey toward balance, wellness, and adaptive rejuvenation.

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