Leaky Gut Syndrome affects millions of people worldwide (1). Leaky Gut Syndrome has been claimed to be a chronic debilitating condition that often goes undiagnosed and untreated by the mainstream medical profession, as many general practitioners do not provide testing for leaky gut (increased intestinal permeability) or acknowledge that the condition exists. Many people are not even aware that they are suffering from a 'leaky gut' (2).
Due to this increased permeability of the intestines, it allows small particles of food (typically white flour) to creep through into our blood streams. This then causes an autoimmune response as the body has detected a “foreign invader”. Over time this has been shown to cause inflammation of the stomach area. People sometimes report problems of “bloating” or “irritable bowel syndrome” (3).
The symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome are many and varied and include: abdominal pain, heartburn, insomnia, bloating, anxiety, gluten intolerance, malnutrition, muscle cramps and pains, poor exercise tolerance and food allergies (3).
We are primarily going to focus on how your diet can affect this troublesome issue. Processed, packaged and convenience foods are low in nutrients and fibre and often have high levels of additives, preservatives, dyes, sugar, trans fatty acids, artificial sweeteners and other ingredients, which are considered to be harmful and have been linked with various symptoms and conditions, including Leaky Gut Syndrome (4). Another big player is refined white flour which is found in bread, pasta and many other processed foods (5).
On our Level 3 CYQ Personal Training course our tutors go into real depth about this on the Nutrition module that we provide. For more information please contact us!
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