Ask ten people in the street what their main health concern is and I’ll wager at least seven of them raise issues of lack of energy, tiredness or emotional ill-being. In today’s fast-paced world, more and more people are finding their flagging energy levels and emotional health are just not up to task. Why is this? While nutrition and lifestyle certainly can be to blame, there is often another hidden cause, which literately drains the energy and positive emotions out of us.
Leaky Gut – The Modern Epidemic
We harvest energy from the food we eat. The harvesting process begins when food, broken down into various nutrients by our digestive tract, is absorbed through the intestinal mucosa and enters the bloodstream for delivery to the cells. The cells then use these nutrients to power the various processes that give us energy and keep us alive. If any of these steps falter along the way, a break is produced in the energy chain and we start to slow down.
In leaky gut, the gut wall becomes more permeable and begins to absorb toxic wastes from the bowel that would normally be excreted. These toxic wastes then gain access to the various body systems and organs via the bloodstream. Body systems and cells clogged with toxic waste do not function as effectively as healthy cells and become prime sites for energy loss and ill health.
The Physical Toll
Leaky gut is an insidious process occurring over many years. What starts as gradual loss of energy and general sluggishness, declines eventually into poor health, as more and more toxic waste accumulates throughout the body. Slow weight gain, general aches and pains, arthritis and joint conditions, headaches, frequent colds and flu’s, skin conditions, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of libido and allergies can all be symptoms of a gut which is leaking.
The Emotional Side
Leaky gut can have far-reaching emotional consequences. Toxic wastes pollute mind, body and spirit. Individuals with leaky gut not only leak energy from their life, but gradually leak positive emotions also. As toxic waste gathers, with it gathers more negative feelings and emotions. A once positive, motivated person may find themselves unable to cope and battling depression.
Mood swings, irritability, malaise, lack of motivation, feelings of stagnation, and depression are part and parcel of leaky gut syndrome. Naturally if the mind and body are in turmoil, spiritual health and well-being may suffer also, as the individual channels all their remaining energy into just getting through the day rather than towards spiritual growth and experiences.
The Road To Recovery
Like most conditions, leaky gut responds well to Naturopathic treatment. As treatment progresses individuals slowly gain back their energy and rediscover their zest for life, as body systems are cleansed and the gut repaired. The body is brought back into harmony and balance, allowing the individual to once again experience the positive emotional and spiritual experiences that are so necessary for growth and development.
Lisa works from Back to Nature Health Foods in Rockingham.
For more information or an appointment please call 08 9527 5218
Lisa has trained at both the South Australian College of Traditional Medicine, and the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies and currently holds a clinic at Back to Nature Health Foods Store in Rockingham. Lisa has an Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Naturopathy) and uses modalities such as herbal medicine, homoeopathy, nutrition, natural supplementation, and iridology. Lisa is also a member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).