5. Food allergies/sensitivities
Certain beneficial bacteria in our gut can lower inflammation, which lessens the severity of allergic reactions and food allergies/sensitivities. The condition of leaky gut and dysbiosis (bad balance of gut bugs) is often present in individuals who suffer from food and chemical allergies. If you are someone who suffers with severe food and/or chemical intolerances it is essential that you consult a specialist in allergies who will perform necessary tests to determine the foods that must be avoided. The most common allergens are dairy products, gluten, shellfish and peanuts. Experts have discovered that promoting good bacteria in the gut can help with some food sensitivities, such as lactose intolerance.
6. Digestive issues
Common digestive complaints that can be easily linked to gut health issues are bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain and cramping. These symptoms are so common that it can be difficult to identify the cause. Possible reasons for their occurrence include: food poisoning, stress, consuming food too quickly, food intolerances/sensitivities, lack of dietary fibre, drug side effects or an unhealthy microbiome balance. These digestive complaints could also indicate irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth).
7. Learning disabilities
Our bodies are interconnected systems, therefore everything we consume, inhale or expose ourselves to can impact our growth, development and mental capabilities. ADHD and other learning disabilities have been linked to poor gut health, particularly in infants and children. Indeed, the majority of children and adults with learning disabilities and allergies experience digestive symptoms. One of the most important factors in establishing a healthy microbiome is at birth – vaginal delivery is ideal as it populates the newborn’s gut with the mother’s healthy bacteria. Breastfeeding is also important as the newborn will receive important nutrients and bacteria through the mother’s breast milk.
If you suspect you have a leaky gut, SIBO or need to clear up your digestive tract, there are some excellent tips and recipes in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Healthy Bowel, Healthy Body’.