Leaky Gut Epidemic by Dr. Sara Detox Toronto Naturopath
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Why Leaky Gut Has Become An Epidemic?

Confused about leaky gut? Then this article is for you.

Last week I was out with my girlfriends for dinner at an awesome Italian restaurant downtown. Dinner was absolutely delicious and we laughed until our tummies hurt – literally!

As we walked back to the car, four of my friends were complaining that they felt and looked 4 months pregnant, even though they didn’t overeat.

One of my friends even said, “as soon as I get home, I’m mega dosing on digestive enzymes.”

Can you relate to this?

Why is it that bloating, gas, indigestion, and fatigue after a meal are so common these days?

Do you think your body is trying to communicate with you through symptoms when you consume foods that it doesn’t digest well?

You’re right — it is!

How else can your body tell you that it doesn’t like what you’re eating?

Headaches, skin breakouts, and digestive discomfort are simply little signals that your body is giving you to let you know that there is something else on the menu it would rather have.

Food sensitivities (also referred to as food intolerances) were not such a big issue 50 years ago. However, since then, we have increased our consumption of processed, packaged unhealthy foods.

This hasn’t done us any good.

These unnatural foods affect our intestinal lining and our immune system.

They create a toxic, unbalanced, inflamed gut and cause a condition called ‘Leaky Gut’.

Once the digestive system is inflamed, digesting foods is no longer an easy task.

There is plenty of research that confirms a link between unhealthy digestion and the following conditions: inflammatory skin disorders (acne and eczema), chronic fatigue, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), migraines, and weakened immunity.

A stressed, toxic digestive system may also be the underlying cause of weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight.

Could it be that you are regularly eating foods that your body simply doesn’t agree with?

If so, isn’t it time you figure out which foods to avoid?

Believe me, you can take all the digestive enzymes in the world, but you won’t achieve optimal health until you remove the offending foods from your diet.

Getting rid of your symptoms starts with removing all food culprits.

Now that you’ve made a decision to learn more about food sensitivities, speak to your Naturopathic Doctor (ND) about the different blood tests available.

Keep in mind that there is a difference between food allergies and food sensitivities.

For people who have severe full-blown allergies (e.g. peanuts or shellfish), they present with a Type I hypersensitivity reaction. Most people are aware of their Type I reactions because their body reacts violently and immediately after being exposed to the allergen.

Symptoms usually present themselves within minutes after exposure to the food and the reaction is usually quite severe – even life-threatening.

This is different than Type III delayed reactions, also known as food sensitivities.

These reactions cause symptoms hours or days after eating the offending foods and a person presents with more subtle symptoms, such as digestive discomfort, blemishes, joint pain, or fatigue.

Chances are Leaky Gut will worsen overtime without proper treatment.

It’s important to identify and temporarily remove foods that the body rejects. In addition, taking the right intestinal healing ingredients is necessary.

Wouldn’t it be great to find out which foods you should be eating and which ones you should be avoiding?

I’m sure your digestive system would appreciate a mini-vacation from offending foods.

When you decide to get started, the quick blood test will cost you about $325. Your results can take up to 2 weeks to come in, but when they do, you’ll have valuable information to help rid uncomfortable symptoms.

The standard food sensitivity test determines foods that you’re reacting to and tests 120 different foods (protein, dairy, grains, fruits, vegetables, and plenty of other commonly consumed foods).

Knowing is better than not knowing, even if it means avoiding some of your favourite foods for weeks or months.

In order to re-set your system, you will need to eliminate all reactive foods – usually for a period of 3 months. During the elimination period, I work with my patients to restore and repair their gut lining so that they can go back to eating the foods they love.

I know that this process can be overwhelming. That’s why I encourage you to seek support from beginning to end.

I always provide my patients with resources, grocery lists and food substitutes to make the whole process easier.

I’m here to join you on your healing journey. Let’s do this together!

Contact Elements Wellness + Medispa in Yorkville and get started today.


Dr.Sara Celik
Dr. Sara Celik is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and is the Spokesperson for Renew Life Canada. She is a leader in the health and wellness industry and is regularly featured as a sought-after expert on television programs and in health publications. Dr. Sara carries over 15 years experience and her private practice and work in the community is focused on digestive health, detoxification, and women's health.
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