Meet your Child’s Gut

To help you better understand your child’s gut (aka digestive system), the first illustration shows the position of the two main players; the small and large intestine. 

The structural lining of your child’s gut wall (small and large intestine) is made up of small segments that join snugly together to form ‘tight junctions’ just like a jigsaw.   Imagine a jigsaw and that is exactly how the gut lining is designed.  In a healthy gut all the pieces fit tightly together making it a perfectly solid, leak-proof structure – the picture of good health.

A leak-proof gut wall.

The reason for the cosy fit between the junctions is because only nutrients are allowed safe passage through the gut wall into the bloodstream.  All other toxins, chemicals and food particles MUST remain within the gut’s hollow tube.  This ensures these toxic substances don’t cause harm and safely make their passage through the entire digestive tube to finally exit your child’s body in their poop. 

When Toxins Enter the Bloodstream they cause Havoc 

Leaky gut occurs when the jigsaw comes apart and toxins and other substances pass through the gut wall into the bloodstream.

If these toxic substances pass through the wall they enter the bloodstream and travel freely throughout the body causing harm.  They can impair the optimal function of your child’s immune system, brain functions, skin plus their general health and wellbeing.  

Leaky-Gut – How It Occurs

Many researchers believe that supporting and restoring
the integrity of the Gut will be one of the most
important goals for medicine in the 21st century.

Leaky-gut occurs when the segments of the jigsaw pull apart, creating holes in the gut wall.  

The main causes of leaky-gut include;

  • Chemicals in processed food such as artificial colours, flavours, additives and emulsifiers
  • Excessive antibiotic use
  • Food allergies
  • Intolerances (most commonly to dairy, wheat and gluten).

Warning signs your child may have Leaky-Gut include

Leaky-gut allows food particles, bacteria, viruses and toxic substances to pass through the gaps directly into the bloodstream. This may trigger an immune reaction or impact brain functions to cause all sorts of health problems. 

  • Eczema & skin rashes
  • Poor immunity
  • Food intolerances
  • Food allergies
  • ADHD
  • Behavioural problems
  • Poor focus & concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Poor memory

Another health issue your child faces when their gut becomes leaky and inflamed is vital nutrients cannot easily be absorbed.  Therefore essential vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid deficiencies can develop leaving your child vulnerable.

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