Food intolerance, IBS, IBD, abdominal discomfort, irregular bowel movement
I’ve actually had gut problems and a twinge in my stomach in the past, but always blamed my stressful job. When I went to A&E in 2016 with severe abdominal pain and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, I was blindsided. This inflammation of the diverticula in the colon (protrusions of the mucous membrane) was to be treated with antibiotics. If the antibiotic treatment had no effect, I would (in the worst-case scenario) have to reckon with the removal of parts of my intestine. Shocked, I pictured myself with an artificial bowel outlet in my early 40s - I had to act and fast.
I felt abandoned by conventional medicine and was looking for a way of avoiding surgery. At the time, my diverticulitis was traumatising - I couldn’t let anyone touch my lower abdomen, the inflammation was too painful. Through a friend whose mother was also affected by diverticulitis, I found my way to a doctor who strongly recommended a colonic cleanse. This was followed by stool and blood analyses, as well as a test for food intolerances, all of which were evaluated in a special laboratory in Germany. The diagnosis: massive intolerances to gluten, milk and dairy products and nuts, as well as leaky gut syndrome and nutritional deficiencies.
This was followed by a change in diet and treatment with nutrients tailored to me, designed to counteract my leaky gut syndrome - the inflammatory processes in my intestines - and at the same time supply my body with the missing vitamins and minerals. For four months, I had to completely avoid the problem-causing foods. At the same time, I took the various recommended Biogena supplements. Re-testing of the intolerance-provoking foods showed the intolerances were gone - the intestinal mucosa had recovered. The inflammation in the intestine went away. I now pay more attention to my intestines and respond in time when I feel that stress is leaving its mark. I also do a blood and Stool Analysis once a year.
by Mag. Kristiina Singer
The Scientific Assessment
Leaky gut syndrome is associated with food intolerances, among other things. As a result, certain substances within food are sometimes inadequately absorbed. This can lead to micronutrient and mineral deficiencies. A change in diet is the first step in handling food intolerances. Balancing the micronutrient deficit is important and, due to the restricted food intake, an additional intake of micronutrients can support the dietary change. To counteract the inflammatory process and the degenerative conditions of the mucous membrane, it is also recommended to supply the body with special plant extracts and substances such as L-glutamine, which support the regeneration of the intestinal mucosa.
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With food intolerance, the goal is to eliminate all intolerance-provoking foods from the diet. The good news is - if you give your gut a longer breather, there is a chance it will recover.