Leaky Gut Syndrome
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Leaky Gut Syndrome is a term I am hearing more and more. It is a condition where partially digested foods, toxins, and bad bacteria are allowed to leave the small intestine and get into the blood stream. It is being linked to Candida, Crohn’s disease, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Arthritis, Diabetes, and all sorts of food-related illness.
To help you better understand Leaky Gut, here is a simple explanation. All of our food goes through the stomach and into the small intestine. The small intestine allows nutrients to be absorbed from the food we eat. By now, you’ve probably heard all about the good and bad bacteria in our intestines. The small intestine is full of them. The small intestine takes what it needs from the food and passes the waste on to the large intestine.
Leaky Gut is when the mucous lining of the small intestine becomes porous, and toxins (along with other nasties) are able to go directly into the bloodstream. The immune system makes antibodies to fight these, but it ends up attacking our own tissues and organs which leads to food intolerances, inflammation of the circulatory systems and joints, and chronic illness. It even can affect your mood.
Leaky Gut is caused by the same bad guys that create Candida Related Conditions:
- Eating lots of processed foods and sugars
- Using too many antibiotics, steroids, and NSAIDS (like ibuprofen and aspirin)
- incomplete digestion
- exposure to toxins
And, like Candida, symptoms can include:
- Yeast infections/high level of yeast in the body
- Chronic Fatigue
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Auto immune diseases and body aching
- Allergies to food, substances in the air/environment, and skin rashes
First, it’s suggested you follow a strict diet to lower the number of bad bacteria and increase the number of good flora in your system. This will also aid in fighting any parasites in the body.
As well, you need to clear the gut of toxins. Drink lots of purified water (and avoid that cup of joe you love so much).
Take enzymes, probiotics and possibly zinc.
Some say to use aloe vera products, but it’s so hard to find ones that contain only the good stuff from aloe vera and not the whole plant (aloin is said to be bad). And then, do you have to use the gels which line the gut or can you drink it in the distilled form?
*Note: In all of my research, for every article that says aloe vera can help gastrointestinal problems, I have seen TWO more that say it does more damage than good.
Eat foods that act as antioxidants and antifungals, as well as probiotic foods.
An interesting insight I recently read talked about how people with Leaky Gut Syndrome can have a bad reaction when eating "gut-friendly" products like yogurt. They are actually having an allergic reaction to acidophilus. How do you know if you are having a bad reaction?
On his website Health-Truth.com, Michael Biamonte, C.C.N. says:
"The typical profile of someone who reacts poorly to acidophilus is this: Upon taking acidophilus of any kind, they may develop skin rashes or skin itching, or some type of skin sensitivity. Also, they may develop what seems like a sinus infection or nasal drip. They may suffer very severe abdominal cramps or diarrhea, or discover that they have an increase in food allergies or environmental sensitivities. Many people with this profile (the acidophilus allergy) already have bad food allergies and are very sensitive to many things in their environment. But acidophilus makes it worse."
And why is this? They are suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome. You have to repair the gut first before you can build up the good bacteria.
More and more, I'm starting to think Leaky Gut is the underlying cause of most problems people like me suffer from.
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