10 H Pylori Infection Symptoms You Don’t Want To Ignore

10 H Pylori Infection Symptoms You Don’t Want To Ignore

H. Pylori (Helicobacter Pylori) is a bacteria estimated to be found in the human gut of about 30 to 50 percent of the world population. When H. Pylori is allowed to flourish and overgrow in the stomach, it causes stomach problems like gastritis, ulcers and other digestive ailments. Did you know that H. Pylori is contagious and can be passed on to family members?  Below, I have listed 10 H Pylori infection symptoms that you don’t want to ignore and after reading this article you’ll understand how to go about getting the appropriate treatment and healing.

10 H. Pylori Infection Symptoms

  1. An ache or burning pain in your abdomen (usually severe)
  2. Abdominal pain that’s worse when your stomach is empty.
  3. Nausea and vomiting.
  4. Loss of appetite.
  5. Frequent burping and bloating
  6. Fatigue – possibly from anemia
  7. Unintentional weight loss.
  8. Bad breath
  9. Diarrhea
  10. Passing Dark or Tarry Stools

If you have extreme fatigue and suffer from dark or tarry stools, you need to get checked by a doctor to rule out bleeding.

How Is H. Pylori Acquired?

H. Pylori is contagious and passed along from individual to individual via fecal contamination due to unsafe hygiene practices.  The majority of individuals with H. Pylori have few to any symptoms.  Those individuals who do have symptoms are reacting to the bacteria and the cytotoxins that are produced from the bacteria.  This causes inflammation of the stomach lining and compromises the lining leading to pain and possible ulcer formation.

Not all strains are bad. It’s believed that over half of the population is infected with H. Pylori. Certain strains have been shown to be protective of parasites.

Once a person is infected with the bacteria, the bacteria have to burrow deep into the stomach to turn off the Proton Pumps in the stomach which make the stomach acid you need to digest your food. Otherwise, the bacteria would be destroyed by the highly acidic stomach acid and could not survive. The bacteria secrete an enzyme to neutralize the ph of the stomach.

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Now the digestion process has a problem. The stomach does not have enough stomach acid to thoroughly digest food. The stomach is responsible for sterilizing the contents of food. So now food sits in the stomach and putrifies.  If the stomach cannot reach its proper PH, minerals cannot be absorbed. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and selenium. Minerals have very important functions in the body and if you are not absorbing them you’ll  get problems like anemia, osteoporosis, nervous system dysfunction and loss of neurotransmitter production.  Mood disorders like depression and anxiety appear. Inflammation in the body becomes high resulting in arthritis, possible autoimmune issues, and cancer.

Stomach issues like SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) can take over because the ph of the stomach has been altered due to the H. pylori bacteria. Other stomach issues like heartburn and intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut) can take hold as well when the lining of the stomach is compromised.

Diagnosis:

These tests may be run to diagnose an H Pylori infection:

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    • Stool test. This test looks for foreign proteins that are present with H Pylori.
    • Scope test. This is an upper endoscopy exam. A doctor can remove tissue if anything looks suspicious.
    • Blood test. Not generally a test used solely to detect H pylori infection.
    • Breath Test. You swallow a pill, liquid or a pudding that contains carbon. If you have an infection the carbon is released which is an indicator of H pylori infection.

So now you know you have it, how can you get rid of it?

How To Heal

H. pylori bacteria can settle in and not be detected for a lifetime. These sneaky bacteria hide from your immune system by secreting a lipopolysaccharide.  This type of antigen hides the H. pylori and diverts the immune system to attack the parietal cells that secrete stomach acid or the proton pumps in the stomach.

Follow up tests that show negative for H. pylori is very important. It’s not advised to just treat the infection with medicine and then and assume you don’t have the infection after treatment is over.

Conventional medicine

A targeted triple therapy treatment for H. pylori infection is usually administered by your doctor. First, a positive test for H. Pylori is determined.

The triple therapy can include:

Omeprazole, amoxicillin, Clarithromycin usually for 10 days

Bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, tetracycline for 14 days

Lansoprazole (proton pump inhibitor), amoxicillin, clarithromycin for 10 days

This type of antibiotic therapy can have some adverse effects like nausea, skin rash, diarrhea, vomiting.  Contact your doctor if you are having these symptoms.

If you’ve tried antibiotics and they are not working or you are catching the bacteria over and over:

Many people have to treat their infection with non-antibiotic therapy and they have very positive results. Always work with a qualified practitioner to help you overcome H. pylori infection.

The mucous lining of the stomach needs to be restored and those ingredients that coat and soothe the lining of the stomach is important.

  • Mastic Gum has antimicrobial properties and has been shown in studies to kill H pylori infection and is an important ingredient in a supplement.
  • Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL) coats and soothes the intestinal lining and can also promote healing of the lining.  Taking DGL in a supplement and also taking it in between meals may be needed.
  • Uva Ursi is another supplement that helps to kill off H. Pylori
  • Aloe Vera soothes and heals the intestinal lining
  • Slippery elm a mucilaginous herb that supports the lining of the stomach.
  • Marshmallow root provide soothing, mucilaginous support

These ingredients should be a part of a natural healing protocol and I’ve attached a couple of my favorite products that are very effective.

One of my favorite programs is the SCD Lifestyle program. It’s extremely effective and for gut issues of all kinds, I highly recommend going through this program.

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Stay Away From

If you are trying to heal an H. pylori infection, you should stay away from these foods until your follow up test comes back negative.

Stay away from acidic foods like:

Vinegar

Tomato sauce

Citrus juices

No:

Coffee

Tea

Selzer

No:

NSAIDS

DO:

Focus on stress management and relief. Reducing stress helps heal the stomach lining.

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Top 10 Foods to Avoid If You Have Colitis

Top 10 Foods to Avoid If You Have Colitis – And Start Feeling better!

 

If you have ulcerative colitis, you know that living with this disease affects the quality of your life.  Living with the pain and discomfort is a daily battle which hinders your ability to enjoy life.  Some people with ulcerative colitis feel like prisoners to bathrooms and some fear leaving their homes.  There is a lot of information about what foods to eat if you have ulcerative colitis but there are definite foods that you should eliminate from your diet, at least for awhile until you can get your symptoms under control.  This article will alert you to the top 10 foods to avoid if you have colitis.

For the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on ulcerative colitis and not microscopic colitis, which is a different disease.

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a disease of the lower part of the colon and rectum affecting the lining of the large intestine. This is an inflammatory disease that causes sores or ulcers in the lining.  Due to the inflammation, the lining of the large intestine cannot absorb water from the colon causing diarrhea and extreme discomfort. Ulcers form which bleed and produce pus causing more discomfort.

In a study published in the 2016 Nutrition Journal, those suffering from IBD (Colitis and Chron’s disease) said that diet affected their IBD.  Interestingly enough, billions of people in less developed countries have little to no digestive disorders, including ulcerative colitis. Asia and Africa are a couple of countries that are ‘colitis free’ countries.

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Doctors will tell you there is ‘no known cure’ and will give you medications, antibiotics, invasive procedures and sometimes surgery.  They do everything they can by giving medications, antibiotics, medical  procedures, and in some cases, surgeries. Sometimes these methods work.  Sometimes they work for only a while and for others, nothing seems to work.

Some Examples of Medical Interventions:

1) Undergo a colonoscopy, barium enema, X-rays, or scans.

2) Take over-the-counter pain and acid blocking drugs.

3) Mayo Clinic Diet.  This diet is the most recommended for digestive disorder sufferers, and guess what, it has never cured one patient.  

If ulcerative colitis goes on too long, it can lead to dehydration and malabsorption of nutrients leading to nutritional deficiencies that can lead to osteoporosis and mental disorders like depression and anxiety.

It is MOST important to stay away from certain foods if you suffer from ulcerative colitis. Eating well is a given, but if you are going to continually include certain foods, getting better will take much longer.

Top 10 Foods to Avoid if you have Colitis

Keeping a food diary is critical if you suffer from colitis so you know what foods are triggers for you. However the foods listed below are universally irritating to colitis sufferers and its time to keep them out of your diet.

It’s also important to note that the preparation of your food is also important. For instance, avoid raw vegetables and opt for steaming instead. Low fat dairy is better than full fat dairy.

Food combining is another area where colitis symptoms can be triggered. Certain foods paired together are hard on digestion and ultimately for your colitis. I will write another post about food combining in another article soon.  AVOID:High-Fiber-Foods

High Fiber Foods:

  1. Whole Wheat
  2. Oats
  3. Brown Rice
  4. Legumes

Spicy Foods

    5)  Barbecue Sauce

    6)  Wasabi

    7)  Horseradish

Beverages

    7)  Alcohol is a trigger for almost all Colitis sufferers.

    8)  Carbonated beverages like Soda

    9)  Juice Drinks

   10) Coffee is a stimulant and can trigger colitis symptoms.

There you have it!  Definitely stay away from these foods when you are in a flare up of colitis or when in remission.  It’s not worth it.  

Learn more about ulcerative colitis and how to heal naturally here.

Taking probiotics daily and a great multivitamin is critical to getting the nutrients you need to avoid osteoporosis and malnutrition. Try Digestive Science brand which is formulated by a world renowned doctor, Dr. Steven Lamb. Try Isotonix brand vitamins.  Isotonix doesn’t need digestion to ABSORB, so you can get your vitamins without worrying about the digestive process.

Body Ecology Diet

The Body Ecology Diet is not a weight loss diet or fad diet.  The founder, Donna Gates, M.Ed., ABAAHP, is a world-renowned teacher and lecturer.  She discovered there is a flourishing inner ecosystem living inside our intestines.  The Body Ecology Diet offers a gluten-free, sugar-free, probiotic-rich diet that if followed will result in weight loss. More importantly, the health of your gut will improve which will result in an overall wellness and improvement of all body systems.  body-ecology-diet

Millions of people suffer with digestive issues every day which lead to an awful quality of life and loss of productivity at work.  This is a huge problem for employers and employees. The Body Ecology Diet shows you how to restore the health of your gut so your body can function properly and eliminate or control the symptoms that rob you of the joy of living.

Our digestive system is linked to our immune system, the endocrine system, circulatory and central nervous systems.  That is profound!  We need to make sure our gut is healthy so our other body systems work well. Residing in our gut is a universe of bacteria. There is a balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria.  The American diet predisposes us to an imbalance of good to bad bacteria in our gut.  Processed foods, sugar, antibiotics, prescription medicine, OTC medicine, lack of sleep, stress…are just some of the attacks on our gut health. Good bacteria become less creating an environment of strong bad bacteria that results in IBS, bloating, cramping, allergies, leaky gut and more sinister diseases including IBD, Crohns, autoimmune disease, cancer etc.


Antacid users have a 50% greater risk of developing a bacterial infection in the small intestine.

The Three Steps To Reclaim Gut Health According To The Body Ecology Diet

  • Add in cultured foods to your diet like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha.
  • Eating high quality fats like olive oil, coconut oil, grassfed butter, nut butters to replace man-made fats
  • Drastically reducing your intake of carbohydrates and sugars

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What The Body Ecology Diet Addresses:

  • Fermentation and your Digestion

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about adding fermented foods into your diet, but what happens when food ‘ferments’ in your stomach?  Eating fermented foods is good;  having food ferment in your stomach is not good.

Fermentation in your stomach happens when bacteria feed and proliferate in the gut.  Certain foods ferment faster than others.  These foods are made of sugars.  The bacteria feed off of these foods and get stronger and more abundant resulting in fungal overgrowth and bacterial overgrowth.  Inflammation can occur and you have a resulting stomach issue.  The Body Ecology Diet includes those foods that do not contain these hard to digest foods that trigger fermentation so your gut can heal.

  • Food Allergies

According to the journal of Pediatrics, over 6 million children are suffering with food allergies, adult allergies are on the rise as well.  Why is this?  Many experts believe that intestinal permeability (the ability of food molecules to permeate the lining of the gut) has a strong correlation to multiple food allergies. Food allergies are associated with inflammation when the body responds to the ‘invader’ by releasing cortisol.  Cortisol is an anti- inflammatory, but you don’t want cortisol to be coursing through your body 24/7.  Your adrenal glands release cortisol in response to inflammation and stress, and when they are releasing cortisol throughout the day, adrenal fatigue is a result.  The Body Ecology diet supports the adrenals with a nourishing plant based diet focusing on those foods that support optimum body functions by reducing inflammation, healing the gut lining to reduce food allergies.

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The Body Ecology Diet is not a weight loss diet, because it’s not about cutting calories.  It’s a lifestyle diet that promotes the health and healing of your gut and digestion through real, nutritious food.  When you feed your body the nutrition it needs, you start to feel better. Body Ecology goes further by helping your digestive tract heal, so that you can digest and assimilate those needed nutrients. When your body  gets the nutrients it’s starved for that it’s not getting from the processed junk food diet most of us are living on, your cravings lessen, your hair, skin, joints and nails get stronger and smoother.  It’s no wonder that the healthiest celebrities follow the principles of The Body Ecology Diet like Jessica Biel, Rachel Bilson, Laila Ali, and is featured in Natural Health magazine, Fitness magazine, Living Without magazine, For Women First plus so many more as a program with products that work.

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Improve Gut Health – Yes, you can…naturally!

You get a diagnosis from your doctor that you have IBS, colitis, Crohns, celiac or any other IBD disease. If your diagnosis is for ulcerative colitis or Crohns, you will probably walk out of the doctors office with a prescription for either corticosteroids or Azulfidine to manage the inflammation. Immune system suppressor drugs may be a treatment option when your doctor feels reducing inflammation by suppressing the immune response is more appropriate.  In some cases of colitis, you may have a fever and will be given antibiotics to combat any infection. Over the counter medications may be used on top of these other very powerful drugs to combat diarrhea and pain.  It can be very depressing when dealing with symptoms, the side effects of drugs, and wondering if you’ll ever feel better again!  You CAN improve gut health and feel better though.  It will take time and persistence, but you will feel better.

When you get a medical diagnosis, it’s always prudent to listen to your doctor and take those medications that you discuss together to help you feel better.  However, doctors are not familiar with alternative methods to heal and strengthen the digestive system.  There are a lot of things you can do to help your body become stronger naturally while you are on powerful medications that suppress your immune system and deal with inflammation.

What Do Alternative Doctors Say About Digestive Disease?health-begins-in-your-gut-fb

Dr. Steven Lamm, author of No Guts, No Glory treats many patients with digestive disorders.  He feels that digestive health is often overlooked by his patients.  Most people are concerned about their heart health, their risks for cancer and diabetes and meanwhile they are forgetting about the most important organ for the health of the whole body.  Residing within your gut is the immune system. Over 75 percent of your immune system to be exact. Dr. Lamm notes that conditions that we experience like obesity, cancer, mental disorders, arthritis, allergies, autoimmune diseases are closely linked to the health of our gut.  Dr. Lamm is a big proponent of digestive enzymes and diet to help strengthen and heal our digestive system.

Dr. David Williams, author of Alternatives newsletter, has been a bit proponent of fermented foods and probiotics for years concerning the health of our gut. He stresses that getting the gut back into bacterial balance is the cornerstone of relieving digestive diseases.

Dr. Mark Hyman, New York Times best selling author believes that diet can help eliminate chronic conditions of the digestive system and he advocates a Detox Diet that has been successful with his patients. Get a copy of his new book here which is a great diet for all conditions.

How To Strengthen Digestion Naturally

When you are on strong medications to treat your IBD, you can up the success rate of those medicines by incorporating natural foods and supplements to assist in your healing.

Seven Steps To Digestive Health
  1. Eliminate all refined carbs.  That means breads, cereals, muffins, cookies, donuts and other pastries. Most grains are inflammatory to the digestive system.  In order to heal, you must remove them for a period of time.  After healing takes place, weeks, days or years from now, you can add back whole grains slowly if you want, otherwise there is no need for grains in your diet.
  2. Take an allergy test.  Food allergies may be the reason for your chronic digestive issues.  It’s part of the whole picture and allergenic foods need to be identified and eliminated.
  3. For ulcerative colitis, you may want to try predigested protein powders to replace amino acids.  Try these out here or find them at your local health food store.
  4. Lifestyle modifications: Sleep is a great healer, make sure you are getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a sleepnight.  If you need help getting to sleep I recommend relaxation exercises and meditation. You can get my beginner meditation course hereExercise and regular physical activity keeps the digestive system running smoothly.  Quit smoking, smoking causes inflammation and needless stress on the whole body, weakening your immune system. Stress reduction, like sleep is very healing.  Again, relaxation exercises like yoga and meditation are crucial to managing stress, building back your microbiome and reducing levels of cortisol in your body which are known aggravators for digestive problems.
  5. You need enzymes to digest your food.  Enzymes help you digest protein, carbhohydrates, fats and fiber.  If you are not eating whole foods that supply you with these naturally occurring enzymes, then you need to take one as a supplement.  A product that addresses the full spectrum of protease, amylase, lipase and cellulase is important.  Bromelain is a good one.
  6. Kill off the bad bacteria that is overrunning in your digestive tract with oil of oregano.  Oil of oregano rids the digestive tract of disease-causing bacteria, viruses, yeast, and mycobacteria (bacteria/yeast hybrid). You may have to take this on and off for years to eliminate the imbalance.
  7. Turmeric seems to help the effectiveness of other treatments for IBD. Try my easy turmeric Golden Milk   recipe here.

There are many other things that you can do besides the steps listed above to get you back on your way to healing your gut health issues.  Sign up for my Gut Health Program and learn how to take control over your health and the health of your gut.

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Colitis Natural Remedies – Ease Symptoms Naturally!

Colitis is a chronic condition. It effects millions of people. Colitis means inflammation of the colon. The colon is the large intestine and is the last part of the digestive tract. There are several types of colitis. There is infectious colitis caused by bacteria or a virus. Radiation induced colitis after a round of radiation, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis. Ulcerative colitis is the more severe and damaging disease. Microscopic is as it’s name implies.  It cannot be detected unless microscopically. There are Colitis natural remedies and I’ll break them down by disease. As always, check with your doctor if you decide to change your diet or take supplements.colon

Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the digestive system including the large bowels, colon and rectum. Ulcerative colitis is the most serious type where blood and mucus may be present in the stools accompanied by abdominal pain and diarrhea. People who experience ulcerative colitis have periods of inflammation that can be accompanied by pain, fatigue and fever.The cause of ulcerative colitis is not known.
Nutritional deficiencies are common with ulcerative colitis due to poor absorption of water and minerals. This can lead to further complications such as loss of appetite, weight loss, dehydration, anemia, fatigue and general ill health.
Ulcerative colitis can be confused with other bowel issues like IBS and Crohns disease.  IBS does not cause damage to the intestines and is not a risk for colon cancer unlike ulcerative colits, and should be ruled out right away.
Testing and diagnosing ulcerative colitis may include any of the below:
  • A colonoscopy
  • Blood tests that will determine infection or inflammation in the colon.
  • Stool samples look for blood, pus and mucus in the stool

Microscopic colitis 

This condition is not diagnosed by a colonscopy.  Inflammation of the lining of the colon is not visible to the eye with microscopic colitis. The inflammation is only detected when under microscope.  The doctor will perform a biopsy on tissue from a colonoscopy. There are two types of microscopic colitis:

  1. Lymphocytic colitis, white blood cells are found within the lining of the colon.
  2. Collagenous colitis, there is an additional layer of scar tissue between the lining.

These two types of microscopic colitis may be purely different stages of the disease.  The symptom of diarrhea may be due to the scar tissue inhibiting the absorption of water in the colon.  When water is not absorbed by the colon, it comes out as diarrhea.  Blood in the stool is not normal.  Microscopic colitis usually occurs in middle and senior aged women and men.

AVOID:advil

NSAIDS and eliminate lactose.


Natural remedies:

FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

Understand that if you are taking medications prescribed by your doctor, they are powerful and do not have a large success rate.  If you are on a treatment plan with your doctor, talk to him/her about these natural remedies  that can help build and heal your body while on these powerful medications.

  1. Eliminate refined carbohydrates:  refined carbohydrates and sugar alter the PH balance of your gut. An acidic gut will contribute to inflammation and the alteration of gut microbiome which may be a factor for chronic diarrhea.
  2. Eliminate corn, wheat and milk.  These foods have been shown to trigger allergic reactions. An elimination diet can help you determine which foods are triggers.  Get help with my elimination diet here.
  3. Add in more fruits and vegetable.  Lots more.  The added nutrition and fiber will heal your body and calm digestion.
  4. Add in more high quality oils:  Omega 3 fish oils and olive oil are anti inflammatory oils and can decrease inflammation over time. Take 3 grams of Omega 3 and a tablespoon of olive oil a day. (in salad, or straight)
  5. Aloevera gel liquid:  Aloevera can do for your insides what it can do for your outside. Soothe and heal. Take 2 ounces up to 6 times a day.
  6. Beneficial bacteria: You can take a high quality probiotic orally or you can go further and get one specifically made for an enema.  This will populate good bacteria right at the source.  See a qualified practitioner to do this with.
  7. Try Bromelain:  Is a protolytic enzyme, it breaks down proteins, and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Why not take something that can assist you in your digestion to make it easier on the body? It has been shown to calm the lower bowel.
  8. Try Manuka Honey:  Believe it or not, Manuka honey has been shown to alleviate IBS and ulcerative colitis symptoms. Try a teaspoon a day and then work up to 3 tablespoons if you find it helps.
  9. Ditch tap water: The flouride and other irritants in public tap water may be triggering your bowel problems. Go for pure water. Buy the highest quality water out there, or filter your water with the best. You can use distilled, but make sure you add back a mineral supplement if you do.  Distilled water contains no minerals.

FOR MICROSCOPIC COLITIS:

In addition to the above, here are some other natural remedies specific to microscopic colitis.  You can also incorporate these through trial and error for ulcerative colitis.

  1. Turmeric: Try this recipe for turmeric milk which is calming and healing for inflammation.
  2. Go on a gluten free diet:  Gluten and wheat can be irritating and inflammatory for the gut.  Again, go on an elimination diet to see if gluten is a culprit.
  3. Eliminate Dairy: Dairy is usually an allergen and will irritate your stomach causing cramping and diarrhea.
  4. Stay away from MSG:  Stay away from canned foods and learn what the different names are for MSG.
  5. Stay away from refined sugar:  Sugar is the biggest culprit in increasing inflammation and bad bacteria in the gut.  If you need help, join my sugar reboot workshop.

I hope this helped you.  I love to hear from my readers, please comment below and I will get back to you!

 

 

 

 

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Leaky Gut Symptoms – How To Know For Sure!

Leaky gut or leaky gut syndrome is defined as leakage of molecules from the intestine into the intestinal walls and then possibly into the bloodstream. The intestinal wall has tight junctures that do not allow for anything to pass through other than nutrients and other molecules.  When these tight junctures become loose, they allow other particles to flow through.  This is called ‘increased intestinal permeability’ by medical professionals.  In the alternative medicine field, it is called ‘leaky gut syndrome.’   There is no diagnostic test for leaky gut syndrome and some doctors do not buy into the syndrome.  If stomach issues have cropped up in your life, it’s up to you to know the leaky gut symptoms so you can help heal your condition.

Common Causes Of Leaky Gut

1) The openings of our intestinal walls (think of them as pores) become irritated through inflammation and as a result they widen, allowing particles of food and other substances to flow through that are not supposed to. One reason for the inflammation is chronic constipation.  Over time toxins from chronic constipation irritate the lining of the intestines.

2) Another factor is an imbalance of gut bacteria. Ideally, there should be a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria or gut flora.  When there is an imbalance of gut flora this causes irritation to the lining which allows the pores to widen.

3) Another factor is the very common use of antibiotics and OTC NSAID drugs like Motrin, Advil, and Aleve. These NSAIDS and antibiotic use contribute to the imbalance of bacteria that causes irritation to the walls of the intestine.

4) Vitamin D is an anti-inflammatory ‘vitamin’. A vitamin D deficiency is associated with heart disease, cancer, inflammation and leaky gut. Vitamin D is also the gate keeper to the tight junctures in the stomach lining.  Being deficient raises the risk for leaky gut. Get tested for Vitamin D deficiency and then take at least 2000 – 5000 IU’s of vitamin D with K every day.

5) Excessive sugar consumption. Eating too much sugar feeds bad bacteria resulting in an imbalance of the gut flora. Since an imbalance irritates the intestinal wall, leaky gut can be the result.

6) Excessive stress.  Stress causes excess cortisol to be released on a consistent basis throughout the day which courses through the body contributing to inflammation and the risk of leaky gut.

So, You Have Some Of The Causes…What Are The Symptoms?

  • Food allergies.  If you suffer with food allergies for a long time, leaky gut may be to blame.  When food molecules pass through the inflamed barrier, reactions occur.
  • Candida. Candida overgrowth invades the intestinal wall causing inflammation and permeability in the gut leading to leaky gut.  If you have candida and are also experiencing food allergies or other gut problems, you probably have leaky gut.
  • Bloating and gas, especially after meals.
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety and other mood disorders
  • Chronic joint pain and muscle pain.
  • rashes
  • frequent headaches

When you have several of these symptoms together or there is no other reason for these symptoms, leaky gut should be suspected.

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The first thing you need to do is get your diet under control.  Food allergies must be addressed.  The constant inflammation of the gut lining will will keep the junctures open causing a cycle of inflammation and food allergies.  A healing diet needs to be in place to reduce inflammation to the gut.  This means avoiding grains, dairy, sugar and processed foods.  Diet is the hardest thing for people to comply with.  If you need help, a health coach can get you and keep you on track.

Candida, parasites and bacteria overgrowth need to be resolved.  Yeast and fungus are stubborn and it’s hard to eliminate them, so being consistent with your diet is very important.  You will need to supplement with healing herbs and keeping your body at a consistent PH level.

Stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes are important to replenish.  Hydrochloric acid helps with regulating stomach acid and enzymes are needed to help with digesting food well.

Watch this free webinar starting February 8th to get more information.

When Can You Expect Healing?

The goal is to rehabilitate the lining of the stomach and tighten up the juncture openings.  Recovery can take anywhere from a couple of months to several months depending on the severity of your symptoms.  If candida is one of your symptoms, it will most likely take the latter amount of time to recover.  The good thing is that you can heal.  Joining a leaky gut program can help you get results faster.  I recommend a program because doing it on your own is tricky and working with a health professional can guide you through tough parts or if you have questions.

In conclusion, Leaky Gut Syndrome is an emerging illness that doctors are starting to recognize.  Leaky gut occurs mostly from inflammation which opens up the tight junctures allowing molecules past the gut lining possibly into the bloodstream causing a ripple effect of chronic illnesses ranging from digestive problems to autoimmune disease.  Having certain symptoms over a period of time is a good indicator that you may be suffering from leaky gut.  Working with a professional to help heal your leaky gut is recommended.

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Gut Bacteria And Parkinson’s Disease – A Possible Answer On The Horizon?

What is the relationship between your gut bacteria (microbiome) and Parkinson’s disease? A new study shows a relationship between the two.  The study was funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.  It was published in the scientific journal, Cell.  There is no known cause for Parkinson’s disease and hopefully, if this study can be replicated in humans, effective treatments are in the future.  The study found that gut bacteria seems to regulate movement disorders in mice.  Changes in bacteria, or the bacteria themselves, may contribute to or cause motor skill decline.

According to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, there are an estimated 1 million Americans living with PD and more than 10 million people worldwide. Symptoms include difficulty walking, tremors, and speech changes.  People with Parkinson’s Disease also have changes in their digestive health and suffer from gastrointestinal issues.  Constipation can occur years before physical symptoms are noticed.

Out gut is home to beneficial bacteria and also harmful bacteria, this is called our microbiome.  Our microbiome is vital for healthy immune system and nervous system functioning.

Fact:

Over 70 percent of neurons in the peripheral nervous system are found in the intestines, and the gut’s nervous system is directly connected to the central nervous system!  The connection between the central nervous system and the gut is direct,nervous-system leading researchers to explore the gut and diseases of the central nervous system.

 

 

 

 

 

 


One part of this study took the microbiota from humans with Parkinson’s disease and was put into mice with germ-free intestines, and the mice exhibited Parkinson’s disease symptoms.  Researchers at the California Institute of Technology noticed that people with Parkinson’s had gut microbiomes that were different in diversity, depleted or were missing as compared to gut microbiomes of healthy people.  Experts are agreeing that gut bacteria regulate and are even required for, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Bacteria Families Implicated

According to the study, patients with Parkinson’s have much less bacteria from the Prevotellaceae family. This family of bacteria are sometimes pathogens.  Why this might be is still a mystery.  Does the disease wipe out this type of bacteria, or is it responsible for the disease?

High levels of another family of bacteria called Enterobacteriaceae also may be linked to Parkinson’s symptoms.  Patients struggling with motor skills and balance had higher levels of this type.

Treatment

Since the study was done on mice, there is no treatment protocol.  More studies have to be done since there are many more questions that need to be answered. Conventional treatment approach is to get a drug into the brain.  But with this new study showing that Parkinson’s disease may not be caused solely from changes in the brain but instead by changes in the microbiome, new drugs that target the gut will be developed.  Getting treatment into the gut is much easier than drugs for the brain.


Keeping a healthy gut microbiome is so important and more studies are coming out showing us how critical it is  to keep our gut bacteria in balance.  Sugar feeds bad bacteria and steps should be taken to get it out of the diet.  Stress, alcohol, medicines, pollution, and the environment also mess with the diversity of our microbiome.  Taking high quality probiotics and eating fresh vegetables and fruits as the mainstay of your diet should be implemented.

I offer a 7 day Gut health program to get you started on a diet plan to keep your microbiome healthy and diverse.

Taking a digestive supplement is also critical for maintaining healthy bacteria.  Digestive Science is a great brand recommended by doctors.

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