Getting Rid Of Wrinkles Begins In The Gut

Getting Rid Of Wrinkles Begins In The Gut

I usually write articles about different digestive issues and challenges that arise out of the gut, but today I decided to write about something that most of us women (and men) are trying to fend off with the aging process! That is wrinkles. Yes, getting rid of wrinkles begins in the gut. How can that be you say? Well, let’s get started.

Our Digestive System

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Many people don’t think too much about what happens after they eat their meals. Unless you suffer from digestive illnesses, most of us don’t pay any attention to what we eat, where we eat or how much we eat. The most we think about our food is whether or not we will gain weight with what we eat. Putting food into the “good” or “bad” categories is about the most we think about it.

However, our body and stomach is not the ‘dumb bucket’ we think it is. Our digestive system is busy cleaving proteins to get the minerals out, producing enzymes to digest food, manufacturing hydrochloric acid to break down food further for digestion and absorption plus a myriad of other digestive processes to assist in the functioning of our body.

The stomach is preparing to propel the food into the intestines so nutrition can be absorbed into the bloodstream.  This nutrition from our small intestines properly digested is where the nutrition gets from the bloodstream into our cells so we can have energy, so our hormones work properly, our heart and nervous system work properly and all our organs get what they need, including the skin.

This is a cursory explanation but you can see that after you eat food there is a lot of chemical processes that are taking place beyond our knowledge.

How Do You Get Wrinkles?

Our faces often reveal our age. For some, it may be harder to determine. Whether our faces age gracefully or not is determined by many factors.

As we age our skins protein content is diminished. The skin also loses hydration due to the depletion of what_are_ceramides_in_skin_careceramides which are the protective barrier for the skin. The hyaluronic acid which keeps the skin supple through hydration is another skin element that is lost due to the aging process.

Harmful oxidation increases with age so damaged cells cannot be repaired as easily. Contact with the environment via air, pollution, chemical and radiation stressors accumulate over time. Photoaging via the sun is cumulative and over time shows up as wrinkles and spots.

How Is The Gut Involved?

Our gut and our skin have a lot in common. They are both barrier organs protecting us from environmental toxins. The nerve endings on our skin are the same as in our gut and are in communication with our brain. There is something called the microbiome of the skin. If you are a reader of my blog you are educated about the gut microbiome.  Well now, welcome to the skin microbiome!

This microbiome is protective of the barrier function of our skin as with the gut. Dysbiosis is a disorder of the balance of microbiome in our gut and we can also have dysbiosis of the bacteria on our skin leading to many skin afflictions. Leaky gut is a problem when the small openings of the gut become larger allowing for molecules to enter the bloodstream that should not be there. You can have leaky skin too where the protective microbial barrier of the skin is altered allowing for substances to get through the skin and the bloodstream.

The skin and the gut interact with each other, and because of this, they both can influence the health of each. For instance, SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) in the gut has been associated with those suffering from rosacea, a disease of the skin. If you have IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), you may also suffer from psoriasis or rosacea. If you or your teenager suffer from acne, there is a good chance there is a gut dysbiosis involved.

What You Eat Matters For Your Skin

Now that we know that the gut and the skin communicate, the health of your gut can determine the health of your skin including wrinkle formation.

Foods that harm the microbiome and age your skin are:

  • Sugar – sugar is an inflammatory food that causes an imbalance in the microbiome and can result in leaky gut, gut dysbiosis, and inflammation. When sugar is combined with proteins, the result is AGEs or advanced glycation end products which are damaging to skin’s elastin and collagen resulting in wrinkles and sagging.
  • Wheat products
  • High glycemic carbs
  • Gluten

All for the same reasons as sugar.

Foods That Prevent Wrinkles: Foods that nourish the microbiome

  • Fermented veggies – promotes friendly bacteria
  • Yogurt – fermented, friendly bacteria
  • Green tea – contains polyphenols which are great for skin integrity.
  • Fish – healthy fats help the skin look radiant by helping circulation and reducing inflammation.
  • Berries – phytonutrients increase circulation to the skin creating a glow.
  • Avocados – good fats nourish all cells including skin cells making them perform better and plump them up.
  • Honey – anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.
  • Bone broth – for collagen formation
  • Water – chronic dehydration starves cells including skin cells of water resulting in less plumpness.

Supplements:

  • Probiotics – for good microbiome health for your gut and your skin.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids – to protect the integrity of all cell membranes including the skin creating a soft and smooth appearance.
  • Zinc – heals damaged skin so it can recover from injury and that includes wrinkles.
  • Collagen– is responsible for the support of the skin helping to keep wrinkles at bay as well as sagging.life extension skincare

All of these used together will create a beautiful environment for smooth, glowing skin!

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Gluten Sensitivity and autoimmune diseases

Gluten Sensitivity and Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, celiac disease, thyroid disease, are the top health concerns of the 21st century and those afflicted growing in number every year. Autoimmune diseases are responses to systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues. Could there be a connection between food sensitivities and more notably gluten sensitivity and autoimmune diseases?

Diseases, like autoimmune diseases, are basically a group of symptoms that fit a common profile of others who suffer the same symptoms. Then it’s given a label. Having a label is fine, but it doesn’t help you with the root cause.

Food sensitivities are unlike food allergies.  Food allergies involve a histamine response to an offending food and the reaction is immediate and can be life-threatening for those with severe allergies. Food sensitivities are an immune system response to offending foods that can take up to two or three days to appear. These responses can be vague such as headaches, congestion, sinus, anxiety/depression and more.  Read more about the difference between food allergies and sensitivities here.

What Is Gluten?

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten is: “a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley, and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.”

There are two main proteins in gluten. They are glutenin and gliadin and gliadin is the protein that is associated with the negative effects. Ten thousand years ago, wheat was not the version of wheat we have today. Emmer and Einkorn wheat were the crops of our ancestors while Triticum wheat is used today and is thousands of genes apart from original Einkorn wheat.triticum wheat

Triticum wheat has been bred to generate a greater yield, not a nutritionally sound product. Modern Triticum wheat of today can’t even survive in the wild without human support such as fertilizers and pest control.  Can you imagine eating a plant that can only survive at the hands of man-made chemicals?  Einkorn and Emmer wheat have survived the wild and pass on their nutrition powerhouse to those who eat it.

There have never been any safety studies involving animals or humans done on the hybridization of wheat and the new genetic strains created.  Plant geneticists were so intent on creating products to increase yield to satisfy the need to relieve world hunger, that it was assumed hybridizing wheat would result in a safe product. Because after all, wheat is wheat and wheat is a food product, right?

Gluten, What’s So Bad About It?

Gluten is the protein mixture of wheat.  It’s also in barley, rye, bulgur, Kamut, and triticale. Most Americans do not consume great quantities of rye, bulgar, Kamut and triticale, so for the purposes of this article wheat is the product I’m referring to when speaking about gluten. Barley, rye, bulgur, Kamut, and triticale have also not been hybridized to become the ultra glutinous products that wheat has become.

Gluten is what makes wheat ‘doughy’. That stretchable, rollable, elastic and twistable substance that rice flour, corn flour or any other flour cannot achieve.  Wheat is mostly carbohydrate and only ten to fifteen percent protein, and the majority of that protein (80%) is gluten. gluten dough

People who suffer from celiac disease are suffering from the most extreme form of gluten sensitivity.  It’s actually an autoimmune disease. During World War II, a pediatric gastroenterologist from the Netherlands noticed that mortality from celiac dropped about 40% during the war and then went back to pre-war mortality after the war was over.  At that time gluten was not known to be the reason. During the war, there was no wheat available and potato starch was used for making bread and the disease went away. Babies at the time were fed only bananas when presenting with celiac symptoms. After the war, the babies were put on an elimination diet of all grains and gluten. The babies responded favorably and thus the connection between gluten and autoimmune celiac disease.

Can there be other issues and autoimmune diseases stemming from gluten sensitivities? Most certainly.

Our journey begins with the digestive tract

Our intestines are a long, windy tube roughly 15 -20 feet long and covered by a single, yes a single layer of cells that is a barrier to keep the bacteria, toxins and undigested food out of our bloodstream. This single layer of cells, a mucous layer, allows microscopically sized nutrients like single blocks of sugars, proteins, and amino acids that have been broken down through digestion to pass through to the bloodstream to use for fuel and to supply our organs with what they need.  In order to pass through this single-celled mucosal barrier, the lining is permeable with very tight junctures so only the smallest of single blocks of nutrients can pass through.

This barrier should be impermeable to anything else.  But with celiac research, it was found that the barrier’s tight junctures or ‘doors were being opened for other substances like gluten to get through triggering an immediate immune system reaction.faulty-tight-junction

How Are These ‘Doors’ Opening?

Gluten is comprised of a substance called gliadin. Gliadin triggers the release of zonulin in the body.  Zonulin is the bodies trigger to save itself from an all-out infection that it cannot handle in the digestive system by opening up the ‘doors’ in the lining of the stomach to allow the infection to flow through to be fought by the bodies immune system.  What a wonderful last-ditch effort from Mother Nature to heal the body.

Unfortunately, it was the gliadin from the gluten that triggered the zonulin that opened the doors and there was no ‘threat’ to the body.  Now we have a gluten protein in the bloodstream that the body sees as a foreign invader. You do not need to have celiac disease for this response to happen.

The phenomenon of intestinal permeability caused by gluten due to the zonulin response is called ‘Leaky Gut’. When you have leaky gut, your symptoms can be all over the map like anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, headaches and the list goes on and on. Over time these symptoms are associated with different autoimmune diseases like MS, Parkinsons, lupus etc. Some researchers have found when zonulin levels are kept in check, diabetes is kept at bay.

Experts believe that there need to be accurate tests for zonulin levels to prevent leaky gut syndrome and keep the ‘doors’ closed.

What Can You Do Today?

The first thing you must do is eliminate gluten for at least 4 weeks completely and see how you feel.  If you feel better, you need to continue complete elimination for 4 months to start healing your stomach.

Get your vitamin D levels checked. Increased intestinal permeability has been shown with low vitamin D levels. Aim for a range of 50 to 60 on a blood test. Increase your levels with a high-quality product

Drink organic bone broth to heal the lining of the stomach.

Avoid sugar. Sugar increases the bad bacteria leading to inflammation that opens the ‘doors’ of your intestine.

Take l-glutamine to heal your stomach lining for 3 months or longer depending on need.

In Conclusion

Gluten is a protein of wheat. Wheat has undergone major hybridization over the years yielding a wheat flour with high levels of gluten. For those with celiac disease, there is no tolerance of gluten and the body undergoes a major immune response that is damaging to the intestine.

The gliadin in gluten triggers the body to make zonulin which opens the ‘doors’ of the lining of the stomach allowing molecules of food and proteins into the bloodstream that should never be there. The body responds to these ‘threats’ as foreign invaders and can develop symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, depression, anxiety and more.  Over time autoimmune diseases can be diagnosed.

Take steps as outlined above to reduce your exposure to wheat and gluten and heal your stomach from the damaging effects of zonulin in the body in response to gluten.

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Linda is a Functional Health Coach

Restore Gut Health

How To Restore Gut Health

If you are living with digestive issues ranging from simple indigestion to Irritable Bowel Disease like Chron’s or colitis, I bet you’re wondering if living a normal life free of gas, constipation, bloating, pain, diarrhea is possible. Yes, it is possible and if you are a reader of my blog, you will know that there are many things you can do as far as lifestyle, diet and supplements go to help you get back to living a normal life again. Today, I’d like to talk about how to restore gut health. There is a formula so let’s begin!

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They say good health starts in the gut and researchers are understanding more and more every day that this is true. When we are born, we come into this world with a sterile microbiome. As we interact with the environment, our gut starts the process of forming colonies of bacteria also known as our microbiome or gut bacteria. The very first bacteria formed is lactobacillus Johnsonii which is the bacteria needed to digest mother’s breast milk. So as you can see, an infant cannot digest mother’s milk, but the gut bacteria can. We are almost 90 percent microbial! We used to think that these bacteria were there to harm us, but in fact, gut bacteria is in us to help us survive.

As we get older, our environment shapes the colonies of gut bacteria and the more diverse our bacteria the healthier we are as individuals. Medicine, antibiotics, vaccines can all disrupt the diverse and complex microbiome and set us up for all kinds of illnesses in the future.

Researchers have discovered about ten thousand species of gut bacteria and they have no idea what all of them are needed for. Thankfully we do understand more and more every year. In fact, we acquire other people’s bacteria from casual contact because our microbiome is dynamic and changing all the time.  Within 24 hours there can be a major shift in the diversity of your microbiome.

Irritable bowel syndrome and irritable bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s) are two very different diagnoses. IBS is nowhere near the inflammation markers of an IBD sufferer, but many of the symptoms overlap. According to studies, they do share a common thread and that is the diversity of their microbiome is reduced. When bad bacteria overtake the good in your digestive system, your symptoms will be constipation, gas, bad breath, diarrhea and stomach pain. Learning how to improve the diversity of your gut bacteria is critical to start feeling better and improving your digestive health.  

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How to Restore Gut Health

Dr. Raphael Kellman, MD, and author of Microbiome suggests a four-point plan to achieve a healthy microbiome. When looking to balance the microbiome it’s critical to Remove that which is compromising healthy gut bacteria. Replace that which the gut needs to digest food properly. Reinoculate with healthy bacteria. Repair the lining of the intestinal wall.

This all sounds so easy, just 4 things to do to get healthy! Nothing is easy, but it is very simple. Do them and within months you will be feeling so much better and on your way to vibrant living again.

Let’s look at them in detail.

 1) Remove You’ll need to remove from your diet anything that can compromise healthy digestion or increase bad bacteria. Removal of parasites is also included in this process. This means absolutely NO sugar, gluten, eggs, dairy, soy or any food made with these foods. No unhealthy fats like trans fats. No preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, no artificial sweeteners and the avoidance of environmental toxins like household cleaners. For a more detailed list, click here. Removing parasites involves the use of oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, wormwood, and berberine.  Learn how to kill parasites with natural essential oils here.

Once these foods are removed, you are on your way to balancing your gut. Sugar, gluten, eggs, dairy, and soy feed bad bacteria resulting in more bad bacteria than good. When this happens, inflammation occurs making the lining of the gut more permeable resulting in fat storage, gas, bloating and other symptoms.

 2) Replace now it’s important to replace the stomach acid, enzymes, and friendly bacteria to restore healthy digestion. If you’re suffering from GERD or reflux/heartburn, you’re probably asking yourself right now, why on earth would I replace stomach acid? Most people who have these GERD or reflux/heartburn are suffering from low stomach acid, not too much stomach acid.

To replace stomach acid, hydrochloric acid tablets are used until relief is felt. Hydrochloric acid also helps keep unfriendly bacteria at bay. Next, enzymes are needed to break food down in the stomach. Enzymes are found in fresh whole fruits and vegetables which people do not eat in abundance anymore. Bromelain is one of the beneficial enzymes needed for digestion. Enzymes need to be taken with every meal to aid in digestion to also heal the gut. Read more about how probiotics can help your stomach issues here.

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 3) Reinoculate Now we have to reinoculate the gut with probiotics and prebiotics. Prebiotics are what good bacteria eat to thrive and gain in abundance. When probiotics and prebiotics are added together, the good bacteria will feed on the prebiotics and increase in number and diversity. It is very important to take them together. Probiotics can be taken in pill form to get the standardized dose or can be eaten in the form of fermented foods like raw sauerkraut, kimchee, and other fermented foods. Read more about fermented foods here. Prebiotics can also be taken in capsule form or you can eat them. Asparagus, carrots, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, jicama, leeks, onions, and radishes are rich in prebiotics because of the special fiber they contain.

 4) Repair If you are experiencing IBS, IBD, gas, bloating, Sibo, Leaky gut, diarrhea, constipation, and pain there is a level of inflammation and damage to the lining of the gut. Now it’s time to repair it. To reduce inflammation in the gut there are foods and supplements that can be eaten and taken to relieve and heal. Quercitin and curcumin (turmeric) help reduce inflammation. Here’s an easy recipe for Golden Milk which contains turmeric. L-glutamine has been shown in studies to heal the lining of the gut and is a very important supplement to take. The prebiotic foods listed above are also healing to the gut as well. So while you’re reinoculating with prebiotics, you are also repairing the lining of the intestinal wall as well.

As you can see, restoring gut health is as simple as remove, replace, reinoculate and repair. However putting this simple formula into practice can be daunting. I suggest working with an expert in gut health, like myself, to get on a good program. You can work with me one on one and finally feel better.  Sign up here and I’ll get you more information:

One on One Gut Health Coaching

Or you can purchase an online program where you can work independently.  I highly recommend Solving Leaky Gut, a fantastic gut health program that will make you feel better.

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Best Life Extension Vitamins

4 Best Life Extension Vitamins For Gut Health – A Trusted Brand

When you’re suffering from any type of gut health issue, finding relief with products that actually work is so important for healing. Today I’m going to explain the 4 best Life Extension vitamins for gut health and how they can assist you with healing your digestive tract.

Life extension is a trusted brand of vitamins and has been for years.  I use them regularly because I am rest assured they are high quality and have the required, effective therapeutic dosage I’m looking for. When dealing with any illness or health challenge, if you decide to use supplements, herbs or another non-medicine approach, you want to be assured that what you are taking is effective and has the therapeutic level of supplement that can actually benefit you.  If you’re like me, you’d also like to see a little science behind the product as well.  If you suffer from digestive issues like millions of people today, taking supplements is very important and you want to spend your money on quality.

A Little Background

Life Extension came about in 1980 to fill a gap in scientific research pertaining to identifying technologies that can delay/reverse aging and premature death. Their scientific research transcends academic institutions, medical companies, and conventional thought.   

Conventional, mainstream research focuses on heart disease, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s.  The main causes of death today. Life Extension provides scientists with millions of dollars every year to conduct research geared toward the prevention of or postponing of these diseases so humans can live longer with a higher quality of life.  

Life Extension’s clinical research involves the exploration of innovative dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetic and medical devices. As a result, their dietary supplements and the formulations are always based on their research and have the recommended dosage for therapeutic value.

Because of Life Extensions clinical research in the area of supplements for health conditions their research findings end up in their supplements. Knowing that you are taking the right vitamin for the right condition and at the appropriate dose makes taking Life Extension supplements a no-brainer.Adobe Spark (83)

Every Year, Millions Suffer From Digestive Issues

Digestive challenges harm the quality of life for many Americans today.  IBS is on the rise and is becoming an employer’s nightmare.  Many people are missing workdays due to IBS and work productivity is lower when employees suffer from IBS.  IBS sufferers can experience gas, bloating, pain, constipation, reflux, and diarrhea.  

GERD or reflux is when digestive acids make their way to the esophagus causing heartburn and pain. This can be due to too little or too much hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

IBD (irritable bowel disease) is when chronic inflammation results in pain and inflammation of the intestines and bowel. IBD is a serious condition which needs treatment from conventional and alternative therapies.  Read more about IBD. Continue reading

Sugar and Leaky Gut - Heal Your Leaky Gut Now!

Sugar and Leaky Gut – Heal Your Leaky Gut Now.

We come into this world with a propensity for sweet foods. I know I sure did! Humans can detect four basic flavors – salt, sour, bitter and sweet, but it’s the sweet that we seek out. Scientists reason it’s because we evolved eating fruit from the trees. The sugar in the fruit provided energy for our brain and helped us store fat. Two necessary survival abilities for the human body.

Richard Johnson, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and author of “The Sugar Fix” explains during human evolution there was a time of global cooling. Eating fructose was a way for the body to store fat, so starvation was not likely and therefore upped the chance of survival for the species. Basically any food that people were likely to eat would mean the likelihood of surviving and passing on their genes.

Seeking out and eating sweet foods was a survival instinct. Our bodies were trained biologically to seek out the sweet stuff!

Where Does Sugar Come From?

Simple, white sugar comes from the dried juice of beets and the sugar cane plant.  Sugar in America comes from sugar beets.  The final product of sugar from sugar cane and sugar beets is the same. Unfortunately, sugar beets are also almost all genetically modified or GMO. Another good reason to stay away from it.

You’ve probably heard many names for sugar: Cane sugar, brown sugar, powdered confectioners sugar, organic cane juice, fine sugar, raw sugar and turbinado sugar. Don’t be fooled, it’s effects on the body are the same.

What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Sugar?

Sugar, or sucrose is made up of a fructose and glucose molecule.  Remember our ancestors needed fructose to survive by storing fat and the glucose for fuel for their brain and body.

When you eat sugar, an enzyme is immediately released in your mouth to help partially break down the sugar. Sugar spends a very short amount of time in the stomach, not fully broken down yet, and enters the small intestine where the majority of digestion takes place. Enzymes in the small intestines break the sugars into monosaccharides, which are absorbed into the bloodstream and used for energy.  That’s a very simple explanation.

Glucose – is absorbed into the bloodstream and insulin is secreted from the pancreas to attach to glucose and transfer it into the cells for energy use. You get blood sugar spikes from glucose and diabetics have to be very careful of their sugar glucose intake.

Fructose – Insulin has no effect on fructose! Fructose is not controlled by insulin nor can fructose be used or turned into energy for any part of the body. Fructose can only be processed in the liver. Fructose can only be turned into fat by the liver. Remember our ancestors survived on the ability of their body to increase fat after eating sweet plant foods? However excess simple fructose – as in soda with High Fructose Corn Syrup, raises the risk of fatty liver disease, obesity and especially fat accumulates around the torso leading to heart disease.

Quick note about fruit sugar (Fructose) – The fructose in fruit is bound to fiber, other carbohydrates and protein all which have to be digested or broken down in the stomach and intestines before it can be used by the body. Getting a fructose ‘hit’ on the body is negligible and why fruit is healthy and desirable for diabetics under a good eating plan.

Now that we have an understanding of what simple sugar is, what it is made of and how it’s metabolized, we can address how sugar and leaky gut are connected!

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is still much of a mystery to mainstream doctors. There is plenty of research on its existence, but still not well known about. Read more about Leaky Gut Syndrome here. There are symptoms that accompany leaky gut including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities,aches and pains, brain fog, and other digestive illnesses.  Leaky gut is also thought to aggravate or be the precursor to autoimmune diseases.

The lining of the stomach is permeable with small holes or ‘tight junctures’ that allow microscopic nutrients and molecules to pass through and into the bloodstream. That is completely normal and how digestion works to get nutrients and other molecules needed for the body to use.

The problem that occurs with leaky gut is when the lining of the stomach gets inflamed and the tight junctures now become not-so-tight. They open up and allow molecules and other substances in that should not get into the bloodstream. This causes widespread problems ranging from allergies to autoimmune diseases.  If you think you have Leaky Gut, take the Leaky Gut quiz and find out for sure.  

What Causes Inflammation in the Gut?

  • NSAIDS
  • Candida
  • Food Additives
  • Alcohol
  • SUGAR

Sugar feeds candida, yeast and bad bacteria.  Bad bacteria creates toxins that damage the lining of the stomach, opening up the tight junctures and allowing more molecules to get through and into the bloodstream.  A diet high in simple sugar causes the body to work harder to process it by manufacturing enzymes and using nutrients to digest causing a deficient state.  

Sugar is hard on the body causing inflammation, nutrient deficiencies and problems with candida that can all result in Leaky Gut Syndrome.  To learn more about Leaky Gut causes and healing, watch this webinar.

The good news is that you can heal!

The Four R’s Are Your Steps To Healing.

  1. REMOVE
  2. REPLACE
  3. REPAIR
  4. REBALANCE

Remove those foods that are known to cause Leaky gut: Sugar, grains, processed foods contribute to inflammation in the gut.

Replace with healing foods and supplements like fermented foods, probiotic rich foods like yogurt, cleansing vegetables like dark leafy greens.

Repair the gut with foods and supplements that heal. Bone broth and vitamin D as well as l glutamine have been shown to heal the lining of the stomach. Quercitin is another supplement that has been shown to heal the lining and improve the tight junctures of the stomach.

Rebalance Probiotics rebalance the gut by providing healthy strains of probiotics into the gut helping rebalance the ratio of good to bad bacteria.

Helping the body to heal by taking sugar out of the diet is a big and important step to feeling better.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a comprehensive, yet simple and effective real-foods based program to help break the chains sugar and carbs have on you – and help you find food freedom. Click Here to start the 21 Day Sugar Detox program.

If you think you have Leaky Gut Syndrome and would like to learn more, sign up for this webinar hosted by 

Jordan Reasoner  and  Steven Wright

Both solved their Leaky Gut issues following this protocol.  Find out more here

In conclusion, excess simple sugar in the diet causes inflammation in the body and the gut resulting in Leaky Gut Syndrome.  Leaky Gut Syndrome can be healed by following a protocol and sticking with it until symptoms subside.

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Dulse Flakes Health Benefits -4 Reasons To Try Them Today!

Dulse Flakes Health Benefits -3 Reasons To Try Them Today!

 

People hear the word seaweed and they get all bent out of shape. ‘Yuck’ is the term I often hear. I like to call them sea vegetables!  Sea vegetables are delicious and they have so many health benefits for you. Sea vegetables have been a staple in Japanese culture spanning hundreds of years and the Japanese are one of the most long-lived peoples in the world.  The ancient Chinese served them only to royalty, and considered a delicacy.  Dulse is a sea vegetable. Dulse flakes health benefits are many.  I hope this article will convince you to give them a try and especially if you suffer from any sort of gut health issues.

Dulse is red in color and has a salty flavor making it a great supplement to add to your cooking.  You can replace salt with it.

Ten Overall Health Benefits of Dulce Flakes

  1. High in vitamins and minerals like B6, B12, A, Iron, Potassium, Phosporus, Calcium and Manganese.
  2. Helps heal digestive conditions.
  3. Cleanses the body of heavy metals.
  4. Great for healthy thyroid function because it’s high in iodine.
  5. Lowers Cholesterol.
  6. Helps relieve menstrual symptoms.
  7. Controls the growth of bad bacteria, candida and viruses.
  8. Lowers blood pressure.
  9. Detoxify your body from heavy metals, environmental pollutants, and carcinogens.
  10. Has anti-inflammatory properties.

Sea vegetables are gaining in popularity in the United States but many are afraid of trying them.  This is partly due to fear of them and unfamiliarity.  Another reason is just not knowing how to incorporate them in your diet.

3 Great Benefits Of Dulse Flakes To Heal Your Gut

If you’re a reader of my blog, you know that we have trillions of bacteria in our gut and all over our body. Balance is the key when it comes to gut health.  A healthy gut has a 80/20 ratio of good to bad bacteria.  If this balance is off, you will suffer from many health issues ranging from allergies, digestive problems to other more severe diseases like autoimmune issues.  If you can believe it, we have 3 to 4.5 pounds of bacteria in the gut!  Within those numbers, there are 400 to 500 different species of bacteria. What causes gut bacteria to be imbalanced? Medications like antibiotics, OTC pain relievers, environmental pollution, chemicals and processed foods.  Our diet is a significant reason. So what can Dulse do for you?

  1. Replenish Iodine deficiency. Research has shown the many Americans are Iodine deficient. Being deficient in Iodine is a problem.  Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control suggest that some 2.2 million women nationwide could have low iodine.  Iodine plays a role in protecting against bad bacteria in the gut and helps fight infections in the gut that cause inflammation and digestive problems like SIBO and Leaky Gut.
  2. Improves the ratio of good to bad bacteria.  When your microbiome is balanced it works to combat obesity, IBD, IBS, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease and certain forms of cancer.
  3. Bind to heavy metals and eliminate them from the body.  Heavy metals block the absorption of nutrients in the stomach, creating free radicals and inflammation. Dulse binds to metals such as aluminum ,mercury, copper, and lead, carrying them all the way through the colon to be eliminated rather than being released back into the body.

Including Dulse in your diet is a very important and necessary nutrient if you’re looking to heal your digestive issues.  I can’t think of anything more powerful other than probiotics to make a difference in your health.

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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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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.

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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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4 Steps To Heal Leaky Gut Fast – Stop Suffering!

leaky-gutLeaky gut is a condition where the tight junctures of your intestinal wall become larger due to inflammation, poor diet and medications.  These tight junctures keep unwanted food and particles out of your bloodstream and they only allow nutrients to pass through.  Once these tight junctures are no longer ‘tight’, food particles slip through these openings causing inflammation throughout the body.   Leaky gut is an emerging medical phenomenon, yet most doctors are not familiar with this common digestive ailment that is afflicting more and more people today.   I will outline 4 steps to heal leaky gut fast so you can strengthen your digestion, heal your stomach and feel better!

1.Identify Since there is no diagnostic test to pinpoint leaky gut, you need to know what the signs and symptoms are so you can start the healing journey. Localized symptoms: bloating, candida, diarrhea, gas and constipation.  General symptoms: chronic fatigue, food and seasonal allergies, arthritis and other joint pain, rashes and nutritional deficiencies. Brain symptoms: mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, depression. Severe symptoms: Chron’s disease, lupus, IBD, autoimmune diseases.

If you have any of these symptoms for a long period of time, it’s worth looking at Leaky Gut Syndrome.

 2. Calm and Remove  Calming inflammation is the first order of business.  Inflammation is what causes the tight junctures to become larger and more open allowing substances to pass through that should never have passed directly into your bloodstream.  Drink green juice powdersthey contain chlorophyll which is a very healing nutrient for the small intestine. Slippery Elm coats and protects the lining of the stomach.  Aloe Vera Juice can do for your gut what it does for your skin;  soothe and heal. Cabbage juice is calming for the gut walls.  Remove foods that trigger inflammation in the gut. Sugar, processed foods, gluten and artificial sweeteners. This is important to do or else you will continue to suffer from inflammation that triggers leaky gut.

3. Heal  After triggers are removed and healing nutrients and foods are added in, it’s time to start the healing process.  Drink a cup of bone broth every day. The benefits of bone broth cannot be overstated enough.  According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, healing and sealing your gut is important. Bone broth is easily digestible, heals the lining of the stomach and contains valuable nutrients.  l-glutamine is critical for healing Leaky Gut. Glutamine has been shown in studies to strengthen the mucosal lining of the stomach.  It’s the mucous lining that breaks down due to inflammation and contributes to Leaky Gut. The mucosal lining is where over 70% of our immune system is found and when that mucous lining is destroyed by inflammation, leaky gut is the result as well as the symptoms and diseases listed above. Omega 3 Fatty Acids have been shown to repair the lining of the intestinal walls as well as tighten the junctures of the lining so particles do not pass through.lemon-ginger-bone-broth-2

4. Strengthen  Once you have healed the junctures of the gut and improved inflammation, now it’s time to strengthen the lining of the gut and help it grow more friendly bacteria.  These beneficial bacteria strengthen our immune system and improve absorption of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.  Two of the most beneficial strains of friendly bacteria is lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.   Adding these probiotics is important to reinoculate the friendly bacteria that is so important for healthy digestion and a strong gut lining. Add in fermented foods like Kefir, sauerkraut, Kombucha and plain yogurt.  These foods contain prebiotic and probiotics that reinoculate friendly bacteria and deter the growth of bad bacteria.  Take a probiotic supplement with every meal until you start feeling better and then drop it to once a day or if you prefer, keep taking it 3 times a day. 

Going Forward

Maintaining gut health is so important for an overall healthy body and mind.  More and more studies are revealing the connection between good health and the health of our microbiome (gut bacteria).  From autoimmune diseases to mood disorders like depression, anxiety and other more severe mood disorders like schizophrenia are all linked to the health of our gut.  It’s paramount to continue eating whole foods while keeping sugar and processed foods out of our diet or to an absolute minimum.  Leaky gut is not well diagnosed so keeping on top of your health by keeping a journal can help you understand your body and how it reacts to trigger foods.  Doing this can help you fend off possible worse problems down the road.

In Conclusion

If you need more help or would like a structured program to get you on your way to better gut health, look into these quality programs.  These programs can give you a more in-depth look into the health of your gut and offer easy to follow recommendations so you can enjoy a lifetime of good gut health!

HEAL YOUR GUT PROGRAM  This program is a 7 day Heal Your Gut Program aimed at jumpstarting your diet to a healthy, gut friendly one.

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5 Top Signs You May Have Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a lesser known digestive disorder, and medical doctors are skeptical of its existence, but it is often the root cause of many illnesses.  Leaky gut is not taught in medical school, so traditional doctors are usually not familiar.  The good news is that times are changing and Leaky Gut Syndrome is beginning to be recognized in the medical community.  Linda A. Lee, MD, a gastroenterologist and Director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center says “We don’t know a lot but we know that it exists.”  Below I will discuss the 5 top signs you may have Leaky Gut Syndrome and how to address it and rid your symptoms.

Because there is no standard to diagnosis Leaky Gut, there are no treatments or specific therapies to address it.  Most medical doctors prescribe drugs like Prevacid or antacids.

What Is Leaky Gut?

The lining of our gut serves as a barrier function.  This barrier has tiny holes that allow nutrients and certain other substances that are small enleaky-gut-juncturesough to fit through. Larger particles are kept out. These tiny holes or ‘tight junctions’ are what keeps the contents of your intestines from the blood stream.  These tight junctions keep out the toxins, large undigested food particles, and bacteria. When these small holes become larger it is called “increased intestinal permeability” or Leaky Gut Syndrome, and now larger substances can pass through and into the blood stream.

When your tight junctures become not so tight, it’s like the floodgates have been opened from your intestines to your bloodstream.  Particles that never should be in your blood stream have now gotten through.  Your body responds with inflammation throughout your whole body, leading to the onset of a variety of diseases.

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