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Leaky Gut Syndrome – Find Out If You Have It

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome refers to an increase in intestinal permeability in the gastrointestinal tract. A healthy gut lining allows only specific components of food to pass through into the bloodstream. This is how nutrients enter the bloodstream and promote health.If you have a poor diet, stress, or are taking medications,your gut lining can become damaged over time. The result is a more permeable gut lining, which allows larger particles to enter the bloodstream while failing to properly absorb key nutrients.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Undigested food particles, gut bacteria, proteins, and toxic waste shouldn’t be able to enter the bloodstream. The small intestine functions as a selective barrier to toxins and large molecules, such as incompletely digested food particles. When the gut lining becomes compromised (or “leaky”) they do, causing negative consequences.

Leaky Gut Syndrome has become a big health problem. Chronic inflammation that results from a leaky gut is now thought to be responsible for allergy, autoimmune condition, and chronic disease.

How do You Know If You Have Leaky Gut?

Genova Labs has an Intestinal Permeability Assessment Test which directly measures the ability of two non-metabolized sugar molecules that permeate the intestinal mucosa.

 This test checks for an increase in intestinal permeability, which can indicate compromised barrier function of the small intestine. It works by you drinking a pre-measured amount of lactulose and mannitol (sugars). The degree of intestinal permeability  is reflected in the levels of the two sugars recovered in a urine sample collected over the next 6 hours.This test can be taken in the comfort of your home and comes with easy to follow instructions.

You must fast for 8 hours before beginning the test. We recommend you do the test first thing in the morning upon waking.

Leaky gut is common in disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, autoimmune disease, chronic skin disorders and chronic inflammation.

What Causes Intestinal Permeability?

Abnormal intestinal permeability can be caused by a number of different things, though the most common causes include:

  • Intestinal infection
  • Ingestion of allergenic foods or toxic chemicals
  • Overall poor diet
  • Trauma and stressful lifestyle
  • Over the counter pain relievers (NSAIDs)
  • Prescription drugs like antibiotics

If you Have Leaky Gut What Should You Do?

To heal leaky gut you should evaluate your diet. First, eliminate foods that may be contributing to Leaky Gut. Next incorporate foods that will help heal your gut. There are many over the counter supplements that can reduce your symptoms and heal your gut.

Check out our Leaky Gut Protocol by clicking here. 

Simple Breath Test For SIBO

Genova Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth - SIBO

SIBO Breath Test

How Do You Know If You Have SIBO?

SIBO tends to be under-diagnosed. This is because most people learn to live with the discomfort of regular gas and bloating, often aided by over-the-counter medications. Fortunately, there is an easy at home breath test by Genova that can aid in diagnosis.

Did you know that 80% of people who are diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are also said to have SIBO.

Common symptoms of SIBO may include:

  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal discomfort

What Causes SIBO?

SIBO is typically the result of a poor diet including excessive sugar, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol. However, diet is not the only contributing factor for SIBO. Other causes of SIBO may include low stomach acid, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), prior bowel surgery, excessive antibiotics and diabetes.

Is There a Test for SIBO?

If one or a combination of symptoms occurs fairly regularly, you may warrant further investigation. You can take an at home test, like the Genova Lab Bacterial Overgrowth in Small Intestine Breath Test.

This home test is a non-invasive way to detect bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel. It’s also easy to do, and it can be administered in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.

What are Some Problems that Occur When SIBO Goes Untreated?

Besides the irritating and sometimes debilitating symptoms of discomfort associated with SIBO, overtime you can become malnourished. This is due to a malabsorption of nutrients, particularly fat-soluble vitamins and iron. Click Here to read more about this from DR. AXE.

Remember, if you experiencing digestive symptoms your body is trying to tell you something. Get to the root cause of these symptoms today.

There are many different ways to naturally approach healing SIBO. First and foremost, you should address making some dietary changes.  Click Here to see specific recipe books for dealing with digestive conditions.

Click Here to read our natural protocol for dealing with Symptoms of SIBO.

Feed Your Gut With Prebiotics

Probiotics and Prebiotics, A perfect Combination for Good Gut Health

By now just about everyone knows that probiotics are good for your gut health. Having a strong immune system and good digestion is dependent upon having a large number of good, beneficial bacteria in your gut. But did you know that Prebiotics are beneficial for your gut?

Prebiotics are the easiest way to Feed the good Gut Bacteria.

That’s right, you need to take care of the good bacteria is by making sure they are well fed.

How do you Feed The Good Bacteria in Your Gut?

Prebiotic Fiber are a type of fiber called oligosaccharides. These oligosaccharides are found in foods like jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, onions and jicama.

You are supposed to get at least 25 grams of fiber every day.

Prebiotic fiber is necessary to feed the good gut bacteria.

What are the Foods which Contain Prebiotic Soluble Fiber?

  • Raw Dandelion Greens
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Raw asparagus
  • Leeks, Onions & Garlic

Click here to Read the top 5 Reasons you Should Be Taking Prebiotics.

While probiotic foods are essential for gut health and overall well-being, prebiotics help “feed” probiotics. By pairing these two together, you can achieve an even better result.

Sometimes it may hard to get Prebiotic Fiber in our normal daily diet and it’s necessary to supplement with prebiotics.

Perfect Pass Prebiotics are made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum, known as PHGG. This type of prebiotic is called a galactomannan. Hydrolyzed Guar Gum doesn’t cause any side effects that can be commonly associated with prebiotics.

If you are looking for a prebiotic derived from PHGG try taking Perfect Pass Prebiotic.

Perfect Pass Prebiotics is one of the only prebiotics that can be safely used by people who have SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). It is the perfect fertilizer for your good bacteria to grow.

If you haven’t used Perfect Pass Probiotic yet, now is the time to try it. Pair it wth any probiotics you are taking to grow the numbers of good bacteria in your gut and increase their efficacy.

Click Here to read about how  PHGG helps those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, increases the concentration of good bacteria strains in the colon and helps reduce symptoms of acute diarrhea.

Decrease Chronic Inflammation Now

Decrease Chronic Inflammation Nowinflammation is the root cause of disease

Chronic inflammation is your body’s  immune response to a barrage of environmental, physical and mental invaders. These stressors could be from things like poor diet, toxic chemicals and stress. Research has shown that inflammation in your gut can be the cause of inflammation in your joints and your brain.

What are Some Causes of inflammation?

Poor dietary choices such as processed foods, factory farmed proteins, sugary drinks, trans fats and certain unhealthy saturated fats

  • Gut health issues
  • Food sensitivities
  • Excess alcohol
  • Chronic infections (bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites)
  • Stress and exhaustion
  • Sedentary lifestyle

What are the Results of Chronic Inflammation?

Over time, chronic inflammation wears out your immune system, leading to chronic diseases and other health issues, including cancer, asthma, autoimmune diseases, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, osteoporosis and premature aging.

Unfortunately, these challenges are often treated with drugs, which may provide temporary relief from the symptoms, but do not treat the root of the problem. In addition, these drugs (and their side effects) sometimes only add to your health problems.

How Can You Reduce Chronic Inflammation?

  • Focus on gut health
  • Eat a plant based diet or as close to as possible
  • Identify and address food sensitivities
  • Identify any chronic gut issues such as bad bacteria, viruses, yeast or parasites
  • Destress, relax and rest more
  • Reduce toxins in your food, home and personal care products

Click here for 10 Ways to fight Chronic Inflammation

How Can You Find Out the Root Cause of Your Inflammation?

With the help of Genova Diagnostics you can figure out where inflammation in your gut may be coming from. They offer easy to use at home gut tests such as the Genova Lab Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis and Parasitology,  which will identify parasites, abnormal bacteria, yeasts and other gastrointestinal issues. The Intestinal Permeability Test will help you determine if you have Leaky Gut.

Testing gives you invaluable information to help you create a game plan that targets the root of inflammation.

Some supplements that help with inflammation are; Probiotics, Co-enzyme Q10, carotenoids, fish oil, selenium, vitamins C, D and E.

Dysbiosis – How Do You Know If You Have It?

DysbiosisDo you Know What Dysbiosis of the Gut is?

Dysbiosis is an imbalance in your gut flora caused by too few beneficial bacteria and an overgrowth of bad bacteria, yeast, and/or parasites.

Dysbiosis can be caused by parasites, an overgrowth of yeast such as Candida albicans, or overgrowth of bad bacteria. When there is an imbalance of our gut organisms, a predominance of bad bacteria, the gut becomes out of balance. In healthy people, the immune system can be weakened by bad nutrition, chemical toxins, stress, food allergies, drugs, or poor diet. This allows the unfriendly organisms to multiply and slowly weaken your immune system.

Overtime, the intestinal wall, which is the protective mucous membrane, can start to leak, this is called intestinal permeability or “leaky gut.” The toxic byproducts can now pass through the wall into the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body. The immune system reacts by forming antibodies against these larger foreign invaders; in some people this can lead to autoimmune diseases.

What are the Common Causes of Dysbiosis?

Drugs: Antibiotics alter the intestinal flora and cause increased risk of overgrowth by opportunistic bacteria or fungi and antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) cause gastrointestinal mucosal inflammation and lesions leading to increased permeability of the gut. Oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), steroids (asthma medications or prednisone) can also cause overgrowth of unfriendly organisms by interrupting the balance in microflora.

Diet and digestion: Poor digestion caused by eating too quickly or through a lack of enzymes, contributes to overgrowth by providing additional food sources from undigested food particles. Diets high in alcohol, refined carbohydrates, and sugars provide nourishment for the yeast and fungal organisms.

What are the Health Consequences of Dysbiosis?

A leaky gut can lead to the production of antibodies by the immune system. The antibodies may get into various tissues and trigger inflammatory reactions when a particular food is consumed or the microbe is encountered. If this inflammation occurs in a joint, rheumatoid arthritis develops; if in the brain, myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome) is the result; in the blood vessels, vasculitis; in the gut, colitis or Crohn’s disease; in the lungs, asthma is triggered.

Dysbiosis and leaky gut can also cause the malabsorption of many important minerals and micronutrients. The inflammatory process damages can block the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids causing a deficiency.

What are the Symptoms that your Gut Bacteria is Out of Balance?

  • Bloating, flatulence, belching, and heartburn after meals
  • Feeling overly full after eating
  • Indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea
  • Ongoing yeast infections or intestinal parasite infections
  • Diarrhea and nausea after taking supplements
  • Chronic vaginal irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Stools that appear greasy
  • Dilated capillaries in the nose and cheeks
  • Iron deficiency
  • Skin that bruises easily
  • Acne and other skin irritations that aren’t caused by adolescence
  • Cracked or weak fingernails
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Get a Diagnosis

What Can You Do?

Take a home urine test for ‘Intestinal Permeability‘ from Genova Lab that will determine if you have Dysbiosis.

Treatment Options

There are three parts to treating dysbiosis: 1) restore the friendly organisms to the intestine, 2) starve out the bad organisms, and 3) kill off the unfriendly organisms with natural antimicrobial therapies.

1) Restore the friendly intestinal flora.

A bowel colonized with healthy organisms will maintain a proper pH, properly utilize vitamins, minerals, and proteins. It’s so important to feed the good bacteria with a probiotic. We recommend Perfect Pass Prebiotic  and Perfect Pass Probiotic.   

It’s a good idea to incorporate fermented fermented foods in your diet. Fermented foods include home made yogurt and kefir (cultured milk products), miso and tempeh (fermented soy foods), fermented vegetable juices, or sauerkraut.

2) Starve the unfriendly organisms.

Avoid consuming the foods that nourish and support the growth of candida and other yeast forms.

Avoid all sugars (including honey and maple syrup) and refined carbohydrates such as pasta, breads, pastries, white rice, noodles, etc. Also eliminate alcohol, fruit juices, processed meats, dried fruits, and malt products. Avoid eating or drinking any foods or beverages that you may be allergic or sensitive to.

Eat fresh fruits in moderation (up to 3 to 4 servings daily) You can freely eat vegetables, fish, and meats (hormone- and antibiotic-free), raw nuts and seeds.

Incorporating Digestive enzymes play an important role here, as well. Efficient digestion leaves less metabolic waste for the bad micro-organisms to feed on.

Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes work in two ways; they support healthy digestion when taken with meals and reduce inflammation when taken between meals.

3) Kill the unfriendly micro-organisms.

Candida and other yeasts and fungi can be killed with natural anti-fungal remedies, including essential oils, herbs and fatty acids

Oreganol is an excellent anti-fungal. So is O’Leave Olive leaf extract.  Grapefruit seed extract is also reported to have powerful antimicrobial activity. We recommend Citracidal Grapefruit Seed Extract.  Another good support for yeast overgrowth is Caprylic Acid, it’s derived from fatty acids of coconut oil.

Berberine is effective in the internal and topical treatment of candida. Studies show that berberine inhibited the growth of Candida albicans as well as 10 other fungi.

The dysbiosis protocol and diet should be followed for six to eight weeks. After this time keep your refined carbohydrates and sugars to a minimum and take probiotics and prebiotics on a regular basis. For the first year, repeat the dysbiosis protocol for a period of one month, every three to four months. Afterwards, repeat once or twice a year to maintain gut health throughout your life.

Diseases Associated with Dysbiosis and Leaky Gut

  • Crohn’s disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • ulcerative colitis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • diabetes
  • lupus
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • eczema
  • blepharitis (crusty, red eyelids)
  • bladder infections
  • psoriasis
  • sinusitis and allergies
  • multiple sclerosis
  • vitiligo

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