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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. 

Heal Your Body With a Healthy Diet

Read Breaking The Vicious Cycle and Find Out How You Can Feel Better. Diet Works – Heal Your Body With The Foods You Eat.

Breaking The Vicious Cycle

What If I told You There Was A Diet That Could Help Chronic Digestive Symptoms, Reduce Inflammation and Heal Your Gut?

Breaking the Vicious Cycle was written by Elaine Gottschall, biochemist and cell biologist to provide an alternative way to treat digestive disorders using dietary changes.

What’s the SCD Diet?

Elaine Gottschall’s Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is based on the principle that specifically selected carbohydrates need minimal digestive processing. These select carbs are well absorbed and do not encourage microbial overgrowth in the GI tract.

Elaine’s book talks about using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to help reduce inflammation and heal the gut.

What Are the Digestive Conditions Healed by the Right Diet?

Elaine Gottschall -Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD

Elaine Gottschall -Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD

This book gives  practical recipes that address the problems of intestinal conditions such as:

Celiac Disease
Crohn’s Disease
Diverticulitis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chronic Diarrhea
Indigestion

How Does The Specific Carbohydrate Diet Work to Heal?

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), is outlined in her book with easy to follow recipes. It’s a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free meal plan.

The SCD works by severely limiting the availability of carbohydrates to intestinal microbes. This is important because of all dietary components, carbohydrates have the greatest influence on intestinal microbes (yeast and bacteria), which are believed to be involved in intestinal disorders. Most intestinal microbes require carbohydrates for energy.

Click Here to read more on the science behind the SCD Diet, which foods you can eat and which foods to avoid.

Looking for MORE RECIPES to create delicious meals to heal your gut and fight Inflammation?

Ecology Health Center Cookbook

Delicious recipes to lower inflammation

Reduce Inflammation in your body through diet. Start creating healing meals right in your own home today.

The Ecology Health Center Cookbook is designed to meet the specific needs of people who have modified their diets due to Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s, Chronic Candida and other challenging digestive symptoms.

The recipes in this book were created to limit foods that are common allergens, and those which grow and support yeast, also known as Candida. The recipes are sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and yeast free.

This book was created for those rebuilding their immune systems and trying to reduce inflammation in the body.

Healing Foods: Cooking for Celiacs, Colitis, Crohn’s and IBS

Healing Foods Recipes for Crohn's Colitis and Digestive Conditions

This cookbook was created specifically to heal injured intestinal tracts. It contains over 200 recipes and over 100 full-page color photos.

This book strictly adheres to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It’s a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free dietary regimen intended for those suffering from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

How Can You Fix Your Gut? Bacillus Spores

Bacillus Subtilis

What are Bacillus Spores?

Bacillus subtilis is a bacteria that is commonly found in water, soil, air and decomposing plant residue.

This spore has an extraordinary ability to survive harsh environments such as extreme heat and acidity. More importantly this spore is found in your gut. 

In fact, it’s one of the “good guys”. You want bacillus subtilis spores in your gut.

These are the spores which produce endospores that make positive changes to your gut and support your immune system.

You’ve probably heard that increasing the diversity of your gut microbes is a good thing. You’ve maybe even taken different formulas of probiotics. Maintaining a proper ratio of good spores in your gut is crucial for maintaining good gut health and a strong immune system.

That’s a big reason why many people take probiotics for conditions like Leaky Gut, IBS, Crohn’s, and Ulcerative Colitis. If you have been taking probiotics and still not finding relief you may want to consider taking Bacillus Subtilis spores and here’s why.

Why Bacillus Spores?

  • Bacillus Spores are resistant to the harsh stomach acid environment which allows it to get into the digestive system and do its work.
  • Bacillus Spores are able to suppress the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Bacillus Spores strengthen the mucosal lining and enhance the growth of other good strains such as lactobacillus spores in the gut.
  • Bacillus spores significantly repair damage to the intestinal lining in the gut. These tight junctions, when not performing optimally, allow toxins to leek into the bloodstream. (Leaky Gut) Click Here to Read More
  • Bacillus spores play a role in reconditioning the body’s metabolism. When combined with a diet rich in healthy fibers and low sugar, this spore turns the body into a fat burning machine. Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan has been studying spores for the last 15 years, he says, “If there wasn’t reason enough before to improve gut health, this probiotic spore might now be the one “magic pill” we’ve been seeking for long-term, healthy and sustainable weight management”

Which Probiotics Contain Bacillus Spores?

We recommend Perfect Pass Probiotics to our clients. Perfect Pass contains 3 pharmaceutical grade strains of bacillus spores.

These bacillus spores are able to survive stomach acid. They make lasting changes in the gut to heal the gut and provide relief of symptoms.

Each of these bacillus spores has a distinct function and synergistically contributes to the combined effectiveness of this probiotic.

Click Here to Read More

Why VSL3?

VSL#3 Probiotic 2 Pack Capsules VSL3 Can Help If You….

  • Have heavy stress
  • Have recently taken antibiotics
  • Drink a lot of alcohol
  • Eat a lot of sugar
  • Get recurring fungal infections

Did you know that if you do just one of these system stressors on a regular basis, your gut health could be compromised.  Microorganisms which reside in your gut can not be stimulated to grow by a change in diet alone. That’s why probiotics are necessary. Before your immune system gets out of wack, consider taking probiotics.

Why take VSL#3?

  • 10 times the strength of the average probiotic
  • Proprietary blend of 8 strains of live probiotic bacteria; multiple bacteria strains taken simultaneously provide a wider range of benefits than single strain probiotics.
  • The effects of probiotics are very strain specific; the strains of VSL#3 are backed by more than 170 published studies
  • Greater potency which ensures that bacteria survive the stomach acid and bile to colonize in your gut.
  • VSL #3 is now dairy-free for those people who suffer from milk allergies or lactose intolerance.

In 2014 the World Health Organization defined Probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” VSL#3 meets the definition of a probiotic.

What are the results of VSL#3?

  • Maintains a healthy mucosal lining
  • Strengthens intestinal barriers
  • Strengthens the tight junctions
  • Improves immune system
  • Improves digestion

What Conditions Does VSL#3 Help?

If you are still wondering if VSL#3 could be right for you, take a look at these testimonials from those who have been helped by this product. VSL#3 is now available in three formulations, regular strength, double strength and packet form. It’s simple to take as a capsule or just add it to a beverage or smoothie.

Contact us if you have any questions about VSL#3 or need help with determining the best dose to take for your condition or symptoms.

Five Ways to Improve Digestion

prebiotics and probiotics

Human health depends heavily on digestion. When the body digests nutrients properly, a person usually experiences a state of good health. When digestion is compromised, health declines.

This makes sense when you think about what the body needs to thrive. We need to be able to take in food, break it down into useable portions, remove the nutrients we require from it, and then get rid of what’s not needed. This process of digesting food usually runs like clockwork. However, sometimes the digestive system fails, in whole or in part, which means the body is probably not being nourished as it should be. No nourishment leads to poor health in many ways.

For those with compromised digestive health, natural supplements like probiotics and prebiotics can sometimes help to reset the body. These supplements aid the digestive system in healing and staying healthy, so that the body can get the nutrients and energy it needs from food and effectively expel the waste.

The following are five ways to improve digestion for those seeking natural and gentle remedies

Probiotic and Prebiotic Supplements

Probiotics and prebiotics work to restore digestion if it has been compromised and to keep it working like it should. Probiotic supplements, such as our PerfectPass Probiotic, propagate the gut with friendly bacteria that keep bad bacteria from flourishing. When bad bacteria take over in the intestines, as it sometimes does due to poor diet or stress, gut problems like Crohn’s disease and IBD can occur. Prebiotics, such as our PerfectPass Prebiotic, are perfect for helping probiotics grow in abundance and establishing harmony in your intestinal tract.

Ditch the Junk Food

There may be nothing worse for your digestive system than junk food. Junk food is considered any food that either has nothing going for it in the way of nutrients or actually contains harmful substances, like hydrogenated oils or artificial ingredients. Junk foods compromise digestion in many ways, including damaging the intestinal lining and leaving the body without the nourishment it needs. Common junk foods that you’ll want to avoid if you seek good digestive health include those with processed white sugar, artificial flavorings and colorings, and hydrogenated oils.

Bulk Up on Fiber

In place of junk foods, you’ll want to eat whole plant-based foods that contain lots of fiber. Fiber gets things moving in the bowels and keeps them moving. This helps reduce the risk of a person getting constipated, which can cause other problems in the digestive system. Good foods to eat with fiber include dark leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

Begin Your Day With Hot Water and Lemon

Drinking enough water is important for keeping digestion working like it should, and you can speed up the digestion process by beginning each day with a cup of hot water with lemon. When you wake up, instead of coffee, turn to hot water infused with a squeeze of lemon. This drink jump-starts digestion for the day, and it’s rich in vitamin C, which aids the digestive process all day lone.

Spice Things Up

Many spices aid in digestion. Some of the best include cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and thyme. People have used spices for thousands of years to boost digestion and keep their systems functioning properly. You can take natural spice supplements or cook with tons of spices on a regular basis.

These are five ways to improve digestion, but there are others. The key to keeping digestion functioning properly lies in eating a healthy and clean diet, staying hydrated, moving the body with gentle exercise, and keeping stress at bay. Follow these tips, and you should enjoy happy and healthy digestion on a daily basis.

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