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Do You Have Leaky Gut? Find Out

What is Leaky Gut?

In a nut shell it’s intestinal permeability. People with leaky gut experience symptoms within a short time after eating.  Symptoms like stomach upset, gas, bloating and fatigue.

How Does Leaky Gut Happen?

Leaky gut occurs when your gut lining breaks down. This allows proteins, gluten, undigested foods and even bad bacteria to leak into your bloodstream.

What happens next?

Your body creates an immune response; this response is what causes you to feel ill after you eat and lethargic.

Leaky gut left over time causes your body to be in a constant state of inflammation.  Left untreated this inflammation contributes to chronic illness such as cardiovascular disease, cancer,  auto-immune disorders, mood disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and allergies.

What Causes Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut can be caused by any of number of things. Here’s the most common:

  • poor diet
  • alcohol
  • stress
  • antibiotics
  • intestinal bugs
  • sugar

What’s the Solution?

First and foremost, find out about your gut health.  If you think you may  have Leaky Gut; take the at home Genova Lab Intestinal Permeability urine test. If you do have Leaky Gut start by repairing the gut.

Leaky Gut Formula has been shown to be extremely helpful in repairing the gut lining. Also, consider Intestinal Repair Capsules.

Crowd out the bad bacteria with good bacteria. Start taking a Probiotic and a Prebiotic. Leaky Gut responds extremely well to the combination of PerfectPass Prebiotic and PerfectPass Probiotic. Together they increase your good bacteria diversity as well as help to eliminate bad bacteria.

Give your digestive tract a break so it can focus on repair by using digestive enzymes; Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes help digest  food when taken with meals and will reduce inflammation when taken between meals.

Now, take a look at your diet choices.

A very close look.

Are you eating refined carbohydrates, processed convenience foods or foods with hidden sugars.

With a Leaky Gut, these foods will continue to wreak havoc on your system and you will have a tough time healing.

Check out this book by Elaine Gottschall; Breaking the Vicious Cycle. This is an excellent resource for recipes and tips on how to reduce inflammation and heal your gut through foods.

In the meantime for more information on Leaky Gut, watch this short video of Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan. Kiran explains how they  performed a clinical trial measuring the toxic response of persons with Leaky Gut Syndrome before and after taking a 60 day course of probiotics. The trial participants were cured of their intestinal permeability after the 60 days! The spores of probiotics are the same soil based spores that you can find in Perfect Pass Probiotics.

Dysbiosis Testing and Treatment

Gut Dysbiosis – Test, Treat & Feel Better

Test now for Dysbiosis with Genova Intestinal Permeability home test

Genova Intestinal Permeability Home Urine Test

Use this simple test, which is delivered directly to your home from Genova Labs to help you understand whether your digestive complaints are related to dysbiosis or not.

Dysbiosis can present with a wide variety of symptoms. This is an excellent, easy way to gain more information about how well your intestines are functioning.

The test analyzes urine for the clearance of two sugars that are not metabolized. They are called lactulose and mannitol. How these two sugars clear as well as the ratio between them, helps to identify dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is also referred to, ‘leaky gut syndrome’ and malabsorption.

Here are some recommended supplements for Dysbiosis:

What is Dysbiosis?

Dysbiosis means there is an overgrowth of yeast, harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites in the intestines.

Dysbiosis is merely a more general term relating to an overgrowth of pathogens. Yeasts are not the only intestinal residents that may cause these symptoms. In fact, intestinal bacteria or viruses are often the culprits and not yeast. Severe dysbiosis sufferers will have overgrowth of both fungus and pathogenic bacteria in their intestines.

Dr. Metchinkoff, a Russian Scientist, was the one to popularize the idea of “Dys-symbiosis, or Dysbiosis,” which is a state of living with intestinal flora that have harmful effects. He suggested that toxic amines produced by bacterial putrefaction of food were the cause of degenerative diseases, and that by eating fermented foods containing Lactobacilli we could prolong life by reducing gut putrefaction. The thought of dysbiosis with digestive flora as an influence in the way inflammatory diseases and cancer develops, has received considerable experimental support over the past twenty years.

Symptoms of Dysbiosis

Dysbiosis does more than interfere with digestion, it makes you tired. Dysbiosis also alters your immune system and upsets your hormonal balance. Dysbiosis can even make it difficult for you to think clearly. It is known to cause anxiety, depression or mood swings. In fact, dysbiosis can affect almost every aspect of health.

If you have dysbiosis, then you are likely to suffer from fatigue, headaches, intestinal upsets, and many of the symptoms normally thought of to be associated with Candida.

What causes Dysbiosis?

Changes in the ratios of the gut flora may lead to disease. Bacterial enzymes can also alter the intestinal environment in many ways, some of which can be easily measured in a properly collected sample of stool and evaluated by Genova Lab. Bacterial antigens may cause dysfunctional immune responses that encourage autoimmune diseases of the bowel and of connective tissue. Effective treatment of dysbiosis may be achieved with diet and anti-microbial supplements.

Sometimes, changes in diet and using probiotics do not help to reduce symptoms. This may mean that there is small bowel bacterial overgrowth, which is a disorder that demands a different approach.

Based on available research and clinical data, generally there are four causes of dysbiosis: intestinal putrefaction, fermentation, deficiency and sensitization.

  1. Putrefaction

    Putrefaction dysbiosis results from diets high in fat and animal flesh and low in insoluble fiber. You can help this kind of dysbiosis by decreasing dietary fat and flesh, increasing fiber consumption and taking Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus probiotics.When there is a decrease in probiotics, or friendly bacteria, the production of short-chain fatty acids and other beneficial nutrients is reduced. There is also an increase in ammonia which can have negative effects on many bodily functions. Research suggests that this type of dysbiosis is contributing towards colon cancer and breast cancer.
  2. Fermentation (Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth)

    This is a condition of overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach, small intestine and beginning of the large intestine and causes carbohydrate intolerance.This may be the only symptom of bacterial overgrowth, making it very difficult to distinguish it from intestinal candidiasis.Gastric bacterial overgrowth increases the risk of systemic infection. British physicians who have been researching gut-fermentation syndrome think that, based on treatment results, the majority of cases are due to overgrowth and about 20% are bacterial in origin. The symptoms include abdominal distension, carbohydrate intolerance, fatigue and impaired mental function.

    Bacterial overgrowth here is encouraged by:

    • hypochlorhydria or low stomach acid
    • sluggishness due to abnormal bowel motility,
    • immune deficiency or
    • by malnutrition.

    Its important to understand that bacterial overgrowth in the intestines, increases the risk of systemic infection and can lead to intolerance to carbohydrates. Any carbohydrate that are eaten are fermented by bacteria and this results in toxic waste products being produced.

    Dietary sugars can be fermented to produce ethanol.
    Chronic exposure of the small bowel to ethanol may increase intestinal permeability.

  3. Deficiency

    Taking antibiotics or eating a diet low in soluble fiber may create a deficiency of normal friendly flora, i.e. BifidobacteriaLactobacillus and E.Coli. This condition has been described in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and food intolerance. Deficiency and putrefaction dysbiosis are complementary conditions which often happen at the same time and call for the same treatment regime.
  4. Sensitization 

    Aggravation of abnormal immune responses to aspects of the normal intestinal flora may add to the development of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), spinal arthritis and other connective tissue disease and skin disorders such as psoriasis or acne.

Recommendations for Putrefaction and Fermentation Dysbiosis

For putrefaction dysbiosis a diet high in both soluble and insoluble fiber and low in saturated fat and animal protein is recommended.

These dietary changes help to lower the concentrations of Bacteroides and also increase concentrations of lactic acid-producing bacteria like Bifidobacteria, Lactobacillus and beneficial lactic acid streptococcus in the colon.

For fermentation dysbiosis, on the other hand, starch and soluble fiber can exacerbate the abnormal gut ecology. When the small intestine is involved, simple sugars are also not advisable. A diet free of cereal grains and added sugar is recommended.

Fruit, fat and starchy vegetables are tolerated to variable degree for each individual. Oligosaccharides found in some vegetables, carrots in particular, inhibit the binding of enterobacteria to the intestinal mucosa.

Make the necessary dietary changes to help keep your symptoms under contol

Leaky Gut Syndrome – What is it?

What is “Leaky Gut”?

Known by doctors by its technical term, “intestinal permeability, this condition can encourage Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable syndrome(IBS), and other intestinal ailments in the IBD category. “Leaky gut” is a condition caused by inflammation of the gut lining. According to Andrew Weil, M.D.,

“Leaky gut syndrome is not generally recognized by conventional physicians, but evidence is accumulating that it is a real condition that affects the lining of the intestines. The theory is that leaky gut syndrome(also called increased intestinal permeability), is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment as well as to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances. As a consequence, some bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins and fats, and waste not normally absorb may ‘leak’ out of the intestines into the blood stream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps, fatigue, food sensitives, joint pain, skin rashes, and autoimmunity. The cause of this syndrome may be chronic inflammation, food sensitivity, damage from taking large amounts of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDS), cyotoxic drugs and radiation or certain antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, or compromise immunity.” (1)

How does Leaky Gut Occur?

Leaky Gut Syndrome happens when there are changes in the lining of the bowel that increases the permeability of the intestine. Actually, the lining of the gut forms a barrier. Under normal circumstances it only allows food that is digested properly i.e. all proteins, fats and carbohydrates, to pass through and enter into the bloodstream.

This lining is harmed by several things – it could be affected by pathogenic bacteria, or by taking aspirin, or even by the the pesticides that are constantly sprayed on all our food. It loses it’s integrity and for this reason, the barrier is no longer efficient and it lets in undigested food, pathogenic or bad bacteria, viruses and parasites.

This, in turn, sends signals to the immune system, leads to hyperstimulation and causes release of the inflammatory substances called cytokines. These weaken the intestinal wall. Sometimes the compromised immune system becomes so unstable that it attacks your own body, producing an autoimmune condition.

Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome

When you suffer with Leaky Gut Syndrome, there are a wide variety of symptoms to consider, not only ones that relate to the digestive system. The symptoms that are associated with Leaky Gut affect the body’s functioning as a whole:

  • abdominal pain, gas, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea, bloating 
  • fatigue
  • poor libido 
  • asthma, shortness of breath
  • chronic joint pain, chronic muscle pain 
  • confusion, fuzzy/foggy thinking, nervousness, poor immunity, poor memory
  • recurrent vaginal infections, skin rashes
  • bed-wetting, recurrent bladder infections  
  • aggressive behavior, anxiety 
  • and most importantly, just feeling “toxic”

Leaky gut syndrome is associated with the following medical conditions:

  • Bloating and weight gain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intestinal infections
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Giardia
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Environmental illness
  • Hives
  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Inflammatory joint disease / arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Liver dysfunction

It is very important to identify the problem of Leaky Gut Syndrome before it gets out of hand, so that you can quickly address the issue with natural supplements that help to heal the lining of the digestive tract. This includes, effective probiotics in loading doses, enzymes, glutamine, green foods to encourage an alkaline intestinal environment and essential fatty acids to help maximize digestive function.

Genova Intestinal PermeabilityOne of the easiest ways that you can find out if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome is by running a simple and easy to do, urine test that you can do at home.
The test is sent directly to you from Genova Labs. They give you very explicit directions on how to do the test and then once you have completed it, you send it directly back to the lab. The shipping costs are all included in the price of the test, as well as a complimentary 10 minute telephone consultation with me to review your results and help you understand it. We get the results back within a couple of weeks. Its as simple as that.

 

(1) “What is Leaky Gut?  – Ask Dr. Weil. 12 December 2005. Web. 17 March 2010. Also from the book “Living with Crohns & Colitis – A Comprehensive Naturopathic Guide for Complete Digestive Wellness” by Jessica Black N.D. and Dede Cummings.

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Sheryl Cohen December 28, 2016