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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. 

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

Probiotic Therapy-How to Get the Best Results

Watch Part 2 of our Microbiome series with Kiran Krishnan.

Kiran Krishnan, Microbiologist

We hope you are enjoying learning all the latest news on the Microbiome. We have another informative video for you this week. Just in time for the holiday weekend where we may be tempted to have that extra hot dog or slice of apple pie.

In case you missed our last video, we will be posting regular you tube videos of our interviews with Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan who is the Chief Scientific Officer of Microbiome Labs.

Over the last 12 years Kiran has been focused on the study of the Human Microbiome.

Kiran is a frequent lecturer on the Human Microbiome at Medical and Nutrition Conferences worldwide. He is currently involved in 4 clinical trials on probiotics.

We asked Kiran about how taking multiple strains of probiotics increases the effectiveness.

 

When it comes to multiple strains, it’s good to diversify our gut flora.

Right?

While this is true, taking a probiotic with 15 different strains that can’t penetrate through the stomach acids in your gut and immediately die off is not going to have a very positive or prolonged effect.

There are certain strains which have a better result in effecting your gut and creating positive change. One such strain is the Bacillus Endospore.

Why is the Bacillus Endospore Strain One of the Best Universally?

  • Acts as the ‘police’ of your gut
  • Gets rid of your bad bacteria and fungus
  • Fixes damage to the intestinal lining of your gut, which leads to Leaky Gut
  • Increase your metabolic function
  • Improves your immune function
  • Regulates balance of intestinal flora
  • Enhances growth of your good bacteria

Should you take more probiotic strains and a higher dose to create more profound change in the gut?

Listen to Kiran’s answer to this question by clicking below.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of the Microbiome Series with Good Gut Solution & Kiran Krishnan coming in two weeks.

 

Need Relief From Allergies? Test For Leaky Gut

Food Allergies or Intolerances May be a Result of Leaky Gut

Food IntolerancesA leaky gut refers to intestinal permeability, or the movement of toxins and undigested food particles through the intestinal lining into the bloodstream.

The intestinal lining can become damaged due to many factors:

  • persistent inflammation (often the case after vaccinations due to mercury or other toxic exposure),
  • overgrowth of Candida/yeast
  • parasites
  • chemicals in processed food
  • food dyes
  • enzyme deficiency
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen),
  • prescription corticosteroids
  • diet of highly refined carbohydrates; cookies, pasta, bread and processed foods
  • chemotherapy and radiation treatments

All of these things are contributing factors to what is known as “leaky gut.”

Once the lining of the intestinal tract is compromised food particles begin to seep through into the bloodstream. These undigested proteins and fats can be seen by the immune system as foreign invaders to attack. This can result in autoimmune disorders, developed allergies, and inflamed organs and tissues of the body and brain. This is how we develop allergies to foods that we previously were not allergic to.

Available At-Home Testing for Leaky Gut

Uncomfortable procedures to check for gut inflammation are a thing of the past. Today there are convenient, at-home tests for multiple issues. Genova, at-home, diagnostic tests offer a multitude of various tests to assess numerous issues from inflammation to intestinal permeability, parasitology, and much more.

Tests can be done with a simple stool, urine, or saliva sample. They can give information about IgA antibodies (gluten allergens), fungus, and more.

These tests can be done from home, are mailed off to the lab, and results come to you via e-mail. There are qualified professionals available to help you with the results.

For more information on how to heal a Leaky Gut Click Here.

3 Reasons to Add Prebiotics to Your Daily Diet

Did you know that it’s recommended to get prebiotic soluble fiber in your diet every day?

When you take probiotics you really have to make sure you are feeding them as well.

Probiotics feed on and grow on prebiotic soluble fiber.

How can you add prebiotics soluble fiber to your diet?

  • Through whole uncooked plants such as chicory, jerusalem artichokes, garlic, onion and leeks
  • Through fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and home made yogurt

Truthfully, though, most people don’t eat these foods on a daily basis.

That leaves the third method of getting necessary soluble fiber and that’s through a daily supplement.

According to a study by the Stanford Medical School, if we don’t get enough soluble fiber every day to feed our bacteria, the bacteria will obtain it on their own through breaking down the cells that form the tight junction in our intestinal lining. That’s right, they will start devouring these cells.

What happens when we don’t get enough Prebiotic Fiber?

Leaky Gut. This is when gut impermeability happens. Basically, harmful toxins from the foods we eat go into our bloodstream and cause us to feel sick by triggering an inflammatory response in our body.

What are the three reasons to supplement with Prebiotic Fiber?

1. An Increase in Healthful Bacteria

  • Selective stimulation of the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of intestinal bacteria associated with health and well-being
  • Resistance to gastric acidity and digestive enzymes, which enables prebiotic soluble fiber to survive until it gets to the large intestine
  • Fermentation (digestion) by intestinal bacteria

Research shows  that supplementing with a variety of dietary soluble fibers types results in increases in Bifidobacteria, Lactobacillus, or both. These and other healthful bacteria improve health in a variety of ways.

By feeding on prebiotic soluble fiber, their primary food source, they increase in number and metabolic activity, which as a result produces short-chain fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and bacteriocins.

Short-chain fatty acids do a number of significant things:

  • One type of short-chain fatty acid feeds the cells that make up the gut lining, helping to keep the cells healthy and thus supporting their barrier function. This type of short-chain fatty acid also regulates these cells’ growth and differentiation—factors that may contribute to the fatty acid’s role in helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Other short-chain fatty acids are absorbed and transported to the liver, where they favorably affect glucose metabolism and also appear to inhibit cholesterol synthesis and regulate the deposit of fat.

Peter Swann, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM,

2. Improved Immunity

In elderly adults, supplementation with prebiotics showed an increase in natural killer cell activity:

  • increase production of an anti-inflammatory substance;
  • decrease production of two pro-inflammatory substances;

According to the author of one review article on prebiotic soluble fiber, many animal and human studies suggest that some aspects of innate and adaptive immunity of the gut and the entire immune system are positively affected by prebiotic supplementation.*

*Lomax AR et al., “Prebiotics, immune function, infection and inflammation: a review of the evidence,” The British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 101, no. 5 (March 2009): 633–658

3. Help for Complex Bowel Conditions

Prebiotic supplementation can offer significant help to people who face more challenging gastrointestinal conditions and may help to improve symptoms of IBS and IBD crohns and colitis.

In addition, prebiotic soluble fiber improves inflammatory conditions and the body’s response to certain infections. These “prebiotic effects” make this natural, non-invasive supplementation a smart choice.

Use Perfect Pass Prebiotic if you have any of the following:

  • high cholesterol,
  • overweight
  • digestive issue
  • osteoporosis
  • before and after antibiotic use

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