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Treat Leaky Gut Syndrome Naturally

Where to Find Vitamins and Minerals in Food?

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Treat Leaky Gut Syndrome Naturally

Leaky gut syndrome, otherwise known as Intestinal Permeability, refers to disruptions of the gastro-intestinal immune system leading to hyper-permeability of the intestines. When this happens, substances and partially digested food pass through the intestinal walls with ease and into the circulatory system.

The associated gastrointestinal tract symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, or a change in bowel habits. Leaky gut syndrome has now been recognized as a main underlying source of diseases like Ulcerative Colitis, Crohns Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Urticaria and Diabetes.

Professor Elie Metchnikoff, PhD, the Russian bacteriologist who shared a Nobel prize for medical research in 1908, was the one to refer to the concept of dysbiosis at the turn of the 20th century. Dysbiosis is associated with leaky gut syndrome. Dysbiosis refers to imbalance in the intestinal bacteria when the bad (pathogenic) intestinal bacteria overwhelm the good. Modern medicine today supports Dr. Metchnikoff's concept that dysbiosis influences the development of inflammatory diseases.

Leaky gut syndrome can be the explanation for almost all that goes wrong in the body. "When you start looking for it, you see leaky gut in lots of people - even autistic children and people with attention deficit disorder," says nutritionist Elizabeth Lipski, an author who has written extensively on this topic. This is because nearly two-thirds of all immune activity occurs in the gut lining, gut wall or liver, allowing these areas to play an important part in nearly any illness. Symptoms are merely manifestations of intestinal permeability increased to the extreme. Leonard Smith, MD gastro-intestinal surgeon in Gainsville, Florida says that most illnesses occurring in any part of the body that is identified by a name ending with the suffix "itis" will likely have increased intestinal leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability) as a contributing factor.

Treatment protocols for Leaky Gut Syndrome include use of probiotics, fiber, essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes and a green food alkalizing supplement. Stool softeners and anti-yeast formulas may be used when applicable.

Where to Find Vitamins and Minerals in Food?

Unlike protein, carbohydrates and fats, vitamins do not yield usable energy when broken down. They assist the enzymes that release energy from carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but they do not provide energy themselves. Vitamins are widely available from the natural foods we eat.

Here are some of the best sources for each:

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) - supports energy metabolism and nerve function. Best sources are Spinach, green peas, tomato, watermelon, sunflower seeds, soy milk.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - Supports energy metabolism, normal vision and skin health and found in spinach, broccoli and mushrooms.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) - Supports energy metabolism, skin,health, nervous system and digestive system and found in spinach, potatoes, tomato juice.

Biotin - supports energy metabolism, fat synthesis, amino acid metabolism and glycogen synthesis and is widespread in all foods.

Pantothenic - supports energy metabolism and is widespread in foods.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) - supports amino acid and fatty acid metabolism, red blood cell production and found in bananas, watermelon, tomato juice, broccoli, spinach, acorn squash, potatoes, rice.

Folate - supports DNA synthesis and new cell formation and found in tomato juice, green beans, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, okra, black-eyed peas, lentils, navy, pinto and garbanzo beans.

Vitamin B12 - used in new cell synthesis, helps break down fatty acids and amino acids, supports nerve cell maintenance and found in blue green algea, wheat grass, tempeh, cyanobacteriurn found in soil on vegetables.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) - supports collagen synthesis, amino acid metabolism, helps iron absorption, immunity, antioxidant and found in spinach, broccoli, red bell peppers, snow peas, tomato juice, kiwi, mango, orange, grapefruit juice, strawberries.

Vitamin A (retinal) - supports vision, skin, bone and tooth growth, immunity and reproduction and found in mango, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, tomato juice, sweet potatoes, pumpkin.

Vitamin D - promotes bone mineralization, self-synthesis via sunlight, and found in fortified soy milk.

Vitamin E - is an antioxidant and supports regulation of oxidation, reactions, supports cell membrane stabilization and found in polyunsaturated plant oils, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, tofu, avocado, sweet potatoes.

Vitamin K - supports synthesis of blood-clotting proteins, regulates blood calcium and found in brussels sprouts, leafy green vegetables, spinach, broccoli, cabbage.


Sodium - Maintains fluid and electrolyte balance, supports muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmissions and found in salt, spy sauce, bread, soy milk.

Chloride - Maintains fluid and electrolyte balance, aids in digestion and found in salt, soy sauce, soy milk. Potassium - Maintains fluid and electrolyte balance, cell integrity, muscle contractions and nerve impulse transmission and found in potatoes, acorn squash, artichoke, spinach, broccoli, carrots, green beans, tomato juice, avocado, grapefruit juice, watermelon, banana, strawberries.

Calcium - important in formation of bones and teeth and supports blood clotting; Found in soymilk, tofu, green beans, spinach, broccoli.

Magnesium -Supports bone mineralization, protein building, muscular contraction, nerve impulse transmission, immunity and found in spinach, broccoli, artichokes, green beans, tomato juice, navy beans, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, sunflower seeds, tofu, cashews.

Iron - is part of the protein hemoglobin which carries oxygen throughout body's cells and is found in artichoke, parsley, spinach, broccoli, green beans, tomato juice, tofu.

Zinc - is part of many enzymes, involved in production of genetic material and proteins, transports vitamin A, taste perception, wound healing, sperm production and the normal development of the fetus and found in spinach, broccoli, green peas, green beans, tomato juice, lentils, tofu.

Selenium - is an antioxidant. Works with vitamin E to protect body from oxidation and found in all grains

Iodine - is a component of thyroid hormones that help regulate growth, development and metabolic rate and is found in sea salt and all sea weeds

Copper - is necessary for the absorption and utilization of iron, supports formation of hemoglobin and several enzymes and is found in mineral water, mushrooms

Manganese - facilitates many cell processes and is widespread in foods

Chromium - is associated with insulin and is required for the release of energy from glucose and is found in vegetable oils, brewer's yeast, Whole grains, nuts

Molybdenum - facilitates many cell processes and found in all legumes.

Did You Know?

  • On November 30, 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law the first piece of legislation focused on Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The "Research Review Act" signed by the President requires that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report to Congress by May 1, 2005 on the status of its Inflammatory Bowel Disease epidemiology study. The goal of this landmark study is to gain a better understanding of the true prevalence of the disease in the U.S., and the unique demographic characteristics of the IBD patient population. This information will provide invaluable clues as to the role that environmental and genetic factors play in the development of the disease.

  • The practice of Transcendental Meditation by prisoners decreases severity and occurrence of crime?

  • Hyperacidity in the body is characteristic of diarrhea and other gastric conditions. You can monitor and adjust the pH of your body with a simple litmus paper test and make the adjustments necessary to your diet to increase alkaline foods and decrease acid foods to achieve lasting results.

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