Gut – Do You Have It?
The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Mental
Clarity and Memory
is one of those natural health conditions that we all
hope we never get. The truth is that many of us have it to some
degree and our symptoms vary widely. So What is leaky
gut? It is a condition in which the gut lining leaks.
You might ask
Is this bad? Yes it is bad. I will paint a more graphic
image. Some years back, I visited a natural M.D. to see what I could
learn. He viewed live blood under a microscope and projected the
images on the screen. One particular sample looked strange
when I asked what it was, he said that it was poop in the blood.
Yuck! Thats disgusting, but it is a very effective image of
what leaky gut is.
lining is meant to be permeable in a healthy state, only
certain nutrients and water will pass through the gut wall. However,
in an unhealthy state, the intestinal lining is inflamed and excessively
permeable and waste products that should be carried out of the body
will pass into the blood stream.
of excess permeability is caused by food sensitivities, yeast/fungus,
parasites, certain drugs particularly NSAIDs, alcohol,
caffeine, liver dysfunction, and food additives and preservatives.
leaky gut are varied, but they include: gastrointestinal discomfort
such as gas and bloating, diarrhea or constipation, asthma, allergies,
headaches, fatigue, anxiety or moodiness, poor concentration or
memory loss, and autoimmune disease. Almost all autoimmune disease
involves leaky gut.
Fixing a leaky
gut involves several steps. The first is to eliminate the foods
that inflame the intestinal lining. I write and talk a lot on food
sensitivities. Everybody has them. I will say it again. Everybody
has them. To find out what they are visit an alternative health
practitioner or some M.D.s. You can also read Eat
Right 4 Your Type by Peter DAdamo. I find the blood
type diets very helpful.
step is to kill off the harmful microbes that love to live in an
unhealthy gut lining. There are many good products out there from
anti-parasitics to anti-yeast/fungus.
contain black walnut, artemisia, cloves, echinacea, olive leaf,
grapefruit seed extract, oregano oil, colloidal silver or caprylic
acid or some combination of these. My favorites include d-Lenolate,
Defense Plus and Caprylic Acid Combo. What is most successful depends
on your specific mix of microbes.
When you kill
off the harmful microbes, it is a good idea to repopulate the intestine
with healthy microbes such as acidophilus and bifidus. If you do
not repopulate, the bad stuff comes right back. Again there
are many good products out there. I like Jarrodophilus, Probiotic
Eleven, and Primadophilus.
cases, the gut lining needs to be rebuilt and there are products
that supply nutrients that help the process. They normally contain
l-glutamine and slippery elm. Note that there are many good formulas
that contain more ingredients. I recommend Intestinal Soothe and
Build or Intestinal Bowel Support.
gut and you will be amazed at how much better you feel.
September 27, 2011
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2011 Margaret
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