Is bacterial overgrowth causing your health issues?
When we think about our health, we don’t always consider that digestive issues could be the root cause. But I have to agree with Hippocrates who said, “All disease begins in the gut.”
Are you aware that you have about 10 times the amount of bacterial cells than human cells? A lot of this bacteria is in our gut where we digest our food. However, if the bacteria is overgrown in the wrong place or in the wrong amounts, it can wreak havoc on our health.
But if the bacteria is working in the right direction, then it can actually be very beneficial. The key to all of this is balance. So how do you avoid health issues stemming from bacterial overgrowth? Let’s dive in!
7 Tips To Avoid Health Issues Stemming From Bacterial Overgrowth
Topics of digestion and the gut can be difficult to comprehend. For instance, our digestive system can cause symptoms that aren’t even related to digestion.
When you think of digestive issues, you likely think of bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion. You may even think about disease processes like celiac, Crohn’s disease, colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome.
What you may not know is that an unhealthy gut can negatively impact your liver, your immune system, and even your brain. In fact, the gut has the ability to impact every organ system in a positive or negative way.
It’s important to realize that an unhealthy gut can show up in several forms. Some of these include:
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
When I work with clients, we address the microbiome imbalance. And when we do, the body begins to heal.
Hippocrates said it well, but I’d like to add that if all disease begins in the gut, then that’s where healing must begin too.
To help you, I’m sharing a number of things that I’ve learned from experience to help build a healthy gut naturally.
1. Remove Inflammatory Foods
Processed foods or foods that you have sensitivities to are causing inflammation every time you consume them. If you know you’re reacting to a certain food, then simply remove it from your diet. Whole foods – the ones God made – should make up the bulk of your diet.
2. Chew Your Food
No matter what you’re eating, chew your food to the consistency of salsa. Doing this helps release digestive enzymes into the food, which helps you break down the food for better digestion. Your stomach doesn’t have teeth, so this is the mouth’s job. Furthermore, digestive enzymes are released in the mouth, not the gut.
3. Keep Your Bowels Moving
It’s important to make sure your bowels are moving. If you struggle with constipation, there are some tricks that can help naturally. Try to implement neural activation techniques like gargling, singing, or deep breathing. These exercises wake up your brain and remind it of its role in intestinal mobility.
4. Address Bacterial Overgrowth
If you have bacterial overgrowth, then you’re going to want to work to bring those bacteria into balance. This may be a great time to bring in healing herbs or probiotics to do the job. This depends on your unique situation.
It’s not a question of whether you have a leaky gut… The question is, how bad is the leaky gut? We all deal with stress, and when you consider the inorganic foods, medications, environmental toxins, or infections – those make things worse. When we work to restore the gut lining, this helps prevent inflammation in the body. Additionally, this can prevent other disease processes from occurring.
6. Ensure Optimal Stomach Acid
Making sure you have optimal amounts of stomach acid to prevent future infection or bacterial overgrowth. Optimal amounts of stomach acid also ensures better digestion. You can improve stomach acid on a regular basis by consuming foods like ginger, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and fermented foods.
Indigestion after meals can be a sign that you have low stomach acid. To find out, you can use apple cider vinegar as a test. If taking a small dose before meals improves indigestion, then it’s a sign that you may have low stomach acid.
7. Eat A Balanced Diet
Using the principles listed above, you can create balance in your diet. Health is not about deprivation. In reality, it is more about making good choices 90% of the time and leaving yourself 10% wiggle room once you’ve reached your goals. This gives you the freedom to be human and allows you to remain in health.
You’re Created For More Than Dealing With Gut Issues
New bacteria are being discovered inside our gut every day. While we’re learning more and more about these new species, we will likely never know everything.
But bringing balance to your gut is simple. Focus on maintaining a good healthy diet, reduce physical and emotional stress, use supplements to support as needed.
Infections and viruses, even things like the common cold and flu, can influence our gut health. But the stronger the gut is, the stronger our immune system will be.
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Contrary to popular belief, you can’t improve your gut health by simply taking probiotics and increasing your vegetables. This is why so many people feel worse after changing their diet. Oftentimes, we are adding more bacteria to an already overgrown system – which causes more bloating, constipation, and gas, making the imbalance worse.
Women across the world are becoming more open about infertility, miscarriages, pregnancy, and birth.
But one thing that isn’t often discussed is the correlation between gut health and fertility.
Today, I’m honored to share with you a very special client case. Becky came to me malnourished, with digestive issues. She was on antacids for an 8-year digestive issue. During her 2-year struggle to conceive, she entered perimenopause – the phase a woman goes through right before entering her menopausal years.
A woman goes through no cycles or irregular cycles for about one year prior to entering into menopause. When a woman’s cycle stops for one year, medical professionals consider them menopausal.
While this was the case for Becky, she was young and wanted another baby. Instead of giving up, she came to me to evaluate her body and hormones. Unfortunately, her hormones were extremely depleted.
But there is power in nutrition and the right healing protocols.
Case Study: Becky’s Gut Health And Fertility
There is also a very strong connection with gut health and fertility – one that I know very well from my own hormone and gut battles.
And you can see that she was dealing with both gut and hormone issues, according to her symptoms.
Symptoms That Indicated Her Fertility Issues
Becky’s main symptoms were indigestion and difficulty gaining weight. She was fatigued. She had no menstrual cycle. Her biggest wish was that she would be healthy enough to get pregnant.
If you looked at her hormones, you could see that she was in menopausal range. When we did cycle mapping, she didn’t have any rise in her female sex hormones – estrogen or progesterone. Those two hormones are both vital to make a baby and maintain pregnancy.
Hesitancy Before We Got To A Solution
Even with her symptoms and my experience helping women heal their gut health (and usually supporting their fertility), Becky still experienced some hesitancy.
First, she was nervous about the financial investment to heal her body. There’s nothing I can say to make you feel at ease except for offering testimonials. You need to decide if you are worth the risk. Are you willing to risk some money to find a long-term solution?
Next, she had a feeling of doubt. Would this really work for her and help her reach her goal of getting pregnant?
Finally, she wanted results fast – overnight fast. The results weren’t coming in quick enough to meet her unrealistic expectations. She got nervous and began to question the process. Health is not a linear process. There are ups and downs along the healing journey. We can not rush healing. When we attempt to create overnight results, we add unnecessary stress on the body – slowing down the healing even more. Thankfully, Becky learned to rely on the process, reduce her stress and trust her body more.
What We Did To Solve Her Infertility
Like I previously mentioned, healing doesn’t happen overnight. There are many things that we went through to determine the problem and find a solution so she could experience healing.
Proper Nutrition & Supplementation
First, we focused on nutrition. Your body craves nutrients in order to have balanced gut health.
When Becky’s hormone test came back at the beginning, we knew her hormones were struggling. With proper nutrition and supplementation, we worked to wake up glands that produce hormones in the body. The hypothalamus and pituitary glands are key players in fertility (in addition to the ovaries).
Next, we worked to reduce her stress levels with meditation, stress reduction techniques, and breathing exercises. This beautiful lady tried to get pregnant month after month only to fail. By the time she reached me, she was super discouraged, worried, and stressed. And that’s the worst combination for the body if you want to get pregnant.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “the risk of depression, anxiety, and distress is high for infertile patients.” Moreover, “25% to 60% of infertile individuals report psychiatric symptoms and that their levels of anxiety and depression are significantly higher than in fertile controls.”
Stress is one component to infertility. So Becky worked to reduce stress. Even if this didn’t move the needle in her journey to get pregnant again, it put her in a healthier place with her heart, mental health, etc.
While working to reduce her stress levels, we started a protocol to reduce toxins in her body and her environment. When the gut is overloaded with toxins, it impacts the entire body. Read here how to reduce your toxic load.
Next, we began to fuel her body with movement – the right type of movement for the goals she had in mind.
There is no one size fits all when it comes to an exercise plan. If you want to discover the right steps to take for your healing journey, schedule a discovery call today.
Finally, I gave her a little hope.
You may know someone like Becky. They’ve tried everything to get well. Maybe, they’ve even been told that nothing can be done. By the time many of my clients connect with me, they have a similar story to Becky. They are left with no hope. Nothing else could be done – or so they are told.
I believe in my clients and my number one goal is to help them reach their heart’s desire – whether that’s to avoid disease or get pregnant.
And I will stand beside them until they have the tools they need to succeed.
After we made a dent in her healing journey, I will never forget the phone call I received when she told me she had her first cycle. We were both ecstatic. What a miracle!
When we give the body what it needs, it gives us what we want in return.
And that’s exactly what happened with Becky. Her next cycle was 6 weeks later. While that’s not perfect, it was an amazing start.
Two cycles in a row. Another miracle!
Becky continued supporting her hypothalamus and pituitary glands for a few months. She then decided that she was going to work with her doctor to go through traditional fertility treatments to seal the deal.
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She had all the tools she needed for me to stay in health while she was pregnant.
My work was done.
I love hearing about the ending, so I asked her to contact me as soon has she had any news about a pregnancy.
Then, I received a message from her that she was four months pregnant!
These are the moments I would not trade for anything in the world. There is so much freedom in living a life of health.
While I cannot promise that everyone will live disease and symptom free, my goal is to make sure my clients have everything they need to be as close to that as possible.
Miracles do happen.
Do you believe that one conversation can change a person’s life?
We’re all in a different place when it comes to our gut health.
You may be working with a practitioner or a naturopath.
You may also be on your own journey.
In all of the misinformation and wealth of information, it’s easy for someone to fall off the path. Today, I want to give you some guidance to help you (if you’ve fallen astray) with the gut healing process.
You see, we are constantly in kill mode.
We hear that our gut issues may stem from infections – pathogens like parasites, bacteria, fungus…
Instead of investigating why they are there, we decide that they simply shouldn’t be… and this is when we go into “kill mode” trying to kill off all the bugs.
Unfortunately, what we don’t consider is that this is one of the worst things that we can do. When we look at a healthy gut, we need to remember that all of those things – pathogens, parasites, bacteria, fungus, etc. – matter. The population of our gut should be composed of the good guys (symbiotic), the bad guys (pathogenic), and the in-between guys (commensal) bacteria. Commensal bacteria can go either way and bring balance inside the gut.
A 6-Step Gut Healing Process
While this gut healing process does require some help (i.e. lab testing and an expert), I know some self-healers who want to try to do it on their own. If you want more support or don’t know where to start (even with this guide), please schedule some time with me here. I want to help you get on the right path towards healing, and quite frankly, I don’t recommend trying to heal your gut on your own.
#1 Assess What’s Going On Inside The Gut With Labs
If you want to assess what’s really going on inside the gut, it helps to have the right labs. These tests will reveal an overgrowth of bacteria, parasites, fungus, or yeast. They will also provide insight into the health of your Intestinal lining.
How do you know when you need labs? You may have any of the following obvious gut issue signs (and these may indicate that you have some fungal overgrowth):
Skin issues like rashes or itchy skin
White coating on the tongue
Vaginal yeast infections
Yeasts infections where sweat is collected (usually under the breasts or in the folds of fat)
#2 Open Up Drainage Pathways
Next, you’ll want to open up those drainage pathways. One of the worst things that we can do is go in and start putting a bunch of killing agents – in the form of natural or prescribed antimicrobials.
Even higher doses of healthy herbs can cause a detox reaction if we don’t open our drainage pathways first. As a result, toxins cannot escape from the body. The lymph, liver, and bowels play a huge role in drainage.
So if you’re experiencing a lot of constipation, for example, you don’t want to ingest a bunch of killing agents or herbs.
First, you want to open the pipelines to get things flowing through your body. If you avoid doing so, you’ll experience toxic overload. The bacteria will start getting mad at you for throwing all these herbs at them. Consequently, they’ll start to create a real mess in your body.
You want to open the drainage pathways so your body can dispose of the toxins as they’re brought up.
Alternative Methods To Open Up Drainage Pathways
Remember, opening up drainage pathways doesn’t have to always be with a supplement or a herb.
You can use the following methods to naturally assist in opening your pathways:
Castor oil packs
#3 Purge The Bad Guys
The third thing you want to do in the gut healing process is the pathogen purge.
You’ve already assessed and figured out what’s going on through lab testing. You’ve already started to open up your drainage pathways. Now, it’s time to purge the bad guys – or the bad bacteria in your gut – with (what some like to call) killing agents.
So let’s talk about how to purge the bad guys.
I hear from many people that, “wild oregano is a great killing agent”. While wild oregano is wonderful, you don’t want to take this herb for months on months (with no end in sight). Wild oregano wipes out the entire population of the gut, as harsh antibiotics do. Instead of using it without care, use it in microdoses – a little more than what you would find in food.
Unfortunately, I see people abuse this incredible herb by taking it for months with the goal of killing, killing, killing – often without thought of what they are killing.
While you’re taking heavy doses of these herbs, you may feel a little bit better. That’s why so many people stay in that killing phase so long. The transition is as
important because there are three types of bacteria in the gut – the good, the bad, and the commensal bacteria.
Remember, the commensal bacteria can go either way. During the transition phase, we’re actually training the “soldiers in your gut” to take a specific route. We want them to turn healthy or take the route that brings balance in the gut.
#4 Work On Your Leaky Gut
Once you’ve purged the pathogenic bugs and started the transition, you need to start healing leaky gut. It’s not a question of do I have a leaky gut?; it’s a question of how bad is my leaky gut?.
Truth is… We all have a leaky gut in small amounts. It comes from toxins, pesticides and herbicides on our foods, stress, medications, etc. Many things enter into the gut and weaken the stomach lining.
Ideally, you want your gut to be sealed with tight junctions, allowing for all the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids) to pass through the microscopic holes in your gut.
When those tight junctions become a little loose, foods, different medications, etc. pass from the gut into circulation. Here’s what happens: everything makes you sick no matter what you eat.
As a result of the food passing into circulation, your body is going to have a severe inflammatory response. Your food doesn’t belong in circulation. So it makes sense why the body would attack in this manner.
The next step to balance the gut is to add in good bacteria (i.e. probiotics). But if you do this too early while you have a bunch of pathogenic bacteria, you’ll get an upset stomach. In general, this means you’ve introduced an overload of bacteria to your gut.
That’s why you need to focus on quieting down the bad bacteria first before you introduce healthy probiotics. Should you take probiotics forever? If you’re eating a halfway junky diet, then you may need to take probiotics forever. The key with probiotics is if you’re eating a healthy diet with fiber-rich vegetables and fruits, you do not need to continuously take probiotics. Your gut is already populated with good bacteria.
#6 Deal With Your Emotions
Your emotions are key to the gut healing process. When you’re going through a gut cleanse like this, you may have moments when you feel like an emotional wreck – feeling overwhelmed, crying, etc.
My clients used to email me during their detoxes… “Chelsie, should I be feeling like this? I’m crying all the time and feel like I’m releasing all this emotional stuff!”
The truth is… If you’re getting a good cellular cleanse, this is very common.
After learning the hard way, I now remind my clients regularly to expect a rush of emotions in the healing process. I’m a big believer in the emotional aspects of healing. A lot of times, our signs and symptoms are a sign that we cannot release or we cannot let go of all things from the past. We may not even be thinking about those on a regular basis. Oftentimes, when people are dealing with fear and anxiety, they are not able to trust the process of life.
People that are dealing with parasites often feel like their life is under attack.
If you do any kind of physical cleanse for your body, prepare yourself for those emotions to come up. When you release the physical and emotional toxins, you’ll experience true freedom.
You have to learn to feel in order for your body to heal.
These emotional places are really important. Whether it’s me, a trusted friend, or a counselor, find someone that will walk you through the emotional aspects of healing.
And I talk a lot about root cause… But what if we never find it?
The truth is, no matter the disease process, you can have a positive effect when you know what steps you need to take.
And the good news is, I’m going to teach you why the gut drives disease and what happens when you prioritize your gut health first.
It starts with addressing the underlying lifestyle factors that drive disease.
These are the root of your health condition. And it includes things like stress, poor diet, toxins, lack of sleep, poor relationships, common nutrient deficiencies, lack of exercise, trauma, personal care products, and poor digestion.
You may never know the exact root of your health condition, but these factors could be working together or independently to drive certain disease processes. When you work on all of them simultaneously, you will typically see disease conditions begin to heal.
Addressing the root cause is what drives functional medicine practices and how it’s different from conventional medicine. You will get down to what is causing or driving a specific disease process in the body.
The focus should be on the cause or roots of the disease – not the symptoms of the disease or the labels.
If you only focus on the label or diagnosis, you miss the roots.
Different Disease States
For the most part, we all start out pretty healthy. Then we move along through the 4 different disease states.
Disease typically starts with some sort of immune activation in the form of an allergy, infection, or even stress. This activates an immune response. And if these factors are not resolved at their root, the disease will progress.
After the initial infection, or even a major stressor resolves itself, our bodies will still compensate for the disease in our body. Symptoms may not show up in this stage. That’s why it’s called the pre-symptomatic phase.
If the stressor is not taken care of, it will eventually lead to symptoms. This is typically when you may start to seek help.
The final phase is when the body begins to break down. This is typically when you receive the diagnosis and start taking prescribed medications. In worst case scenarios, you may have to remove an organ (i.e. appendix, gallbladder).
How To Get Back To A Healthy State
My goal is to help you get back to a healthy state as quickly as possible. And if you’re already healthy, I want to show you how to prevent disease. An ancient, but relevant quotes states:
“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates
If all disease begins in the gut, then all healing must begin in the gut as well.
It’s important to assess the underlying conditions and contributors to your symptoms by looking for hidden stressors. The best way to do this is with a comprehensive investigation that carefully looks at your history. Often, I recommend partnering with someone like myself to take you through functional lab tests.
These tests investigate the cause and identify healing opportunities for your hormones, immune system, digestion, detoxification, energy production, and nervous system.
When these areas are restored, health returns.
Why The Gut Drives Disease
Today, I want to focus on why the gut drives disease. You don’t have to have gut symptoms for the gut to cause problems in the rest of the body.
Some people have obvious symptoms of indigestion, gas, bloating, pain, or irritable bowel type symptoms. Those are certainly signs that something more serious is to come.
But the gut is our external world’s first entry point into our internal world.
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What Can Happen If You Consume A Toxic Diet
Our gut contains huge quantities of bacteria and fungus. Many times, we even see parasites and viruses in the gut. All these should remain in balance and live in harmony – this is a key requirement.
The problem is… The things we are exposed to on a regular basis can interfere with this balance.
This is how you can take an antibiotic and never feel the same afterward. The problem with antibiotics is that they are non-discriminatory – meaning they take out all the good and bad bacteria (bugs) in our gut and leave no good bugs to bring you back to health.
Your gut bugs drive the food choices you make.
If you find yourself craving sugars and sweets, those bugs in your gut that thrive on this may be the cause. The bugs eat first, and you get to eat what’s left over. This is important because you drive your cravings by the food choices you make.
When you feed the good bugs, they thrive. When you feed the bad, they unfortunately thrive and overwhelm the good bugs.
How Your Gut May Be Overwhelmed By Stress And Toxins
Outside of antibiotics and consuming a toxic diet, the gut can also become compromised over an extended timeframe from stress, other toxins, medications, pesticides and herbicides, gluten, sugar, and anything else that weakens the gut lining or causes an inflammatory response.
In our gut, we have a barrier that allows nutrients to pass into the bloodstream that keeps bigger and badder particles out. These tight junctions hold the cells together.
When the gut becomes compromised from those things mentioned above, the tight junctions become loose. Food particles and other toxins then pass through the intestinal lining into the bloodstream.
When this happens, it activates an immune response.
This causes you to feel tired and sluggish after meals, but you likely won’t make the connection that it’s related to your gut health.
How Food Sensitivities Impact You
Over time, you’ll start to develop food sensitivities because the foods you consume pass through your blood circulation. This causes the body to elicit an attack and ideally a response because these foods do not belong in circulation.
Ultimately, this creates a long-standing immune response where the body ends up attacking its own tissue. This is where a lot of autoimmune type diagnoses begin.
If you fall into the category with disease processes, such as Crohn’s, colitis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, celiac, or other autoimmune type conditions, this is the process your body went through to get you there.
The Causes And Outcome Of Developing A Leaky Gut
Leaky gut leads to food and chemical sensitivities – not allergies. There’s a big difference.
Leaky gut weakens the immune system because of constant exposure to the very thing that is weakening the body… Toxins from your gut.
If you don’t correct your leaky gut, you will inevitably experience autoimmune conditions.
What Your Gut Villi Do For You
Your villi are responsible for absorbing nutrients into the body, and they are destroyed with conditions like leaky gut. This is why making dietary changes alone may not be enough to put out the fire.
If the villi are destroyed, you won’t be able to absorb your nutrients (even if you’re consuming the right foods).
Why You Don’t Want To You Create A Toxic Environment in Your Gut
As you age, the acidity of your gut will change as you consume the wrong diet and encounter stress. This buildup creates an environment pathogens like to live in. When these pathogens see an environment they want to stay in, they set up shop. These are things like parasites, as well as opportunistic bacteria and fungus.
Such pathogens can lead to a host of health issues that may or may not express themselves with gut-related symptoms.
This is why many people can take probiotics or fiber supplements, yet feel no difference (or even feel worse). If there’s an overgrowth of bacteria and you don’t take care of that issue before adding additional probiotics, you may be adding fuel to the fire.
What Happens When You Work On Your Gut First
When you work on the gut first, you’ll see change take place all over your body.
Many people go through a lot of protocols but don’t see anything shift.
This is why it’s important to understand that you must follow a systematic approach when working to heal the body naturally. For example, if you don’t open up the drainage pathways before working on the gut, you risk causing a host of issues.
This is the reason why many people get sick when following a cleansing protocol. Their drainage pathways don’t allow the body to expel the toxins produced by these pathogens. If the drainage pathways are partially, or completely closed, the toxins have no way to be expelled.
In a case like this, all you need to heal is a sequenced, very precise protocol that will help you remove inflammatory foods, open up detox pathways, move your body more, and reduce stress.
Adding a bunch of pills and potions alone will never fix your problem.
What’s more powerful than what you add is “what you remove.”
If you give your body what it needs, it will intelligently remove what it doesn’t need.
 Villis are small, finger-like projections that extend into the lumen of the small intestine that absorb nutrients from the food you eat and then shuttle those nutrients into your bloodstream so they can travel where they’re needed.
On the inside, the only thing sweet was the sugar that filled my belly from my sugar addiction – the candies, cookies, brownies, cake, and ice cream.
To me, there was nothing wrong. It wasn’t the sugar or anything else. There was simply something going on that I would suffer with for the rest of my life.
Health or the lack of health doesn’t always show itself. From the naked eye, you would have never even thought that I was suffering. I’m not a complainer, and so none of my friends or family were aware that I was suffering in silence.
This same story is one that many people experience, but silently suffering with toxic burden doesn’t have to be your story
Silently Suffering with Toxic Burden Doesn’t Have to Be Your Story
I think about my grandfather who was diagnosed with a rare cancer the day before his death. He had been silently suffering with toxic burden, and for how long, no one knows!
It’s interesting now that I’ve experienced my silent suffering, I can see it clearly in the people I interact with.
Today, I watch people with their energy-depleted faces. I physically see toxic burden on their bodies and the pain in their eyes. I hear their hurt in their words. And I can see their suffering through their tough exterior.
It’s a gift I gained through my silent suffering.
The thing is, you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore.
There’s hope, life, and light at the end of the tunnel. Your story is just getting started…
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Getting Out of the Silent Suffering Cycle.
So, how do you get out of this silent suffering cycle or toxic burden overload? I spent many years throwing every supplement I could possibly get my hands on at many of the symptoms I was experiencing, hoping to get well.
I call this a hodgepodge approach now.
Fighting symptoms with supplements is no better than fighting them with medication.
We hear a lot about root cause analysis in today’s health and wellness world. The truth is, we may not always know the exact root of a person’s illness. Why is this?
We come into contact with stressors on a daily basis that may or may not push us over the edge enough to drive a disease process. It is my experience that a major life stressor can be the turning point for someone when it comes to illness. Major life stressors might include moving to a new city, changing jobs, growing your family, divorce, or a death in the family.
So how does all this work?
Those who want to heal the body naturally from the inside out would likely work on things like detoxification, gut healing, and hormone balance.
In the event that cleaning up a person’s environment doesn’t work, then I, or other wellness practitioners, will do a little more detective work.
This usually happens when we discover that there is an environmental culprit preventing the disease process from healing. For example, this could look like constant exposure to mold or allergens in a person’s environment. It can be viral infections, parasites, or any number of other invaders.
The key is to expose the culprit when possible – that is where the detective work comes in.
Cancer & Toxic Overload
The C-word – cancer – is one that seems to creep into our lives. I recently lost my grandfather due to cancer. Like I said previously, he silently suffered for a long time. I’m sure of it. He even seemed to be in severe pain last time we were together.
As my family is recovering from this loss due to cancer, here are some things that I want you to think about today.
Cancer is Preventable
Did you know that we can prevent cancer if we live a life of health? I also don’t imagine that cancer has to be a death sentence, although many people do die from it.
“More people live off cancer than die from it.”
Our bodies are in a very acidic state as a whole. We also lack nutrients, are depleted in our hormones, in toxic overload, and are bogged down with life stressors.
Did you know that when many oncologists are interviewed they say they would not subject themselves or their family members to the same treatments they give their patients?
Isn’t that a shocking statement?
The truth is, whether it’s cancer, autoimmunity, diabetes, or high blood pressure, treatment with medications is no fun.
What if you could prevent diseases like this though?
What if basic lifestyle adjustments could actually be what would bring the body back into balance so these symptoms and the underlying disease could clear up?
Would it be worth it to you to give up those sodas and drive thru window meals to get rid of some of the things that are preventing you from feeling your best?
Our intestinal lining is made up of a layer of cells that helps
us absorb nutrients, but it also acting as a barrier to things that have the
potential of being harmful to our digestive system – like toxins, pathogens, or
other microorganisms. When the gut is exposed to certain environmental
triggers, it can lead to a condition known as intestinal permeability or leaky
This is something I suffered from for many years. I had severe
gastrointestinal symptoms from the time I was a child all the way through
adulthood. Diarrhea, constipation, stomach aches, constant nausea, gas,
bloating, pain, irritable bowel… You name it, and I had it.
I was overweight, underweight, had a gallbladder that was
barely functioning, I would go weeks without having a bowel movement and then
all the sudden the bottom would fall out. I hope you don’t know what I mean. But
if you who do, you know it’s no fun.
I want to give you overview of what leaky gut syndrome looks
like, the signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, associated health
conditions, as well as an overview of the four R’s, which is a therapeutic
approach to Healing your leaky gut.
What is leaky gut syndrome?
The intestinal barrier is made up of a single layer of
epithelial cells which are separated by tight junctions that act as a physical
barrier. If the gut is healthy, tight junctions in the intestinal lining are
selectively permeable, which means they will do their job to absorb of certain
nutrients, water, and electrolytes. But these tight junctions also provide a
protective barrier, preventing the absorption of the harmful molecules such as
the toxins, pathogens, and other antigens mentioned previously.
How does leaky gut happen?
There is a protein called Zonulin that is secreted by the
intestinal tract that is associated with leaky gut syndrome. Environmental
factors may stimulate the release of zonulin, which has been shown to
down-regulate these tight junctions. When the gut becomes imbalanced in its
microbes, this is known as dysbiosis, and it plays a role in the development of
leaky gut. This can be reversed by removing environmental triggers and cleaning
up the gut.
What are the causes and risk factors?
Poor gut health
Certain medications like NSAIDs,
Excessive alcohol consumption
Chronic or excessive stress
Related health conditions
The latest research tells us that increased intestinal
permeability may be associated with a number of health conditions like
irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and
ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, and chronic inflammatory conditions like
rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and type 1 diabetes.
What can you do about it?
This is where the 4 R’s come in.
Remove the pathogens and inflammatory triggers. This can be done with elimination diets, that remove inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol, peanuts. Food sensitivity tests can also be helpful in determining foods that are causing inflammation in individuals. Stool testing helps determine pathogens present and is another way to look at zonulin markers.
Replace essential nutrients that are supportive for healthy microbiome like fiber rich foods, prebiotics, and anti-inflammatory foods.
Reinoculate with probiotics and introduce fermented foods when the timing is appropriate.
Repair with certain nutrients that promote health of the gut lining, like immunoglobulins, L-glutamine, zinc, and Ganoderma.
There is a systematic approach that promotes healing of the gut when intestinal permeability creeps in. This Protocol can take as little as 60 to 90 days when the appropriate steps are taken to correct it. I encourage you to work with your functional wellness practitioner who can recommend specific testing and provide you with a personalized treatment plan.
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