Leaky Gut Syndrome Explained

Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN & Amy Coates, RHN, BSc.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome is the technical name for increased intestinal permeability. As its name signifies, this condition is characterizes by a gut (intestinal tract) that allows far too many substances into the bloodstream.

Normally, the intestinal walls form a semi-permeable barrier, only allowing properly digesting nutrients into the bloodstream, while preventing the uptake of toxins and undigested food particles. Such nutrients are able to pass into the blood through pores located in the intestinal wall.

Under ideal circumstances, these pores are small enough to prevent undigested food particles and other large toxins from escaping the intestinal tract and causing damage in the bloodstream.

However, in the case of leaky gut syndrome, these pores widen, which allows anything and everything to pass through the (now very permeable) intestinal walls and into the blood.

This is a big problem and is one of the biggest factors behind food allergies and auto-immune diseases.

Why is Having a Leaky Gut Dangerous?

Our intestinal tract is obviously semi-permeable for a reason. If is meant to keep out certain substances then there’s a reason for needing to do so.

One of the problems with leaky gut is that it allows undigested food particles into the blood. When this happens, the immune system builds up antibodies against the protein in that food and mounts a full-out immune response. The immune system is simply doing its job. If it identifies a “foreign” substance in the bloodstream, then it will take the necessary action to neutralize it.

Unfortunately, since the body has now developed an antibody army against this food, with time as you ingest this food your body will become “hypersensitive” to it. This is how food allergies develop. And the more this occurs with the foods you eat, the more hypersensitive your immune system becomes.

As a result, you become much more susceptible to environmental allergens since your body’s immune system is now in overdrive and “paranoid” about everything little thing it is exposed to.

With time, a hypersensitive immune system can start reacting in a myriad of unpredictable ways. In many cases, it will actually begin to attack the body itself, creating an auto-immune disease such as alopecia, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, Graves’ disease, endometriosis, and many more.

A substantial proportion of the population suffers from immune diseases, which are often chronic, debilitating, and life-threatening. There are more than eighty illnesses caused by autoimmunity and about 75 percent of those affected are women. It has been estimated that autoimmune diseases are among the ten leading causes of death among women in all age groups up to 65 years.

However, go to your doctor, allergist, or immunologist and they will NEVER even mention the possibility of leaky gut syndrome.

According to “brillant experts” at USA Today…

“Scientists believe multiple factors such as environmental toxins, heredity, viruses, and certain drugs may play a role in causing an autoimmune disease. Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, abuse of alcohol and use of tobacco can also weaken the immune system and may play some role as well.”

That’s great thanks. And they can say that about pretty much every single disease as well. The fact remains that many of these “causes” are also at the root of leaky gut syndrome.

What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Well, as was briefly mentioned above, the substances and choices that stress your body and digestive system will have a profound effect on the health of your colon and intestinal tract. Refined sugars, processed foods, alcohol, medications, and stress will negatively impact the colon.

All of these can worsen the balance between good and bad flora in your colon. If the bad are way out of control, then fungi, for instance, can latch onto the intestinal walls and create irritation, inflammation, and the eventually widening of the pores.

If food sits in your colon for too long, it too will irritate the intestinal walls and predipose them to becoming more permeable. That is one of the reasons why passing regular bowel movements is so important.

Natural Leaky Gut Remedies

First, you need to cleanse your body of the foods and substances that irritate your digestive and intestinal tract. Second, you need to spend time healing your gut with nutrients such as L-glutamine, essential fatty acids, and vitamin C.

So if you suffer from allergies, have an autoimmune disorder, have digestive difficulties, or want to improve your overall health then you need to take action immediately. The longer you wait, the worse your condition will get.

But there’s good news!

Now you can get the support and the time-proven system that will help heal your gut and cleanse your body of its toxins. To learn more about how the Total Wellnes Cleanse can help you click the link below.

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Yuri Elkaim is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse – a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health. For information on the Total Wellness Cleanse visit www.TotalWellnessCleanse.com

References:

Noel R. Rose and Ian R. MacKay, The Autoimmune Diseases fourth edition

 

How to End Constipation?

Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN & Amy Coates, RHN, BSc.

Constipation is a big problem in the western world.

According to the medical community, constipation is defined as having 1 bowel movement every 2 to 3 days. But as holistic health care professionals, we know that’s absolute nonsense!

For optimal health, you should be passing 2-3 bowel movements each day! Anything less is considered constipation. If you’ve ever had a colon cleanse, good for you. If not, you need to read the following important information regarding constipation and colon health.

What Causes Constipation?

Constipation is usually a result of years of abusing your digestive system through poor food choices and not listening to your body. Chronic intake of foods that irritate your digestive and intestinal system eventually causes them to function at a sub-optimal level. For instance, non-foods like coffee, refined sugar, alcohol, and other processed foods stress your colon and digestive system and eventually hinder their function.

For optimal colon health, the goal should be to remove these irritating foods and provide your system with nutrients that will allow it to heal and function as it should.

Being constipated can also come about by resisting the urge to do your “business”. At a very young, we simply went when we needed to go – no problem except for the clean-up our parents were subjected to. But as we age, we tend to suppress our body’s natural urge to defecate. Whether it be class or work schedules or travel commitments, we’ve started to ignore our body’s many cries to head to the toilet.

In the end, we have instructed our body that we will have a bowel movement (or at least try to) on our terms, when we’re willing and ready. However, it isn’t that simple because your body knows when it needs to go. Passing a bowel movement is not a logical decision, it is a primal need your body is destined to satisfy.

So it is our fault, our lifestyle, and our poor dietary choices that has led to being constipated.

Why is Constipation Dangerous?

This could quickly turn into a very lengthy discussion but we’ll give you the essentials. The problem with being constipated is that your body’s waste does not get to its final destination – the toilet.

Rather, it sits in your colon, putrefying and expelling more toxins back into your body. This is called autointoxication and is a serious health concern if it persists over time.

Think about it. If you were to let garbage pile up in your home for weeks, months, or years can you imagine the type of disgusting and toxic environment you’d be creating?

Well, the same thing happens in your body if your “garbage” is not regularly removed.

Over time, these endogenous toxins will be stored in your fat tissue which includes your fat cells, brain, and nervous tissue. It’s no wonder there’s a considerable correlation between constipation, autointoxication, and degenerative diseases!

Natural Constipation Remedies

The first thing is to listen to your body. If you need to go, then go!

Second, remove the irritating foods that we spoke about above.

Third, drink plenty of water. Constipation can also be a result of being dehydrated. Provide your body with more water and it will assist your waste removal.

Fourth, eat more fiber. The goal (from an overall health perspective) is to hit 35 grams of fiber per day. But really, are you going to count? Probably not. Therefore, simply by eating more whole foods or even following a raw food diet will greatly assist you.

The goal is to get both soluble and insoluble fiber. Ground flaxseeds are a great source of balanced fiber and a terrific source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Fifth, getting more essential fatty acids (omega-3s) will provide the lubrication required to allow your colon to pass along the waste smoothly and effortlessly. If you strain to pass a movement, that’s a good indication you could use some more lubrication.

Finally, you need to follow a detox diet that will cleanse your body. If you’ve been constipated for some time, then you need to face facts and realize that your body is a toxic feeding ground! The only way to better your health and prevent future problems is to get the waste out of your body through regular bowel movements and other means that will detoxify your body.

You don’t have to be a prisoner to constipation any longer. Allow us to show you the light…

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Yuri Elkaim is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse — a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health. For information on the Total Wellness Cleanse visit www.TotalWellnessCleanse.com

Why Cleanse?

Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN & Amy Coates, RHN, BSc.

We detoxify and cleanse for health, vitality, and rejuvenation.

We cleanse our body to clear symptoms, treat disease, and prevent future problems. A cleansing program is an ideal way to help you re-evaluate your life, make changes, or clear abuses and addictions. Withdrawal happens fairly quickly, and as cravings are reduced you can begin a new life without old addictive habits or drugs.

Detoxification is also helpful for weight loss, although this is not the primary purpose. The body stores toxins in fat cells. When you cleanse your body these toxins are more easily released from their fat stores. Since you then become less toxic, your toxin stores (the fat) are not as necessary and, thus, your body can rid itself of excess, unnecessary fat.

Weight loss also occurs on a cleanse simply because there are fewer calories being consumed. Since weight loss boils down to creating a caloric deficit, eating less overtime is a simple way of losing weight.

We also detoxify and cleanse to rest and heal our overloaded digestive organs. This is often an overlooked, yet very important, area considering optimal health truly begins with the health of our digestive system.

Aside from the internal health benefits, detoxification can also be a great catalyst for external change. For instance, it can provide a great opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate what is most important to you. It can serve to help you cleanse your house, your work, your relationships. After a cleanse, you will even feel more organized, more creative, more motivated, more productive, more relaxed, and more mentally focused and clear.

So, if you want more energy, greater vitality, more youthful and radiant skin, and greater health for life, then cleansing should be a regular (annual or semi-annual) part of your life.

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Yuri Elkaim is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse — a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health. For information on the Total Wellness Cleanse visit www.TotalWellnessCleanse.com


			

Seven-day Detox Smoothie Challenge

Photo: Toy Turtle

Photo: Toy Turtle

One great way to help yourself gently detox each day is to have a smoothie.

Juicing is great, but it can be messy and you need a good quality juicer. Another advantage of a smoothie is that you retain the fibre from your fruit and vegetables.

If you’re suffering from hypoglycemia or you’re trying to lose weight, smoothies generally give you longer-lasting energy levels than the quick-release action of pure juice. That’s not to say juicing is bad – it definitely has its place, but a smoothie-a-day will keep the doctor away!

A good quality blender does help, but if you only have a hand-whizzer that’s usually fine. Mixing fruit with vegetables is generally a good idea if you’re new to this. Pure vegetables can be a bit strong-tasting for some people until they get used to the taste and texture.

Banana is always a good base and you can always add a high-quality protein powder, such as Sun Warrior, if you wish. Then just mix in your favorite fruits. Soft fruits such as strawberries and raspberries work really well, kiwis are great, and so is papaya. Adding a handful of baby spinach or kale is a good start if you’re not used to the strong veggie taste of other greens. Try a seven-day challenge with one of these every morning and see how you get on. It may not quite as hard as you think!

  • Curly kale, broccoli, watercress, cucumber, fresh basil leaves, banana, pink lady, nectarine, water
  • Baby spinach, broccoli, pak choi, curly parsley, avocado, mango, lemon juice, ginger and water
  • Baby spinach, curly kale, broccoli, avocado, banana, passionfruit, lemon juice, fresh basil leaves, chia seeds, protein powder and water
  • Broccoli, curly kale, pak choi, tomatoes, carrots, banana, ruby grape fruit, kiwi, passion fruit, fresh ginger and water
  • Curly kale, baby spinach, granny smith, banana, tomatoes, fresh ginger, ruby grapefruit, beetroot and water
  • Baby spinach, curly kale, broccoli, banana, granny smith, pomegranates, chia seeds, protein powder and water
  • Baby spinach, curly kale, pak choi, carrot, banana, kiwi, ruby grape fruit, fresh ginger, chia seeds, protein powder and water

If you prefer to follow a more structured plan try this Green Smoothie 7-Day Detox Plan. It’s packed with ideas and menus to help you lose weight, gain more energy and set you up for a lifetime of good health habits. Smoothie combinations and photo: Toy Turtle

The Health Benefits of Cinnamon

MF-cinnamonAdding cinnamon to your mulled wine this winter could help teat or prevent type II diabetes according to research in the US. Studies suggest eating cinnamon improves blood glucose levels and blood fats.

The USDA tested 49 different herbs, spices and medicinal plants for their effects on glucose metabolism. The results were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The study showed that the active ingredient in cinnamon, methylhydroxychalcone polymer, or MHCP, mimics insulin functions, increases cell’s glucose uptake and signals certain cells to turn glucose into glycogen.

Cinnamon may also lower blood pressure. Other studies published in Diabetic Care show cinnamon not only reduced blood sugar levels but also blood pressure, triglycerides, total cholesterol and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in those with type II diabetes.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) identified phytochemicals in cinnamon, called chalcone polymers, which increase glucose metabolism in the cells by 20 times or more and are powerful antioxidants. Cinnamon also contains anthocyanins that improve capillary function. Classed as a flavonoid, anthocyanins are also powerful antioxidants.

From aching muscles to digestive disorders and better eyesight

According to other research at Wheeling Jesuit University in the US, volunteers had a better memory and quicker visual-motor response speed after taking cinnamon. Cinnamon also contains anti-inflammatory properties that may be helpful for pain and stiffness in muscles, joints and for menstrual problems. In Oriental medicine it is used as a digestive tonic and helps soothe the abdominal region, relieving gas, nausea and diarrhea. Animal studies have shown it is a carminative, or gas reliever. Also, catechins, compounds found in cinnamon, help relieve nausea.

Cinnamon is also regarded as an aphrodisiac and anti-fungal agent and calms the nerves. Taken as a tea, it can help people suffering from rheumatism linked to exposure to cold weather.

A word of caution

Cinnamon does have an anti-blood-clotting effect, so do speak to your doctor or a qualified healthcare professional if you are taking prescription blood-thinning medication. Large quantities should also be avoided during pregnancy as it may have adverse effects on the uterus.

Detox with Turmeric Tea

detox with turmeric tea

Columbia University Medical Center found turmeric beneficial in preventing early onset diabetes and obesity as inflammation is involved in both

Known as Indian Gold and widely used in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is a member of the ginger family.

Compounds found in turmeric include polyphenols and curcuminoids, which give the spice its bright yellow colour. The most well-studied of these compounds is curcumin, the substance that gives the spice its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

If you want to make turmeric tea yourself simply boil four cups of water and add one teaspoon of ground turmeric. Simmer for ten minutes and strain through a fine sieve. Add honey or lemon if you like.

Over the last ten years, a lot of research has been done to find out more about the pharmacological properties and biological activities of curcumin. This polyphenol is well-known for its antioxidant, anti-arthritic, anti-amyloid, anti-ischemic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Used in India to relieve arthritis, modern studies have shown it is as effective as the anti-inflammatory, phenylbutazone. Turmeric is also used for muscle pain, joint inflammation and carpal tunnel syndrome.

A number of studies also suggest curcumin has anti-tumour effects. A 2006 study reported in the medical journal Oncogene found curcumin inhibited the growth of colon cancer cells, while a 2007 study by the University of Alabama showed it also inhibited hormones thought to trigger prostate cancer.

Curcumin also has an effect on cholesterol levels and has strong antioxidant properties. Curcumin inhibits lipid peroxidation. Studies have shown the spice protects against powerful oxidizing chemicals used to induce cataracts in rats. The rats given curcumin were protected against damage by the chemical and their eyes also improved.

In Oriental medicine turmeric is used for asthma, candida, eczema and jaundice. It is also used as a post-trauma remedy both internally and topically to reduce inflammation from bruises, swelling and wounds. It helps wound healing by acting as an anti-coagulant and has anti-fungal properties. Other skin uses include acne and boils as it purifies the blood and gives a healthy skin colour and texture.

Fiona Wilkinson, ND, PhD

Cleansing Foods and Drinks – Beetroot

Fiona Wilkinson, ND, PhD

beetrootLike apples, beetroot are a great source of the dietary fibre, pectin. 

They also contain other important nutrients including betaine, which support liver cells in their role of chief detoxification organ.

It has also been associated with lowering homocysteine, a chemical produced when an amino acid called methionine is broken down in the body. Because we all eat protein, we all have some homocysteine in our blood; however, raised levels have shown an increased risk for hardening of the arteries, a precursor for heart attacks and strokes, and also blood clots in the veins.

Fibre is an important part of a healthy diet. A diet high in fibre has many health benefits. It can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers, and can also improve digestive health.

However, many people don’t get enough fibre. On average, most people in the UK get about 14g of fibre a day. You should aim for at least 18g a day.

Fibre is only found in foods that come from plants. Foods such as meat, fish and dairy products don’t contain any fibre.

There are two different types of fibre – soluble and insoluble. Each type of fibre helps your body in different ways, so a normal, healthy diet should include both types.

We tend to eat beetroot as a salad vegetable but why not try them baked or roasted too? It’s great when it’s juiced as well. If you’re not used to it, try just adding a small amount to your juicer with apple, carrot, and celery — this dilutes the earthy taste of the beetroot. As you get more used to it you can add more.

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