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Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Saturday, March 15th 2003

This one sounds more like a problem for the plumber to solve than the Naturopath...

This oddly named condition refers to what can happen if the cells lining our intestines become inflamed and 'compromised', allowing the passage of partially digested foods, toxins and bacteria, not normally absorbed, to pass through the intestinal wall into our blood stream. Symptoms and conditions linked to a hyper-permeable intestinal lining include digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and food sensitivities through to more serious conditions like arthritis and chronic fatigue.

As with most intestinal problems, the integrity of our digestive tract can be compromised by poor nutrition and a deficiency of Vitamins, Minerals and Essential fatty acids, a high intake of saturated fat or alcohol, certain drugs including coffee, heavy metals, and parasite or candida infestations.

In order to repair this "leaky gut" there are some valuable natural dietary and herbal supplements we can incorporate into our daily regime, as well as avoiding foods we know adversely affect us.

Help is close at hand with these well known supplements

The cells lining our digestive tract are replaced approximately every 24 hours, with old ones being shed, and new ones being generated. By providing key nutrients we can enhance this regeneration and keep inflammation and discomfort to a minimum.

COLOSTRUM - this enriching first milk received by nursing young, to boost their immune system and provide growth factors, is sourced from New Zealand dairy cows. These growth factors stimulate the proliferation of epithelial tissue cells (the type of tissue the digestive tract is lined with), assisting in repair and replacement of the gut lining and helping decrease inflammation. Immune factors (immunoglobulins and lactoferrin) attack pathogens in the gut, preventing their reproduction and further damage to the intestinal lining, while giving our immune system a healthy boost.

FLAXSEED OIL - provides essential fatty acids (EFAs) to play a dual role in helping correct leaky gut syndrome. Their potent anti-inflammatory actions block the pro-inflammatory pathways that result in cell damage and, as new cells are being replaced, the EFAs are incorporated into the cell membranes, providing integrity and protection.

ANTIOXIDANTS A,C,E and Beta-carotene protect against free radical damage and when combined with a Multi Vitamin and Mineral formula support healthy cellular growth.

ALOE VERA JUICE - this powerful cleanser and detoxifier has a healing & soothing effect on the gut lining, while enhancing digestive processes with a naturally occurring enzyme content.

ACIDOPHILUS LACTOBACILLUS - these micro-organisms ensure the correct ratios of bowel flora for optimum internal health - This is essential!

HERBAL ALLERGY SUPPORT - as the body is bombarded with allergens via the gut wall, specific herbs can decrease the body's inflammatory response and settle down allergic symptoms.

PARASITE DETOXIFICATION - the elimination of intestinal parasites is a crucial factor in digestive health. Both the parasites and their toxins interfere with normal processes and may cause or exacerbate a leaky gut condition.

It takes time to repair a damaged digestive tract but with guidance from your health professional and a few lifestyle and supplement changes you can be your old self again.

Source, by Leisa Harford BHSc (Comp.Med), Adv.Dip.Med.Herb.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Digestive Problems :

Body Cleanse Total Detox Pack
Colostrum Capsules
Dandelion Coffee
Diarmed Relief Tablet
IBS Support
Gastro
Livatone Capsules
Multi-Fibre Capsules
pH Balancing Simplified & pH Test Strips
Primadophilus Reuteri Capsules
Thisilyn Cleanse With Mineral Digestive Sweep

Related health information can be found here:

Appetite, Poor
Bad Breath
Bowel Cleanse
Constipation
Crohn's Disease
Diarrhoea
Digestion
Ensure healthy gut function with probiotic supplementation
Food Poisoning
Gas

Related articles can be found here:

Dietary Changes Can Lower Colon Cancer Risk
Drug-Pumped Poultry Fuels Human Risk
Home Cooking Is The Biggest Food Poisioning Risk
Esophageal and Gastric Cancer in Population Tied to a Few Main Risk Factors
Fructose Intolerance May Cause Unexplained Gastrointestinal Symptoms
Probiotics Well Tolerated, Safe in Infant Formula

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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