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Apr 10 2017

LCKL 071 – Ask Naturopath Jen – Digestion – Inflammatory Bowel Disease…

The next portion of this Digestion Season is that of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. If you are dealing with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis then this episode is for you.

SHOWNOTES
  • What IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) is;
  • What Crohns Disease is;
  • What Ulcerative Colitis is;
  • Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • 3 Main Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • Foods to Stay Away from when you have IBD;
  • Nutrients you should consume when you have IBD; and
  • Supplements that can help to heal IBD.
TRANSCRIPT
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?What is Crohn's Disease?What is Ulcerative Colitis?What are the Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?What are the Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?What are the Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?Healing Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine.
  • Consists primarily of Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
  • Both Autoimmune Conditions.
  • Affects the small intestine, large intestine, mouth, esophagus, stomach and anus.
  • Swelling and scar tissue can thicken the intestinal wall.
  • This will narrow the passageway for food that is being digested.
  • Deep ulcers may turn into tunnels, called fistulas, that connect different parts of the intestine.
  • Affects the top layer of the large intestine, the colon and the rectum.
  • Causes swelling and tiny open sores, or ulcers to form on the surface of the lining.
  • These ulcers can bleed and produce pus.
  • Ulcers may also weaken the intestinal wall so much that a hole develops.
  • The contents of the large intestine, including bacteria, will spill into the abdominal cavity or leak into the blood. This causes serious infection and requires emergency service.
  • Abdominal Pain;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Rectal Bleeding;
  • Internal Cramps/Muscle Spasms in the Pelvis;
  • Weight Loss;
  • Joint Pain;
  • Skin Problems;
  • Fever;
  • Anemia.
  • Anemia;
  • Arthritis and Joint Pain;
  • Weak Bones and Bone Breaks;
  • Inflammation in the Eye and Eye Problems;
  • Liver Inflammation;
  • Gallstones;
  • Ulcers on the Skin;
  • Kidney Stones;
  • Delayed Puberty;
  • Growth Problems in Children and Teens;
  • Lung Problems.

Microbiota

  • IBD Affected Individuals have 30-50% less biodiversity of bacteria and generally have decreases in firmicutes and bacteroidetes.
  • IBD Affected Individuals are also more likely to have been prescribed antibiotics in the 2-5 year before their diagnosis.

Leaky Gut

  • When you have a defective mucosal barrier it results in an increase in intestinal permeability. This then promotes exposition to luminal content (toxins etc) and triggers an immune response which promotes intestinal inflammation
  • Studies have shown that IBD patients actually display defects in specialized components of the mucosal barrier, all the way from the mucus layer composition to the adhesion molecules.
  • These alterations have been shown to represent a primary dysfunction in Crohn’s Disease and perpetuate chronic mucosal inflammation in ulcerative colitis.

Bacteria and Fungi

  • There are many bacterias and fungi which may play a part in the development of Crohns Disease:
    • Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis – Prevents white blood cells from killing E Coli Bacteria. This bacteria is present in larger amounts in those with Crohns Disease. Cows milk is a common route of exposure. In fact one study found that Mycobacterium Avium Paratuberculosis (MAP) was present in 92% of patients with Crohns Disease. MAP is present in 2% of all pasteurised milk.
    • Aflatoxin, a Mycotoxin made by aspergillus molds has been found in patients with Crohns Disease.
    • Serratia Marcescens and E Coli is found in greater amounts in Crohns Patients.
    • Fungus Candida Tropicalis is also found in greater amounts in Crohns Patients.

Foods to Stay Away From When You Have IBD

  • Dairy Products – There have been numerous reports indicating that when they eliminate dairy products then symptoms such as Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain and Gas improves as well.
  • Carbohydrates – Adopting a ketogenic diet is incredibly effective at helping with inflammatory bowel disorders. One of the reasons for this is because the ketogenic diet reduces inflammation in the gut. The second reason carbohydrates are bad for IBD is because the sugars and carbohydrates are not absorbed when they pass through the bowel and when they get into the colon they ferment and produce gas and pain.
  • High Fiber Foods – If you have IBD, high fiber foods like fresh fruits and vegetables may make symptoms worse. Therefore, try steaming, baking or stewing them. You may have particular problems with foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts, seeds, corn and popcorn.
  • Caffeine , Alcohol and Soft Drinks – All of these stimulate the bowels so make diarrhea worse.

Nutrients

  • Blueberries – Can help alleviate and protect against intestinal inflammation like ulcerative colitis. They are rich in polyphenols which have antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. When these are combined with probiotics they are known to reduce inflammation inducing bacteria but also helps to increase Lactobacilla.
  • Coconut Oil – Has been shown to soothe inflammation and help heal injury in the digestive tract. It has antimicrobial properties that promote intestinal health by killing microorganisms such as Candida which cause chronic inflammation.
  • MCT Oil – Caprylic Acid is a potent antifungal and so should be implemented in an IBD preventative diet.
  • Butyrate – This is a short chain fatty acid which is critical for the general homeostasis of enterocytes. Found in large quantities in the ketogenic diet.

Supplements

  • Vitamin D – Low Vitamin D increases your risk of Crohns Disease. Blood levels of Vitamin D were found to be significantly lower in patients with Crohns Disease.
  • Oregano Oil – This is a great way of killing off bad bugs and parasites in your gut.
  • Zinc – Trace element essential for cell turnover and repair.
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Apr 03 2017

LCKL 068 – Ask Naturopath Jen – Digestion – Acid Reflux and Hypochlorydia (Repeat Episode 014)

As part of the Digestion Series I have re-recorded Episode #14 of the Podcast on Acid Reflux and Hypochlorydia.

SHOWNOTES
  • All About Stomach Acid;
  • Causes of Low Stomach Acid;
  • Signs and Symptoms of Hypochlorydia;
  • Conditions Caused by or Aggravated By Low Stomach Acid;
  • Testing For Low Stomach Acid;
  • How to increase your Stomach Acid Naturally; and
  • One Research Article regarding Stomach Acid.
TRANSCRIPT
All About Stomach AcidCauses of Low Stomach AcidSigns and Symptoms of HypochlorydiaConditions Caused or Aggravated By Low Stomach AcidTesting For Low Stomach AcidHow To Increase Your Stomach Acid NaturallyResearch Article
  • It is produced by the cells in the lining of the stomach which increases acid production when needed.
  • Other cells in the stomach will produce bicarbonate which helps to buffer the fluid, stopping the stomach from becoming too acidic.
  • These cells will also produce mucus which forms a viscous physical barrier to prevent gastric acid from damaging the stomach.
  • A typical adult stomach will secrete 1.5 Liters of Gastric Acid Per Day.
  • Gastric Acid Secretion happens in 3 stages:
    • Cephalic Phase – 30% is stimulated by anticipation of eating and smell or taste of food. At this point the vagus nerve will perform a few different functions:
      • Activates parietal cells to release acids;
      • Activates ECL cells to release histamine;
      • Releases Gastrin Releasing Peptide onto G Cells; and
      • Inhibits Somatostatin release from D Cells.
  • Gastric Phase – 50%-60% of stomach acid is secreted in this stage. It is stimulated by distention of the stomach and by amino acids present in foods.
  • Intestinal Phase – Remaining 10% is secreted when chyme enters the small intestine and is stimulated by small intestine distension and by amino acids. The duodenal cells will release entero-oxyntin which will act on parietal cells without affecting gastrin.
  • The stomach acid is incredibly important for a number of reasons:
    • Digestion of protein. This acid activates digestive enzymes which help to break down the long chains of amino acids.
  • Sufficient Stomach Emptying – Failure to do so results in GERD;
  • Sterilise the stomach and kill bacteria and yeast that may be ingested;
  • Absorption of certain micronutrients, especially calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, boron etc.
  • On a blood test the most obvious sign of hypochlorydia is a chloride score of less than 100.
  1. Bacteria H Pylori
  2. Low Protein Diet
  3. Deficiencies in Chloride, Sodium and Zinc – Athletes in particular lose a lot of chloride and sodium through
  4. Administration of Bicarbonates, Acid Blocking Drugs and
  5. Ageing
  6. Alcohol Consumption
  7. Adrenal Fatigue
  8. Chronic Stress
  9. Bacterial Infection
  10. Hypothyroidism – Seems to lower the level of stomach acid in many thyroid patients lowering either the amount of parietal cells or else lowering their ability to produce the gastric
  1. You have lost your taste for meat. You will often feel like you are meant to be a vegetarian. I know my daughter went through this stage and it was partially this that made me realise she may be low in stomach Most often you will be low in hydrochloric acid and with a little HCL support you will regain your appetite for and your ability to digest this protein.
  2. You have a history of a vegetarian or vegan If you do not eat a lot of protein, your body will naturally lower its production of HCL to accommodate for it. HCL is not required if protein is not eaten and as vegetarians and/or vegans generally don’t consume much protein they are often low in HCL.
  3. You experience belching or gas an hour or so after a meal.
  4. You experience bloating or cramps within an hour after a meal. Fermentation caused from hypchlorydia can create gas and gas can create pressure. This pressure can create bloating and discomfort.
  5. You get heartburn or acid reflux. Most think that reflux is caused from too much stomach acid but it is most often caused from too little stomach acid. I will explain how this happens:
    1. Your esophagus has a pH of about 7 – Very neutral.
    2. Your stomach should have a pH of about 1.5-3 – Very acidic. Your body requires this for optimal digestion. Your stomach prepares for this acidic environment by secreting mucus that protects the lining so that you don’t digest yourself.
    3. Unfortunately the esophagus doesn’t have this protective lining.
    4. If you are not secreting enough HCL, the pyloric valve will not open, the contents of your stomach will start to create gas and it will create pressure. This gas must be released.
    5. If this gas goes up and leads to belching, the valve that connects the esophagus to the stomach will open and allow the gas to travel up. Unfortunately sometimes along with the gas, the stomach acid will also splash up and go into the esophagus.
    6. This will cause the intense burning caused by reflux.
  6. You have really bad breath as you are not digesting properly.
  7. You have smelly sweat. The improperly digested protein resulting from hypochlorydia is a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast to produce toxins.
  8. You will not be hungry for If you are not digesting you may still have the meal from the night before sitting in your belly first thing in the morning.
  9. You are hungry all the time, even when you are full.
  10. You get sleepy after meals.If you are not digesting properly, more energy resources will be diverted
  11. You have undigested food in your stools.
  12. Your fingernails chip, peel or break easily. This is a clear indication of deficiencies in protein, minerals and often essential fatty acids.
  13. You have anemia but it doesn’t respond to iron supplementation. Without sufficient HCL, you will not be able to absorb iron, even with supplementation.
  14. High Fat foods cause nausea or stomach upsets.
  15. Nausea/Reflux after Supplementation.
  1. Asthma – Study done in the 1980’s showed that 80% of children with asthma also have hypochlorydia.
  1. Acne – When stomach acid is low it can cause bacteria to accumulate on your skin.
  2. Chronic Fatigue
  3. Adrenal Fatigue
  4. Allergies
  5. B12 Deficiency
  6. Ageing – Lowers DHEA levels
  7. Increases Cortisol levels
  1. Osteoporosis and Bone Fractures – Excessive use of PPI’s.
  2. Lactose Intolerance and Gluten Intolerance – Many patients have actually discovered that these intolerances are activated by low levels of stomach acid. Once the stomach acid is corrected they are less sensitive to lactose and gluten.
  1. Mouth Ulcers.
  1. Heidelberg Stomach Acid Test – Best test for stomach acid problems.
    1. Fast for 8-12 hours. Do not consume any acid suppressing drugs for at least 4 days beforehand.
    2. Swalllow a small pill given by the doctor.
    3. Drink a solution of sodium bicarbonate.
    4. The test will record the pH in your stomach for as long as is needed.
  1. Baking Soda Stomach Acid Test
    1. Mix 1/4 tsp of baking soda in 4-6oz of water first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.
    2. Drink the baking soda solution.
    3. Time how long it takes you to burp.
    4. If you have not burped within five minutes, stop timing.
    5. If your body is producing sufficient stomach acid you will burp within 2-3 minutes.
    6. Any burping after 3 minutes it indicates hypochlorydia.
    7. Do it at least 3 times.
    8. Not accurate enough to rule out low stomach acid.
  2. Betaine HCL Challenge Test
    1. Buy betaine HCL with pepsin;
    2. Eat a high protein meal of at least 6 oz of meat;
    3. In the middle of the meal, take 1 betaine HCL pill;
    4. Finish your meal and pay attention to your body.
    5. If you feel nothing then it is likely you have low stomach acid. If you start to feel something then it is likely you don’t have low stomach acid.
    6. This needs to be repeated at least 2 times and if you get 2 positive tests then start taking Betaine HCL to get your stomach acid levels where they need to be.
  • Reduce mineral depleting sugar and sweeteners
  • Add fermented foods and drinks
  • Eliminate Processed Foods
  • Ingest Apple Cider Vinegar – Consume about 1 tbsp in a little bit of water right before your meals.
  • If you have yeast be careful with consuming vinegar.
  • Take high doses of ascorbic acid at mealtimes.
  • Take Digestive Enzymes – These help you fully break down the nutrients you ingest.
  • Add HCL with Pepsin to your diet – Only take this if you are eating protein in your meal. If you are not having protein in that meal you do not want to take it. Start off with 1 capsule and gradually add it with each meal until you feel a warm feeling in your stomach.
  • Consume Manuka Honey – Although not great in large quantities, a teaspoon a day has been shown to help with digestive health, stomach ulcers and stomach acid.
  • Chew Your Food Thoroughly.
  • Eat Smaller Meals.
  • Try Fasting.
  • Try Swedish Bitters as they have been known to help raise the bodies hydrochloric acid levels. It is also useful for candida too.
  • Restore your iodine levels as that is known to improve stomach acid production.
  • Eradicate H Pylori.
  • Get your Hypothyroidism under control.

Rafsanjani FN et al, “Effects of Thyroid Hormones on basal and stimulated gastric acid secretion due to histamine, carbachol and pentagastrin in rats”, Saudi Medical Journal, 2003.

  1. The purpose of this study was to determine how thyroid hormones affects gastric acid secretion.
  1. This study was carried out in Iran in the year 2000.
  2. 2 groups of 8 rats of both sexes were formed.
  3. One group was made hypothyroid by adding methimazole for 20 days.
  4. One group was made hyperthyroid by adding thyroxin for 35 days.
  5. The rats were given a general anesthesia – it is all very ethical.
  6. I will not go into the procedure as it is very technical.
  7. However, after it was done what they found was that acid secretion decreased in hypothyroid rats and increased in hyperthyroid rats.
  8. They found that as it did not exert its effects by changing the cholinergic, gastrin or histamine receptors it was most likely due to the number or size of secretory cells in the body.
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Mar 27 2017

LCKL 066 – Ask Naturopath Jen Series – Digestion – What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Healing the gut is one of the most important things you can do for your body if you are wanting to optimise your health. Unfortunately too many of us are walking around with intestinal permeability and yet wondering why we are dealing with autoimmunity, allergies and even pain? This episode will give you some insight into Leaky Gut Syndrome and give you information on my new course Healing Leaky Gut which is available on Udemy.

SHOWNOTES
  • What Leaky Gut Syndrome is;
  • What Tight Junctions are;
  • The importance of the Liver in Healing the Gut;
  • The importance of the Immune System in Healing the Gut;
  • The relationship between autoimmunity and leaky gut;
  • The relationship between food and leaky gut;
  • Symptoms of Leaky Gut;
  • Complications of Leaky Gut;
  • Most Effective Nutritional Plan;
  • All about my new Healing Leaky Gut Course.
TRANSCRIPT
What Leaky Gut Syndrome IsWhat Tight Junctions areNow It's The Livers JobNow It's The Immune Systems JobNow Autoimmunity Can OccurFoods Also Then Become DangerousSymptoms of Leaky Gut SyndromeComplications of Leaky Gut SyndromeCauses of Leaky Gut SyndromeMost Effective Nutritional Plan for Leaky Gut SyndromeWhat Does My Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome Course Cover?Special Deal Just For You
  • Also known as Intestinal Permeability.
  • It means that the lining of the intestines has become porous with large holes developing, therefore allowing undigested molecules and toxins entering the bloodstream.
  • The lining of our intestines is the first line of defence for our immune system.
  • Tight Junctions are structures which connect the outer layers of the intestinal cells or epithelium.
  • The microvilli at the tip of the intestinal cells absorb the nutrients and transport them into the bloodstream.
  • When digestion is optimal, the tight junctions remain closed and only allow healthy molecules to enter, while keeping the unhealthy ones out.
  • However, with intestinal permeability, the tight junctions don’t do their job properly and therefore let the microbes into the bloodstream that should not be there.
  • When unwanted molecules enter the bloodstream, the immune system will begin to fight.
  • The liver then comes into play and will try to take over from the digestive system and screen out unwanted particles.
  • The liver however can only do so much. Because it is unable to handle the intense workload it sets the immune system into overdrive.
  • Now that the liver can’t keep up the immune system will kick into high gear.
  • If the liver isn’t able to keep up with the workload the foreign bodies will be absorbed into the tissues of our bodies, therefore leading to inflammation.
  • Your body is so focused on fighting off the invaders and therefore it’s other jobs such as calming down inflammation, filtering blood and fighting bacteria is not done.
  • The body will then start to fight itself and lead to autoimmune conditions like Chronic Fatigue, MS, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Hashimotos and Fibromyalgia.
  • Even the foods that you eat will now become foreign invaders to your body.
  • The system will start to create antibodies against the different foods you are consuming such as gluten, casein or other common food sensitivities.
  • It is not the food that is the problem but actually the fact that your body is unable to filter out particles that shouldn’t be there and also the fact that the microvilli are no longer able to create necessary digestive enzymes to break down the foods for digestion.
  • Therefore it goes into your body undigested.
  • The symptoms will vary depending on the person.
  • Some of the most common symptoms include:
    • Multiple Food Sensitivities;
    • Nutritional Deficiencies. Because the microvilli are not functioning correctly and the food is therefore not being broken down correctly you may start to suffer from nutritional deficiencies, especially magnesium and zinc.
    • Digestive Complaints, such as Diarrhea, Constipation or a combination of the two.
    • Skin Complaints, such as Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis or Rosacea.
    • Lowered Immunity.
    • Headaches, Migraines and Brain Fog.
    • Cravings and Exhaustion.
  • These are covered in a little more detail in my course.
  • If Leaky Gut is no healed there are a number of conditions that you are likely to find appear. Such complications include:
    • Autoimmunity – As previously mentioned.
    • Digestive Disorders.
    • Inflammation and Pain – Due to the increase in the foreign particles going into the bloodstream and surrounding tissues.
    • Neurological Disorders – Intestinal Permeability can lead to Alzheimers Disease, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Headaches, Migraines and Neuropathy.
  • These are covered in a little more detail in my course.
  • There are many causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome. However, some of the most common ones which are all included in my course include:
    • Food Allergies and Intolerances;
    • Candida Albicans;
    • H Pylori Infection;
    • Stress;
    • Medications; and
    • Nutrient Deficiencies.
  • All of these causes are covered in great detail in the course.
  • I would start off eating a Ketogenic Diet to start with as this will allow you to reduce your sugar levels (therefore reducing the risk of Candida) and eliminate some of the most common allergens like milk and gluten.
  • Then if that is not enough, I would move to an elimination diet to begin to eliminate any other foods that may be an issue such as eggs, nightshades, nuts, seeds and grains.
  • Finally, if that is still not enough I would add in some fasting.
  • All of this is covered in my course.
  • Introduction to the Course and Ask Naturopath Jen
    • Lecture #1 – About Naturopath Jen
    • Lecture #2 – About The Course
    • Lecture #3 – Disclaimer
  • Introduction to Digestive Health
    • Lecture #4 – How Digestion Works
    • Lecture #5 – How Gut Health Affects The Brain
    • Lecture #6 – How Gut Health Affects The Immune System
  • All About Leaky Gut Syndrome
    • Lecture #7 – Introduction to Leaky Gut Syndrome
    • Lecture #8 – Symptoms of Leaky Gut
    • Lecture #9 – Complications of Leaky Gut
  • Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome
    • Lecture #10 – Food Allergies and Intolerances;
    • Lecture #11 – Chronic Stress;
    • Lecture #12 – Candida Overgrowth;
    • Lecture #13 – H Pylori;
    • Lecture #14 – Medications;
    • Lecture #15 – Nutrient Deficiencies;
    • Lecture #16 – Other.
  • Nutrition for Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome
    • Lecture #17 – Step #1 – Ketogenic Diet;
    • Lecture #18 – Step #2 – Elimination Diet;
    • Lecture #19 – Step #3 – Add in Fasting;
    • Lecture #20 – 4 Most Beneficial Foods;
    • Lecture #21 – 5 Foods to Avoid.
  • Supplementation for Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome
    • Lecture #22 – Digestive Enzymes;
    • Lecture #23 – L-Glutamine;
    • Lecture #24 – Licorice Root;
    • Lecture #25 – Magnesium;
    • Lecture #26 – MSM;
    • Lecture #27 – N-Acetyl Cysteine;
    • Lecture #28 – N-Acetyl Glucosamine;
    • Lecture #29 – Probiotics;
    • Lecture #30 – Quercetin;
    • Lecture #31 – Vitamin D;
    • Lecture #32 – Zinc.
  • Lifestyle Changes to Heal Leaky Gut
    • Lecture #33 – Sleep;
    • Lecture #34 – Stress;
    • Lecture #35 – Exercise.
  • Now its time to Heal – The 5 Step Process Summarized
    • Lecture #36 – Testing;
    • Lecture #37 – Remove
    • Lecture #38 – Replace
    • Lecture #39 – Repair
    • Lecture #40 – Rebalance
  • Course Conclusions and Resources
    • Lecture #41 – Conclusion
    • Lecture #42 – References
  • This course retails on Udemy as $30.
  • For being one of my loyal podcast listeners I am going to give it to you for only $21 (30% Off).
  • All you have to do is go to http://www.udemy.com/healingleakygut and enter the coupon code LCKLpodcast066. Now this coupon is only going to be available until 1st May 2017 after which time it will go back to its normal price.
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Mar 17 2017

LCKL 064 – Ask Naturopath Jen Series – Digestion – The Power of Probiotics

The next episode of the Digestion Series is that of the Power of Probiotics. Without Sufficient Good Bacteria in your gut, Dysbiosis may result. In this episode I will go through the most common probiotics you can use and how to choose the right one.

 

SHOWNOTES
  • What are Probiotics?
  • What are Prebiotics?
  • All about Lactobacillus Bacteria;
  • All about Bifidobacterium Bacteria;
  • All about Bacillis Bacteria;
  • All about Streptococcus Bacteria;
  • Summary of Bugs;
  • Where to Get Bacteria.
TRANSCRIPT
What are Probiotics?What about Prebiotics? Are They NecessaryChoosing The Best Probiotic For YouLactobacillusBifidobacteriumBacillusStreptococcusSummary of BugsWhere to get Probiotics
  • Probiotics came about in the early 20th century by somebody known as Elie Metchnikoff who was labelled the father of probiotics.
  • Probiotics are live microorganisms that may be able to help prevent and/or treat a variety of different illnesses, such as digestive issues, immune issues, vaginal issues and even oral issues. They are commonly known as good bugs or good bacteria.
  • If you frequently take antibiotics then you need to also take some probiotics to offset the damaging effects of the antibiotics.
  • Maintaining the correct balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut is critical to overall health. An imbalance in this microbiome is known as dysbiosis and can lead to many conditions such as ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and crohns disease, to name a few.
  • Probiotics work predominantly by benefiting the digestive system and the immune system.
  • Yes, in order for probiotics to thrive you require its food source – prebiotics to be present as well.
  • A prebiotic is a non digestible carbohydrate which acts as a food for the probiotics and bacteria in your gut.
  • Prebiotics are known to stimulate the growth or activities of one or a number of microbial species in the gut that confers health to you.
  • They have been suggested to help with enteritis, constipation, ibs, cancer prevention, allergies and fatty liver disease.
  • They have also been shown to increase calcium absorption as well as bone calcium accretion and bone mineral density, especially in postmenopausal women.
  • The main prebiotic is oligosaccharides. These work because they are resistant the digestive enzymes that work on the other carbohydrates. They will pass through the upper GI without being digested, and then will get fermented in the lower colon where it can produce short chain fatty acids that nourish the beneficial bacteria there.
  • Some good sources of prebiotics include, but are not limited to:
    • Asparagus;
    • Artichoke;
    • Bamboo Shoots;
    • Leeks;
    • Garlic;
    • Onion;
    • Beets; and
    • Tomatoes.

Not all probiotics are right for you so it is important that you choose the right strain. Dr David Williams is a great resource for this and this website address is linked in the shownotes which is where I found a great deal of this specific information.

This is the most common and most predominant bacteria found within your gut, and is possibly the most important. There are about 50 different Lactobacillus species here but I will only list a few. The others will be covered in the course. This particular species is responsible for producing lactase and they ferment carbohydrates in the gut, therefore producing lactic acid. This lactic acid helps to create an acidic environment in the digestive tract, which will discourage the bad bacteria from entering the gut. It also increases absorption of minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium and iron.

L-Acidophilus

  • The most important strain.
  • Colonizes mostly in the small intestine. Here it helps to maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall, ensure proper nutrient absorption and support healthy digestive function. It may also help to ease digestive discomfort.
  • Many studies have been done on this particular strain and some meta analyses have actually shown that it helps to alleviate occasional diarrhea and offset some of the negative side effects of antibiotics, especially when taken with B bifidum.
  • Separate research has shown a possible link between this strain and boosting immune system and improving vaginal health in women.

L Fermentum

  • This is a probiotic strain that is found in probiotic foods like sourdough, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi. It has been found to produce SOD (superoxide dismutase) and glutathione which are both powerful antioxidants that help to neutralise some of the toxic by products of digestion.

L Plantarum

  • Produces hydrogen peroxide which is used as a defence against bacteria from damaged foods.
  • It has also been shown to be beneficial in boosting immune function in adults.

L Rhamnosus

  • This is the most effective bacteria for improving vaginal and urinary health and decreasing vaginal irritation.
  • It is also found to be useful against travellers diarrhea.

L Salivarius

  • This probiotic is found in the oral cavities, intestines and the vagina but grows best in the small intestine.
  • It has also been shown to improve immune activity.
  • Unlike many other probiotics it is able to thrive in less than ideal conditions including those that are high in salt or those with or without oxygen.

L Paracasei

  • This strain has been found to be especially beneficial for liver health, especially when taken with milk protein.

L Gasseri

  • Predominantly linked to bacteria in the vagina.

L Reuteri

  • Colonizes in the intestines and oral cavity.

This species of bacteria lines the walls of the large intestine and helps ward off invasive harmful bacteria and yeasts. There are about 30 different types of Bifidobacterium species but I will only include a couple here. The rest will be included in the course. This species also produces lactic acid. Bifidobacterium also produces B Complex Vitamins and Vitamin K. The issue is that as we age, the number of bacteria that line the large intestines naturally begins to decline.

Studies have shown that bifidobacteria can help with improving blood lipids and glucose tolerance, as well as effectively alleviate many digestive issues.

 B  Bifidum

  • This is the first strain to colonize in babies.
  • Helps to promote bacterial balance as well as prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria, molds and yeast.
  • Produces enzymes which helps with digestion.
  • Can also help alleviate occasional diarrhea.

B Longum

  • One of the most common strains.
  • Breaks down carbohydrates.
  • Neutralizes everyday toxins.
  • Great for detoxification as it involves the chelation of metal ions, especially copper and the scavenging of free radicals.
  • Supports immune health.

B Infantis

  • Largest population in babies.
  • This probiotic declines as we age but it still remains important throughout life.

This bacteria produces lactic acid and is highly resistant to heat, moisture and light and therefore is highly resistant to stomach acid. It resides in the body longer than other bacteria and is excreted slower than other bacterias.

B Coagulans

  • Produces enzymes that assist in the digestion of lactose.
  • Improves the body’s ability to use calcium, phosphorus and iron.
  • It stimulates gastric juices and gastric motility.
  • Supports vaginal health.

S Salivarius K12

  • Found in the oral cavity.
  • Produces bacteriocin-like inhibitory substance (BLIS) which inhibits the other dangerous bacteria growing.
  • Those carrying the most of this species have less sore throats and better ear health.
  • Improves immune health.
  • Reduces Dental Plaque.

S Salivarius M18

  • Found in oral mucosa.
  • Produces BLIS.
  • Active in specific areas of the gums and teeth.
  • Promotes healthy inflammatory response in the gums.

There are other species which I do not have the space to go through here but which will be included in the upcoming course.

  • Oral Health – L Salivarius, L Reuteri, S Salivarius K12, S Salivarius M18.
  • Immune Health – L Acidophilus, L Plantarum, L Salivarius, L Reuteri, B Longum, S Salivarius K12.
  • Digestive Health – L Acidophilus, L Fermentum, L Plantarum, L Reuteri, B Bifidum, B Longum, B Infantis, B Coagulans.
  • Urinary/Vaginal Health – L Acidophilus, L Rhamnosus, L Gasseri, B Coagulans.
  • You can either get these bacteria in supplementation form; OR
  • In various fermented products such as kefir (lactobacillus species, bifidobacteria species – lower haemoglobin A1C levels), kimchi (species and benefits in the course), yogurt (species and benefits in the course) or others.
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Mar 13 2017

LCKL 061 – Ask Naturopath Jen Series – Digestion – Why is Digestion so Important and How Does The Process Work?

Optimising Digestion is possibly one of the most important things you can do for your body. Because of this, I am doing a 12 week series showing you how to heal your own digestion. This is the first episode of the Digestion Season.

 

SHOWNOTES
  • What Digestion Is;
  • Importance of Digestion;
  • Impact of Immunity on Digestive Tract;
  • Impact of Nervous System on Digestive Tract;
  • Parts of the Digestive System;
  • The Process of Digestion.
TRANSCRIPT
What is Digestion?Importance of DigestionImmune System and Digestive TractSourcesNervous System and Digestive TractProcess of Digestion
  • The digestive system is designed to turn the food you eat into nutrients.
  • The body will use these nutrients for energy, growth and cell repair.
  • Digestion is very important for breaking food down into nutrients which the body is able to use for energy, growth and repair of the cells.
  • Before the blood is able to carry these nutrients to the cells, the food and drink must first be broken down into very small particles.
  • These foods and drinks will be broken down into carbohydrates, fats, proteins and vitamins.
  • There are 2 other reasons that the gut must be kept healthy – optimizing immunity and optimizing brain health.
  • 70-80% of the immune system resides in the digestive tract.
  • The gut is often the first entry point for exposure to various pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and therefore you need to make sure that your gut immunity is thriving.
  • The gut mucosa connects with the largest population of immune cells in the body, which come from the lymphoid branch of the immune system.
  • These GI Immune Cells work to secrete lymphocyte cells that will attack harmful pathogens and will also work together to protect the mucous membranes of the SI from infection. In order to do this they will release T Cells and B Cells to defend from infection and prevent damage to the intestinal walls.
  • Within the gut also resides probiotics which are discussed in much greater depth in the next episode. These probiotics are incredibly important for enhancing the natural killer cell effectiveness and preventing pathogens and infections from being absorbed. Listen to next weeks episode to learn more about this.
  • An unhealthy gut can then lead to an unhealthy immune system which can then lead to autoimmunity and leaky gut syndrome.
  • To learn more about this connection and everything else to do with optimising digestion, keep an eye out for my upcoming course which will be available in the Ketogenic Living Academy this year. By being part of my inner circle you will be notified as soon as this is available.
  • Grass Fed Beef;
  • Bone Broth;
  • Dairy;
  • Spinach;
  • Parsley;
  • Red Cabbage;
  • Wild Caught Fish;
  • Free Range Poultry.
  • Within the gut, there is a second brain called the Enteric Nervous System. This consists of 2 thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells which line your GI tract from esophagus to rectum.
  • The role of these nerve cells is to control digestion by signalling the release of enzymes that break the food down.
  • Previously it was believe that depression, anxiety and other brain conditions led to digestive complaints, however they are now finding it may be the other way around.
  • Researchers are actually finding now that irritation in the GI Tract may send signals to the CNS that trigger mood changes.
  • Therefore by healing the brain, you may actually heal the gut, and the other way around.
  • To learn more about this connection and everything else to do with optimising digestion, keep an eye out for my upcoming course which will be available in the Ketogenic Living Academy this year. By being part of my inner circle you will be notified as soon as this is available.

Mouth

  • This is the beginning of the digestive tract and digestion actually starts as soon as you begin to smell and see food. In fact, as soon as you start to see and smell food, the salivary glands will start to ramp up.
  • Once you take your first bite, the salivary glands will begin to secrete saliva (secretions that help you lubricate and break down food).
  • You have a number of different salivary glands:
    • The ones in the lining of your mouth;
    • Parotid;
    • Sublingual; and
    • Submandibular.
  • You will generally produce about 1 Liter of saliva per day.
  • As you chew, your teeth will grind the food and the tongue will mix this food with saliva to transform it ideally into a soft, moist, rounded mass that is easy to digest.

Esophagus

  • Once the food has been chewed and swallowed, it will be sent via the esophagus from the pharynx (throat) to the stomach, through the process of peristalsis.
  • Muscles in the wall of the esophagus will create waves that will propel the food you’re your stomach.
  • Once the food has reached the lower part of your esophagus, pressure from the food will signal the esophageal sphincter to relax and let the food enter the stomach.

Stomach

  • Once the food hits the stomach it will be broken down even further.
  • The muscles within the stomach are so powerful that it will begin to churn and mix the food into smaller and smaller pieces.
  • Stomach acid will be produced, along with enzymes, which will mix the food to create a fluid called chyme.
  • Once the chyme is mixed, it will send the food with the help of powerful muscle contractions through a valve called the pylorus and into the small intestine. 4mls of chyme will be released at a time and the rest will continue to be mixed until that amount has been pushed forward through the intestines.

Duodenum, Liver, Pancreas, Gallbladder

  • The start of the small intestine is called the duodenum. It is the first and shortest segment of the small intestine but it plays a very pivotal role in the process.
  • The duodenum is responsible for continuing to mix the chyme, alongside digestive juices from the liver, pancreas and gallbladder.
  • Digestive enzymes from the pancreas will be secreted that will help to break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
  • At the same time, the Liver will produce Bile that will help to break down fats.
  • Finally, with a high fat meal the gallbladder will assist the liver. The gallbladder stores the bile. As this fatty food enters the duodenum, the gallbladder will squeeze bile into the small intestine through the bile ducts.

Jejunum

  • This is the second portion of your small intestine. Once the chyme has been mixed with the digestive juices it will be pushed into the jejunum where it will be further broken down into smaller molecules of nutrients that can be absorbed.

Ileum

  • This is the final and longest portion of the small intestine and it is where virtually all of the remaining nutrients are absorbed through the ileum wall.
  • Once the food reaches the ileum all that should be left is water, electrolytes (sodium and chloride) and waste products like plant fibre and dead cells from the lining of the digestive tract.

Large Intestine/Colon, Rectum, Anus

  • This residue will then pass through the colon with nearly all of the water being absorbed and should leave a soft but firm substance called stools.
  • Muscles in the wall of the colon will separate this waste into smaller segments that are able to be eliminated.
  • As the walls of the rectum are stretched you will begin to feel like you need to evacuate.
  • When the sphincter muscles in the anus relax, the rectal walls will contract to increase the pressure. This will then expel the stools.
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Mar 13 2017

LCKL 060 – Ask Naturopath Jen Series – Digestion – What Will This Series Cover and Where Can I Access Further Information

Over the next 12 weeks you will be taken through a mini course of episodes I have set up to help you really optimise your digestion. Digestion is critically important which is why I felt this topic was so important. In this episode you will discover exactly what will be covered in this course.

SHOWNOTES
  • What this series is about;
  • Week One – What digestion is, the different components of the digestive system, the importance of optimising digestion;
  • Week Two – The Power of Probiotic;
  • Week Three – Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome;
  • Week Four – Healing Acid Reflux and Hypochlorydia;
  • Week Five – Healing Inflammatory Bowel Disorders;
  • Week Six – Healing Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance;
  • Week Seven – Healing Irritable Bowel Syndrome;
  • Week Eight – Healing Diverticulitis;
  • Week Nine – Healing Hemorrhoids and Anal Fissures;
  • Week Ten – Nutrition for Gut Health;
  • Week Eleven –Supplements for Gut Health; and
  • Week Twelve – Conclusion, References, What you can expect in the next season…
TRANSCRIPT
What is This Series About?Week 1 - What Digestion Is and Why It's ImportantWeek 2 - The Power of ProbioticsWeek 3 - Leaky Gut SyndromeWeek 4 - Hypochlorydia and Acid RefluxWeek 5 - Inflammatory Bowel DisordersWeek 6 - Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance (Sensitivity)Week 7 - Irritable Bowel SyndromeWeek 8 - DiverticulitisWeek 9 - Hemorrhoids/Anal FissuresWeek 10 - Nutrition for DigestionWeek 11 - Digestive SupplementationWeek 12 - Conclusion and What's Next
  • The first 12 week season of the Ask Naturopath Jen Series for 2017 is for that of digestion.
  • Without optimal digestion it is unlikely you will be enjoying optimal health.
  • Within the next 12 weeks you are going to learn a massive amount of FREE information that I have put together for you. However, if you are looking for extra detail or you want a little hand holding then I will also be creating a series of digestion courses based on this information that will be available on udemy within the next month or so.
  • What you can expect from this season (this episode);
  • What digestion is;
  • What the different components of the digestive system are;
  • Why digestion is so important; and
  • Much More…
  • What Probiotics are;
  • Why Probiotics are so important;
  • How to determine what type of Probiotic to take;
  • Where you can get quality sources of Probiotics.
  • What Leaky Gut Syndrome is;
  • Why healing your Leaky Gut is incredibly important;
  • The connection Leaky Gut has to Autoimmunity;
  • Conditions that can be aggravated by having a leaky gut;
  • Some things you can do to heal the LGS;
  • All of this will be expanded in much greater depth in my upcoming course as it is too big a topic to cover in one podcast episode.
  • What hypochlorydia is;
  • What acid reflux is;
  • What GERD is;
  • Why it may be low stomach acid and not high stomach acid that is causing your reflux;
  • How to test for your stomach acid levels; and
  • How to treat your low stomach acid if that is an issue.
  • I will also be doing a udemy course expanding on this in greater detail, including supplementation, testing, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle and much much more for improving reflux and GERD.
  • What Inflammatory Bowel Disorders are;
  • The major causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disorders;
  • What is Ulcerative Colitis;
  • What is Crohns Disease; and
  • What are some strategies that can be used to help with IBD.
  • I will be doing a Udemy Course on Inflammatory Bowel Disorders so sign up for the inner circle and you will be notified when it is done.
  • What Celiac Disease is;
  • What Gluten Intolerance is;
  • What is the difference between Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance;
  • What are the symptoms associated with both of these conditions;
  • What are the dangers of undiagnosed Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity; and
  • Apart from removing gluten, what are some other things you can do to help with these conditions.
  • I will be doing a Udemy Course on Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance so sign up for the inner circle and you will be notified when it is done.
  • What Irritable Bowel Syndrome Is;
  • What are the symptoms associated with IBS;
  • What are the main contributing factors to Irritable Bowel Syndrome; and
  • Some strategies that will help you heal your Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • What is Diverticulitis;
  • What are the symptoms of Diverticulitis;
  • What are the causes of Diverticulitis;
  • How to test for Diverticulitis;
  • Conventional Treatment Methods; and
  • What you can do naturally to help with Diverticulitis.
  • What are hemorrhoids;
  • What are anal fissures;
  • What are the symptoms of both haemorrhoids and anal fissures;
  • What are the causes associated with these two conditions; and
  • What are your treatment options for both haemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • The part carbohydrates play with gut health;
  • The part protein plays with gut health;
  • The part fats play with gut health;
  • Is Resistant Starch important for the gut; and
  • How do fermented foods impact the gut.
  • What supplements are important for a detoxification program;
  • What daily supplements you should be taken to optimise your gut health.
  • What you can do now to expand your knowledge on this topic;
  • Where you can get a 50% off coupon for my upcoming courses; and
  • What is coming up in the next season of Ask Naturopath Jen.
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Jan 09 2017

LCKL 040 – Eliminate Candida and Regain Energy, Lose Fat and Heal The Gut…

If you are dealing with chronic digestive issues and ongoing joint pain then Candida may be the culprit. Listen to this episode to learn more…

SHOWNOTES
  • What is Candida;
  • What causes Candida;
  • What are the symptoms of Candida;
  • Nutrition for Candida; and
  • Supplements for Candida.
TRANSCRIPT
What is Candida?What causes Candida?What are the symptoms of Candida?Nutrition for CandidaSupplements for Candida
  • A type of Yeast that forms when our natural resistance to its overgrowth is reduced.
  • It is found on the skin, in the mouth, in the gut and in other mucous membranes.
  • It is also commonly known as thrush, oral thrush, yeast infection or fungal infection.
  • It has the ability to switch between yeast and fungus. When it is in the yeast form it is beneficial for alkalising tissue and helping with digestion but when it is the fungal form it is dangerous.
  • Has the ability to take up residence anywhere in the body (heart, brain, mucous membranes etc).
  • Their cells are in the same form as human cells and can sometimes be mistaken.
  • It is estimated that 70% of people have candida overgrowth in their intestines, mouth or skin.
  • Can survive in both oxygenated and non oxygenated environments.
  • It is often undiagnosed due to the fact that the symptoms can sometimes be rather vague such as brain fog or lethargy.
  • It is a necessary bacteria that we all carry but unfortunately when it overproduces, the candida symptoms may appear. In the GI tract it will break down the walls of the intestinal lining and penetrates into the bloodstream. This will release by product toxins and other toxins from your system, therefore causing leaky gut syndrome.
  • When you get a chronic candida infection you will develop new allergies, sensitivities and intolerances to food. The most common foods include dairy, eggs, corn and gluten.
  • Primarily, you will get candida if your body is unable to fight it off and allows the yeast to spread.
  • Broad Spectrum Antibiotics – Not only will the antibiotics kill the bad bacteria but it will also kill the good bacteria. The good bacteria are responsible for digestion and keeping the candida under control.
  • Oral Corticosteroids – If you are inhaling an oral corticosteroid for asthma you must wash your mouth out afterwards or you may get oral candida.
  • However, there are some factors which make it much more likely that you will get candida: o Ingestion of antibiotics from meat and animal products;
    • Excess consumption of sugar and sugar containing products (why keto is so good); o Pregnancy;
    • Diabetes Mellitus (another reason keto is so good); o Immunosuppression;
    • Mercury from mercury fillings;
    • Chlorine from drinking and bathing/swimming;
    • Low Stomach Acidity leading to poorly digested food;
    • Improper bowel movements leading to retention of fecal matter in the colon. These conditions promote yeast overgrowth.

Return2health.net has a great article they have done describing all the symptoms but I will briefly go over the list to see if you may be suffering from candida (remembering the symptoms can be a lot of different things).

  • Fungal skin infections, like jock itch, ring worm or athletes foot;
  • Oral thrush or white coating on the tongue;
  • Food and chemical sensitivities;
  • Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Feeling Blue;
  • Hyperactivity and Attention problems;
  • Brain fog, poor concentration and feeling a little spacey;
  • Poor memory;
  • Irregular bowels, diarrhea or constipation;
  • Chronic flatulence;
  • Abdominal cramps that are alleviated by bowel movements;
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome;
  • Heartburn/Indigestion;
  • Dry Mouth, Bad Breath;
  • Extreme Lethargy, Fatigue – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – While a candida infection is not the only cause of CFS, candida can heighten the risk of CFS.
  • Eye Fatigue, Spots in front of the eyes, burning or tearing eyes;
  • Frequent ear infections;
  • Irritability and mood swings;
  • Headaches;
  • Dandruff;
  • Dry and Itchy Skin;
  • Acne or Skin Problems;
  • Frequent Urination;
  • Frequent Vaginal Yeast Infections;
  • Irregular Menstruation;
  • Endometriosis;
  • PMS;
  • Poor Libido;
  • Rectal Itching;
  • Symptoms exacerbated by eating high sugar foods;
  • Numb, burning or tingling sensations;
  • Fungal Sinusitis;
  • Inflammation of hair follicles;
  • Muscle weakness and pain;
  • Joint swelling and aches;
  • Obsessive behaviour;
  • Sinus problems;
  • Post Nasal Drip;
  • Swollen Lips/Face;
  • Symptoms worse after waking;
  • Coconut Oil – Contains Lauric Acid which is very effective against Cndida and has a whole host of antimicrobial and antifungal effects.
  • Low Carb, Keto Diet – Eliminate Sugar. Yeasts really like sugar and grow much faster when its readily available.
  • Avoid sugars, white flour, yeasts and alcohol.
  • Consume apple cider vinegar as the acid and enzymes in apple cider vinegar helps to kill and get rid of excess yeast in the body.
  • Consume sauerkraut and fermented vegetables as they contain microflora which help to protect the intestines. Regular consumption improves the immune system which makes the body less hospitable for candida.
  • Consume veggies and green drinks as they help alkalize the body and fight against the acidic nature of yeast overgrowth. Greens contain no sugars but high amounts of magnesium that detox the body, vitamin c to build the immune system, chlorophyll to cleanse the body and b vitamins to provide energy.
  • Garlic – Another good example of a healthy plant food with strong antifungal properties. Garlic contains allicin which is an antifungal substance which forms when fresh garlic has been crushed or damaged. In studies, allicin has been found to fight candida, although a little less effective than the antifungal drug fluconazole.
  • Curcumin – One of the main active components of turmeric. Experiments indicate that curcumin kills candida yeasts or at least reduce their growth. Curcumin was more effective than flucozanole. However this is in test tube experiments not on humans.
  • Stevia – Use stevia as a sweetener because it is an antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic agent but it also helps to balance the pancreas.
  • Probiotics
    • Helps to rebalance the natural flora in the large intestine;
  • Olive Leaf – Contains Oleuropein and functions as a potent antifungal, antiparasitic, antiviral and bactericidal. (1g – 3g per day)
  • Oregano Oil – One of natures most powerful natural antifungals, antivirals, antibacterials and anti-inflammatories. Possibly even cancer preventative. (230-460mg per day). Note that oregano oil can temporarily impair the body’s ability to absorb iron. It should also be avoided by pregnant women too as it can increase blood flow to the uterus weakening the lining surrounding the fetus.
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil – Has antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial essential oil which can break up candida biofilm and alter the cellular structures.
  • Clove Essential Oil – Has antifungal properties which can help to inhibit candida formation with the potential for clinical treatment against fungal infections.
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Nov 25 2016

LCKL 021 – Heal The Gut and Reverse Leaky Gut Syndrome

Do you suffer from a leaky gut or possibly irritable bowel syndrome? Are you interested in finding out how you can obtain the healthiest digestive system you can? If so, then today’s episode will help you. In this episode you will discover what leaky gut syndrome is, what the dangers are associated with leaky gut, what causes leaky gut and much much more. So make sure you listen to this episode…

SHOWNOTES
  • What Leaky Gut Syndrome is;
  • Dangers associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome;
  • 5 Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome;
  • 9 Steps to Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome;
  • 11 Ways you can keep a healthy Microbiome;
  • 12 Supplements for Leaky Gut Syndrome; and
  • Much More…
TRANSCRIPT
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?Dangers of Leaky Gut SyndromeCausesSteps to Heal Leaky Gut SyndromeKeeping a healthy microbiomeSupplementation
  • Normally, intestinal cells are all bundled together so that nothing can get past them and they transition down the intestines and into the colon very smoothly.
  • They have tight connections which link them together tightly just like your fingers would if you were to interlace them together.
  • However, when you have leaky gut syndrome, these connections expand and create gaps which allow toxins and other nasties into your bloodstream.
  • This leads to intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut syndrome.
  • If you have low digestive enzymes and are not breaking your foods down correctly, this permeability will be exacerbated.
  • When these food particles enter your bloodstream, the immune system does not recognise them and will create antibodies to attack them.
  • This is when food sensitivities first develops.
  • When the immune system begins to see these particles as invaders, chemicals known as cytokines will be produced in a much greater quantity, therefore having damaging effects on surrounding tissues.
  • These cytokines will begin to attack other organs, such as the nervous sytem or thyroid and therefore continue to lead to autoimmune disease.
  • Factor #1 – Changes in the gut microbiome. This can include:
    • Overgrowth of harmful bacteria
    • Declines in healthy bacteria
    • Other infections such as bacteria, viruses or fungi.
  • Factor #2 – Overuse of Antibiotics. This is a common cause of Leaky Gut Syndrome due to its ability to kill off all of the good bacteria present. If you are taking antibiotics for whatever reason, it is very important that you also take a good quality probiotic and consume plenty of prebiotic/probiotic foods to help integrate the good bacteria again. However, make sure that you take the antibiotics and probiotics a couple of hours apart. If you have a bacterial infection and you would like to try some antibacterial alternative you could always try coconut oil or olive leaf as I do when I am coming down with something.
  • Factor #3 – Inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis or crohns disease. This can lead to inflammation of the colon and therefore leaky gut.
  • Factor #4 – Food Sensitivities such as that with gluten sensitivity.
  • Factor #5 – Stress. Continuous Stressors not only creates leaky gut by contributing to inflammation and expanding the intestinal pores, but it also wears down the immune system, adrenals and the body’s healing abilities. Try to implement more meditation or relaxation into your life to minimise this stress.
  • Step #1 – Remove any Triggers – The first step would be to eliminate any foods you are sensitive to, such as gluten, dairy, soy etc.
  • Step #2 – Testing – Get tested for stomach acid levels as inadequate stomach acid will lead to undigested proteins and therefore contribute to leaky gut syndrome. You may also want to get tested for any infections (such as H Pylori) and your level of digestive enzymes.
  • Step #3 – Reduce Stress Levels.
  • Step #4 – If you are low in stomach acid, start supplementing with Betaine HCL and don’t forget to listen to my podcast episode on “Hypochlorydia”
  • Step #5 – Either take Digestive Enzymes or consume Apple Cider Vinegar before meals to get your own enzymes going.
  • Step #6 – Start to consume Bone Broth. Keep a listen out next Monday for an episode on bone broth. The gelatin content and minerals are very helpful in repairing leaky gut.
  • Step #7 – Implement L-Glutamine into your diet, which is an amino acid found naturally in the body and which can often help with treating leaky gut syndrome. Take 4g per day, twice a day.
  • Step #8 – Implement more prebiotics and probiotics into your diet.
    • Prebiotics are the foods that feed the beneficial bacteria. These include oligosaccharides such as inulin, fructo-oligosaccharides (found in vegetables) and galactooligosacchardes/transgalactooligosaccharides (found in dairy products).
    • Foods rich in prebiotics include:
      • Garlic;
      • Onion;
      • Artichokes;
      • Asparagus;
      • Leeks;
      • Beets;
      • Sweet Potatoes etc
    • Probiotics are the healthy flora. You can either take a supplement and/or start consuming more fermented foods such as:
      • Sauerkraut
      • Kimchi
      • Kvass
      • Pickled Ginger
      • Pickled Cucumbers
      • Yogurt
      • Lassi
      • Coconut Yogurt
      • Creme Fraiche
      • Miso
      • Natto
      • Kombucha
      • Kefir
    • Look out next Wednesday for the benefits of fermented foods and how to incorporate them into your daily eating plan.
  • Step #9 – Live a lifestyle that promotes a healthy microbiome…
  • Eat at least 2 servings of fermented foods on most days;
  • Consume a diet rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as resistant starch;
  • Incorporate a variety of prebiotic rich foods into your diet daily;
  • Avoid antibotics like the plague. Instead opt for natural antibiotics like coconut oil or olive leaf extract;
  • Avoid antibacterial soaps or hand sanitizers;
  • Practice meditation on a daily basis so as to reduce stress levels;
  • Drink purified water where possible so as to remove any antibiotics that may be in the water. If you can’t do that, at least consume filtered water to remove the chlorine. Stay away from plastic water bottles as they contain BPA and other chemicals;
  • Avoid feedlot animals and opt for grass fed, pasture raised and wild caught animals;
  • Eliminate all foods that you are sensitive too, such as gluten, dairy, soy etc;
  • However, if you can tolerate dairy, avoid conventional dairy as it is full of antibiotics. Instead opt for certified organic dairy products and if possible raw dairy.
  • Get a dog or a cat as they have been shown to be helpful in expanding the diversity of your microbiome.
  • Probiotics;

 

  • Prebiotics, Soluble Fiber, Insoluble Fiber, Resistant Starch;
  • Digestive Enzymes;
  • L-Glutamine;
  • Licorice Root – Licorice is great for helping support the body’s natural processes when it comes to maintaining the mucosal lining of the stomach and duodenum. It is especially beneficial if leaky gut is caused by emotional stress.
  • Collagen Powder – If you are not consuming bone broth or you want to take it as well as bone broth, then collagen powder is great. Collagen contains the amino acids proline and glycine which are essential building blocks to repairing damaged intestinal lining.
  • N-Acetyl Glucosamine – It is now widely accepted that NAG helps protect the lining of your stomach and intestines.
  • Quercetin – This supplement has been shown to help seal the gut lining by creating tighter junctions.
  • HCL with Pepsin
  • Anti Fungals such as coconut oil or oil of oregano can be useful for short term treatment of leaky gut syndrome.
  • Slippery Elm – This has been used as an effective gut healer for centuries. It contains mucilage and stimulates nerve endings in the body’s intestinal tract so as to increase natural mucus secretion.
  • Marshmallow Root – Like slippery elm, this also contains high mucilage content. It eases inflammation in the gut lining.
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Nov 09 2016

LCKL 014 – Reflux and Low Stomach Acid – Could it be what’s causing your weight gain, bloating and nutrient deficiencies?

Are you constantly feeling bloated and nauseous? Are you tired of eating meat? Are you just not hungry first thing in the morning? If so, you may be suffering from low stomach acid, also known as hypochlorydia. In this episode you will learn the reasons why stomach acid is so important and how to tell if you may be suffering from hypochlorydia…

SHOWNOTES
  • What stomach acid is;
  • 10 Common Causes of Low Stomach Acid;
  • 15 Common Signs and Symptoms that you may be suffering from Hypochlorydia;
  • 11 Conditions that may be caused by or aggravated by Low Stomach Acid;
  • 3 Tests you can do to see if you are Low in Stomach Acid; and
  • 15 Ways you can increase your stomach acid naturally.
TRANSCRIPT
All About Stomach AcidCauses of Low Stomach AcidSigns/Symptoms of HypochlorydiaConditions Caused By or Aggravated By Low Stomach AcidTesting for Low Stomach AcidIncrease Your Stomach Acid NaturallyResearch Study
  • It is produced by the cells in the lining of the stomach which increases acid production when needed.
  • Other cells in the stomach will produce bicarbonate which helps to buffer the fluid, stopping the stomach from becoming too acidic.
  • These cells will also produce mucus which forms a viscous physical barrier to prevent gastric acid from damaging the stomach.
  • A typical adult stomach will secrete 1.5 Liters of Gastric Acid Per Day.
  • Gastric Acid Secretion happens in 3 stages:
    • Cephalic Phase – 30% is stimulated by anticipation of eating and smell or taste of food. At this point the vagus nerve will perform a few different functions:
      • Activates parietal cells to release acids;
      • Activates ECL cells to release histamine;
      • Releases Gastrin Releasing Peptide onto G Cells; and
      • Inhibits Somatostatin release from D Cells.
    • Gastric Phase – 50%-60% of stomach acid is secreted in this stage. It is stimulated by distention of the stomach and by amino acids present in foods.
    • Intestinal Phase – Remaining 10% is secreted when chyme enters the small intestine and is stimulated by small intestine distension and by amino acids. The duodenal cells will release entero-oxyntin which will act on parietal cells without affecting gastrin.
  • The stomach acid is incredibly important for a number of reasons:
    • Digestion of protein. This acid activates digestive enzymes which help to break down the long chains of amino acids.
    • Sufficient Stomach Emptying – Failure to do so results in GERD;
    • Sterilise the stomach and kill bacteria and yeast that may be ingested;
    • Absorption of certain micronutrients, especially calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, boron etc.
  • On a blood test the most obvious sign of hypochlorydia is a chloride score of less than 100.
  1. Bacteria H Pylori
  2. Low Protein Diet
  3. Deficiencies in Chloride, Sodium and Zinc – Athletes in particular lose a lot of chloride and sodium through sweat.
  4. Administration of Bicarbonates, Acid Blocking Drugs and Antacids.
  5. Ageing
  6. Alcohol Consumption
  7. Adrenal Fatigue
  8. Chronic Stress
  9. Bacterial Infection
  10. Hypothyroidism – Seems to lower the level of stomach acid in many thyroid patients lowering either the amount of parietal cells or else lowering their ability to produce the gastric acid.
  • You have lost your taste for meat. You will often feel like you are meant to be a vegetarian. I know my daughter went through this stage and it was partially this that made me realise she may be low in stomach acid. Most often you will be low in hydrochloric acid and with a little HCL support you will regain your appetite for and your ability to digest this protein.
  • You have a history of a vegetarian or vegan diet. If you do not eat a lot of protein, your body will naturally lower its production of HCL to accommodate for it. HCL is not required if protein is not eaten and as vegetarians and/or vegans generally don’t consume much protein they are often low in HCL.
  • You experience belching or gas an hour or so after a meal.
  • You experience bloating or cramps within an hour after a meal. Fermentation caused from hypchlorydia can create gas and gas can create pressure. This pressure can create bloating and discomfort.
  • You get heartburn or acid reflux. Most think that reflux is caused from too much stomach acid but it is most often caused from too little stomach acid. I will explain how this happens:
    • Your esophagus has a pH of about 7 – Very neutral.
    • Your stomach should have a pH of about 1.5-3 – Very acidic. Your body requires this for optimal digestion. Your stomach prepares for this acidic environment by secreting mucus that protects the lining so that you don’t digest yourself.
    • Unfortunately the esophagus doesn’t have this protective lining.
    • If you are not secreting enough HCL, the pyloric valve will not open, the contents of your stomach will start to create gas and it will create pressure. This gas must be released.
    • If this gas goes up and leads to belching, the valve that connects the esophagus to the stomach will open and allow the gas to travel up. Unfortunately sometimes along with the gas, the stomach acid will also splash up and go into the esophagus.
    • This will cause the intense burning caused by reflux.
  • You have really bad breath as you are not digesting properly.
  • You have smelly sweat. The improperly digested protein resulting from hypochlorydia is a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast to produce toxins.
  • You will not be hungry for breakfast. If you are not digesting you may still have the meal from the night before sitting in your belly first thing in the morning.
  • You are hungry all the time, even when you are full.
  • You get sleepy after meals.If you are not digesting properly, more energy resources will be diverted there.
  • You have undigested food in your stools.
  • Your fingernails chip, peel or break easily. This is a clear indication of deficiencies in protein, minerals and often essential fatty acids.
  • You have anemia but it doesn’t respond to iron supplementation. Without sufficient HCL, you will not be able to absorb iron, even with supplementation.
  • High Fat foods cause nausea or stomach upsets.
  • Nausea/Reflux after supplementation.
  • Asthma – Study done in the 1980’s showed that 80% of children with asthma also have hypochlorydia.
  • Acne – When stomach acid is low it can cause bacteria to accumulate on your skin.
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • B12 Deficiency
  • Ageing – Lowers DHEA levels
  • Increases Cortisol levels
  • Osteoporosis and Bone Fractures – Excessive use of PPI’s.
  • Lactose Intolerance and Gluten Intolerance – Many patients have actually discovered that these intolerances are activated by low levels of stomach acid. Once the stomach acid is corrected they are less sensitive to lactose and gluten.
  • Mouth Ulcers.
  • Heidelberg Stomach Acid Test – Best test for stomach acid problems
    • Fast for 8-12 hours. Do not consume any acid suppressing drugs for at least 4 days beforehand.
    • Swalllow a small pill given by the doctor.
    • Drink a solution of sodium bicarbonate.
    • The test will record the pH in your stomach for as long as is needed.
  • Baking Soda Stomach Acid Test
    • Mix 1/4 tsp of baking soda in 4-6oz of water first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.
    • Drink the baking soda solution.
    • Time how long it takes you to burp.
    • If you have not burped within five minutes, stop timing.
    • If your body is producing sufficient stomach acid you will burp within 2-3 minutes.
    • Any burping after 3 minutes it indicates hypochlorydia.
    • Do it at least 3 times.
    • Not accurate enough to rule out low stomach acid.
  • Betaine HCL Challenge Test
    • Buy betaine HCL with pepsin;
    • Eat a high protein meal of at least 6 oz of meat;
    • In the middle of the meal, take 1 betaine HCL pill;
    • Finish your meal and pay attention to your body.
    • If you feel nothing then it is likely you have low stomach acid. If you start to feel something then it is likely you don’t have low stomach acid.
    • This needs to be repeated at least 2 times and if you get 2 positive tests then start taking Betaine HCL to get your stomach acid levels where they need to be.
  • Reduce mineral depleting sugar and sweeteners
  • Add fermented foods and drinks
  • Eliminate Processed Foods
  • Ingest Apple Cider Vinegar – Consume about 1 tbsp in a little bit of water right before your meals. If you have yeast be careful with consuming vinegar.
  • Take high doses of ascorbic acid at mealtimes.
  • Take Digestive Enzymes – These help you fully break down the nutrients you ingest.
  • Add HCL with Pepsin to your diet – Only take this if you are eating protein in your meal. If you are not having protein in that meal you do not want to take it. Start off with 1 capsule and gradually add it with each meal until you feel a warm feeling in your stomach.
  • Consume Manuka Honey – Although not great in large quantities, a teaspoon a day has been shown to help with digestive health, stomach ulcers and stomach acid.
  • Chew Your Food Thoroughly.
  • Eat Smaller Meals.
  • Try Fasting.
  • Try Swedish Bitters as they have been known to help raise the bodies hydrochloric acid levels. It is also useful for candida too.
  • Restore your iodine levels as that is known to improve stomach acid production.
  • Eradicate H Pylori.
  • Get your Hypothyroidism under control.

Rafsanjani FN et al, “Effects of Thyroid Hormones on basal and stimulated gastric acid secretion due to histamine, carbachol and pentagastrin in rats”, Saudi Medical Journal, 2003.

  • The purpose of this study was to determine how thyroid hormones affects gastric acid secretion.
  • This study was carried out in Iran in the year 2000.
  • 2 groups of 8 rats of both sexes were formed.
  • One group was made hypothyroid by adding methimazole for 20 days.
  • One group was made hyperthyroid by adding thyroxin for 35 days.
  • The rats were given a general anesthesia – it is all very ethical.
  • I will not go into the procedure as it is very technical.
  • However, after it was done what they found was that acid secretion decreased in hypothyroid rats and increased in hyperthyroid rats.
  • They found that as it did not exert its effects by changing the cholinergic, gastrin or histamine receptors it was most likely due to the number or size of secretory cells in the body.
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