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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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Dec 23 2016

LCKL 033 – How Nutrition Affects The Occurrence of Acne

Are you and/or a loved one struggling with acne? Are you scared to leave the house, frightened that somebody is looking at you? Are you wondering how nutrition plays a role in skin health. After all, we have been told that greasy foods are not good for y our skin. But are they telling us the truth or is something else really the issue?

SHOWNOTES
  • The two main factors behind acne;
  • The five main causes of acne;
  • The interaction between insulin resistance and acne;
  • The interaction between sugars and hormones when it comes to acne;
  • The interaction between sugars and inflammation when it comes to acne;
  • The interaction between sugars and candida when it comes to acne;
  • The interaction between dairy and acne;
  • The interaction between gluten and acne;
  • The interaction between leaky gut and acne;
  • 2 Top Supplements you can take to help with skin health; and
  • Much Much More…
TRANSCRIPT
Factors behind the occurrence of AcneCauses of AcneInsulin Resistance and AcneSugars, Hormones and AcneSugars, Inflammation and AcneSugar, Candida and AcneDairy and AcneGluten and AcneLeaky Gut and AcneSupplements for Skin HealthSteps You Can Take (Control Insulin)
  • There are two main factors behind the occurrence of acne.
    • The first is hormones. Hormones are responsible for putting the skin glands into overdrive, resulting in an excess of sebum and skin cell growth. This combination results in blocked pores.
    • The second is inflammation. Inflammation will damage the sebum in these blocked pores and cause an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to thrive, in particular P Acnes.
  • High Glycemic / High Carbohydrate / High Sugar Diet
  • Hormones
  • Inflammation
  • Candida
  • Dairy
  • Many studies have shown that higher glycemic index foods contribute to the occurrence of acne and lower glycemic diets such as those found in the katavan and ache tribes had very low incidence of acne.
  • Studies have reported that foods with a high glycemic index may contribute to acne by elevating insulin levels, suppressing SHBG concentrations and raising androgen levels.
  • Hyperinsulinemia has been shown to elicit a hormonal response that contributes to unregulated epithelial tissue growth and increased sebum production.
  • At the end of this episode I will be discussed the results of a study done in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition detailing how a low glycemic load diet improves symptoms of acne vulgaris.
  • All acne is hormonal to some degree. Acne prone skin is sensitive to androgens, such as testosterone and unfortunately this increases sebum production and skin cell growth.
  • Insulin and IGF-1 are other hormones that are linked to acne.
  • Studies have shown that the higher the IGF-1 levels the more severe the acne is.
  • IGF-1 will also increase sebum production and increase pore size, therefore making them more visible.
  • Insuliin has the same effects, although not quite as potent.
  • Obviously a High Carbohydrate diet increases your insulin levels and your IGF-1 levels too.
  • Studies have shown that acne patients have higher levels of inflammation than those with healthy skin.
  • An increase in inflammation is one reason why food allergies, gut problems and some foods aggravate acne.
  • Sugar is extremely bad for inflammation. Studies have shown that after 3 weeks of drinking sugary soda, C-reactive protein levels increased by 87% at 1 can per day and 105% at 2 cans per day.
  • Considering many drink much more than that it is no wonder inflammation is such a problem.
  • Excessive sugar intake sends the growth of the candida out of control.
  • Candida is a yeast which lives in our skin and our digestive tract. Normally our immune system will fight it off but under situations such as excessive sugar intake, it will spread out of control.
  • Candida is a massive problem when it comes to contributing to leaky gut syndrome (see episode #21 of the podcast). As there is a clear link between leaky gut syndrome and skin health it stands to reason that the presence of candida can contribute to acne.
  • Candida is such a big problem that I would like you to keep an eye out early 2017 where I will have a podcast episode on the topic.
  • Dairy can be an issue when it comes to acne due to the hormones present in conventional dairy.
  • Studies have shown that consuming milk shows a greater prevalence of acne than less frequent consumption.
  • Milk provides a mix of growth factors, hormones and nutrients that are specific to offsrping. Once growth ends and the young are able to feed themselves, the consumption of milk is supposed to stop.
  • Dairy foods produce a high insulin response, increase hormone levels in the body and they alter inflammation levels.
  • Consuming Cows Milk is able to raise IGF-1 levels in the body.
  • Although IGF-1 can survive pasteurisation and homogenisation, the bacteria in fermented products, such as kefir and yogurt does reduce IGF-1 in the body.
  • A compound found in dairy products, known as betacellulin has also been found to increase skin cell division and decrease skin cell death – leading to worse acne.
  • Whey protein has been found to be exceptionally bad when it comes to increasing insulin levels and therefore promoting an insulin response.
  • To learn more about the dangers of consuming conventional dairy and the benefits of switching to raw then make sure you check out Episode #31.
  • Gluten contributes to leaky gut and therefore should be avoided at all costs when it comes to people with skin issues.
  • Typically if you have gluten induced acne then an outbreak will occur a couple of days after consuming it.
  • If you would like to learn more about leaky gut syndrome, then you have a few options.
    • Check out Episode #21 where it is discussed in great depth, along with solutions for treating it.
    • Get my “Beginners Guide to Healing Leaky Gut” book on Amazon.
    • Take my “Healing Leaky Gut” Course on Udemy.
  • Gut health and Skin Health are closely linked together so in order to heal your skin you must ensure that your gut is in perfect health.
  • Vitamin A – This plays an essential role in skin health.
    • This nutrient is found in the skin, predominantly the sebaceous gland and a deficiency in it can result in dry skin, dry hair and broken fingernails.
    • It thickens and stimulates the dermis, where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are. Therefore it is known to not only help with acne, but also reduce wrinkles and increase blood flow to the surface of the skin.
    • It is known to decrease sebum production, therefore treating acne.
  • Vitamin D – This nutrient plays a critical role for the skin as it is the site of synthesis of the vitamin D metabolites.
    • Vitamin D helps to reduce or eliminate acne by reducing inflammation.
    • Helps to control your insulin response.
    • Helps to boost the immune system, therefore helping with bacteria.
    • If you are interested in learning more on Vitamin D, I am looking at writing a book on the topic early 2017. Make sure you sign up for the inner circle membership and you will be notified on what projects are coming up. It will include dosages, places to get it, some surprising benefits associated with it and much much more…
    • To learn even more supplements that you can use to help heal acne, feel free to grab a copy of my book “The Acne Solution” which you can get in PDF format from my website sidebar or via Kindle in Amazon.
  • Adopt a Low Carb, Ketogenic Eating Plan as this will allow you to lower your insuin levels.
  • Listen to Episode #21 (Healing Leaky Gut), Episode #24 (Reversing Insulin Resistance) and Episode #31 (Dangers of Conventional Dairy). These episodes will give you even greater tips that were unable to be included in this episode and will help you on your journey towards wellness.
  • Heal That Leaky Gut, especially by eliminating all grains and in particular gluten.
  • Drink plenty of good quality water. If you would like to learn more about the importance of water, you can check out episode #27.
  • Ensure you are getting sufficient sleep and make sure it is good quality (see Episode #18 for 7 crucial steps for optimising sleep performance).
  • Consume more fermented foods as probiotics are critical for healing a leaky gut.
  • Eliminate all processed foods as they are not only nutrient void but they also promote inflammation.
  • Try supplementing with some of the recommended supplements if additional help is required.
  • Grab a Copy of my book The Acne Solution by going to http://www.lowcarbketoliving.com/acnesolution
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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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