Leaky Gut – filling in the holes

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During digestion, our intestines are designed to allow certain nutrients to pass into the bloodstream, and send the rest downstream. When the intestinal lining becomes damaged or disrupted, it can allow unwanted elements to get through and block absorption of nutrients… this is known as Leaky Gut (increased intestinal permeability).

 

Leaky Gut is an extremely important issue for all of us due to the sum of the following reasons...

  • The gut is the gatekeeper of nutrients, toxins, chemicals, viruses, bacteria, fungus, and whatever else we ingest.

  • Our immune system is dependent on the health of our gut.

  • Leaky Gut can cause a large number of symptoms that seem unrelated.

  • It’s hard to pinpoint that Leaky Gut is making a pre-existing condition worse, like arthritis.

  • It can be caused by a number of factors or a combination of many.

  • There is no test to specifically say that you have Leaky Gut.

  • Our actions have a LOT to do with our chances of having Leaky...

A Simple Guide To Understanding Your Fiber Needs

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Fiber is a very mysterious component of our diet.  Generally, people seem to know that it’s good for them, good for their heart, will help keep them regular, and they should eat “more” of it.  Maybe the delicate nature of the topics relating to fiber have caused advertisers to confuse the public even more than usual.  Do you remember the SNL skit with Phil Hartman about Colon Blow cereal?

Rather than a wordy article reviewing the studies behind fiber, I decided to write this in a way that I hope you can actually use.

 

How much fiber: 25-40 grams per day

 

Types of fiber:  Soluble and Insoluble (we need both)

 

Soluble fiber:  Dissolves in water and forms a gel.

  • Binds to cholesterol - Bile acids are used in digestion and also as a way to remove cholesterol from our bodies.  Soluble fiber binds to the cholesterol and carries it out of the body.  In absence of soluble fiber, much of...

Fab Five, Part 1

*** This article is from an email I sent to our customers a little while back, so Brock is just fine now.***   My youngest son hit his head this morning hard enough to send us to the emergency room. Sitting in the waiting room right now seems like the perfect place to start this email, since I’m surrounded by sick people.   Everyday I’m asked for recommendations, so I thought it might be helpful to write about a group of supplements that everyone should consider and why... we’ll call it the “Fab Five”. I’ll just cover 1 supplement every few days and keep it short. I’m not going to go into too much depth, so just email me if you have any questions.   Probiotics - a few trillion of our closest friends These are the friendly bacteria that have been getting so much attention in yogurt commercials recently. Now I know digestion is not a very sexy topic, but it’s important... more important than most people know. Many Nutritionists and Naturopaths call the gut “Mom”, since it’s job is to take care of us. Others say that 70% of our...