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Leaky Gut

The small and large intestines, with the help of enzymes from the liver and pancreas and gall bladder, process food emerging from the stomach (by this time a sludge like substance known as chyme) into a form that creates available energy for the body to use, whilst also screening for and eliminating toxic substances from the body.

The small intestine plays a major role in absorbing nutrients from the food we eat then the residue is pushed in to the ascending colon ( large intestine, about 6 feet long) where water and some vitamins are absorbed, and a stool gradually forms to be removed in sections through the rectum. A healthy colon is vital for a healthy body. When the colon is working properly, peristalsis moves food through the system, drawing out liquid and eliminating toxic and unwanted substances (faecal matter) within 16-24 hours of eating.

Our digestive system provides a magnificent and near perfect system for exploiting nutritional value from food and effectively protecting us from damaging toxins. However, things can go wrong and the result is dire. One result, leaky gut, is seen as a serious threat to good health and a leading cause of an array of health problems such as autoimmune disease, IBS, arthritis, fibromyalgia and MS to name but a few).

Leaky Gut Syndrome literally means that the gut lining, instead of doing its important job of screening, is no longer functioning as it should. “Holes” develop that allow large molecules of not fully digested food, basically bowel toxins such as yeast, to enter the bloodstream. It is now thought that this leads to a crisis where the liver and lymphatic system becomes overloaded and no longer copes well: dysbiosis is created and the body starts to attack itself, creating an autoimmune response.

“Factors that cause dysbiosis include antibiotic use and consumption of livestock in which antibiotics have been used; obesity; over-hygiene; stress; pathogenic bacteria and a typical Western diet. When in dysbiosis, the microbiome instead causes inflammation, cancer and autoimmunity.” Dr David Perlmutter

The sort of conditions commonly associated with dysbiosis are asthma, food allergies, sinusitis, eczema, migraine, irritable bowel, candida overgrowth, obesity, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory disorders such as arthritis, PMT, fibroids etc.

What causes Leaky Gut?

The overuse of antibiotics is thought to be at the top of the list of culprits, with anti-inflammatory drugs, poor diet and lack of exercise seen as very damaging also.

Antibiotics Destroy Beneficial Bacteria

antibiotics - leaky gut

Antibiotics cause problems by destroying beneficial bacteria. These bacteria have a necessary and symbiotic relationship with humans and perform hundreds of functions that are essential to our developing a balanced and healthy immune response.

For example, as well as being essential to the digestive process, gut bacteria secrete enzymes that remove microbes, toxic debris, chemical wastes, along with providing a strong opposition to viral and bacterial invaders.

Unfortunately, while we have many things to thank antibiotics for, the fact is that they mostly destroy bacteria indiscriminately. And worse, some bacteria survive and thrive and overgrowth of pathogens in the gut can cause illness. MRSA and Clostridium Diff. can create lasting, severe problems, not limited to diarrhoea and vomiting. As a result, doctors and Health Care professionals throughout the world are rethinking how and when we should use antibiotics.

Improving Gut Health and your Immune System

“More studies are finding that increased intestinal permeability or 'leaky gut' has a role in the development of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders,” said Wahls in an interview with Healthline. “Healing the gut, restoring normal intestinal permeability, will require increased attention to diet quality and food choices.” Dr. Terry Wahls

Probiotics provide friendly bacteria that power the immune system with an unbeatable blend of nine different natural gut bacteria in a freeze dried state that come back to life as soon as they are exposed to moisture and body temperature. Once activated, these friendly bacteria immediately begin their work of fighting pathogens, releasing the necessary enzymes that activate immune factors, and protecting the body from invaders from the outside world.

Probiotics are available in vegetarian capsule. However, capsules can be emptied into drinks, or emptied over cereal or other foods if preferred.

How to use:

Probiotics can be taken with a small drink or in any other way as required. Keep it in the fridge and seal tightly between doses.

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