My last blog talked about the connection between inflammation, autoimmune disease, digestion and leaky gut syndrome.
- I explained that leaky gut syndrome is commonly misunderstood and undiagnosed. It allows your body to absorb undigested food and bacterial toxins into the circulatory system.
- Leaky gut can lead to most auto-immune diseases if not corrected. It is a well known fact that inflammation can also lead to rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, cancer and even obesity.
- The best way to correct auto-immune disease is to reduce inflammation in your body. Poor digestion can often be a cause of inflammation.
My last blog mentioned the fact that your body naturally slows production of natural hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes as you age.
- Other contributing factors are:
- Overeating, especially certain foods like sugar and too many heavy carbs or fatty foods.
- Overcooked or foods cooked over high heat destroys the natural enzymes in the food. This puts an extra burden on proper digestion.
- Overuse of antacids – popular antacids are Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids and Tums. They may give immediate relief from indigestion. However in the long run antacids will cause more damage to your natural digestive process.
- Failure to chew food thoroughly – how often do you find yourself rushing through your meals? Relax when eating!
- Too many carbonated drinks – how many carbonated drinks do you drink each day? Carbonated drinks decrease your stomach’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid. Even iced drinks of any kind slow natural digestion.
- Too much hot coffee or even tea – hot drinks can damage the esophagus and slow digestion. Room temperature or luke warm drinks are best.
- Use supplementation of hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes to:
- Reduce belching, bloating and gas
- Help reduce inflammation
- Decrease allergic responses to foods
- Support lactose (dairy) sensitivity
- Support complete digestion
- Assist in balancing blood sugar
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
- Refined sugars and flours – foods high in sugar can trigger inflammation – please note that can include eating too much fruit
- Highly refined vegetable oils
- These oils can cause inflammation by damaging blood vessels
- Rancid fats
- These are oils or fats that have oxidized from age, air, excess heat or light
- These fats can cause oxidation of your cells thus inflammation can develop from oxidized cells in your body
- Antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables – those with rich colored flesh – reds, deep greens, oranges, yellows, blues and purples – at least 9 servings per day
- Dark green veggies are rich in vitamin E which protects against inflammation. Spinach, kale, broccoli and collard greens are in this group of veggies
- Colorful peppers and tomatoes are night shade veggies. They can trigger inflammation in some people. Try eliminating them from your diet 1 at a time for at least 3 weeks. Listen to your body… if no differences, you can probably eat them with no problems
- Hot peppers like chili and cayenne are rich in capsaicin. Capsaicin is known to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Tomatoes are rich in lycopene. Lycopene can reduce inflammation. Cooked tomatoes have more lycopene than raw. Beware of catsup or canned tomato sauces. They may be loaded with sugar.
- Beets aid digestion as well as reduce inflammation. Beets are a great source of fiber and vitamin C.
- Berries of all kinds, especially blueberries, raspberries and strawberries have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Tart cherries – a 2012 presentation by Oregon Health & Science University suggests that tart cherries have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food. Notice, I said tart, not sweet!
- Have gout? Eliminate sugar from your diet but add tart cherries!
- Balanced, complete protein – most meats have the 9 essential amino acids. Meat from grass fed or free range animals have the best anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Healthy fats and oils like olive oil, coconut oil and even butter in moderation are anti-inflammation fighters.
- Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines have healthy omega-3s.
- Consume these omega-3s several times a week. Supplementation daily is the best way to guarantee adequate intake.
- A 2009 study from University of Hawaii showed that men who ate baked fish cut their risk of heart disease by 23%.
- Essential fatty acids (omega-3s) with ALA, DHA, and EPA are not made in your body so you need to get them from your diet
- It has been proven that omega-3s from your diet reduce the risk of inflammation
- Various types of nuts reduce inflammation, but raw almonds are best.
- Legumes (best to soak for at least 10 hours and drain prior to cooking)
- Eat grains and potatoes in moderation.
- Whole grains are a good source of fiber. Fiber reduces levels of C-reactive protein, the marker of inflammation in the blood.
- Whole grains also have less sugar than processed grains.
- Potatoes are a night shade vegetable so could cause more inflammation.
- Soy – a 2007 animal study published in ‘The Journal of Inflammation’ showed that isoflavones found in soy helps reduce the negative effects of inflammation in bone and heart health.
- Avoid heavily processed soy as well as GMO soy.
- Soy has received a bad rap in recent years yet it has been a staple food and safely consumed for centuries. January 2011 ‘Recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommend the consumption of soy-based products as part of a healthy diet.
- Allium veggies like garlic and onion help shut down pathways that lead to inflammation.
- Get some sunshine daily and/or supplement with Vitamin D3. (I try to do both)
- Deficiency of Vitamin D3 has been associated with inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Vitamin D3 is necessary for healthy digestion.
- You have heard of probiotics, have you heard of prebiotics or cobiotics?
- A prebiotic is a non-digestible food that acts as a fertilizer for probiotics. Raw foods like bananas, agave, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes and onions are prebiotics.
- Supplementation with aloe vera derived from the ‘gel’ of the aloe plant also works as a prebiotic. It provides healing for the entire digestive tract from top to bottom.
- A girl who had severe anorexia was refusing all food. She finally accepted a banana. Within 48 hours she was on her way to recovery.
- A cobiotic is a food that encourages the growth of good bacteria (probiotics) in the intestines. Emerging research is pointing to the polyphenols in berries as a beneficial cobiotic.
- A targeted probiotic that actually reaches the intestines can help reestablish healthy bacteria. It is necessary to protect probiotic supplements from the natural stomach acids as they pass through the digestive tract to the intestines. This is the reason eating yogurt does very little to restore those good guys in your intestines.
- Probiotic foods like yogurt, buttermilk, kefir and cheese can be healthy to eat. However in the case of needing to restore healthy bacteria to the intestines enteric coated supplements will do the best job.
- Do you know the job of your appendix? Your appendix job is to produce good bacteria and keep it balanced. Unfortunately when I was 12 years old I lost my appendix to surgery. That means I need to supplement with a good probiotic.
- Probiotic supplements are big business. They are not all created equal. Educate yourself or trust your supplier.
- Last but not least, water is important for inflammation. Stay hydrated!
Yes, an anti-inflammatory diet can dramatically reduce ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome.’
Yes, an anti-inflammatory diet and supplementation with quality supplements is excellent risk-management as well as healing for ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome.’
What are you doing to reduce your risk of developing ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome?’
Do you have auto-immune disease or any symptoms of ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome?’ (See my blog on ‘Leaky Gut and You’ for a list of leaky gut diseases.)
Contact me for a targeted supplement program to start reversing your symptoms.
The 20 year old granddaughter of one of my clients spent 6 months doing mission work in Africa. She came home with bad gas, diarrhea and an upset digestive tract. She took NeoLife Betagest, Enzymes and Acidophilus Plus for 2 months… her problem was gone. For good measure she continued to take the supplements for a 3rd month.
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- Wound healing, pain, allergies, asthma and inflammation
- High blood sugar
- Bacterial, fungal and viral infections
- Intestinal worms
- Inflammation associated with arthritis and ulcerative colitis
- Free radical damage associated with heart disease and cancer
- Broad-spectrum delivering 5 types of beneficial bacteria
- Concentrated – 1 capsule equal to 10 servings of yogurt
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- Gastroenteritis (inflamed stomach and intestines)
- Infections from bad bacteria, fungi, yeast and food poisoning
- Lactose intolerance
- Cancer, especially colon cancer
- Necessary for strong bones and teeth
- Critical to many enzyme reactions and heart, nerve and muscle function
- Reduces risk of osteoporosis
- Vitamin D3 which is readily absorbable and highly bioavailable
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Pat has been married to the same man for 52 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle. This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition. Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and dealing with major heart issues, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others. Her goal is to empower the future health of others with wisdom, knowledge and common sense so they can have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible.
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