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Sharing this article on a common problem with increasing stats and much discomfort in the process: Leaky Gut Syndrome

Sharing this article on a common problem with increasing stats and much discomfort in the process: Leaky Gut Syndrome

Dear Dianne,

Have you heard of leaky gut syndrome? Until recently, it was misunderstood and under-diagnosed. In fact, mainstream medicine still doesn’t fully accept its existence—despite mounting scientific evidence for it.

Doctors and scientists are still trying to understand exactly what causes it—and how it sets off a chain reaction of other illnesses. But what they know so far is that leaky gut syndrome may actually be the hidden culprit behind many other common diseases. These include thyroid disease, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, gastrointestinal issues like irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, migraines, and many more chronic conditions.

Leaky gut syndrome occurs when your digestive lining becomes damaged. It allows a toxic sludge of bacteria and other nasty stuff to escape through the wall of your intestines and into your bloodstream. It can spread to the rest of your body and cause serious damage.

Many people appear to develop leaky gut due to eating too much sugar and wheat. Chronic stress, the use of NSAIDs and other medications, and/or an imbalance of bacteria in the gut may also play a role.

If you have leaky gut you might start noticing issues like bloating, rashes, joint aches, irritability, and fatigue. Many sufferers are soon diagnosed with issues like underactive thyroid, celiac disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Meanwhile, it’s the undiagnosed leaky gut that’s triggering all of these problems.

If you think you may be suffering with leaky gut, ask your doctor to perform an IPT (Intestinal Permeability Test) for you. While there is no definitive test for leaky gut, a positive IPT is the best indicator that you have it.

If you suspect you have leaky gut, I urge you to see a doctor trained in natural medicine to help diagnose you. Your doctor will build a plan to help you repair the damage to your gut.

An anti-inflammatory diet that cuts intake of sugar, wheat, dairy and other damaging foods is often recommended during the healing process.

But there is much you can do to prevent and reverse this condition all on your own.

This is what I recommend to get you on the road to recovery—and the healthy, disease-free life you want to live:

Probiotics: They help establish and maintain a healthy mix of vital bacteria in your gut. When your gut is in balance, everything works better.

It’s easier to maintain a healthy weight. Your digestion and immune function improve. Your skin and nails look better. You have more energy. I could go on and on. Every organ and every process in your body depend on a healthy gut.

Look for a high-quality probiotic with at least 15 billion CFUs. Take it every day. FOR MORE ON THE AMAZING 12 STRAIN LIQUID PROBIOTIC VISIT WWW.IMSYSER.CO.ZA

 L-Glutamine: This essential amino acid has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also helpful in healing the lining of your intestines. This keeps invaders from passing through.

I recommend 5 grams a day. But you should start with a lower dose and work your way up. This is so your body can adjust.

Oil of Oregano: If you’ve got an imbalance of bacteria in your gut, an antifungal like oil of oregano could help. It can kill of excess yeast or candida. These are two harmful kinds of bacteria.

The active ingredient in oregano is carvacrol. Be sure to find an oil of oregano with a carvacrol content of at least 80%. Put 10-15 drops in a glass of water every day. Or drop it under your tongue if the taste is too strong.

Begin adding organic coconut oil and aloe juice to your diet wherever possible. I like adding both to my morning smoothie—along with spirulina. All are saviours for an inflamed and injured gut.

To your peak health, Nicole Hansen, Director of Research & Development, New Summit Nutritionals

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