Leaky Gut Repair and Prevention

What is leaky gut and what can you do about it?


Today we’re going to talk about leaky gut. The term itself seems to be pretty harmless, but studies show that leaky gut is linked to many health concerns such as autoimmune disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue, acne and other skin conditions, obesity, and more.

Your gut is truly at the root of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, fight infections, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive.
 
It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

So what exactly is Leaky Gut?

First, let’s have a little review on the process of digestion. Food that enters the mouth is mechanically broken down by chewing before being passed down to the stomach through the esophagus. Once in the stomach, food is mixed with the digestive juices gastrin and pepsin creating a mixture called chyme. This phase takes place for approximately 2 hours.
The second phase occurs when chyme enters the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum. Digestive enzymes come together to break down food into small molecules so that the microvilli can absorb them. Absorption mainly happens in the second portion of the small intestine, which is the jejunum. Microvilli, the tiny finger-like tissues at the sides of the small intestine, serve as the passageway for the food molecules to enter your bloodstream.
 
The absorption phase is the most important of all! Absorption must be functioning optimally or else eating healthy and balanced meals would be useless. We don’t want all  of those nutrients in your food to go to waste!
 
But the sad truth is, more and more people have damaged their small intestines without knowing it. How? Stress, medications, pesticides, high sugar foods, processed foods, high intake of gluten…these all damage your gut.

When there’s damage in the small intestine, your microvilli can’t absorb the food molecules inside the jejunum effectively. This can lead to another problem: the passage of large food molecules to the blood. This is leaky gut.
You see, these large food molecules are yet to be broken down into smaller molecules before they should be absorbed to your bloodstream. Unfortunately, they have managed to escape the intestines through the gaps between your gut cells. Meanwhile, a normally functioning immune system considers these large molecules as foreign bodies causing them to be attacked and tagged. An immune reaction happens, and if there are too many large molecules in the bloodstream, this can cause the immune system to overreact. This can lead to food sensitivities, digestive symptoms, depression, brain fog, fatigue, and even more serious issues like autoimmune disease.

How do we prevent Leaky Gut?

Your gut deserves the best and it is certainly in your best interest, as you can see, to support your gut as much as possible.
 
First, modify your diet by choosing healthy food (organic whenever possible to avoid pesticides!) over processed foods. Increase water intake with clean sources of protein, high-fiber fruits and vegetables, and good quality fats and oils.
Keep in mind to also decrease your sugar intake (Lakanto is one of my favorite substitutes for sugar!) and limit drinking coffee and alcohol.
 
Next, assess your lifestyle. Are there things you do regularly that increase the toxins coming into your body (i.e. smoking; poor air quality, chemical exposure)? Take a look at other areas of stress in your lifestyle. We all have some stress. Consider doing some relaxation and stress-busting techniques to help you manage it. Check this article for tips on how to deal with stress or contact me so I can support you.

Preventing and Repairing Leaky Gut through SBI

In addition to these basic suggestions, there’s something really powerful for you to consider using called an SBI. SBI stands for Serum Derived Bovine Immunoglobulin. This substance is loaded with something called IGG. IGG works by blocking and binding toxins in the gut. With this mechanism, these toxins won’t have the opportunity to destroy your intestinal lining and disrupt your normal digestive function. It’s like stopping the wood before it can feed a fire that you don’t want to burn.
 
IGG is naturally made by your body, but because diet and lifestyle can wear down your levels significantly.
 
Colostrum powder provides IGG, but if you are allergic or sensitive to dairy products, this isn’t a good option for you (as colostrum is derived from cow’s milk).
 
SBI, on the other hand is safe for individuals with dairy allergy or sensitivity (avoid if you have a beef sensitivity).
 
SBI contains more than 90% proteins and also over 50% immunoglobulins as well as other peptides and growth factors commonly found in milk and colostrum. These components bind to microbial antigens and toxins in the gut that would potentially cause damage to it. This allows your immune system to safely get rid of these potential triggers. 
 
If you are ready to heal your leaky gut or just strengthen your gut health, Mega IgG2000 by Microbiome Labs is a great option. Reach out to me if you are interested!

I hope this information is helpful to you.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

-Rebecca

P.S. If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

How Stress Weakens Your Gut Lining (and what to do about it!)

Today I want to talk with you about something really important involving your gut lining.

Why?

Because your gut is truly at the ROOT of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, fight infections, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. 

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

Part of what protects you is a part of your immune system called Secretory IgA (or SIgA). This is a substance that your gut makes and it acts as your first line of defense against toxins and microorganisms (like unfriendly bacteria, yeast, and other pathogens). Think of SIgA as your powerful gut warriors! You want to keep these warriors happy (functioning well and in the right amount).

What Disrupts Your Gut Lining

Some things that can get in the way of your gut and SIgA levels from doing their best are:

  • Highly processed foods
  • Pesticides and insecticides
  • Poor sleep
  • Sugar
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Gluten
  • Parasitic infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Imbalances in your gut flora
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Chemical toxicity
  • GMO’s
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Stress!

Common symptoms you might experience are:

  • Gas and bloating
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Thyroid problems
  • Low or inconsistent energy
  • Food sensitivities
  • Chronic skin problems
  • Joint pain
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Poor sleep

How to Support Your Gut Lining

You can do a lot to support your gut lining and reduce or eliminate your symptoms through diet and lifestyle. Don’t underestimate the value of stress management!!! It can make a world of difference in your gut health and quality of life. There are lots of ways to help manage your stress including breathing and meditation, but I’m an especially big fan of things that you can do on the go, during your day, to nip the damaging effects of stress in the bud and break out of the habit of stress (yes, it can become a habit!).

Here are some things that you can do to support your gut:

  • Avoid vegetable/industrial seed oils (like soy, cottonseed, corn, canola, and safflower) 
  • Get to bed by 10:30-11pm
  • Move your body
  • Reduce or phase out processed foods, refined carbs and sugar
  • Increase whole, unprocessed foods that are right for YOUR body
  • Hydrate
  • Use stress management tools DURING your day to reset your stress hormones (like HeartMath tools)

Beyond these basics, there are TONS of ways to create a customized self-care plan to help you take your health to the next level and feel great.

If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

Brain & Gut Boosting Benefits of Phosphatidylcholine

Foggy thinking? Support Cellular Health in Your Brain!


Have you had a head or brain injury like a concussion? Do you experience foggy thinking or reduced ability to focus? We’re going to talk about how you can use an important molecule called Phosphatidylcholine to support your brain!

Phosphatidylcholine is a big word that can look intimidating, but basically, it’s a fatty building block of your cells. It’s a chemical that makes up part of your cell membranes and allows helpful fatty acids to travel around your body where they are needed. Your cell membranes are super important! They are the gate keepers of your cells. Inside your cells is where the magic happens and that magic won’t happen if nutrients can’t get into your cells because the outer membrane isn’t working. 



Without enough phosphatidylcholine, your cells will get damaged by oxidative stress (think of when you cut an apple and it turns brown: that’s oxidative stress). This damage causes dysfunction throughout your brain, digestive tract (aka your gut), and your liver.

Your gut is truly at the ROOT of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink (like phosphatidylcholine!) and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, fight infections, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive.

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

Brain Benefits of Phosphatidylcholine

Your brain is nearly 60% fat! And guess what? Most of that fat is made up of phosphatidylcholine. So you can see that it is essential to get enough phosphatidylcholine from your foods or supplementally.
Research supports that phosphatidylcholine can help people recovery from traumatic brain injury and protect against cognitive decline.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is brain dysfunction caused by an outside force to the head such as a blow or jolt.  1.4 million people suffer a TBI per year, but get this: 3 out of 4 are mild injuries that are not detected by MRI’s, yet still induce brain inflammation and dysfunction!

Symptoms of TBI’s include mental confusion, chronic headaches, mood changes, and an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Phosphatidylcholine appears to support recovery from TBI by promoting the growth of new neurons and decreasing brain inflammation.

Phosphatidylcholine may also protect against dementia, improve depression, reduce anxiety and promote good sleep. It is a precursor to the brain chemical acetylcholine, which supports memory and clear thinking.

Energy, Gut, Liver & Detox Benefits of Phosphatidylcholine

Your mitochondria (where you make energy in your cells) are made from phospholipids including phosphatidylcholine. When your mitochondria get damaged, your energy production is going to go down. Phosphatidylcholine gives your mitochondria what they need to replace what gets damaged day to day from food and environmental toxins and other stress so that you can keep your energy production up.

Your gut lining (aka brush border of the intestine) also has a lot of phosphatidylcholine in the cell membranes. Inflammatory foods and exposure to pathogens can damage and destroy this lining. TO repair it, your body needs phosphatidylcholine. Are you noticing a pattern here?

Phosphatidylcholine supports your body in getting rid of toxins and helps your liver to do its job well.

Foods with Phosphatidylcholine

Phosphatidylcholine is found in egg yolks, beef liver, fish roe, sunflower seeds, beef, chicken, pork, soybeans, peanuts, and krill oil. Many fruits and veggies have some as well. However, research implies that most of us aren’t getting nearly enough phosphatidylcholine from our diets. If you continue to struggle with low energy, gut issues, foggy thinking, and poor detoxification, then you may need more phosphatidylcholine.

Supplement?

If you want to support your brain and gut health, reduce fatigue, and support detoxification, then phosphatidylcholine is one nutrient you should seriously consider incorporating into your diet and lifestyle.

There are many phosphatidylcholine products on the market. Micellized Pure PC by Quicksilver is a very high quality one that is very well absorbed because it’s broken down into small droplets. This is available through a practitioner. You can use this link and the code 1159 if you’d like to try it out.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca