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Healthy Eating: Leaky Gut Syndrome and the Benefits of Juicing

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Leaky gut syndrome is a distressing and painful condition brought on by inflammation in the walls of the intestine. Tiny particles leak from the gut into the bloodstream, causing far-reaching havoc.

Lesions on the intestinal wall may have caused the spaces between cells of the gut wall to get bigger, and undesirable elements like fungi, parasites, undigested protein, fat, waste material and other toxins make their escape out of the intestine and into the rest of the body.

The immune system gets into the action, because it must now fight the foreign substances that have jumped ship from the gut. The immune system is on alert because it sees these substances as invaders.

An immune system that must be hypervigilant for too long a time, overburdened by the toxins from a leaky gut, cannot carry out its task of patrolling the body as a whole. And the body becomes vulnerable to more illness and breakdown.

Not only do toxic substances escape, but so do nutrients. Malnutrition is an outcome of leaky gut syndrome if it is not effectively dealt with.

Abdominal bloating can occur, along with cramps and gas. As the contamination from the leaky gut spreads via the bloodstream, other seemingly unrelated symptoms crop up.

Memory loss and exhaustion as well as brand new allergies may surface. The sufferer may experience difficulty in concentrating and agitation.

Yup. From problems originating in the intestines. And it's more common than you may think.

Dietary changes can bring about improvement to leaky gut symptoms.

Determining whether you have any food allergies or sensitivities and avoiding such foods will help protect your gut from further injury. So will avoiding as many processed foods as you can.

Dairy products and gluten are often problems for people with leaky gut syndrome.

Many different plant enzymes are beneficial. Green food supplements like chlorella, barley greens, green kamut and spirulina can bring relief and healing.

The enzyme bromelain, which comes from pineapples, helps the gut digest proteins. Bromelain is also anti-inflammatory which helps healing and pain reduction.

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EmpowHER Guest

Wow! That's a rlealy neat answer!

June 2, 2011 - 11:36am
EmpowHER Guest

Awesome - we already do eat Kamut Wheat and love it! Our son has food sensitivities and we have learned how important it is to read labels and know what ingredients we are consuming.

January 26, 2011 - 11:53am
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