CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is the root cause of many chronic health conditions—including food allergies and autoimmune disease—as it allows unwanted organisms and larger antigenic moieties into the bloodstream. This causes the immune system to “react” to these foreign invaders, as it assumes these particles are dangerous and creates antibodies against them. This can also lead to a situation where different foods set off an immune reaction every time they are eaten. These antibodies may also attack cells in the body that are structurally similar to the unwanted antigens.

Autoimmune diseases include psoriasis, eczema, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, diabetes type 1, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, autoimmune hepatitis, ankylosing spondylitis, pernicious anemia, Sjögren’s syndrome, and multiple sclerosis. To prevent and manage these conditions, it is important to fix the gut.

1) Remove the potential causes of the leaky gut or damage to the intestinal lining. Such things include a long list: alcohol, caffeine, parasites, bacteria, chemical food additives, inadequate chewing, excessive fluid with meals, enzyme deficiencies, refined carbohydrates, processed food, prescription hormones such as birth control pills, medications, fungus or mold, mercury amalgams and other dental toxics, gluten (a protein found in wheat and other grains), and stress.

2) Replace all the enzymes necessary for the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, including protease, cellulose, and lipase, strengthening the system and improving overall digestive function.

3) Reinoculate with probiotics or friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium to help restore the proper bacterial balance in the gut. Bifidobacteria should predominate in the small intestine while Lactobaccilli should be the predominant species in the colon.

4) Repair the intestinal lining to prevent further damage. Fortunately, if the offending substances are removed and other nutrients are added, new intestinal cells can emerge, tightening the junctions and repairing the leaky gut condition.

Eczema

Eczema is a noncontagious, inflammatory skin condition that is characterized by patches of dry, flaking skin that can become cracked and leathery, or blistered and oozing. Severe itching can occur in the affected areas. Eczema most frequently appears on the face and scalp, behind the ears, on the elbows, and in the creases behind the knees.

The two major types of eczema – atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis – are both considered allergic responses. Those with atopic dermatitis often have a family history of eczema or allergic conditions like asthma and hay fever. Contact dermatitis, the more common form of the condition, is often an allergic response to an irritant that has come into contact with the skin. Soaps, wool and synthetic fabrics, dyes, latex, and certain cosmetic products are common culprits. Stressful or emotionally charged situations are also believed to trigger eczema flare-ups.

Cases of eczema can range from very mild to severe and, therefore, will require various treatment protocols. Proper skin care is often sufficient for treating milk cases, while more serious cases may require medication. For this reason, it is important to consult your healthcare provider for the best treatment options for your particular situation.

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Supplements to treat eczema

• B-complex vitamins
• Copper
• Dandelion – If you have gallstones or obstructed bile ducts, consult your doctor before taking.
• EPA/DHA (fish oil)
• Evening primrose oil
• Glucosamine
• Methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) – When beginning supplementation, ingest with meals to avoid possible heartburn. May cause stomach upset in dosages larger than 6,000 mg.
• Milk thistle – Reduces efficiency of certain blood pressure medication.
• Probiotics – If taking an antibiotic, wait three hours before taking probiotics
• Taurine
• Tea tree oil – Do not ingest or use in ears, eyes, or other mucous membranes
• Vitamin A and mixed carotenoids
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin D
Vitamin E
• Zinc

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