Say no to GMO! Congress recently passed the “Farmer Assurance Provision” referred to as the “Monsanto Protection Act, “because (Section 733), strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment. If you would like to have your voice/concerns heard and join thousands of others who prefer to eat non-GMO food, you can do so here
The concept of leaky gut is becoming more widely accepted—even Dr. Oz talked about it on his show recently. It’s important to know the cause of leaky gut can be different for each person. For instance, it could be the result of a junk food diet for one person and chronic stress for another. Knowing why you have leaky gut can help you address the right target to restore gut health.
What is leaky gut?
Leaky gut, or intestinal permeability, is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes inflamed, damaged, and porous, allowing undigested foods, bacteria, fungus, and other foreign invaders into the sterile environment of the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream these toxins trigger the immune system, causing inflammation and leading to a long and varied list of symptoms. Chronic conditions associated with leaky gut include depression, joint pain, Crohn’s disease, food allergies, eczema, psoriasis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, and more.
Ten causes of leaky gut
Although the causes of leaky gut can be ambiguous, Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS has identified 10 factors that contribute to leaky gut:
- Diet: Most people blame poor diet, and rightly so, as many popular foods can damage the gut. Gluten in particular is associated with gut damage. Dairy, processed foods, excess sugar, and fast foods are common culprits. Excess alcohol is another gut saboteur.
- Medications: Certain medications increase the risk of leaky gut. They include corticosteroids, antibiotics, antacids, and some medications for arthritis. Some medications may also contain gluten as a filler.
- Infections: An overgrowth of H. pylori, a bacterium in the stomach, can cause ulcers and leaky gut. Overgrowth of other harmful bacteria, yeast infections, parasitic infections, and intestinal viruses can also cause leaky gut.
- Stress: Chronic stress raises the adrenal hormone, cortisol, which degrades the gut lining and contributes to leaky gut.
- Hormone imbalances: The gut depends on proper hormone levels for good health. When estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or thyroid hormones are deficient or out of balance, this imbalance can contribute to leaky gut.
- Autoimmune conditions: We often think of leaky gut contributing to autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis. While this may be true, sometimes other factors can trigger an autoimmune condition, including toxic exposures or stress. In these cases, the autoimmune condition can be the cause of leaky gut and managing autoimmunity is a strategy to improving leaky gut.
- Industrial food processing: The food processing industry uses a variety of methods that can increase intestinal inflammation and leaky gut. These include deamidating wheat to make it water soluble, high-heat processing (glycation) of sugars, and adding excess sugar to processed foods.
- Environmental toxins: We are surrounded by toxins in our environment. Some of these toxins have been found to break down immune barriers like the gut. One way to shore up your defense against environmental toxins is to make sure your body is sufficient in glutathione, the body’s primary antioxidant.
- Vitamin D deficiency: Sufficient vitamin D is vital to good health and helps preserve gut integrity.
- Poor glutathione status: Glutathione is the body’s primary antioxidant and is necessary to defend and repair the gut lining. Poor diet and lifestyle factors deplete glutathione. Ask my office for ideas on how to boost your glutathione status.
These are just some of the factors Kharrazian has identified in the scientific literature as contributing to leaky gut. By better understanding the cause of your leaky gut, you will have more success restoring health to your gut and hence your immune system.
Published March 5, 2013 | By functionalhealthminute
Most of us know that weight-bearing exercise is good for our bones and preventing osteoporosis. Here are some other benefits you may not know:
- You’ll boost your metabolism. Cardio gets all the glory when it comes to weight loss, but lifting weights also contributes to a leaner physique. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can up your metabolism by 15 percent through strength training. That’s because muscle is active tissue, whereas fat is essentially dead weight; so muscle requires greater calorie usage, even at rest. Not only is this boost helpful for weight loss, but it can also help prevent the flab from creeping back on. Other helpful strength-training options include body-weight exercises like squats and push-ups, and using resistance cables or tubes.
- You’ll have stronger bones. The CDC also pushes strength training for building bone mass. This is especially crucial for women, who lose 1 to 2 percent of their bone tissue each year after menopause. By increasing bone mass, lifting weights can help prevent osteoporosis and spare you from fractures and breakage.
- Youll fight aging. As if getting older didn’t suck enough already, you lose muscle mass and gain body fat as you age, according to MayoClinic.com. So the only real way to stop your body from slowly growing flabby, soft and untoned is to build back the missing muscle tissue. Strength training is hands down the best way to accomplish this. Fight Father Time all over your body by performing exercises for all major muscle groups: arms, legs, butt, back, chest and tummy.
- You’ll feel better. Feeling blue? Skip the antidepressants and hit the gym instead. The CDC claims that strength training affects the brain in a similar way, elevating your mood and improving self-esteem. The mood boost likely stems from a combination of chemical changes in the brain and improved self-image from increased strength.
- You’ll be stronger. No more asking the nearest man to open the spaghetti sauce jar. With weight training, you’ll grow into a stronger senorita who’s perfectly capable of carrying her own groceries, moving her own furniture and opening her own doors (not that you’ll turn your cute neighbor down when he offers to help out). It’s empowering for women to be able to perform challenging tasks, and your new-found muscle may allow you to take on activities that were off-limits before.
This is awesome! So simple and yet revolutionary. Think of how many problems could be solved if this was implemented everywhere? I don’t usually post long videos, cuz I know people are busy, but this is so interesting and well done that the 10 minutes flies by.
Check out the before and after in the picture. It’s not just a landscape beautification project, this is healthy, edible food, easily accessible to the residents of South LA, where healthy store-bought food is not available. It’s a part of a positive transformation that affects the health, economic, cultural, safety and educational aspects of the community.
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Drink Mountain Dew (and other similar sodas), that is. As with your food, it’s also important to know what you’re drinking! Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is a toxic chemical and is banned in many countries. It competes with iodine for receptor sites in the body, which can lead to hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, and cancer. The main ingredient, bromine, is a poisonous, corrosive chemical, linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss.
It is used as a flame retardant! That can’t be good for anyone.
Flame Retardant in Your Mountain Dew? Yep – Want to know more? Check out this post from ABC News