How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome
Okay, well, I want to welcome everyone. Thisis Nik Hedberg, and tonight we're talking about how to heal leaky gut syndrome. So,let's get this started. I really enjoy doing these webinars, tryingto get some good information out there to everyone. And leaky gut, it's a big issue.Its main connections are going to be with autoimmune diseases and a variety of chronicconditions, which we'll talk about. I'm just going to cover what it is, what causes leakygut, and then some of the things that you can do about it, and then how we manage itin the practice if it's there. The medical term for leaky gut is gastrointestinalhyperpermeability. It is recognized in conventional
medicine, but it's really not going to berecognized by your average . They kind of look down on it or laugh at it, so to speak,but it is definitely something very real. So, let's go ahead and jump right in. Gettingto the symptoms, conditions associated, conditions connected with leaky gut syndrome, and asI mentioned, autoimmune diseases are a big one, like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Graves'disease, lupus, SjÃ¶gren's, alopecia, rheumatoid arthritis, et cetera. A lot of the symptoms you'll see are fatigue,brain fog. Brain fog is basically inflammation of the brain. Because we don't have pain receptorsin the brain, that's basically how the body
tells us that the brain is inflamed when there'sfogginess. And there's a really strong connection there between the gut and the brain just in general. Weight gain, depression and anxiety. There'sa lot of literature out there connecting chronic inflammation and inflammation in the gut andpsychological issues like depression and anxiety. Different digestive problems, like IrritableBowel Syndrome, Crohn's disease, all sorts of colitis, and then just general symptomslike gas, bloating, cramping, things like that. Food allergies, of course. Arthritis and jointpain, migraine headaches, adrenal gland imbalances,
and then what we call adrenal fatigue, andthen of course asthma and allergies. The gut barrier is called a mucosal barrier,and if there's dysfunction there, there's going to be dysfunction in the other mucosalbarriers like the lungs, for example. So, what is leaky guté What you see here onthe left is what we will call a healthy gut lining. These are what we call villi, they'relike fingers, and that's where all of the absorption occurs in between these gaps. Thisis also where the immune system is. So the gut barrier protects you from a lot of differentthings. It protects you from infections like viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, it protectsyou from absorbing undigested protein, and
so it's this mucosal barrier that's very protective. Now, leaky gut is when that barrier becomesbroken down, and you can see it's all flat here, all of the villi have been compromised.And so when you have leaky gut, you can also have malabsorption. That might be kind ofdifficult to understand for some people, but the intestinal barrier is selective, and whenthe immune system becomes compromised, then it can no longer protect you from the varietyof things that we just talked about. Malabsorption means that the absorptive capacityof the gut barrier is not what it used to be, so people will start to develop nutrientdeficiencies and they won't be able to absorb
protein, carbohydrates and fat. So this isa visual of what we call leaky gut. Now, these are some of the main causes. Whatyou see here in the pink is a diagram of the intestinal barrier. I want to give creditto Aristo Vojdani, he is an immunologist for this slide, and Vojdani has spokenextensively on leaky gut. So these are some of the main things thatwe see up here. Dietary proteins and peptides, so that's going to be like gluten, dairy andother allergies; other foods that are highly allergenic; antibodies, and that's if there'ssome kind of infection in the intestine; drugs and xenobiotics, so environmental chemicals,environmental toxins; prescription medications,
How to Naturally Heal Low Stomach Acid
Hey, guys, Axe here from draxe . Today,I'm going to talk about natural remedies for low stomach acid. The truth is, your stomachmust be acidic and highly acidic to break down the food you're consuming and for properabsorption. If you have acid reflux of any type, GERD,heartburn, if you have a condition like leaky gut or inflammatory bowel disease, even mostskin issues today, or a lack of certain nutrients, those are all major warning signs that youhave low stomach acid. So you actually want to naturally balance the pH of your stomach. I'm going to talk about the top five stepsand natural remedies you can take and follow
to naturally improve your stomach acid andimprove your digestive function. Again, these are great ways, especially if you have acidreflux, these are great natural cures and remedies. So number one thing you can do to start tobalance this pH in your stomach is take apple cider vinegar right before your meals. I wouldtake one tablespoon and just a very small thing of water. Apple cider vinegar is a great thing to do.It's a great natural remedy because apple cider vinegar has a very low pH in balancewith your stomach. That's the number one remedy.
By the way, one of the thing oftentimes I'lladd to my apple cider vinegar before a meal are digestive bitters. You can get a littletincture of digestive bitters. Those are also great. In fact, bitters have been consumedfor thousands of years right after meals or before meals to improve your digestion. Number two thing you want to start takingto improve your stomach acid are digestive enzymes. I would get a good digestive enzymeblend and do one to two caps right before your meal. You could even take that with theapple cider vinegar. Digestive enzymes will help you fully break down those nutrients.
If your stomach acid is too high, that willactually not allow you to break down the food you're eating, so you must get plenty of enzymes.That's not something you should have to take the rest of your life, but it is somethingyou should take for a time until your stomach acid balances out. That's number two. Number three thing you may consider if youhave stomach acid is HCL with pepsin. That's hydrochloric acid with pepsin. Now, hydrochloricacid is naturally created in your stomach now. That is really the main thing that createsthat very acidic environment to break down food.
But if you're deficient in hydrochloric acid,in stomach acid yourself, that's not going to allow you to fully digest and break downthings like protein, which over time, can also cause a condition called leaky gut. Soyou want to do everything you can to heal and repair your gut. So again, HCL with pepsin is a great thingyou can start taking on a regular basis to really help heal your GI tract, to help fightthings like acid reflux, but again, to help improve stomach acid. Now, the trick with HCL is you typically wantto take that while you're under the care of
a physician or start off with one capsule.By the way, you only take HCL with pepsin if you're taking protein during a meal. Soagain, if you're not taking protein in a meal, you don't want to use it. If you're getting quite a bit of protein ina meal like chicken or beef, you want to take HCL. When you get warmness in your stomachthat means you're taking enough. You need to back it down. Some people need one, somepeople may need to take up to nine capsules of HCL with pepsin. The fourth thing you can do to improve stomachacid is take Manuka honey. Manuka honey is
What Causes Graves Disease
Greetings, friends. This is Nik Hedberg.Today, I want to talk to you about what causes Graves' disease. Autoimmune thyroid diseaseis the most common autoimmune disease in the world, and Graves' disease usually resultsin what we call hyperthyroidism, where the thyroid is overactive, and the other majorautoimmune thyroid disease is known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and that usually results in hypothyroidism.Today, I'm going to cover all the different possible causes of Graves' disease so youcan have an understanding of why it happened and what triggered it. The first thing we want to talk about is theEpsteinBarr virus. The EpsteinBarr virus
is the virus that causes mono, also knownas the kissing disease, and most people get it when they're young, when they're teenagersor in college. And they get some fatigue and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and it usuallygoes away in a few weeks to a month. But some people, genetically, have a hard time controllingthe EpsteinBarr virus throughout life. And there are many, many research papers out therethat connect the EpsteinBarr virus with Graves' disease. Actually, some case report showingthat people develop Graves' disease immediately after having mono. So the EpsteinBarr virusis the big player, not just with Graves' disease but also with Hashimoto's thyroiddisease, and many, many other autoimmune diseases.
This is a blood test that you should requestfrom your to see if the EpsteinBarr virus has reactivated. Another virus is theParvovirus, B19. There's also connections with Parvovirus and Hashimoto's as well. Helicobacter pylori is probably the most commoninfection connected with Graves' disease. H. pylori is found in the stomach and it usuallyreactivates when someone is under a tremendous amount of stress, or if there is some sortof traumatic, stressful event. H. pylori is also the bacteria that causes ulcers, andmany, many research papers have shown that people with Graves' disease have activeH. pylori infection. And that can be tested
through blood, also through a breath test,and also through a stool test. So, H. pylori is one of the number one infections that welook for in patients with Graves' disease. Too much estrogen, and this sort of ties inwith the EpsteinBarr virus. Too much estrogen will suppress your body's ability to controlthe EpsteinBarr virus throughout your life. Too much estrogen can suppress that part ofyour immune system and then that can lead to Graves' disease. Estrogen levels, ideally,should be tested through urinary testing, so we can not only see your estrogen levelsbut how your body's actually metabolizing the estrogen.
Another one is Enterobacter, and that'sbasically a bacteria species found in the intestine. So, Enterobacter infection, thereare connections there with Graves' disease. Herpes 6 and 7. With Herpes 6 and 7, you won'tget your classic outbreaks on the mouth or the genitals. Herpes 6 and 7 does not resultin any skin lesions or breakouts, but a lot of people who have Graves' have active Herpes6 and 7 infections. HFV is the Human Foamy Virus, not very common. A lot of Human FoamyViruses are actually going to be found in the simian population, and so those particulartypes of animals like monkeys are most likely to have it. Campylobacer jejuni, this is abacteria. Usually people get it from contaminated
meat or dairy products, and Campylobacterhas been shown to be connected with Graves' disease, and this we can pick up on stooltesting to identify the infection. Human Intracisternal AType Retroviral Particle,more easily known as HIAP. One of the things we know about Graves' disease is that about85% of people with Graves' disease have the HIAP particle in their system, and retrovirusesare heavily connected with autoimmune diseases and retroviral activity. So, this test iscurrently unavailable but with such a high percentage of Graves' disease patients havingit, we'll usually work with the patient holistically in preventing retroviral activity.And that can help to balance the immune system