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
How to Cure Candida in 6 Steps
Hey, guys. Axe here, of functionalmedicine and founder of DrAxe . Today I'm going to share with you the exact diet, treatmentand supplements you need to take the clear Candida from your body. And this is what Ireally consider to be my SixStep Candida Cure Diet Protocol. And you're going to seeamazing results with this protocol. And let me say this first, what is CandidaéCandida is the overgrowth of yeast and bad bacteria in your body and it can cause somemajor symptoms that you want to get rid of. And so some of the symptoms of Candida caninclude any type of fatigue issue. If you struggle with chronic fatigue or adrenal fatigue,those can be related to Candida.
Any type of leaky gut issue. Leaky gut isintestinal permeability, where proteins like gluten can leak through your gut and causeinflammation of your body. So if you have food sensitivities or if you have digestiveissues like gas and bloating, also if you have any problem related to the thyroid, thosecan be warning signs you have Candida. Also if you get yeast in your body. If younotice, let's say, yeast or whiteness on your tongue or if you ever get chronic yeast infectionsor coming down with the cold and flu often, those can be warning signs that you have Candida.And, of course, also with Candida any sort of other digestive issues, like irritablebowel syndrome or chronic diarrhea or constipation
or even acid reflux, those are warning signsthat you might have Candida. And last but not least, is a sluggish metabolism.If you aren't losing weight and burning fat like you know you should be, those are warningsigns you could have Candida, along with actually even bad breath and lack of detoxification.Those are some major warning signs. So here are the six things you need to do to eliminateCandida fast. Number one, you need to stop consuming somuch sugar. Now, I know that's obvious. That's something that I think most of us realizeis that sugar feeds yeast in your body. But again, you have got to get rid of processedsugar, fruit juices, any sort of added sugar
to any sort of product sweetener. Even mostpackaged products and fast foods are also high in sugar. Even things like pasta saucesand crackers, you'd be surprised, but sugar is added to almost everything. So again, eliminate especially the processedsugar out of your diet. As a replacement, I recommend using a little bit of Stevia,which is a nocalorie natural sweetener and then about one to three teaspoons a day ofmanuka honey. Okayé Those are the sweeteners you should be using if you have Candida. Number two. You need to eliminate grains fromyour diet. Whyé Because grains turn into sugar
and they also tend to be more inflammatory.And so again, getting those grains out of your diet, especially wheat products and glutencontaininggrains, that's step number two. Instead, do a lot more vegetables and maybe some starchycarbs. Number three thing you have to do to clearCandida from you system, is support your spleen. Now, this is cuttingedge information thata lot of people don't realize. And this is a practice in Ancient China that is oftenused by acupuncturists today. But they have found that the number one cause of Candidais a weakened spleen. And so if you have spleen issues, and spleen is responsible for digestionof the body, producing red blood cells in
your system. And so the spleen is a very importantorgan. In order to support the spleen, there area couple things you need to do. But really the spleen is supported by starchy foods,especially squash, things like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and also even doing certaintypes of beans like lentils and mung beans. So again, getting some of those good starchycarbs. And that's really where your sweetness shouldcome from. A little bit of butternut squash, acorn squash, foods like that that has thatmild sweetness. That's the only sweet you should be really getting in your diet. Again,with no processed sugar and, again, very low