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Leaky Gut

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As people began to talk about their multiple issues during a support group meeting for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, I noticed that they all had digestive issues in common. Many talked about something called, “Leaky Gut,” “Candida,” “probiotics,” and how wheat was a big trigger. I had multiple allergies and intolerances and there was no way I was going to stay away from another food.

My son had been in to see a specialist and she told me that we should all get off of wheat because of how harsh it is for EDSers and that it may be contributing to malabsorption of vitamins in our food: specifically Magnesium. She also suggested that my youngest son, who was chewing on a paper airplane in her office, would benefit greatly from this, as well. I made a decision to cut down on bread in the house and add in some supplements. (Although, I felt I had no idea what I was doing.)

By the end of the year, I began experiencing Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia, and my other issues had grown worse: Anxiety, Depression, Andenomyosis, Chronic Pain, and now a wheat intolerance. I was already looking into Hyperactivity, Learning, and Behavior Issues for my boys and ran across a natural solution for those things.

 

 

I talked to my primary doctor throughout all of my issues. I asked him about “Leaky Gut.” He said that he wasn’t sure, but it “could be.” He suggested I go to a gastroenterologist for my new issue with wheat.

Gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic says, “Physicians don’t know enough about the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ. ‘Leaky gut syndrome’ isn’t a diagnosis taught in medical school. Instead, ‘leaky gut’ really means you’ve got a diagnosis that still needs to be made,” Kirby says. “You hope that your doctor is a good-enough Sherlock Holmes, but sometimes it is very hard to make a diagnosis.”

Not all doctors make the effort to get at the root of the problem, and that’s what frequently sends patients to alternative practitioners. So…  what if Leaky Gut WERE the root of the problem causing all of these other problems?

My EDS specialist said that most EDSers have an issue with Leaky Gut because we are so sensitive. She also reiterated that eating wheat for us, is like taking a brillo pad to our stomachs. She gave me a list to work on.

 

 

I researched probiotics and was so confused with all the different kinds. Some said the best was in the way it is stored. Some said that it was the kind or how many strains were in it. Some said it had to do with how much you took at a time. I loved the information that came across in webinar for Perfect Biotics. I’m not a purchaser of their product, but the information was wonderful!

 

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So here, I had been struggling with these concepts and what was best for my family and I. And I ran across Dr. Axe. He said to “think of the lining of your digestive tract like a net with extremely small holes in it that only allow specific substances to pass through. Your gut lining works as a barrier keeping out bigger particles that can damage your system.

“When someone has leaky gut (often referred to as increased intestinal permeability), the ‘net’ in your digestive tract gets damaged, which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now be able to.

“Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your bloodstream causing an immune reaction.”

 

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Dr. Axe talks about the many different symptoms caused by Leaky Gut: Bloating, Food sensitivities, Thyroid conditions, Fatigue, Joint pain, Headaches, Skin issues like Rosacea, Excema, and Acne, Digestive problems, Weight gain, Syndrome X, and more…

 

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I like Dr. Axe’s program because #1 not everyone is the same and it’s catered to you, #2 I don’t have to guess how to put it all together, #3 It’s the same thing that my specialist was talking about in changing diet and adding supplements, but exactly how. Feel free to let me know your experiences with Leaky Gut, Healing Leaky Gut, or the different programs to do so.

 

References from Dr.Axe: http://draxe.com/4-steps-to-heal-leaky-gut-and-autoimmune-disease/

 

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Magnesium Rich Foods

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Today, I walked into church feeling exhausted, my voice sounded tired, my muscles were tired. I began shaking during Sunday School and went for my emergency bag holding my Nuun tablets. However, later, after church, I laid there exhausted wondering how I could help myself. I realized that this time… I could. Recently, I’ve been finally learning to make and eat healthy foods to save me from a Magnesium drop. So, I began to make things to help my Magnesium levels to rise back up.

 

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First, it has been important to me to know what causes these drops. This helps me to know how I might be prepared for these issues instead of frustrated as I’m learning.

 

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#1 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome– Because of having this particular connective tissue disorder, my kids and I are naturally deficient in Magnesium.

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#2 Sugar– Processed Sugar, Processed Sugar substitutes, and other Grains and Starches (that turn into sugar in our bodies) not only lower the salts in our bodies (which is not good for #1,) but also allows the bad bacteria in our bodies to get out of control. This can cause a big range of problems including bad teeth, liver problems, insulin resistance, obesity, high cholesterol, and contributes to cancer.

Our culture has been rising in sugar consumption by less than 2% yearly showing on this graph from 1822-2005. “It’s a remarkably straight line, increasing steadily from 6.3 pounds per person per year in 1822 to a maximum of 107.7 lb/person/year in 1999.”

 

 

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#3 Leaky Gut– Too much wear and tear on the stomach lining causes holes which leak food directly into the blood causing many physical issues including, but not limited to, autoimmune issues, major food allergies, and malabsorption of vitamins and minerals.

 

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#4 Hormones– Naturally, the last two weeks of a woman’s menstrual cycle causes Magnesium levels to drop which can normally cause headaches, bloating, low blood sugar, dizziness, fluid retention and sugar cravings.

On a grander scale, low Magnesium can ultimately lead to dysmenorrhea (painful periods,) preeclampsia, infertility, premature births, hypoglycemia, anxiety, obesity and diabetes.

 

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Here are some Magnesium Rich Foods that we are currently enjoying; most of which friends and family have gladly shared their knowledge and time with me… 

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Roasted Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

Originally, I had been frying them, but since burning a hole in the microwave above the stove, I decided to roast them. 450 degrees for 30 minutes.

1 can Garbanzo beans
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp Paprika
1/2 Tbsp Cumin
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp salt

 

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This is one of the first things I began making. At first my kids stayed far away from it, but after I told them that it was mine… they began wanting it. I have to keep the banana out for one of my children, but it is an amazing source of Magnesium!

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Green Smoothie

1/3 Kale
1/3 Spinach
1/3 frozen Berries
1 Banana
1/2 Water (some use milk, but all use different kinds of milk in our household, so this is best for us. Almond Milk would be the highest source of Magnesium. Feel free to use ice if you don’t use frozen fruit.)

 

 

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Kale Chips

My son made these last week after a friend at church told me how to make them. We all love the taste, and they are super easy to make. I did notice that when I put them away in a ziplock bag or plastic container, that they would become soggy again. I then put them back in the oven. We left them out all night a couple of nights ago, and they were super crispy!

In a bowl, mix Kale leaves with a tiny bit of Olive Oil and salt.
Put them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

 

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And just adding Avacado and Spinach to your Salad is a great boost of Magnesium!

 

 

 

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This has been a fun learning experience for my family and I as we are changing for the better. I will add more as we learn more. I hope this encourages you today!

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It’s not fair!

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“It’s not fair!” My 5yr old son was throwing a tantrum. I asked him to do his chores, he refused, and now was missing out on the T.V. show that his siblings were watching. “It’s not fair! It’s not fair!” He continued. I can completely relate to this feeling.

 

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When I was 13yrs old, I gave up chocolate because I was addicted to it. A speaker at church talked about addictions, and I took to heart that scripture, “if your hand offends you, cut it off.” (Mark 9:43) In quitting chocolate, I noticed that my asthma attacks went way down. It was difficult. I proved that I had self-control and that it did not control me.

 

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When I was 16yrs, I noticed that my stomach felt like it had knives in it when I drank milk. I switched to rice milk, though, the colonoscopy results said “the beginnings of stomach ulcers.”

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When I was 18yrs, I began passing out and having severe migraines. I found a severe intolerance to Red Dye #40, and a corn allergy were the cause. Often these ingredients were together in products which made it easier to avoid both.

 

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And now, in my mid-thirties, my body won’t tolerate sugar. A little over a year ago, I began experiencing Chronic Pain and Fatigue, and other Dysautonomia/POTS symptoms. My body is very low on salts and doesn’t hold them anymore, so sugar sends me right back where I was over a year ago. It’s just not fair.

 

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This Christmas, they were passing around treats at church, and normally, I can refrain because they are pre-packaged. (Either chocolate, corn syrup, red dye or all 3.) But there were tiny muffin size home-made pecan treats… so I ate a few. Almost immediately afterwards, I felt light-headed. I went to the kitchen and took out my emergency Nuun tablets. It wasn’t enough this time. It was just not fair!

 

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Now, I have been learning to love myself this last year, but right there, I turned immediately to frustration at myself. But, if I truly looked at this situation with love, I would see how far I’ve come and be a little more patient in my learning… just like my 5yr old child in the beginning of this post.

 

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A year ago, I didn’t know why I was so exhausted. I not only have those answers of why, but how to heal. This is my first Christmas knowing how sugar hurts my body. It’s hard to cut out foods or change anything regardless of what that change is. And frankly, life just isn’t fair. It’s okay to grieve through it. We all have our own struggles. I’m realizing that the expectations I place on myself to “Get it right already!” are just as damaging as the sugar itself.

 

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I have learned to avoid harmful foods before. I have made healthy changes before. I can be patient with myself while I learn to change and be healthy in this new way. I have a wonderful support system that is ready to help me in the way I ask. I can use my voice and ask for help. I can change and learn at a pace that I’m able to handle. And… I can enjoy the accomplishments I’ve made this far.

 

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For more articles like this one:

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