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Gastrointestinal wellness involves removing offending substances (alcohol, offending foods), replacing digestive enzymes, reinoculating with healthy pre-biotics and probiotics, and repairing the GI tract with supporting nutrition.

Gastrointestinal wellness involves removing offending substances (alcohol, offending foods), replacing digestive enzymes, reinoculating with healthy pre-biotics and probiotics, and repairing the GI tract with supporting nutrition.

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Does Leaky Gut Exist?

  1. 1. Does Leaky Gut Exist? Dr. Alexander Rinehart, DC, MS, CCN, CNS http://www.DrAlexRinehart.com
  2. 2. What is Leaky Gut?  Clinical condition of varying severity in which the intestines absorb large, undigested molecules that are normally blocked  Intestines become hyperpermeable to substances that otherwise have no business being absorbed  Once leaky gut is established, we have to ask why?
  3. 3. What Causes Leaky Gut?  Thought to be caused by exposure to “toxic” substances or clinical conditions that damage the integrity of the gut  It’s a functional process by which the intestines fail to regulate what molecules are absorbed into and what molecules are kept out of the bloodstream  Being implicated in a wide range of chronic disease processes and they hypothesis continues to grow support
  4. 4. Gut Physiology  Normal  1-2% of large proteins to pass into bloodstream & the immune system is able to protect us against foreign and potentially harmful molecules that pass the gut barrier  Abnormal  When normal physiology is impaired, the intestine becomes hyperpermeable to foreign & poorly digested materials  This absorption is capable of initiating an overzealous immune reaction that may reverberate across many body systems
  5. 5. Common Causes  Alcohol  Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs  Viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal infections  High levels of free radicals from bile, food, and drugs  Inflammatory cell messengers  Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, trauma, & burns  Vaccines  Food antigens  Exposure to stress  High Fructose Corn Syrup
  6. 6. Implications of Leaky Gut  Gastrointestinal function plays essential role in brain function  May predispose individual to depression  May induce depressive symptoms  May be associated with autoimmune diseases  Associated with autistic children  May be involved in chronic fatigue syndrome  Gastrointestinal health may be crucial for heart function
  7. 7. Conclusion Gastrointestinal Wellness involves removing offending substances (alcohol, offending foods), replacing digestive enzymes, reinoculating with healthy pre-biotics and probiotics, and repairing the GI tract with supporting nutrition.
  8. 8.  To read the full discussion please visit: http://dralexrinehart.com/nutrition- benefits/does-leaky-gut-exist/ (please share )

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