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Simple Steps to Healing Leaking Gut

 

Leaky gut? Sounds pretty gross, doesn’t it? Well it is. And it’s just what it sounds like, too. The intestines become permeable, allowing toxins, bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites to enter the blood. Ewww! Leaky gut can cause a whole host of health issues, usually misdiagnosed and mistreated. (See symptoms below.)

 

Causes of leaky gut

 

* Gluten intolerance & food sensitivities
* Use of antacids, antibiotics & non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs- Ibuprofen, aspirin, Naproxen)
* Smoking
* Over consumption of alcohol
* Parasites
* Candida
* Regularly overeating

 

Symptoms of a leaky gut

 

* Digestive complaints, including: gas, constipation and/or diarrhea
* Chronic fatigue
* Skin conditions, including rashes, rosacea, & eczema
* Fuzzy thinking
* Mood swings
* Weakened immunity
* Chronic joint or muscle aches
* Asthma, bronchitis, respiratory infections
* Sinus congestion
* Food allergies

 

Foods to Avoid or Minimize

 

In order to heal  leaky gut it is necessary to temporarily eliminate all of the following:

 

* Dairy
* Junk & processed foods
* Refined grains, especially white flours
* Legumes
* Starchy vegetables- beets, carrots, potatoes, pumpkin, turnips, yams
* High glycemic fruits-banana, dried fruits, fruit juices
* Refined & fake sugars
* Alcohol, sodas, and caffeinated drinks

 

Foods to Eat

 

Make sure to eat as much organic as you can. Take a look at my posting on which foods are most important to eat organic.

 

* Lemon in water daily

* Non-starchy vegetables, including: alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, bean sprouts, beet greens, bell peppers, bok choi, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chives, cilantro, collard greens, cucumber, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, escarole, fennel, garlic, ginger, green beans, horseradish, kale, leeks, okra, onions, radish, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, parsley, pickles, sauerkraut, scallions, snap peas, snow peas, spaghetti squash, spinach, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, watercress, zucchini.

* Fresh fruits, including: apples, apricots, berries , cantaloupe, cherries, currants, dates, figs, grapefruit, grapes, honeydew melon, kiwi, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, persimmon, pineapple, plums, pomegranate, tangerine, watermelon.

 

Supplements to Take

* Digestive enzymes
* Probiotics
* Chinese herbs
* L-Glutamine
* Plant Source Omega 3s
* Multivitamin

 

There is hope! The microvilli in the small intestine can be repaired. They normally regenerate within four to five days. The healing process may take longer, depending on the severity of the damage.

 

Live Natural. Live Well.

 

Heather

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The medical definition of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is as follows: ‘The compression of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist to enter the palm of the hand, causing pain and numbness in the index and middle fingers and weakness of the thumb.’ This definition is generic as pain and weakness in the hand and fingers can certainly be attributed to other conditions.

Because of the medical definition many people are improperly diagnosed, even though their symptoms might fit the criteria above. No matter what the cause, if you are experiencing tingling, muscle tightness, numbness, stiffness, sharp pain, and loss of muscle strength either in the arms and hands or legs and feet. A pinched nerve may occur anywhere along the spine or body.

Many musicians are especially prone to carpal tunnel syndrome or similar symptoms, due to the constant overuse of certain muscles and joints, causing inflammation and irritation. Performers and athletes as well as the general aging population, also have repetitive motion injury, old sprains that flare up, herniated or bulging discs, or misaligned vertebrae. In certain cases it may be necessary to consult an M.D. to find the root of nerve compression.

Acupuncture reduces pain, stimulates nerve conduction, increases blood circulation, moves vertebrae and discs back into place, and relaxes muscle tightness and spasm. Electrical acupuncture, moxibustion, massage are also a part of treatment protocol for treating the symptoms listed above. All of these reduce or eliminate compression on specific nerves. Daily intake of herbs can also reduce pain, relax muscles, and increase blood circulation to the area of discomfort.

Whatever the cause of this pain or discomfort, I can help. My therapeutic efforts work to prevent injury or if after the fact, speed recovery time. Let us help you put an end to daily doses of Advil, or in more severe cases, avoid surgery. For those in the performing arts, working with me will help increase your performance capabilities as well as help prevent the cancellation of shows.

Patient testimonial:

“My sciatica flared up right in the middle of recording and I could barely move. I was desperate. Thanks to Doc Heather, recording went on uninterrupted, actually saving us money.”

- Jeff R., Keyboardist

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