Happy June! This is another great month in Boulder.
We are now finally harvesting fresh salad greens
from our garden after getting a late start this year.
What could have more life force in it than freshly
picked lettuce and herbs? Which brings me to this
month's subject- digestive health. Without good
digestion and flora balance even the healthiest food
can turn toxic to the body. In fact recent research has
shown that dysbiosis, or an imbalance of the gut flora
can have an unfavorable effect on almost every
system of the body from the immune system to the
endocrine system. This issue will focus on giving you
current information and research to help optimize
your digestion and assimilation. In the meantime,
enjoy these long long days of almost summer!
|All About Probiotics
Here is a link to the most comprehensive website on
probiotics that I have found. There are so many
research papers on the benefits of probiotics , or
"friendly" bacteria that I had trouble deciding which to
include, so I thought a link to this website would be
best. There is ample research to show that probiotics
are useful for treating and preventing diarrhea,
Inflammatory bowel disease, lactose intolerance,
hypertension, cancer, immune system problems,
vaginosis, kidney stones, elevated blood cholesterol,
and allergies. For information on my favorite most
active brands of probiotics please feel free to contact
me at my office at (303) 443-2206.
|Leaky Gut Syndromes: Breaking the Vicious Cycle
Leaky Gut Syndromes are clinical disorders
associated with increased intestinal permeability.
They include inflammatory and infectious bowel
diseases [14-19], chronic inflammatory arthritides [9,
20-24], cryptogenic skin conditions like acne,
psoriasis and dermatitis herpetiformis [25-28], many
diseases triggered by food allergy or specific food
intolerance, including eczema, urticaria, and irritable
bowel syndrome [29-37], AIDS [38-40], chronic
fatigue syndromes [Rigden, Cheney, Lapp, Galland,
unpublished results], chronic hepatitis , chronic
pancreatitis [4, 5], cystic fibrosis  and pancreatic
carcinoma. Hyperpermeability may play a primary
etiologic role in the evolution of each disease, or may
be a secondary consequence of it which causes
immune activation, hepatic dysfunction, and
pancreatic insufficiency, creating a vicious cycle.
Unless specifically investigated, the role of altered
intestinal permeability in patients with Leaky Gut
Syndromes often goes unrecognized. The availability
of safe, non-invasive, and inexpensive methods for
measuring small intestinal permeability make it
possible for clinicians to look for the presence of
altered intestinal permeability in their patients and to
objectively assess the efficacy of treatments.
Monitoring the intestinal permeability of chronically ill
patients with Leaky Gut Syndromes can help improve
clinical outcomes. by Leo Galland, M.D.
|Gluten Free in Denver
This website was created by one of my patients who
has family members with celiac disease. It is a work
in progress but is also a great resource for people
who have celiac disease or need to be gluten free
for other reasons. She has done an excellent job
creating this resource for the gluten free community.
One way that I really know that summer is here is
when I can grow fresh basil on my deck in a planter
outside of my kitchen. That heavenly aroma
every time I step outside. Basil + summertime in
Boulder = Heaven! Besides throwing some fresh
basil on just about everything I eat these days and
having lots of pesto, here are some more recipes!
Nurturing A Healthy Digestive System!
Everyone takes it in the gut every now and again!
Perhaps a trip to Mexico or India got your gut, or a
nasty infection where you had to take antibiotics , or
even just years of eating a poor diet. Here are some
tips to help heal your gut and get you back into form!
1. Take probiotics regularly. See the article in
this issue for everything that you ever wanted to know
(and more!) about probiotics and health.
plenty of fluids and eat lots of fresh fruits and
vegetables. Water and fiber promote regular bowel
movements which help the body to eliminate toxins.
Eliminating the toxic burden from the body is the first
step to optimal health.
3. Get plenty of exercise.
Exercise helps to promote circulation and also helps
move the bowels thus aiding in detoxification.
Learn to manage your stress levels. Relaxation
promotes the parasympathetic nervous system which
aids in proper digestion and absorption of your foods.
Meditation, yoga, exercise, and prayer all aid in
relaxation and stress management.
about proper nutrition. Eat organic foods and avoid
your allergens. Consult with a professional who
know a lot about nutrition if you want expert
6. If you get an infection or travelers
diarrhea, be sure to treat it properly. If you have
recently travelled abroad to a developing country a
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis may be
advisable to test for parasites and other pathogens.
7. Take your antioxidants, L-glutamine and fish
oils. These help to heal a leaky gut and prevent food
allergies from developing.
Find out more....