Tara Skye Goldin,N.D.
May 2014 
 Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, How Your Gut Health Affects Your Whole Body
 Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
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A healthy gut and digestive system is directly correlated to the overall health and wellness of the entire body. Much of Western Medicine takes a reductionist view of the human body which is why we have specialists. One of the keys to understanding naturopathic medicine is that we place great importance on a healthy and functioning digestive system. An out of wack digestive system can influence everything from nutrient absorption, to neurotransmitter levels, to inflammation and also autoimmune disorders.

This newsletter will focus on a few of these gut related issues (though there are almost too many to go into for one newsletter!).

Meanwhile, enjoy this beautiful late spring! This is one of my favorite times of the year here in Colorado!

 Leaky Gut: What is it ?

"Leaky gut syndrome" is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. But it's something of a medical mystery.

"From an MD's standpoint, it's a very gray area," says gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic. "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.""We don't know a lot but we know that it exists," says Linda A. Lee, MD, a gastroenterologist and director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center. "In the absence of evidence, we don't know what it means or what therapies can directly address it." From WebMD

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 L-Glutamine for leaky gut and more!

Glutamine, or L-glutamine, is an amino acid derived from another amino acid, glutamic acid. Glutamine plays a role in the health of the immune system, digestive tract, and muscle cells, as well as other bodily functions. It appears to serve as a fuel for the cells that line the intestines. Heavy exercise, infection, surgery, and trauma can deplete the body's glutamine reserves, particularly in muscle cells.

The fact that glutamine does so many good things in the body has led people to try glutamine supplements as a treatment for various conditions, including preventing the infections that often follow endurance exercise, reducing symptoms of overtraining syndrome, improving nutrition in critical illness, alleviating allergies, and treating digestive problems. From NYU Medical Center

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 Heal the Gut!!! (What???)

So many of the chronic, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases that I see over and over again in my practice can be helped by looking at and focusing treatment on healing the GI tract, or the gut. Many of my patients who seem to have disparate symptoms and names for their diagnosed illnesses benefit from this approach. Illnesses from arthritis, to Graves disease to Lupus, to Chronic Fatigue to Interstitial Cystitis to Skin conditions, to Chronic Vaginitis, to Inflammatory Bowel Disease and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome ), etc. . Many patients are initially skeptical that their bladder, skin, joints, thyroid have anything to do with their GI tract. But so many patients have benefited tremendously from this approach, that often the first place that I and other Registered Naturopathic Doctors look is at the GI tract.

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