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Part 2: Gut Permeability and Chronic Inflammation 

By Carrie Rutledge, Nutrition Therapist Master 

 

Gut Permeability and The Immune Response  

Hippocrates once said that “All disease begins in the gut”. Studies are increasingly showing that eczema  and gut health are linked and when there is an imbalance of gut or skin flora, we now have an  inflammatory condition called dysbiosis. This occurs when there are too many pathogenic species, not  enough commensal species, and not enough diversity of species. Hence, if you want to heal the skin; you  must heal the gut.  

Gut permeability is a theory that explores intestinal permeability or impairment as a cause of letting  toxins into the bloodstream and as a result, an inflammatory response occurs. Our intestinal barrier  performs many critical functions, most importantly, regulating the absorption of nutrients from the gut  into the blood while preventing the entry of toxins and microorganisms.  

The digestive tract is considered outside the body as both openings of the digestive tract are connected to  the outside world. A strong, robust immune system in the GI tract will prevent these pathogens from  entering the bloodstream. In fact, 70-80% of all immune cells are found in the GI tract ready to fend off  the multitude of pathogenic organisms that enter our body every day. 

The digestive tract has a unique job of killing off the pathogenic bacteria while protecting commensal  bacteria and antigens which can induce an immune response. IgA antibodies (SIgA) are important for immunotolerance or the immune system’s ability to stay unresponsive to substances that would otherwise  elicit an immune response. They can also prevent mass bacteria invasion and intercept invaders that have  passed into the intestinal barrier. The microbiome and IgA antibodies have a synergistic relationship as  commensal bacteria are an important facilitator of IgA and probiotic supplementation has shown to  increase IgA production. 4Low IgA is associated with an increase in allergies, eczema, asthma, food  intolerance, UTI infections and gut dysbiosis (imbalance between pathogenic and commensal bacteria).  Therefore, if we are seeing these symptoms in ourselves or our children, we can begin taking steps to heal  and seal our gut to decrease the inflammatory response.  

 

Healing and Sealing the Gut with the 5R Approach 

Step 1: The Removal Process 

The removal process consists of getting rid of food items and environmental allergens that are causing toxicity.  Finding food intolerances can be tricky; therefore, a more expensive approach is to go through food sensitivity  testing and to strictly avoid those foods. You can also do an elimination diet in which you remove the most  common allergens from your diet and gradually add them back in after four weeks. The most common allergens to  remove will be eggs, dairy, gluten, soy, legumes, nuts, and seeds. After four weeks you will introduce one new food  per week and keep track of your body’s response. If you notice a new symptom or previous symptom return, then  that food is not tolerable for your system. During the elimination period, acceptable foods include meat, all  vegetables expect nightshades, all fruits except citrus, organic white rice, and healthy fats except butter. Removing  toxic shampoos, pesticides (especially glyphosate) and sanitizers will also be important to healing the skin and gut  microbiome.  

The removal process also consists of removing parasites and fungal overgrowth. This can be done with food, herbs,  or supplements.  

Antimicrobial Foods and Herbs to be Added to the  Diet Daily  

  • Pumpkin seeds 
  • Coconut oil  
  • Raw Garlic 
  • Manuka Honey 
  • Thyme, Clove, Rosemary, and Ginger

Anti-Parasitic Tea Recipe:  

Ingredients:

  • 1 Teaspoon Clove
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Sprig of  Rosemary
  • 1 Teaspoon of fresh Ginger  

Instructions: Boil all ingredients in purified water for 30  minutes 

 

Step 2: Replace the Digestive Enzymes that May be lacking from Gut Dysbiosis  

Once we start to remove foods, toxins and parasites that are causing dysbiosis, we need to start replacing enzymes, vitamins, and minerals for optimal digestive function. For those with heartburn you may not be producing enough  hydrochloric acid or HCL, therefore, you may need to supplement as the digestive tract heals. Ox Bile (if you have  had your gallbladder removed) is good for supporting the liver and digestion of fats and adding in protease, lipase  and amylase will help break down the nutrient dense foods you are now eating. 

 

Foods That Increase Stomach Acid: 

  • Apple cider vinegar  
  • Celery juice  
  • Sauerkraut juice  
  • Bitters-stimulates HCL, pancreatic enzymes and bile production 
  • Warm lemon water, dandelion root tea or ginger tea with meal

 

Foods that Contain Digestive Enzymes 

  • Honey (amylase and protease)  
  • Ginger (contains protease)  
  • Kimchi (contains lipase, protease, and amylase)  
  • Mango (amylase)  
  • Papaya (protease)  
  • Avocado (lipase)  
  • Pineapple (bromelain, protease)  

 

Step 3: Replacing the Gut with Probiotics and Prebiotic Foods to Increase  

Because eczema is an inflammatory disease, our goal in treating the root cause is to lower inflammation internally.  Once we have removed pathogenic bacteria and replaced nutrients and enzymes for proper digestion, we want to  begin replacing the commensal bacteria with probiotic rich foods and supplements. As we begin to replace, we also  want to make sure we are feeding the microorganisms in the gut prebiotics. To qualify as a prebiotic a food must  benefit the commensal bacteria as well as benefit you, the host of the bacteria.  

Live Probiotic Foods to Include 

  • Unsweetened yogurt (if you can tolerate dairy add raw honey for sweetener)  
  • Sauerkraut (for babies you can give a tablespoon of juice daily or use as a salt substitute for  meats and vegetables)  
  • Kimchi, Pickled vegetables, Kombucha, or Kefir, Sourdough 

Prebiotic Foods to Include 

  • Beans, Lentils and Peas 
  • Raw Garlic  
  • Leeks  
  • Apples
  • Unripe Bananas  
  • Cooked and cooled potatoes or white rice

 

Step 4: Repairing the Lining of the Digestive Tract from Long-Term Inflammation 

To prevent toxins and foods from entering the blood stream, it is important to start repairing the mucosal lining of  the digestive tract. Two nutrients that help to restore gut health and the epithelial lining are L-Glutamine and  Glycine. Herbals to consider including in the diet to support a healthy digestive tract are Marshmallow Root,  Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL), and Slippery Elm.  

L-Glutamine: Is an amino acid that acts as a building block for protein. The body relies on L-Glutamine to   facilitate healing in conditions of severe metabolic stress, to reduce gastric inflammation, make  neurotransmitters, and repair muscles. It also serves in protecting the tight junctions of the gut. Dietary  glutamine is found in animal foods such as beef, chicken, pork, raw cheese, milk, and yogurt. A supplement  may also be necessary in cases of severe inflammation, poor gut health and lowered immunity. 5 

Glycine: Even though glycine is a non-essential amino acid, supplementation has been shown to reduce the  development of chronic inflammation and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines. Glycine is synthesized in the  body from choline, threonine, and serine. Foods to incorporate to ensure adequate synthesis of glycine are  gelatin, bone broth, poultry skin, dried seaweed, wild caught salmon, and oxtail. 

Marshmallow Root: Marshmallow root has been shown to restore a protective lining around tight  junctions in the gut as well as treat irritated tissue in the mucous membranes. It is typically consumed  through a capsule or tea form and is often used for a wide range of digestive disorders including  constipation, colic, and heartburn. Marshmallow root has also been shown to treat atopic eczema. 

Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL): DGL has been shown to maintain and rebuild the intestinal lining of  the gut. In studies, DGL is shown to increase the protective mucus in the stomach and esophagus. and  protect the liver from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. 

 Slippery Elm: Slippery elm is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps to form a protective  coating in the digestive tract. Studies show that when combined with Glycine, Aloe Vera, Pectin,  Peppermint Oil and Glutamine, individuals were able to reintroduce food triggers after 16 weeks of  consumption without provoking original symptoms. 

 

Gut Healing Recipes  

Bone Broth Recipe 

  • 1 chicken carcass or marrow bones 
  • 3 medium carrots 
  • 3 stalks of celery 
  • Fresh herbs 
  • Apple cider vinegar  
  • Keltic sea salt  

Directions: Roast the bones in the oven for 30-45 minutes. Take the bones and add to a dutch oven.  Add 2 Tsp of apple cider vinegar, vegetables fresh herbs and sea salt. Cover with filtered water and  bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 12-24 hours. After cooled, strain the broth into mason  jars. Use the broth to cook rice, soups, and stews.  

Jell-O Recipe  

2 cups of organic fresh juice 

2 TBSP of gelatin 

Raw honey 

1/2 -1 Cup of raw fruit or 2 TB of fruit rind (Optional)  

Directions: Pour juice into a saucepan and add 2 TBSP of gelatin and stir until it’s dissolved. Turn  on heat to medium and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for 1 minute. Add in  honey and pour into a glass tray. Put into the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. 

 

Step 5: Rebalancing the Gut 

Rebalancing is all about following a healthy, long-term goal of reducing stress and supporting a healthy nervous  system. Studies show that genetics lay the groundwork for eczema, but it’s the environment that contributes to the  expression of the gene and both play a key role in the dysregulation of the nervous system as well as the immune  system. A dysfunctional nervous system can contribute to inflammation of the gut as well as the skin. In fact, recent  studies show that the skin is a target of the stress response. Psoriasis, mast cell activation, acne, and eczema have all  been tied to psychological stress, anxiety, and depression.

The 9 Essentials to Rebalancing your Life for a Healthy Happy Gut: 

  • Quality Sleep (Adults 7-8 hours, Teenagers 8-10 hours, Children 10-12 hours) 
  •  Food (make sure you sit down and avoid screens for your largest meal)  
  • Water (filtered from chlorine, pharmaceuticals, and fluoride)  
  • Exercise  
  • Healthy relationships  
  • Mental Health  
  • Spiritual Health 
  • Nature  
  • Have Fun  

Do Not Underestimate the Power of Relaxation

Modern American society is too focused on its definition of “success”. Our culture has us believing that success is  measured in achievement. It has us running from here to there, competing for this and that all to the detriment of our  health. Children today are pressured to perform at levels unseen in history. Driving from activity to activity and  rarely getting time to decompress. Being indoors all day and in front of screens has damaging effects on our  hormones, especially cortisol. With phones and computers contributing to increased cortisol and acting as a  psychological stressor, it is important to wean ourselves and our children off the addictiveness of the screen.  

Current studies are showing the power of mind-body therapies as treatment for many chronic diseases including  eczema. In fact, stress is the common risk factor for up to 90% of all diseases. When we are stressed, we release  more cortisol. High cortisol contributes to increased inflammation. 10,11 Therefore, it is important to practice  relaxation techniques. Whatever that looks like in your world, I encourage you to go outside, walk barefoot in the  grass, take day trips, explore, meditate, laugh, and have fun 

 

*If you would like to learn more about healing your body through nutrition and lifestyle, please contact me at carrierutledge@gmail.com and set up a free 15-minute consultation to see how we can tailor a plan for you.  

 

**Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness. I am a certified Nutritional Therapist Master practitioner, therefore, the information and material in this post is for informational purposes and not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any illness. Please seek advice from a qualified medical professional regarding any medical condition or diagnosis.

 

By Mariela Amiri, Traditional Naturopath & Patient Coordinator 

A coffee enema is a type of colon cleanse used in alternative medicine. During the procedure, a mixture of brewed, caffeinated coffee and water is inserted into the colon through the rectum. 

The purpose of coffee enemas is to promote the removal of pathogens and free radicals from the blood and decrease the toxic load on the liver. They can help reduce the burden on a system that is being bombarded with the stress and toxins of everyday life.

The Benefits of Coffee Enemas: 

  • Boosts immunity
  • Increase energy
  • Stops yeast overgrowth
  • Supports detoxification in people with autoimmune diseases and cancer
  • Removes parasites from the digestive tract
  • Removes heavy metals from the body
  • Relieves symptoms of depression

The coffee solution is not held in the liver. In fact, it’s held in the colon. The vessels in the lower part of the descending colon and rectum carry the solution to the liver. The potent compounds in coffee are absorbed by the hemorrhoidal and mesenteric veins that route to the liver.

The coffee enema itself does not produce bile. The coffee does cause some stimulation of the liver to produce bile, but it’s the potent compounds including caffeine, theobromine and theophylline that dilate blood vessels, bile ducts and relax smooth muscles, increasing the flow of bile.

Electrolytes are lost during evacuation, and therefore coffee enemas should always be balanced by juice or minerals. The body does not become dependent on coffee enemas to have a bowel movement.

A variety of coffee is appropriate for use, ranging from gold, green and white, to light and medium roasts. Dark roasts are not appropriate because the potent compounds have been roasted out. Gold, green or white beans are very potent, with light to medium roasts typically well-tolerated by most. If you are new to coffee enemas, green, gold or white beans may not be best to start with. Instead, start with a medium or light roast. Coffee must be organic and we recommend fair-trade, sustainable coffee

 

Coffee Enemas Are Not Recommended for People with the Following Health Concerns: 

  • Currently undergoing chemotherapy
  • Currently in renal, cardiac or respiratory failure
  • Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or other conditions with bleeding and/or ulceration in the digestive tract
  • Ileostomy (no colon)
  • Those with Hypertension and/or tachycardia
  • Pregnant women (consult with your primary physician or Gerson Practitioner)
  • Those experiencing acute or chronic diarrhea (until investigated by a physician)
  • First 6-8 weeks post-surgery (always check with your primary physician)

How to Perform a Coffee Enema:

To perform a coffee enema at home, you need to purchase an enema kit along with organic coffee. Below you’ll find directions for how to make a coffee enema recipe.

  • Enema kits can be found in certain health food or drug stores, and definitely online. There are several types available. No matter the type you use, look for one that has a tube and nozzle attached to either a bucket or bag that hangs above you when you lie down.
  • After choosing a enema kit, you need to purchase coffee beans. You want to purchase only certified organic coffee and regular (not decaf) beans that are free from all chemical sprays — this is important considering the quality of the coffee determines how effective the detoxification process will be.
  • Best to do one immediately after having a bowel movement if possible, which makes it more comfortable, effective and easier to retain for longer. You can also do an enema even if you haven’t recently had a bowel movement (for example, if you’re constipated), but many people like to perform enemas in the morning directly after going to the bathroom.
  • Some practitioners recommend taking an activated carbon charcoal binder before and after a coffee enema to help bind to toxins released from the bile duct so they can be eliminated from the body. 
  • It’s recommended to do an enema about once a week. 

A step-by-step guide for administering a coffee enema safely:

  1. Brew your coffee. Filtered water is highly recommended by most experts and might offer fewer risks than tap water (which contain traces of minerals or chemicals). Add 1-3 tablespoons of organic coffee beans to your pot along with 3-4 cups of filtered water. Then bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Let the mixture cool down to a little warmer than room temperature (70-85 degrees)  once it’s boiled for about 15 minutes. It’s important to allow the mixture to cool because there’s a higher risk for injury and side effects when a solution that is too hot.
  3. You’re now ready to perform your enema, so choose a location that’s comfortable where you can lie down for about 15 minutes, such as the bathroom floor with some towels. Wherever you choose to be, take your enema kit and place the bucket or bag at least 1 meter above you and the ground. So if you’re lying on the floor, you might try hanging the bucket or bag on a towel rack, shower rail, etc. This helps gravity push the coffee liquid down faster so it’s better able to enter your digestive tract and do its job.
  4. Pour your coffee liquid into the enema bag or bucket and hold the tube and nozzle shut. Locate the lever on the tube and nozzle that helps you stop and start the flow of the enema. Before beginning, make sure the valve is shut so no liquid escapes. Use a lubricant such as coconut oil to coat the tip of the enema nozzle, which will make it easier to insert into your rectum without being uncomfortable. Lay on your left side.
  5. Use the valve that helps you to start the flow of coffee and keep the liquid slowly entering your rectum through the nozzle until the bag or bucket is emptied. Take your time and squeeze in so the liquid doesn’t escape as much as possible. Sit however you are most comfortable. That helps you keep the coffee inside of you for about 12 to 15 minutes — 15 minutes is the max time that you need to effectively cleanse your system, so at this point you can stop holding in and can go to the bathroom.

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By Christy Elphick, CryoStretch Roswell 

 

Life is busy and full and sometimes life can be tough, but when we are not at our best- physically or mentally, the things with which we choose to fill our lives are much harder than they need to be! At CryoStretch Roswell, we aim to help our clients get back to the full and busy, wonderful things that fill their lives and give them joy! 

 

Many people have casually strolled through our front doors with looks of wonder on their faces and inquisition in their voices. They were perhaps walking or driving by our storefront or heard of us from a friend of a friend who was sharing their experience. Is it not uncommon for us to hear questions or comments like, “What is cryotherapy?” and “Does it really work?” or “Wow, you have so much to offer here.” While we would love for you to come check us out so we can meet in person, here are some answers to these common questions and more!

 

What is Cryotherapy and why is it so beneficial?

At CryoStretch Roswell, we offer an electric powered cryotherapy whole body chamber.

Much like putting ice on an injury or bruise to help reduce swelling or pain in that specific area, whole body cryotherapy works to treat inflammation, but on a systemic scale. The sudden exposure to the extreme cold causes a shunting of the blood in your extremities to your core to protect your vital organs. As a result of the rewarming process, where the stagnant blood once was, there is restoration of blood flow, now full of white blood cells which are your body’s protective, healing cells. 

 

In addition to the benefits of decreased inflammation and increased protection from infections, cryotherapy also has helpful mental benefits. The exposure to the extreme cold causes the release of adrenaline, dopamine and endorphins thus improving mental clarity, and even decreased symptoms of anxiety, depression, and compulsion. We assure you, it’s cold in there but much more tolerable than a cold shower or ice bath!

 

What other services do you offer?

We have five recovery services that we offer, along with several Cryoskin therapies such as facials, slimming and toning. Beyond whole body cryotherapy, we have an infrared sauna, localized cryotherapy, stretching, and NormaTec compression therapy.

Benefits of the infrared sauna are pretty amazing as well and are often appreciated by our clients after they get out of the cryotherapy chamber. Unlike traditional saunas that heat the air in the sauna, infrared saunas internally heat your body. Some of the many benefits include, improved sleep, better relaxation, improvement in joint and muscle pain, improved circulation, weight loss and better circulation.

 

Sometimes our clients want the benefit of cryotherapy without getting into our chamber. In that case, we offer local cryotherapy, where a targeted stream of nitrogen based cold vapors cool the tissue in a specified area, acting much like an ice pack, but better!

 

Stretching is one of those activities that many people simply don’t take the time to do or do it effectively. Our stretching team is specially trained and uses an assisted stretching routine to offer our clients increased flexibility and protection from injury. We have many clients who have made a stretch visit part of their daily activity because they have greatly benefited from increased mobility as a result of a stretch.

 

NormaTec, otherwise known as compression therapy, not only feels amazing, but offers impressive recovery benefits. We have thigh high boots that provide compression of your entire leg, hip sleeves for compression of your upper thighs and hips, or arm sleeves for your shoulders and arms. The compression sleeves help your muscles recover more quickly after a workout, often preventing the soreness and tightness that many athletes experience after a workout. The action of the compression sleeves helps improve blood, moves lactic acid out of the muscle, and massages your sore muscles.

 

Who are your typical clients?

This is actually a tricky question to answer because we see so many different clients in many different seasons of life. From young elementary school age athletes, middle and high school athletes, to collegiate level athletes. We have adults who spend their free time on the tennis courts, golf courses, and hockey rinks, to older adults who come to see us to help restore their flexibility and overall well being. We truly have something for everyone!

 

So, we invite you to come and check us out to help you get back on the path of your full and wonderful life! Mention Longevity to receive 30% off any regularly priced individual service or Package.

 

Learn more at https://www.cryostretchusa.com/roswell/