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March 2017 Leaky Gut Syndrome

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March 2017

Monroe Farmer’s Market is open year round from 7am-12noon

Chantelle’s Medicinal Teas now available at Health Matters

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-½ hour $30.00; 1 hour $50.00

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 First FridayDowntown Monroe March 3 Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

Join many businesses with art exhibits, food and drink specials.

Transitions for Women a support group for women that have lost their partners-Next Meeting March 18 at 3 PM held at First Presbyterian Church

Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM 

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Healthy Happenings: What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? From Digestive Wellness by Elizabeth Lipski PhD., CCN

There seems to be an epidemic of digestive issues plaguing many of our customers.  I thought it might be helpful to explain what I know since I have been living with digestive problems for a few years.  Leaky gut syndrome is a nickname for the medical terminology increased intestinal permeability.  A healthy intestinal lining allows only properly digested fats, proteins, and starches to pass through so they can be assimilated.   At the same time, it also provides a barrier to keep out bacterial products, foreign substances, and large undigested molecules.  Because of the constant exposure to foreign foods like wheat, oats, corn, rice etc. or environmental contaminants the immune system begins to attack these substances which create antibodies.  When we continue the exposure the immune systems reacts against the antibodies.  As time goes on, people with leaky gut syndrome tend to become more and more sensitive to a wider variety of foods and other toxins.  

Leaky gut syndrome is associated with medical problems: allergies, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, HIV, and malabsorption syndromes. It is also linked to autoimmune diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, eczema, food and environmental sensitivities, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and skin irritations.

·         Food Allergy/Food Intolerance/Food Sensitivity?

v  Food Allergy is the most serious reaction to foods that is immediate severity ranges from mild to life threatening and can be triggered by smelling or touching the offending food.  Almost all true allergies are caused by the “big 8” foods: wheat, eggs, soy, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.

Food allergies are usually divided into immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated and non-IgE reactions.  IgE reactions are immediate, within minutes to a few hours after exposure.  Symptoms can include hives, breathing difficulties, and swelling of the throat.  Epi-pens are used for this type of reaction.

Non-IgE reactions are typically delayed in onset, generally 4-28 hours after contact with the offending foods.  Non-IgE reactions may include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and irritability.

v  Food Intolerances occur when you can’t metabolize certain components in food often because the body lacks a particular enzyme to digest that food.  Lactose intolerance is an example of this condition.  Symptoms of food intolerance are usually gastrointestinal and may include gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, cramping, or heartburn.

v  Food Sensitivity involves adverse reactions to certain foods; unlike true allergies, however, the immune system is not involved.  Sensitivities are much more common than allergies, and often include symptoms such as nausea, bloating, headaches, joint pain, or rashes. 

·         Probable Causes:

v  Overuse of antibiotics which leads to imbalance in gut bacteria

v  Chronic use of Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs

v  Excessive alcohol consumption

v  Allergenic foods especially wheat and gluten

v  Stress

·         Signs & Symptoms of Food Sensitivities:

v  Gastrointestinal problems, gas bloating, and indigestion.

v  Weight gain due to inflammation and might contribute to insulin resistance, fatty liver, and higher insulin levels, promoting fat storage.

v  Moodiness and brain fog when the foods impact the central nervous system, causing irritability, anxiety, depression, and fatigue.

v  Joint pain when the reaction causes inflammation that can lead to joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and lack of mobility. Certain foods especially nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and peppers) tend to be especially aggravating to some people.

v  Skin issues Eczema, acne, rashes, dark circles under the eyes, and prematurely wrinkled or sagging skin are common signs of food sensitivities.

v  Headaches Chronic low-grade headaches and migraines are well known symptoms of food sensitivities and allergies. Certain compounds, such as sulfites (found in wine and dried fruits) and monosodium glutamate (MSG), are common causes of headaches in people who are sensitive.  Nitrates and nitrites in processed meats and food high in tyramine (aged cheese, processed meat, olives, pickles and nuts) can also trigger headaches if you are sensitive to them.

·         Supplements for Sensitivities:

v  Betaine HCL Low levels of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) can lead to improper digestion and possible sensitivities and intolerances.  Betaine HCL supplements can help boost stomach acid for better digestions.  Take them after, not before or after meals.

v  Digestive enzymes insufficient enzymes can provoke food sensitivities and intolerances; look for enzymes supplements that contain protease, lipase, and amylase, to digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.  Take them during meals.

v   Probiotics Also called beneficial bacteria; they help treat food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances by fighting harmful bacteria and increasing friendly bacteria in the gut.  Probiotic formulas that contain prebiotics in the form of inulin or FOS can exacerbate symptoms in some people, so you may want to avoid them until your gut is healed.

v  Quercetin is a flavonoid found in onion, apple, green tea, and red wine that has anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce reactions to compounds that trigger allergic reactions.  Some studies also suggest that quercetin can enhance gut barrier function and heal leaky gut.

v  Multivitamin Because your digestion may be compromised, and you’re avoiding certain foods, multivitamin and mineral supplements can help fill in nutritional gaps.

v  Vitamin C This safe, multi-purpose antioxidant is a good treatment of allergens in general.  That’s because allergic symptoms are caused when mast cells produce histamines and other chemicals, and vitamin C helps mitigate the release of these chemicals.  As an antioxidant, it can also help repair cellular damage.


Maurine is happy to provide her opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.


As always, contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.


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Save the Earth Tip: Tidy fridge- Clear out your fridge regularly to minimize the amount of food and drink it has to keep cool.  By keeping the fridge tidy, you can find what you’re looking for quickly.  Up to 30 percent of the cool air escapes every time you open the fridge, so the quicker you can grab stuff and close the door the better.


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 Recipe of the Month


Bake Winter Squash courtesy of Kathryn Kopka

2 pears

2 apples

1 sweet dumpling squash or other winter squash

1 large sweet potato

½ teaspoon cinnamon

4 tablespoons melted butter

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Cut up pears, apples, squash, sweet potato into bite size pieces.

Spread onto rimmed baking sheet

Combine butter and cinnamon. Pour over vegetables and fruit.

Bake 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until tender.  Stirring occasionally.



Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161


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March 2017 Leaky Gut

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