03-26-2013, 07:48 PM
It's no wonder that candida overgrowth can cause such a multitude of symptoms and it is no simple task to get the gut back into health once the good bacteria in the mucosa lining is killed off and candida moves in, colonizes and grows into the gut wall. The mast cells located along the gut wall are now cut off from their normal function, its it any wonder this condition produces so many symptoms? Is it going to help to try and treat these symptoms without first getting the candida removed and the beneficial organisims back into the mucosa lining and colonized? This is where I made my big mistake, not having the information and not being able to find a doctor who had a clue about it, it turned into a 20 year trial and error learning process. Picture this, 28 feet of intestine with the surface area of a tennis court with all the intricacies involved along the gut wall and candida moves in and shuts it off. The bottom line in my opinion is that there will never be a cure until the gut wall is cleared of candida and recolonized with good bacteria, all the other symptoms will clear up on their on. How do you do this? If candida has had the upper hand for a long time, its going to take a long time to recover, there is no answer other than cleansing and more cleansing and using prebiotics and probiotics for recolonization of the good guys.
Leaky gut - or leaky gut syndrome (LGS) - is a poorly recognized but very common problem, which is rarely tested for. This condition results from an overly-permeable intestinal lining with spaces between the cells of the gut wall. These spaces allow foreign material (bacteria, toxins and food) to leak into your body where they should not be, placing an additional burden on the immune and detoxification systems.
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If the gut is not healthy, the rest of the body cannot be either. LGS makes it increasingly difficult to maintain a sense of wellness. Chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia and escalating food allergies are among the many manifestations of a leaky gut.
The barrier maintained by a healthy intestinal mucosa is an incomplete one to begin with. Small numbers of molecules of different sizes and characteristics do cross the intact epithelium by both active and passive mechanisms. Generally, the larger the molecule, the less likely it is to be allowed across. Once the gut lining becomes inflamed or damaged, it becomes more difficult to keep foreign, larger particles out. As the spaces between cells open up, larger particles are allowed to be absorbed into the body.
Normally the body sees only tiny food antigens and limited amounts of bacteria. When it sees these new, larger ones, it considers them foreign invaders. Antibodies are then produced against once harmless foods and your immune system becomes increasingly occupied with chores it should not have to be performing. Your health becomes more difficult to maintain as increasing numbers of foods must be avoided for you to feel well.
Even though the gut is becoming leakier, vitamin and mineral absorption becomes reduced - not increased, as you might expect - because some carrier mechanisms of absorption become damaged as part of the process. Many nutrients have to be carried across the barrier and will not otherwise be absorbed.
The junctions between cells not only need to be 'tight' but the surface area of the small intestine must be large for normal nutrient processing to occur. Continued irritation and inflammation of the gut lining causes an even greater malabsorption by reducing the overall surface area of the lining. Even when consuming the healthiest of diets, inadequate nutrient absorption may compound the problem of having to deal with all these new foreign invaders.
People have used plants containing inulin to help relieve diabetes mellitus a condition characterised by hyperglycemia and/or hyperinsulinemia.
Inulin is indigestible by human enzymes ptyalin and amylase, which are designed to digest starch. As a result, inulin passes through much of the digestive system intact. It is only in the colon that bacteria metabolise inulin, with the release of significant quantities of carbon dioxide and/or methane. Inulin-containing foods are therefore notoriously gassy and not recommended for the socially sensitive.
Inulin is not broken down into simple sugars (monosaccharides) by normal digestion, so it does not elevate blood sugar levels, hence, helping diabetics regulate blood sugar levels. Inulin is, however, not chemically related to insulin; the similarities in name do not relate to any similarity in form or function.
Inulin is also a highly effective prebiotic, stimulating the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria in the gut. As mentioned, inulin passes through the stomach and duodenum undigested, it is highly available to the gut bacterial flora. This contrasts with proprietary probiotic formulations based on yogurt or milk in which the bacteria have to survive very challenging conditions through the gastrointestinal tract before they are able to colonize the gut.
Sources of inulin
Plants that contain high concentrations of inulin include:
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Wild Yam (Dioscorea sp.)
Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
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