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Spring Cleaning! Leaky Gut and 9 Symptoms to Recognize It

Hi and how are you doing?  And your plans for the weekend?  We’re thrilled that “Call the Midwife” has resumed on PBS and we can’t wait for the next episode.

It’s the annual yard sale /clean up in our neighborhood this weekend and we’ll spend some time cleaning up our yard.  Oh, the life-changing magic of tidying up, to quote the best-selling book by Marie Kondo (that I loved) — whether it’s drawers, closets, kitchen cupboards, windows, a flower bed … or your bowels and your health.  I wrote an article about that, entitled “To De-Clutter and De-Light” for Meridian Magazine, HERE.

My article today goes back to when we were first learning about the tea, back in the winter  of 2007-2008 (Yes, it’s REALLY going on 10 years for us using and sharing the tea!) I heard about “leaky gut” for the first time on a conference call for the tea and I did some further research. Leaky gut is literally a condition where microscopic toxins in the colon seep through the colon walls into other body organs and systems.  Not good.

SPRINGTIME HAPPY THOUGHT: It is MOST helpful to think of the tea as a true “Spring Clean” for your body! My mom’s “Spring Tonics” when we were kids were so nasty.  It doesn’t get any easier than drinking some My Miracle Tea — especially if it’s been a while since you’ve used it, and is great for kids!

Dr. Miller doesn’t do those cool phone conference calls anymore, so I’m happy to pass along this information now.  It might be really important for someone in your special corner of the universe.

Enjoy your weekend! :0)  We’re here for you!

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If you know anyone who suffers with migraine headaches, you might be interested in the email I got not too long ago from a lovely lady named Shawn:

“Hi Carolyn!  I was daily waking up with headaches and have been trying to lose weight for a long time without much success.  I found your tea, and almost immediately the headaches were gone.  And my appetite has really changed!  The headaches started with a car accident nearly 30 years ago … and get worse if I move or lift heavy objects.  But they are GONE when I am drinking the tea regularly!

Interestingly, I’m now able to watch the news on TV, which sounds dumb, but I haven’t been able to watch TV without getting upset, and now I’m realizing I can.  My husband thinks the tea is helping with moods and behaviors.

I’ve been very ill for so much of my adult life with the migraines and seizures, so anything that helps at all is a huge help.  Thank you so much!”

Fascinating, isn’t it, how a clean colon makes all the difference in the world?

Wow!!

We’re getting SO excited! The tea in capsule form, especially for young missionaries who need it packaged with a more youthful name and branding, is almost ready to launch.  Our sons have been working around the clock and we’re nearly there.  Stay tuned!

Today’s Article
Nine Signs You Have Leaky Gut by Dr. Amy Myers

The gut is the gateway to health.  If your gut is healthy, chances are that you’re in good health.  However, there’s a condition called leaky gut that can lead to a host of health problems.

What is a leaky gut?

The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb these vital nutrients. In fact, regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. In sensitive people, gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining. Other factors — such as infections, toxins, stress and age — can also cause these tight junctions to break apart.

Once these tight junctions get broken apart, you have a leaky gut. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these “foreign invaders” as pathogens and attacks them. The immune response to these invaders can appear in the form of any of the nine signs you have a leaky gut, which are listed below.

What causes leaky gut?

The main culprits are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Other inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar and excessive alcohol, are suspected as well. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins come in the form of medications, like Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, and acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics. Stress and age also contribute to a leaky gut.

if you suffer from any of the following conditions, it’s likely that you have a leaky gut:

9 Signs You Have a Leaky Gut

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

2. Seasonal allergies or asthma.

3. Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.

4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.

5. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.

6. Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.

7. Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.

8. Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.

9. Food allergies or food intolerances.

How do you heal a leaky gut?

In my practice, I have all of my patients follow The Myers Way comprehensive elimination diet, which removes the toxic and inflammatory foods for a certain period of time.  In addition, I have them follow a 4R program to heal their gut.  The 4R program is as follows.

1. Remove.

Remove the bad.  The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract, such as inflammatory and toxic foods, and intestinal infections.

2. Replace.

Replace the good. Add back the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption, such as digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids.

3. Reinoculate.

It’s critical to restore beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria.

4. Repair.

It’s essential to provide the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself.  One of my favorite supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the lining of the gut wall.

If you still have symptoms after following the above recommendations, I would recommend finding a Functional Medicine physician in your area to work with you and to order a comprehensive stool test.

You can read the full article HERE.

Carolyn Allen is the mother of 5 children and grandmother to 11 (so far!). She and her husband, Bob, have been helping people feel and look better for years with My Miracle Tea. Read More
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