The name may sound strange, but leaky gut, medically known as increased intestinal permeability can indeed be connected to a myriad of health issues. Have you ever thought about the fact that the contents of the gut are technically outside the body? The intestinal barrier, with a surface area of 300-400 m2, is the largest interface between the body and external environment. In healthy people, the barrier is tightly regulated, only allowing important nutrients to pass through the gut, and protecting the body from harmful substances such as toxins, undigested foods and pathogens. When the digestive tract mucosa is inflamed, the tight junctions of the intestinal mucosa are compromised or become loose, which eventually leads to ‘leaky gut’ syndrome. When this happens undigested food particles, bacteria, and other pathogens leak into the bloodstream. Your body must then deal with these foreign inva...
Pyroluria, also known as kryptopyrole or pyrole disorder is a genetic condition that causes an abnormality in bio chemistry, resulting in the over production of a urinary pyrole called HPL (hydroxyhemoppyrrolin-2-one).
Pyrole is a by-product of haemoglobin (oxygen carrying molecule in the body) synthesis and for the majority of the population; the body excretes it via the urine with no issues. However, for approximately 10% of the population who have Pyroluria they produce excessive amounts of HPL, which binds to or inhibits Vitamin B6, Biotin, Omega 6 essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and Zinc from reaching their targets within the body.
Deficiencies of Zinc and B6 are linked to a wide range of emotional and psychiatric problems. Generally speaking zinc and B6 play important roles involved with learning, digestion, mood and behaviour control, eliminating toxins, immunity, dealing with stress and energy production. Nervousness, anxiety, depression, ext...
We are continuously exposed to infectious pathogens. So why is it that some children come down with every ‘bug’ and others don’t? The most important barrier between your child and nasty winter bugs is their very own immune system.
Babies are born with naturally leaky guts, meaning that there are little gaps in the gut lining. This is important because it allows the antibodies from breast milk to flow freely into the bloodstream, providing baby with natural immunities to bacteria and viruses. So leaky gut is good for babies, but only in the beginning. The gaps ideally seal before introducing solids, but for many it takes longer, or never completely seals which leads to not only food allergies but also immunity problems.
So why is gut health so important? It is the first line of internal defence (your skin is your first line of external defence) when a bug (virus/bacteria/parasite) enters the body. This can be through rubbing eyes, putting hands in mouth or up the nose....
Chicken broth is a nutritious food that can be enjoyed as is or used as a base for other soups and casseroles, pilaf, sauces and curries-the list seems endless.
This recipe is great because it’s easy and quite quick to make. Because it is only cooked for 2-4 hours, it has lower levels of histamine and and glutamates (which can cause some people to feel a little on edge) than bone broth which is cooked for up to 24 hours. If you’re generally prone to anxiety, restlessness or insomnia, discard the chicken skin before making the broth as this will decrease the amount of histamine and glutamates you’re consuming as well as shortening the cooking time to 2 hours.
6L cold, filtered water or enough to cover the chicken
1 whole chicken + 10 chicken wings OR (if you don’t have a whole chicken) a combination or chicken drumsticks and wings – you’ll need quite a bit for a good broth (1kg of chicken in total). For increased nutrition also add some chicken c...
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