Day 50: Digestive Health

SAD Diet and Leaky Gut Syndrome, Digestive Health, Acid Reflux Disease

Welcome to Day 50!

Leaky Gut is an important topic. Many people who have been eating a westernized diet have leaky gut syndrome.

A Juice Feast will heal this condition in most cases, but it is crucial to know what this is, if you have developed leaky gut, so that you can understand why the Juice Feast helps to heal this condition. Finally, it is good to know what kind of dietary choices could cause leaky gut to remanifest, and why The Four Means to Get Your Greens and a diet of live vegan foods is best for your health. The following is from the introduction by Elizabeth Lipski in the file:

I know leaky gut syndrome sounds weird, but if you’ll bear with me, I promise you’ll find the topic one of nearly universal interest. Lots of us have a leaky gut and don’t even know it. If you have such common complaints as: arthritis, asthma, an autoimmune disease, digestive problems, fatigue, food allergies or sensitivities, you probably have a leaky gut.

The digestive system plays an important role in total body health that was never understood before as clearly as it is today. Each year we find out more about how our digestive system looks out for us, protecting us from microbes and toxic substances. It plays an enormous role in our immune system, providing the first line of defense. It acts as a barrier that decides what to let into our bloodstream and what to keep out. Unfortunately, in today’s fast-paced world, the health of the digestive tract often becomes compromised, leading to poor health. If food is not properly digested, cells don’t receive the nourishment they need for proper functioning.

This book provides you with a step-by-step plan for recognizing, understanding and treating leaky gut syndrome. The approach is from a biological rather than a medical viewpoint—looking for root causes of dis-ease and dis-comfort. It’s impossible to discuss leaky gut syndrome without also discussing the important detoxification function of the liver, intestinal flora and microbial balance in the digestive system. These systems work together to keep our immune system healthy, which keeps us healthy. When these systems become overburdened, we feel it.

The solutions presented require your personal involvement in your own well-being. You will find out about new lab tests that can help diagnose your problems and monitor your treatment. You’ll find information about cleansing, feeding and nurturing your body and soul-simple, effective tools to improve the way you feel. Healing leaky gut syndrome can help you treat the underlying cause or contributing factor to your illness and symptoms. Without addressing gut permeability as an issue, many people will never maintain the vibrancy and vitality they deserve. Come with me on a journey towards wellness.

Leaky Gut Syndrome: What Is It?

Leaky gut syndrome is really a nickname for the more formal term increased intestinal permeability, which underlies an enormous variety of illnesses and symptoms. It’s not a disease or an illness itself. Rather, it manifests itself in an enormous variety of ways depending on your genes and your personal ecology. You wouldn’t think that AIDS, allergies, ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune illnesses, celiac disease, chronic hepatitis, Crohn’s disease, cystic acne, eczema, fatigue, inflammatory bowel disease, migraines, multiple-chemical sensitivities, psoriasis, Reiter’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia and Sjogren’s syndrome would have anything in common, but they do. People who have any of these conditions usually also have a leaky gut. The list of health conditions associated with increased intestinal permeability grows each year as we gain further understanding of the role the gut plays in the immune system and central nervous system. Depending on our own susceptibilities, we may develop a wide variety of signs, symptoms and health problems. Leaky gut syndrome is associated with the following medical problems or conditions.

Common Clinical Conditions Associated with Increased Intestinal Permeability

  • Acne

  • Aging

  • AIDS

  • Alcoholism

  • Allergic disorders

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Arthritis/inflammatory joint disease

  • Asthma

  • Autism

  • Celiac disease

  • Chemotherapy

  • Childhood hyperactivity

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Eczema

  • Endotoxemia

  • Environmental illness

  • Food allergies or sensitivities

  • Giardiasis

  • HIV positive

  • Hives

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Intestinal infections

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Liver dysfunction

  • Malabsorption

  • Malnutrition

  • Multiple chemical sensitivities

  • NSAID enteropathy

  • Pancreatic insufficiency

  • Psoriasis

  • Reiter’s syndrome

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Schizophrenia

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

  • Thermal injury

  • Trauma

  • Ulcerative Colitis

Check out the excellent writing by Elizabeth Lipski on this topic in the file, and say goodbye to any chance of an unhealthy leaky gut!

Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)

In today’s top video, Dr. Berg talks about the causes of acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), Tums, and H2 Receptor blockers are medications used to treat these conditions but it also has a common side effect called Achlorhydria, a condition where it has an absence of hydrochloric acid in the gastric secretions. These medications are also causing these conditions which creates the same problems.

Side Effects of Achlorhydria: GERD • Acid Reflux • Heartburn • Low B12 • Constipation • Low Magnesium • Low Zinc

The common cause of acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD has to do with the autonomic nervous system where the esophagus valve is opened because of the low stomach acid.

Causes of Achlorhydria 1. H. Pylori – this microbe depletes the stomach acids 2. Zinc Deficiency 3. Potassium Deficiency 4. Sodium Deficiency 5. Chloride Deficiency 6. Iodine Deficiency 7. Vitamin B3 Deficiency 8. Hypothyroid Conditions

Best Sources for Increasing Stomach Acid: • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and Betaine Hydrochloride (Betaine HCl). You can take Apple Cider Vinegar while Juice Feasting. 1 Tablespoon in a small 4oz glass of water 5 minutes before Juices will increase stomach acid production, and help you digest and assimilate all the abundant nutrients in your Juices!

See you in The Green Room!


What Really Causes Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and GERD? with Dr. Eric Berg, DC

Can gut bugs change the world?

Join Warren Peters on a journey into understanding your microbiome and the new discoveries changing the way we understand diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, autism, and our everyday health and wellness.

The Unhealthy Gut: The Root of a Plethora of Illness

What are the main digestive conditions? How poor digestion can affect many more aspects of health Maintaining digestive wellness and healing Liz Lipski, PhD, PhD in Clinical Nutrition, is board certified in clinical nutrition, holistic nutrition, and Certified Nutrition Specialist.

Healing gut barrier function and rebalancing the microbiota can shift metabolism to improve weight loss and reduce the incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Join Dr. Liz Lipski to find out how as she presents Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and the Microbiome.

Juicy Tips: Parasite Cleanse

If you are Feasting north of 60 days, now is a good time to make sure that you have the parasite cleanse in your hands by that time. Return to the Juice Feasting Intro and look under Supplements and Superfoods to choose which parasite cleanse you are going to acquire, and appreciate the fact that during the Juice Feast you are able to access such a thorough level of cleansing!

Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and she discusses all of the important information about gut and psychology syndrome and the autism in children.

New York Times best-selling author and internationally renowned pioneer in nutrition and holistic health, Ann Louise Gittleman brings her cutting edge dietary acumen for a great show on digestion, bile, parasites, & omega-7's.

Dr. Eric Berg DC discusses the fiber myth: a 30 year old myth that is still being promoted to reduce colon disease. This is NOT true at all - and it may cause colon disease. Your belly fat may be stemming from the fiber you are consuming and not necessarily just fat.

Today’s Downloads

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leaky gut syndrome

by Elizabeth Lipski

Faulty digestion is directly responsible for a vast array of illnesses—everything from heartburn and constipation to ulcers. But studies show that many widespread illnesses—for example, arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, food allergies and sensitivities, migraine headaches, and psoriasis—are indirectly caused by leaky gut syndrome. This book provides a comprehensive guide to the condition, ways to test for it and detoxify your body, as well as dozens of nutritional and herbal self-care ideas so you can restore your digestive function to optimal health.

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acid reflux disease

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Before you reach for the antacids to deal with troublesome heartburn, you might want to consider simply changing your eating habits. Most people are aware that eating too quickly or eating certain foods can trigger heartburn, yet few people are willing to change how and what they eat. Instead, they chow down as usual and then turn to their heartburn medication for relief. However, this is not the best way to tackle heartburn or indigestion, and, in fact, some of the very medications that claim to ease heartburn may actually make things worse.

Believe it or not, heartburn is often related to too little stomach acid, among other important elements. Read on in the file!

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by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Zinc is absolutely essential for prostate health, sperm production, and testosterone production. It is also a critical element in preventing and reducing INFLAMMATION for everyone. This file has been a joy to research and create for you, and once you see the value of zinc for male sexual health, and human health in general, you will be seeking out the zinc-rich foods and appropriate supplements to ensure you always have healthy zinc levels. Experts say as many as 2 billion people around the world have diets deficient in zinc, and studies are raising concerns about the health implications this holds for infectious disease, immune function, DNA damage and cancer.

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sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) introduction

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FILES ON THE JUICE FEASTING PROGRAM. Understanding the health applications and implications of sodium bicarbonate (such as Arm and Hammer Baking Soda) cannot be underestimated in its importance for you and everyone you know. When it comes to the “composting” of your interior terrain due to fungal overgrowths and their mycotoxin byproducts, the application of sodium bicarbonate to restore an alkaline inner terrain can be a critical ally in your healing and health maintenance. Please, please familiarize yourself with this file and topic if you have not done so already. This information is from the excellent work done by Drs. Tullio Simoncini and Mark Sircus. I highly recommend acquiring Dr. Mark Sircus’ book, Sodium Bicarbonate: Rich Man’s Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment. Enjoy the file. This will benefit you and your friends and loved ones for the rest of your life.

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Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System

by Paul and Patricia Bragg

Research worldwide supports and commends what Hippocrates (the father of medicine) found and treated his patients with in 400 B.C. He discovered that natural, undistilled Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV)* is a powerful cleansing and healing elixir, "a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria" for a healthier, stronger, longer life!

The versatility of ACV as a powerful body cleansing agent is legendary. The use of Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful health aid, and the #1 food I recommend in helping to maintain the body's natural digestive fire.

According to research ACV has benefits as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. A 2018 study found that undiluted (or mildly diluted) ACV can prevent the growth of candida (the Topic of Day 61 on the JF Program)

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sauerkraut - cultured vegetables

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Cultured Vegetables are an ESSENTIAL food for digestive/gut health, and therefore the overall health of your body. I have personally and professionally had and heard experiences of gut dysbiosis – loose stools, intestinal distress, candida-related issues… poor nutrient assimilation… that have been partially or completely turned around by eating cultured vegetables – sauerkraut. Do not underestimate the importance of these foods in any healthy dietary approach, long-term.

Raw cultured vegetables have been around for thousands of years, but we have never needed them more than we do today. Rich in lactobacilli and enzymes, alkaline-forming, and loaded with vitamins, they are an ideal food that can and should be consumed with every meal.

Since cultured vegetables are an excellent source of vitamin C, Dutch seamen used to carry them to prevent scurvy. For centuries, the Chinese have cultured cabbage each fall to ensure a source of greens through the winter (when they lacked refrigeration). Cultured vegetables are a favorite food of the long-lived Hunzas. Yogurt ads lead us to believe that eating yogurt ensures a long life, but it’s really the active cultures of friendly bacteria (lactobacilli) inside it that are responsible for good health. Similarly, the enzymes and the high lactic acid in raw cultured vegetables promote wellness and longevity

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kefir - raw (dairy and non-dairy)

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Kefir is an incredibly important longevity and beautifying food – both in its dairy and non-dairy varieties. Many Vegans are enjoying the newly created Coconut Kefir drink developed by Donna Gates. Further, many Vegans looking to integrate some animal products into their predominantly Vegan diet have found Raw Dairy Kefir to be a beautiful, supportive choice as they move forward in their dietary journey. Donna Gates writes in The Body Ecology Diet:

“It was becoming clearer to me that kefir had tremendous healing power. With its laxative effect, it helped clean my colon. Its beneficial bacteria and yeast helped control the pathogenic yeast and repopulate my colon with a favorable, new life force. And kefir, being cultured, was much healthier than milk.

I began making kefir every day. At first I was skeptical, as I always and about new foods, so I told no one about it. Each morning I had a glass of it, and within two weeks couldn’t believe how much energy I had. When you are over 50 (as I am), if you eat the wrong foods, it shows and you look YOUR age. However, I was amazed that each day I seemed to look younger. Others noticed it, too, and kept telling me how good I looked. Any woman loves that.”

So check this out – whether you are Vegan or not. Katrina and I found kefir to be a miraculous cultured food to integrate into our Post-Vegan approach during our pregnancy with Sophia, and we continue to make and drink it with gratitude and health.

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miso - tempeh - natto

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Miso (pronounced mee-so) is one of the outstanding treasures of Japanese culture which has now spread from its native home to benefit all of humanity. Miso as we know it today is the result of over 2000 years of care and craft, developed within a world view which intuitively knew that food is our best medicine.

From a health standpoint, one of the reasons that Bacillus bacteria are so interesting is their ability to create a form of vitamin K called menaquinone-7 (MK-7). Vitamin K (in all forms) is an important nutrient for bone and teeth health and formation, digestive health, and for the health of the female reproductive system. Sufficient intake of vitamin K is associated with decreased risk of osteoporosis, since this vitamin is involved with maintenance of bone mineral density and also with shaping of bone structure.

Miso is also a potent anti-cancer food, as well as an important anti-radiation food. See the file for more information on these important qualities of Miso.

Natto is our best source of Vitamin K2, among all animal and plant-based sources.

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probiotics for balanced health

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem — literally and figuratively — hard to swallow. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria – probiotics.

Self-dosing with bacteria isn’t as outlandish as it might seem. An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. These microorganisms (or microflora) generally don’t make us sick; most are helpful. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms) in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.

Online Articles

The aloe vera miracle: A natural medicine for cancer, cholesterol, diabetes, inflammation, IBS, and other health conditions by Mike Adams

I'm truly excited to be bringing you this information today about the miraculous healing abilities of aloe vera. First off, in case you don't know, let me emphasize that I don't sell aloe vera products of any kind, I haven't been paid to write this article, and I don't earn any commissions from the sale of any products mentioned here. I am, however, an enthusiastic supporter of natural medicine, and I personally grow and eat aloe vera plants in Tucson, Arizona.

How to Get Radiant Skin: From Acne to Eczema, Kiss Inflammatory Skin Disorders Goodbye! by Donna Gates

Whether it is acne or eczema, most skin disorders have one thing in common: inflammation.

Inflammation can be triggered in one area of the body and show up somewhere else. So far, research tells us that this phenomenon has to do with two factors.

  1. The immune system

  2. The microorganisms living throughout the body

As it turns out, the microorganisms on the skin play a more important role in the body’s inflammatory signaling than we ever expected.

Great Books

By Elizabeth Lipski

Leaky Gut Syndrome is synonymous with “increased intestinal permeability”. This occurs when the intestinal wall becomes inflamed and irritated, losing its ability to function. The intestinal lining has the important job of allowing nutrients to be absorbed through it, while keeping out inappropriate substances.With Leaky Gut, these inappropriate substances enter the bloodstream, which can overburden the immune system and degrade our health.

By Donna Gates

If you’re experiencing discomfort, fatigue, or other symptoms that won’t go away no matter what you do or how many doctors you see, chances are you’re one of the millions unknowingly suffering from a systemic fungal/yeast infection, “the hidden invader.” The result of an imbalance starting in your internal ecosystem, this can be a key factor in headaches, joint and muscle pain, depression, cancer, food allergies, digestive problems, autism, and other immune-related disorders.

The Body Ecology Diet reveals how to restore and maintain the “inner ecology” your body needs to function properly, and eliminate or control the symptoms that rob you of the joy of living. Tens of thousands of people have already benefited from the Body Ecology way of life—Donna Gates shows you, step-by-step, how to eat your way to better health and well-being . . . deliciously, easily, and inexpensively!

In this book, you will learn how to: use seven basic universal principles as tools to gain mastery over every health challenge you may encounter; focus on your inner ecology to create ideal digestive balance; conquer cravings with strategies for satisfying snacking and for dining away from home; and plan meals with dozens of delectable recipes, an array of menus, and detailed shopping lists.

By Dr. David Brownstein, MD

Most illnesses start in the gut, including many you would not even think of!

And if your gut isn?t functioning right, it sets the stage for illness and disease. The gut - the gastrointestinal system - is designed to absorb nutrients that support our bodies and help us make energy, and get rid of things that we don’t need or are toxic. But what happens when the system breaks down? Leaky gut syndrome (LGS) occurs when the lining of the small intestine is damaged, allowing foreign compounds to escape into your bloodstream, which weakens your immune system and triggers autoimmune reactions.

Traditional physicians don’t understand what LGS is - much less how to diagnose and treat it. In fact, it is estimated that more than 80 percent of people with chronic illnesses have leaky gut, an overgrowth of bad bacteria, or not enough good bacteria.

Here are some symptoms that may be caused by LGS:

+ Digestive complaints, acid reflux, IBS, Crohn?s disease

+ Joint and muscle pain, arthritis

+ Obesity and food allergies

+ Headaches, depression, anxiety, ADHD

+ Itchy skin, rashes, eczema, acne, rosacea, psoriasis

In Heal Your Leaky Gut, Dr. David Brownstein will explain how the gut - like the brain, heart, and liver - needs to be properly nourished in order for it to function correctly. Simply stated, if your gut is not healthy, your immune system is going to suffer.

Improving your gut health and taking fewer drugs will help you feel better and look younger, improve your brain function, and treat myriad medical conditions. This book will give you all the information you need to change what you are now doing so you can have optimal gut health and, as a result, overall health and well-being.

Media, Films, & Documentaries

Digestive Wellness | Interview | Dr. Elizabeth Lipski on Underground Wellness


Dr. Elizabeth Lipski, author of Digestive Wellness, stops by Underground Wellness Radio to discuss the many things that can go wrong with our digestive systems. She will also discuss how we can fix them! Check out her website at Dr. Lipski’s book is available in the UW Store! Hosted by Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness.

Improve Your Microbiome | Interview | Kiran Krishnan


We are not alone! Did you know that we are 10 times more bacteria than we are human? The bacteria that live in (and on us) play a significant role in how our body responds to stress, food, and our environment. In today's episode, microbiologist Kiran Krishnan helps us gain a clearer understanding of the human microbiome and how it relates to our overall health.

Many health conditions - including skin issues like psoriasis and eczema to diabetes and Chron's disease, to candida, yeast issues, and even arthritis and cancer - can stem from an imbalance of bacteria in the gut. Kiran explains why popping a probiotic pill is not the solution and he offers refreshingly different suggestions for what to do to improve the health and strength of your own microbiome.

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