Leaky Gut

What is leaky gut? It is a condition where the tight junctions in your mucosal layer let bigger molecules through than it normally does (this is called increased gastrointestinal permeability), this can lead to increased inflammation, allergy, and immune responses and gastrointestinal upset (Mu et al., 2017). How does your gastrointestinal tract protect you from bacteria, toxins, food antigens, and pathogens while helping you absorb nutrients? Well, it’s all in the mucosal layer. This single later of epithelial cells are held together by tight junction proteins that dictate what can pass through into the blood circulation. The mucosal layer is supported by the immune system including immunoglobulins, cytokines, mucins, and other antimicrobial molecules. The intestinal barrier helps to stop these toxins and pathogens from penetrating through and entering into the blood circulation and causing a systemic immune response (Mu et al., 2017). Most epithelial cells renew every 3-5 days and…

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Diarrhoea Dominant

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the name they use for the gastrointestinal disorder is which the patient shows symptoms of abdominal pain (relieved by defecation), and either diarrhoea or constipation…

Bowel movements: Constipation

Constipation is a symptom of something else happening in your body, either dietary, hormonal, or functional. Conditions such as hypothyroidism, Parkinson’s Disease, and Diabetes are associated with constipation. Constipation is…

What is a healthy bowel movement?

As a society, we do not usually talk about bowel movements, for many it may be a manners thing – especially around the dinner table! For others, it may be…

World Meditation Day

Meditation, it’s grown in popularity over recent years, what was once seen as a religious practice is now more mainstream and is being practiced by individuals all over the world,…

Castor Oil Packs

What is castor oil? Castor oil comes from the Castor oil Plant (Palma Christi or Ricinus communis L.) The part used: oil expressed cold drawn from the seeds without the…

Yippee! The semester is over! (Part two)

To continue from my earlier post, with this one for those of us who are studying or under high stress! Here are some tips to unwind over your semester break…

Yippee! The semester is over! (Part one)

These files may not look like much, but the paperwork in these files was gathered over 300 hours during the semester! Each file contains my clients health history, physical examination,…