Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker,
author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements.
Thanks for checking out my video today. We’re going to talk about leaky gut syndrome. What
it is. What causes it. What the signs and symptoms are and what the most effective natural
treatment is. I’m going to read you an excerpt out of my book, Candida Crusher, just to familiarize
you with what leaky gut syndrome is and then I’ll expand on that a little bit.
Leaky gut syndrome describes a condition of altered or damaged small bowel lining caused
by antibiotics, toxins, poor diet, parasites, Candida yeast infection, stress, etc., which
can lead to increased permeability of the gut wall to toxins, microbes, undigested food
particles, wastes or larger than normal macromolecules. These can be things like bits of pollen or
basically dead bacteria or yeast, all sorts of junk there.
It has been estimated by experts that around 60 percent of your whole immune system is
located in your small intestine, and incredibly, a high percentage of this activity is concentrated
in the first three inches of your duodenum. In a normal healthy person, the small bowel
behaves like a colander or a sieve allowing only the breakdown of the very finest molecules
of digestion into your bloodstream. A healthy membrane of the small intestine allows only
very small nutrients in fats, proteins and starches, which are all broken down to extremely
fine particle size to enter into the bloodstream. While the larger molecules and many different
types of toxic compounds are kept out. So you can see it’s a selective membrane. The
last thing we want is for this membrane to be permeable and to allow junk coming through
that could adversely affect our immune system on the other side.
When the small intestine is affected by leaky gut syndrome, however, this process does not
occur. Tiny food particles bypass the cells that normally absorb them and slip in between
tiny intercellular junctions, which are created by the leaky gut and challenge the immune
system on the other side. Let’s examine this in a little more detail. And then I go on
and on and I explain a little bit about yeast infection and leaky gut syndrome. You can
read a lot of these articles on yeastinfection.org if you want to have a look.
In your intestinal tract, there reside microscopic microvilli. These are tiny finger like projections
that come off the lining of the small intestine with hair like small membrane extensions called
the brush border. The microvilli serve as a major point of absorption of all your nutrients
in the body. A thin layer of mucous forms on this brush border in which beneficial bacteria
thrive. And once this layer becomes compromised, the friendly bacteria reduce in number and
the bad guys, including many Candida species, parasites, and bad bacteria, will have an
easy time colonizing this brush border. This brush border is also home to a circulatory
IGA. The major antibody in your digestive system. I go into great detail on CIGA, in
fact, in the book. I think there are about three pages all about high or low circulatory
IGA. I think you get the picture what leaky gut
syndrome really is. It’s a condition that many of us in the western world face. It’s
not uncommon. So if you’re a person who is going to drink alcohol every now and then,
if you’re going to take an antibiotic, or eat food containing antibiotics, if you have
stress in your life, or if you eat any kind of processed food, then you will certainly
have leaky gut syndrome to some degree. I hope this video series I’m going to produce
now will help you in your quest to overcome leaky gut syndrome. Be sure to check out my
website, yeastinfection.org, also candidacrusher.com and be aware that my Canxida.com line of supplements
are going to be of enormous help to people with leaky gut syndrome.
Thanks for tuning in.