In one of the first posts I made, I laid out the 5 steps I am planning on taking to cure my ulcerative colitis and clear my skin for good.
The first step was to read Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall. This gave me a bunch of information on why the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is used to heal the gut.
The second step is to get the Solving Leaky Gut Program from SCDLifestyle and to follow it.
Well, I bought the program and am about to go through the whole thing, so here’s what it’s all about.
First there’s a welcome video where they go through the disclaimers, the main goal of the program, which is to cut your number one symptom in half, and then they have an overview of the program.
There’s 3 parts to the program and there’s also support calls and masterclass bonuses with some of the top health authorities in the world.
• Part 1 has a bunch of background information about leaky gut.
• Part 2 is a leaky gut quiz which determines what action steps you’ll take.
• Part 3 is the actual steps you’ll take to heal leaky gut.
You can tell (and they tell you) that Jordan and Steve really poured their heart and soul into this program and that they really want you to get healthier.
Part One: What is Leaky Gut?
In part one I wrote down my main health complaints, which are acne, digestive problems and low energy.
They talk about the “big 5” health complaints, which are PMS (for women), digestive problems, being overweight, fatigue, and depression.
They explain why these are so important. They go over statistics about these health conditions and how most people don’t correlate the different symptoms they’re experiencing with each other. For example, hormonal imbalances can affect blood sugar regulation. Digestive problems can affect the skin. The modern medicine approach is to separate all of the different symptoms and give prescription medication for each thing. The reality of the situation is that everything works together. All of our cells communicate with each other and we should address any health issues holistically from many angles.
Most health problems start in the gut. This notion has been around for over 2000 years when Hippocrates, the father of medicine said “all disease begins in the gut.”
Some notes from this informational section of the Solving Leaky Gut Program that I took down include:
- There’s over 100M nerve cells in the gut. That’s as much as in the spinal cord. 70 to 80% of the immune system is located in the gut. If your gut isn’t working right, your body isn’t working right.
Out intestines are only 1 cell thick. Our cells are connected and act like doors that open and close. The gut only lets certain things in and keeps the bad things out. If the “doors” in our guts stay open, which is what happens in leaky gut, toxins and larger food particles get into the body and damage starts to occur in the body.
There are different ways and signals that the “doors” in our intestines open and close.
It’s important to know that “the gut is the [original] location of the problem.” The gut is where the initial phases of many diseases begin.
The gut has a huge impact on the brain. Increased intestinal permeability is closely associated with autism. Scientists can give rats IBS and they’ll quickly become depressed or anxious OR they can give the rats brain disorders and they’ll soon develop IBS symptoms.
The gut affects your metabolism. Changes in the gut microbiota affect how well you metabolize fat, protein and carbohydrates.
The gut affects your skin (14% of patients with UC and 24% of patients with Crohn’s Disease all have skin rashes). In a study involving 80 patients, those with acne had higher levels of lipopolysacharrides. You can’t have LPS in your blood unless they are leaking through your gut. Another example is that oral probiotics have been shown to improve intestinal barrier function, and in one study 300 patients who were given probiotics, 80% showed clinical improvement to their acne.
Up to 80% of your immune system is in your gut. Nearly 24 million Americans suffer from autoimmune conditions. Only 9M people have cancer and 16M have heart disease. Dr. Allisio Fascano figured out the “leaky gut theory of autoimmunity” that essentially shows that autoimmunity cannot happen unless they have leaky gut first.
Good Health Starts in Your Gut! Even if you don’t have digestive problems, you gut can still be the reason why you’re experiencing this.
The second part of “part 1” talks about the signs of leaky gut.
There’s a quiz that goes over the gut-disease connection. If we have a leaky gut, symptoms can occur anywhere. The brain, immune system, the skin; All of these things can be effected by leaky gut.
The quiz was 7 questions that asked if I experienced things like IBS, IBD, general gut symptoms, autoimmunity, skin problems, brain symptoms and more.
I answered 6 “yes’s” and 1 “no.” That is a pretty big sign that I have leaky gut.
After the quiz they go over testing for leaky gut.
If you know that you have leaky, you might choose to do these tests only after you finish your protocol. If you want to make sure, you can do these tests before and after. You definitely want to see if what you are doing is working.
The tests for leaky gut are the lactulose/mannitol analysis and the Array 2 intestinal antigenic permeability screen from cyrex labs.
The third thing they go over in “part 1” are leaky gut triggers.
They identified 19 different triggers for leaky gut. Things like GMO consumption, sleep deprivation, sugar consumption, hormonal imbalances, certain medications, alcohol, food triggers and more can all contribute to leaky gut. Depending on your constitution of health, it may take 1 of these things to cause leaky gut or you might have to be affected by all of them before you experience leaky gut.
I answered 9 out of the 19 different triggers.
Part one was really informative. Along with reading Breaking the Vicious Cycle I learned a lot about leaky gut and the complexities of the gut.
In the next post I’ll go over parts 2 and 3 of the Solving Leaky Gut Program.