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The gut to muscle connection, or what the body builder can learn from autism’s leaky gut

The gut to muscle connection

The autistic spectrum gut is inflamed they have found in the pathology studies and there appears that there is a mutually amplified feedback loop between gut inflammation and constipation or diarrhea, reflux, increased intestinal issues and nitric oxide (or we’ll call it NO) that are very similar to colitis. Plasma nitrite + nitrate levels correlate with leaky gut. More reasons why I recommend reducing this from you and your child’s diet. The young gut is so sensitive, and the spectrum gut is uniquely sensitive. Too much of this NO can deplete antioxidant defense, depress the levels of GSH (glutathione) which means that the increase in NO binds the GSH so that it cannot support the system.

Barbara Christensen I The Paleo Vegetarian I Gut To Muscle Connection

If you think about this more deeply like a trainer, NO increases exercise induced vasodilation (widening blood vessels) as well as cell volumization (fill the balloon with water and you increase its capacity) by routing water and nutrients preferentially to the muscle cell elsewhere. Cell volume is critical for getting amino acids inside the cell. Those amino acids are so important, along with essential fatty acids, phospholipids (such as lecithin), vitamins (especially certain B vitamins), antioxidants and micronutrients (especially zinc) in maintaining the integrity of the intestine’s leak-proof lining. And of course we now know that with NO synthesis blocked you have greatly reduced gains in muscle mass. I know a lot of people have heard in the spectrum circle of “low muscle tone”. And there was a great quote on a website I saw recently that said:

“Your kid seems perfectly good with their muscles – they are strong, they run round with boundless energy, but they have trouble doing things. You have likely been given the standard explanation about your kid’s muscles being floppy and you just cannot see it in your kid.”

That is because of this NO synthesis being blocked is giving you floppy muscles… yes that is right. It’s a true story.

There are a few very essential items that you can do to really support yourself if you have leaky gut, or to support your child. Or even to make sure that you are getting the best results for your daily workout.

First you want to make sure that you are detoxifying. Without the support of your glutathione you can’t support the rest of the system. The glutathione support gut immunity, and so I recommend two items. First off is a great undenatured protein shake daily that you can find listed on my post the other day.

Then make sure you are getting the prebiotic and probiotic support in your system every single evening even if your shake has them added in as well. The evening is the best time for this because that’s when the body repairs. I have a time released probiotic that I use as the probiotic formula I recommend for folks who are in need of an after-antibiotic treatment regimen, or who feel like a boost would be beneficial. Dairy-free and wheat free, PB Assist+ is a time-released double-encapsulated formula that delivers 5 billion CFUs (colony forming units) plus soluble fiber in the form of fructo-oligosaccharides that encourages culture adhesion and growth past the stomach acid stage of digestion.

You want to make sure if eating meat you are totally uncured, no nitrite or nitrates. Make sure you are careful about the dentists chair using the “laughing gas” as well. You do want to keep those levels down in your body if you struggle with decreasing them.

Avoid toxins, which means eating organically. Use healthy, non-toxic cleaning products. I mainly make my own with my essential oils, or I buy them from sustainable, non-toxic companies. Stay away from the drive through food stores, and then at home stay away from highly heated greasy items. I use coconut oil and rarely cook at a very high heat.

Hot Flashes, Hypothyroidism and the Leaky Gut Instead of Menopause

Hot Flashes … could it be hypothyroidism instead of menopause?

Hot Flashes, Hypothyroidism and the Leaky Gut Instead of Menopause I Barbara Christensen I Ocean Avenue Founding Ambassador

So many people don’t realize that hypothyroidism isn’t just about being cold all of the time. Many dealing with this are misdiagnosed with menopause for those flushing, sweating, heat intolerance, heart palpitations, and sleeplessness symptoms.This often mistaken illness really is effecting more women than we realize. In thyroid insufficiency, the reduced basal metabolic activity is what is causing that, so you need to support your metabolism. Also if you are still thinking about kids, it causes reduced folic absorption, so make sure you are getting enough folic via both nutrition and supplementation. All of this can lead to the reduced clearance of toxins by the liver, and so that is a big part of why people feel better in such a short time when using the WAVSmart (Whey Smart) JM Ocean Avenue Supplement.

For this condition what is recommended is amino acids, fatty acids, co-enzymes and other raw materials needed to support the thyroid. I would personally also recommend you get some Ashwaganda into your diet. I like the Nature’s Way supplement, and it can be had for under $10. Anyone taking Invigorate should also think about incorporating this because they have compounds that stimulate T3 and T4 synthesis. If you’ve watched Franco’s talk about Invigorate and the T3 and T4 functions it’s pretty amazing.  Our thyroid hormones strongly influence the tight junctions in the stomach and small intestine – also known as our digestive brain. T3 and T4 have been shown to protect gut mucosal lining from stress induced ulcer formation. In another study, endoscopic examination of gastric ulcers found low T3, low T4 and abnormal levels of reverse T3.

What Does Leaky Gut Have To Do With Hypothyroidism?

Leaky Gut And Healing Hypothyroidism with Ocean Avenue Trim Pack from Founding Ambassador Barbara Christensen

And guess what… you don’t get huge digestive issues or leaky gut issues until your glutathione stores are depleted. Why? The doctors at the San Jose Functional Medicine office say, “Glutathione is the main antioxidant that protects cellular mitochondria. Glutathione exists in reduced (GSH) and oxidized (GSSG) states. GSH (reduced glutathione) becomes GSSG (oxidized glutathione) by an enzyme called glutathione peroxidase. GSH can be regenerated from GSSG by the enzyme glutathione reductase. As long as these enzymes are working efficiently, your body is able to maintain this glutathione recycling system and you are fine.”

So think about what’s going on in your system if you a) have a failing T3 and T4 function, and b) your glutathione levels are depleted? It’s clear that you really cannot have that healthy gut without a healthy thyroid, and you can’t have a healthy thyroid without a healthy gut. An unhealthy gut has been linked to diseases ranging from autism and depression to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes…. and so you know what that is going to be doing to you.

I would recommend you try out the Ocean Avenue Trim Pack and see how you feel using the WAVSmart with the Invigorate, and perhaps add in the Ashwaganda. Hippocrates said: “All disease begins in the gut.” 2,500 years later we’re just beginning to understand how right he was. The support you are going to get from the shake will really make some changes to your gut, along with the T3 and T4 I think will give you something you’ve been looking for.