Brendan Gaughran, Molecular Biologist, M.B.A.

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Brendan Gaughran received his degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Connecticut and his MBA from Bentley University. Brendan Gaughran conducts health lectures to both physicians and the general public. His research focuses primarily on gut health, liver health, endocrine system, adrenal fatigue and optimum diets. He conducts 10-15 radio appearances per month discussing various health trends in the US.

Diflucan Effectiveness

How Effective Is DIFLUCAN on Candida?


For people who suffer from digestive distress, yeast infections or skin irritations caused by candida overgrowth, they have certainly come across Diflucan or Fluconazole commonly prescribed by conventional doctors.

Diflucan is the anti-fungal pharmaceutical solution for systemic fungal infections in western medicine. However, when listening to the experiences of many patients and progressive physicians, its clear Diflucan is less effective than a well-formulated natural alternative. People who really battle against resilient fungal infections and want the added benefit of not damaging their own immune system or digestive health - should consider natural alternatives beyond their doctor’s advice if Diflucan is prescribed.

We have discussed candida at length in previous articles and we highly recommend you read them if your interested in understanding this topic better. See below for links:

WHY A CANDIDA INFECTION IS SO HARD TO TREAT

Let’s be honest, most people want to solve their health problems and move on with their life - we get that. The reason candida is so hard to treat is because it has been around since the dawn of time and developed very advanced defense mechanisms. 

By the time you start to see and feel systemic overgrowth, candida has gone beyond the digestive tract, into multiple systems of the body and is facing down the immune system.  To be successful in battling candida, the outer shell must be enzymatically broken and only then can the fungus be neutralized.

Diflucan users report varying degrees of success. Most find mild relief, but experience a return of their symptoms if their diets still include simple sugars and carbohydrates.  Still others have very little improvement and choose to alter their diets in addition to taking Diflucan to get any kind of noticeable relief. This is to say nothing of the numerous side effects of taking Diflucan, listed below:

diflucan

  Headache

Dizziness

Drowsiness

  Skin Inflammation 

Itching

Rash

  Heartburn

Loss of Appetite

Allergic Reactions

  Stomach Pain

Upset Stomach

Diarrhea

NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOR CANDIDA

The best-formulated products combine enzymes (both cellulase and protease) with leading antifungal ingredients. Many of these ingredients are also anti-parasitic, which is a nice bonus as their are always parasitic organisms in the lumen of the digestive tract. The basic core of ingredients to look for include; oregano, caprylic acid, walnut hulls, wormwood and garlic (all have proven clinical studies). We would caution users that too much oregano extract over an extended period of time can do damage to the digestive tract, just to be aware.

Our product Candida Complex has helped thousands of people, many of which report to us they started with Diflucan with mediocre results after spending a lot of money and time. We are delighted to produce a product that is constantly improved and tested in clinical settings to help people regain their health. We have also limited the amount of oregano extract to enable consistent use of Candida Complex without fear of GI tract tissue damage. As with all our products - there are no harmful additional excipients (other ingredients) to worry about. 

Best of health to you and yours.
~ Liver Medic


Recent Product Review

"I spent over $500 on visits to a functional medicine doctor who diagnosed me Candida. The supplements she recommended cost me lots of additional money and did nothing to impact it, as gut testing showed nothing changed. She put me on diflucan- nothing changed. I found the Liver Medic website and started on the Gut Health System. I’m only half way through but getting my energy back and feel myself noticeably improving. So grateful that I didn’t have to buy tons of individual supplements too. Been there, done that. This sounds like a fake review, but I mean every word. Thank you!"

- Anne, Aug. 2018

Sleep, Stress & Adrenal Fatigue Misconceptions

Understanding Adrenal Fatigue & Solutions


So your stressful life has contributed to sleeping issues? You have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue or all at the very least the symptoms seem to fit. Your energy levels have dropped off significantly over the years and it’s especially problematic during afternoons.

However, there is no such thing as adrenal fatigue. Unless you have Addison's disease, your adrenal glands are working as intended. It’s the signaling upstream that is the problem.

Adrenal glands don’t excessively secrete cortisol to the point where they can’t produce unless damaged. This is the finding by the vast majority of scientific research. So why do adrenal fatigue support formulations work? It’s because the effective formulas are resetting the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA axis) just as the vitamins, minerals and herbs previously mentioned.

Whether we referred to this as Adrenal Fatigue or HPA Axis Dysfunction, the best natural remedies combine:

B-Vitamins, Magnesium, Adaptogenic Herbs, Critical Amino Acids like GABA.

Why is this distinction important? If only your cortisol levels are tested a patient can get a false negative for “adrenal fatigue” or worse. Then the patient is given cortisol that might exacerbate the situation. This is one more reason to always choose well-formulated herbal based supplements rather than synthetic stimulating or suppressing cortisol drugs.

Cortisol plays a critical role in sleep, stress and inflammation. Our cortisol levels should be highest when we first awake so we are alert and then it tapers off quickly. When perceived stress or chronic inflammation occurs, cortisol secretion is initiated. During times of stress it boosts our system in a threatening situation. Where there is chronic inflammation, cortisol reduces the inflammatory response to protect us from the aging process. Unfortunately sleep is interrupted when cortisol is secreted anytime other then early in the day.

There are four triggers causing HPA axis imbalance between these three glands mistakenly referred to as, “adrenal fatigue,” according to Dr. Thomas Guilliams, an expert the field of Molecular Immunology.

  • Perceived Stress
  • Inflammation primarily in the gut caused by small bacteria or candida overgrowth
  • Sugar Dysregulation
  • Circadian Dysregulation
  • While this topic deserves a deeper dive, the important takeaway is that the HPA axis includes a set of neurotransmitters with self-regulating feedback loops. When the body isn’t in balanced, the pathways either no longer result in cortisol secretion or the cells become cortisol insensitive like a diabetic in the presence of too much insulin. This is the body’s system of checks and balances.

    To address the four triggers, incorporate stress-reducing behaviors like mediation, yoga, essential oils and supplements like Zen Calm and Zen Sleep. Begin by reducing inflammation in the gut by eating a healthy diet reducing sugar and eliminating rancid vegetable oils. Try to get outside and take in natural light and stay away from your computer screen late at night.

    Why Sleep Aids Fail

    WHY SLEEP AIDS FAIL 


    Getting a good night’s sleep is critical for the body and plays a huge role in reducing aging, especially for the brain. At night the brain literally detoxifies itself during sleep draining the byproducts from the day’s activities. Other parts of the body also go through reparative processes that help maintain organ and tissue health.

    To understand why sleep aids don’t work we have to review some key basic knowledge.

    What Controls Sleep?

    Biochemically speaking, sleep is controlled by a neurotransmitter-like compound called melatonin. Commonly referred to as the, ‘the hormone of darkness,’ it helps regulate circadian rhythms among other things.

    Simply put, serotonin is a precursor for melatonin. The pineal gland converts serotonin to melatonin in the presence of darkness. Think of serotonin and melatonin as two opposite sides of the same coin. Serotonin is created in the presence of light and is referred to as the ‘happiness hormone’. Melatonin needs three basic things to exist; serotonin, the pineal gland to be working properly, and darkness to be most effective.

    Four Main Factors Impact Sleep

    Muscle relaxation
    Mid-brain hyperactivity
    Endocrine balance (hormone suppliers)

    Intestinal health

    The amino acid required for both serotonin and melatonin is tryptophan. While it’s true that some people have a tryptophan deficiency, and increasing intake alone can solve sleep problems, this is by no means a majority of cases. It may initially be beneficial, but quickly fails to improve sleep.

    A Few Bad Actors

    A majority of people suffering from insomnia have the following contributing factors; stress, inflammation, and poor gut health. People also need to consider that sleep studies can determine if sleep apnea contributes to their insomnia.         

    Increased stress levels increase the cortisol levels and decrease B vitamins. Elevated cortisol levels in the morning wakes us up, so this clearly is not going to contribute to a good night’s sleep.

    Inflammation and Gut Health; while these two in combination cause many people to suffer from chronic inflammation, people are unaware that it stems from poor gut health. The typical diet increases candida overgrowth, decreasing healthy bacteria leading to a leaky gut. Once the digestive tract is compromised inflammation begins and the body reacts by secreting cortisol to suppress the inflammation.                                         Again, we are in the presence of elevated cortisol which interrupts sleep. This connection between gut health and sleep is now widely accepted in the scientific community.

    Sleep Aids – Why They Don’t Work

    Finally! … why don’t sleep aids work?
    Sleep aids don’t address the four triggers discussed earlier; muscle relaxation, mid-brain hyperactivity, endocrine imbalance or intestinal health.

    3 Types of Sleep Aids

    Melatonin receptors stimulants such as Rozerem.
    Benzodiazepines target GABA (amino acid reduces anxiety & mid-brain activity) 

                      i.e., Ativan and Restoril.
    Nonbenzodiazepines – also target GABA 
                      i.e., Ambien and Lunesta 

    Important Complications
    Prescription drugs known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) stop serotonin from being reabsorbed.

    In addition to not addressing all the issues, these sleep aids have serious side effects and can become addictive. Even natural melatonin is addictive, a condition of which many people are unaware. Any amount large or small of external melatonin is recognized by the body and triggers the pineal gland to reduce its own melatonin secretion. So that is not a successful path and it creates long-term problems.

    Natural Solution

    Proper exercise, diet, the right amount of exposure to light and darkness plus addressing the four causes of sleep interruption are the best solutions to getting a good night’s sleep. People also need to consider participating in sleep studies to determine if they are suffering from sleep apnea.

    The four biochemical causes of insomnia are covered in our product Zen Sleep and often people find that combining this with Leaky Gut Repair will improve their digestive health to reduce chronic inflammation. More information on leaky gut and how it originates can be found in this article.

    Nutritional Deficiencies

    Food sources that contain melatonin are tart cherries. Other sources that contribute to melatonin creation include bananas, oatmeal and milk. Serotonin boosting foods include the amino acid tryptophan, seafood, dairy, chicken, nuts, seeds and eggs. Recall that the more serotonin in your system the more melatonin potential at night.


    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


    Chronic fatigue syndrome is defined as intense exhaustion for 6 months or more. Some people find they can’t function without chemical stimuli like coffee or stronger stimuli, although the benefits eventually wear off and their suffering continues. It is often associated with these common symptoms: 

    sleeping, headaches, brain fog, mood swings, allergies, joint pain, sore throat and memory issues.

    Chronic fatigue syndrome is defined as intense exhaustion for 6 months or more. Some people find they can’t function without chemical stimuli like coffee or stronger stimuli, although the benefits eventually wear off and their suffering continues. It is often associated with these common symptoms: 

    Although doctors are unclear on the causes, there have been two common hypotheses about the underlying reasons for chronic fatigue syndrome.

    1. Adrenal Fatigue – Cortisol level cycle and constant high stress creates a situation where the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis) produces cortisol “stress hormone” all day.
    2. Leaky Gut contributing to NAFLD (non-alcohol fatty liver disease)


    Leaky Gut

    When the increase in harmful bacteria and yeast (candida) within the intestine reaches a tipping point, the intestinal wall is breached. This is in part caused by the aldehydes released when candida are in such high concentrations that they stand in competition with each other. The aldehydes that are secreted to ward each other off, breakdown the soft tissue holding our intestinal cells together called "desmosomes". This subsequent breach allows food particles to pass through the intestine wall and the immune system becomes overwhelmed. The liver, which receives 70% of its blood flow from the intestine, is charged with detoxify the blood.

    If the necessary compounds for gluthione replenishment, methylation, acetylation are are in short supply the liver simply shuttles the toxins into fat cells to keep them from invading the rest of the body.3 These fat cells are stored in the liver and elsewhere throughout the body. This was the reason we developed Hepatiben, which contains the ingredients that can perform these activities and support proper liver function under these conditions.

    In addition to finding a good natural supplement, find ways to alleviate stress and adjust your diet. Studies show that reducing stress and taking an adrenal support supplement in this regimen significantly speeds up recovery.


    Metabolic Syndrome

    METABOLIC SYNDROME


    Having Metabolic Syndrome doubles the risk for heart disease and multiples the risk of diabetes by five.It is not a disease itself but describes a host of related risk factors (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, obesity and insulin resistance) all with a common cause originally coined 20 years ago effecting 47 million Americans affected.

    Notice that Metabolic Syndrome closely mirrors the symptoms found in those suffering from NAFLD . NAFLD can be thought of as the liver’s state of Metabolic Syndrome. Following the progression of Metabolic Syndrome and NAFLD, one has a hard time disputing the causal relationship.

    Cause & Effect

    We need to begin with the American diet, which has changed significantly over the past fifty plus years. Americans now consume far too much of the following:

    “sugar, caffeine, harmful fats, antibiotics,
    preservatives, pesticides, GMOs and hormones.”

    These are all considered toxins to your body, especially sugar. In fact, the sugar is the major reason for the build-up of candida, which displaces the good bacteria. Why are we discussing the digestive tract? What does that have to do with obesity? Everything.

    The digestive tract has a very complex function; it simultaneously does two operations.

    1. Create specific enzymes to breakdown digested food into smaller particles used in the body.
    2. Selectively allow nutrients through without passing the harmful invaders; virus, bacteria and toxins.

    Our digestive tract is not alone in this work; it has between 3-5 lbs of bacteria in the gut to help. However, our new American diet promotes rapid growth of harmful bacteria.

    Leaky Gut

    When an increase in harmful bacteria and yeast (candida) within the intestine reaches a tipping point, the intestinal wall is breached. This breach allows food particles to pass through the intestine wall and the immune system becomes overwhelmed. The liver, which receives 70% of its blood flow from the intestine, is charged with detoxify the blood. If the necessary chemicals (i.e. Glutathione, NAC, Tocotrienols) are in short supply the liver simply shuttles the toxins into fat cells to keep them from invading the rest of the body.These fat cells are stored in the liver and elsewhere throughout the body. 2

    “The liver receives 70% of its
    blood flow from the intestine”

    This fat cell build-up stored in the liver and elsewhere around the body, is producing an obesity epidemic.

    Excess accumulation of fat cells in the liver begins a destructive cycle where the liver becomes less efficient, leading to a build-up of toxins including fatty acids and insulin. This spike in oxidative stress and unprocessed insulin leads to insulin resistance in type II diabetes. Tests confirm the overload of fatty acids called lipotoxicity. This cascade explains the risk factors relating to Metabolic Syndrome.

    What Works

    Fortunately nature provides us with the solution. Studies have shown Silybin (an active compound in milk thistle), SAMe, Vitamin E (specifically highly concentrated tocotrienols), NAC, Phosphatidylcholine and Glutathione to work best with repeatable results. The success of these natural ingredients relies on rapid replenishment of Glutathione, a critically important liver antioxidant.

    Extracts from milk thistle have a long history of being used for liver protection. We are just now starting to rediscover this through scientific discovery. One very effective combination including; Silymarin, Vitamin E and Phosphatidylcholine improves insulin sensitivity, while reversing liver cell damage. This is accomplished by reducing oxidative stress and improving Glutathione levels in the liver.

    N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a sulfur-rich compound used primarily to neutralize the damaging effects of aspirin on the liver. It rapidly restores Glutathione. A recent animal study showed it to prevent NAFLD in a liver disease diet. Similarly, SAMe had been found to increase Glutathione levels in humans with Non-Alcohol Fatty Liver Disease.

    Very few if any products on the market today contain all these ingredients and they are very expensive when purchased individually. To address this Liver Medic formulated a more complete liver detox supplement to make fighting this battle easier, more effective and less expensive than the alternatives.

    While we have discussed the mechanism and treatment for the liver, we can’t ignore the source of the problem. A healthy diet promotes a healthy gut, this is critically important to ensuring that fatty liver disease does not return.

    Often missed in attempts to return to a healthy gut balance is the removal of candida and biofilm, a major obstacle in improving gut health. We have addressed this with other gut support products specifically formulated for candida removal and biofilm removal. Take these along with power liver supplements and the body will begin to regulate itself without the toxic interference.

    The proper use of these products not only reverses liver damage but also protects against future damage.*


    References

    1. http://www.webmd.com/heart/metabolic-syndrome/metabolic-syndrome-what-is-it
    2. http://obesity.bodyecology.com/leaky-gu
    3. Kwon do Y, Jung YS, Kim SJ, Park HK, Park JH, Kim YC. Impaired sulfur-amino acid metabolism and oxidative stress in nonalcoholic fatty liver are alleviated by betaine supplementation in rats. Journal of Nutrition. 2009 Jan;139(1):63-
    4. Caballero F, Fernandez A, Matias N, et al. Specific contribution of methionine and choline in nutritional nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: impact on mitochondrial S-adenosyl-L-methionine and glutathione. J Biological Chemistry. 2010 Jun 11;285(24):18528-
    5. Loguercio C, Federico A, Trappoliere M, et al. The effect of a silybin-vitamin E-phospholipid complex on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a pilot study. Digestive Disease & Sciences. 2007 Sep;52(9):2387-95.
    6. Serviddio G, Bellanti F, Giudetti AM, et al. A silybin-phospholipid complex prevents mitochondrial dysfunction in a rodent model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 2010 Mar;332(3):922-32.
    7. Baumgardner JN, Shankar K, Hennings L, Albano E, Badger TM, Ronis MJ. N-acetylcysteine attenuates progression of liver pathology in a rat model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Journal of Nutrition. 2008 Oct;138(10):1872-9.
    8. Vendemiale G, Altomare E, Trizio T, et al. Effects of oral S-adenosyl-L-methionine on hepatic glutathione in patients with liver disease. Scand Journal of Gastroenterology. 1989 May;24(4):407-15.
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    Food Allergies


    Food Allergies: Origins & Treatments


    A food allergy is an abnormal reaction to food that triggers an immune response. In more severe cases such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) the body can’t defend itself and differs from a simple allergy. MCS affects over sixteen percent of Americans. 1

    Food allergies often take place after a reduction of "friendly" bacteria in our gut's microbiome that allow pathogenic organisms to move in, which initiates leaky gut. Particially digested foods accompany virus, bacteria and other organisms that now stream past the gut lining non-selectively. This process stimulates our immune system and identify foods we are commonly eating as problematic. Our immune system will mount a counter attack and create what we call a food allergy. 

    The liver also has a role to play in all this. Suffering from leaky gut, the liver is often in a state of over capacity and can no longer function effectively to perform acts like reducing toxins in the body. The increase in free floating toxins exacerbates an immune response already on high alert in an effort to protect itself from foreign particles from the gut. [See: Leaky Gut]

    Treatment

    Removing all toxins from the environment is the first step in recovery. This includes all toxins from meals containing pesticides, GMOs, molds and fungi. Also, take a look at personal care products including; shampoos, soaps, deodorants, perfumes, lotions and makeup. Many of these contain endocrine disrupting chemicals reviewed in a separate article. Secondly, the sleep environment must be cleared of mold, dust mites and mattresses treated with flame retardant chemicals. Investing in a HEPA filter would further improve air quality.

    The causes of more severe cases are usually two-fold; liver toxicity and an imbalance of intestinal flora. The compounds in Hepatiben suport liver health and reductions in free floating toxins. Bringing the gut back into balance requires a reduction in opportunistic organisms like candida and biofilm, which can serve to protect deleterious organisms from our IgA (immune system compounds on the lumen side of our digestive tract. We recommend using a strong enzyme like Serrapeptase, to breakup biofilm and incorporating Candida Complex, is a great way to support candida rebalancing and reduction of GI tract parasites. More severe cases of leaky gut also benefit from repair ingredients of Leaky Gut Repair, so the soft tissue can recover. This will enable a surface that friendly bacteria can then bond to and flourish.


    High Cholesterol

    High Cholesterol & Chronic Inflammation


    Chronic Inflammation is the true enemy, although the depth of this danger has only recently come to light in the last decade or so. It is the source of many health issues that are trending up in the past 50 years. It is difficult to find accurate statics on chronic inflammation, but it causes cardiovascular diseases and a host of other health issues.

    Cholesterol, Chronic Inflammation Connection

    When suffering from chronic inflammation, the body is literally under attack and produces cholesterol in greater amounts to help mend damaged tissue often in places such as blood vessels and arteries. It was thought that Cholesterol was the source of the problem, now we know it was the body’s defense against damage due to inflammation.

    Causes of Chronic Inflammation

    Listed below in order of importance are the drivers for chronic inflammation:

    1. Sugar
    2. Fatty Liver Disease
    3. Leaky Gut (Discussed in Obesity post)
    4. Stress
    5. Imbalance of Omegas 3 & 6 fatty acids
    6. Lack of sleep
    7. Poor Diet 

    including: caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, processed carbs, antibiotics, GMOs, pesticides. Often giving rise to leaky gut, which can lead to NAFLD.

    Poor diet cannot be overstated as a driver of chronic inflammation and within this category; sugar is one of the worst offenders. Free floating sugar in and of itself creates inflammation and makes the body chemistry acidic in addition to a myriad of other issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

    A balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids is essential; when Omega 6 outnumbers Omega 3 the result may cause the body’s organs to become inflamed. Unfortunately, Americans consume 15 times more Omega 6 than Omega 3 fatty acids.

    Fatty Liver Disease is often silent in the early stages, and those with high cholesterol may suffer while the disease goes undiagnosed and untreated. Any discussion regarding interrelated health issues should include liver disease or NAFLD in its many forms.

    It’s important to note, that high cholesterol isn’t always associated with NAFLD or other more severe fatty liver diseases, but it often occurs in people with Type II Diabetes. The liver is the organ that keeps toxins safely neutralized and away from the rest of the body when functioning correctly.

    With chronic inflammation, the liver most likely is inefficient or not working correctly. In addition to or as a result of inflammation, the body can suffer from hepatic lipotoxicity. This is found in NAFLD when the liver is overwhelmed by fatty acids and other toxins beyond its capacity to neutralize them.

    For those not suffering from NAFLD, simple exercise and changes in diet can make a dramatic improvement. It’s vital to avoid all saturated and trans fats from the diet, but do not make the mistake of cutting fats. Some fats are very important to good health such as those found in fish oils, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados to name a few.


    The Fatty Liver, Leaky Gut Connection

    The Fatty Liver, Leaky Gut Connection


    Leaky Gut occurs when an increase in harmful bacteria and commonly yeast (candida) within the intestine reaches a tipping point and the intestinal wall is breached. These bacteria and candida can literally burrow between the cells of the intestinal lining like a root system. Most of the time, we have a symbiotic relationship with intestinal bacteria from birth and they help reduce harmful effects of toxins, breakdown food and aid in immune function. As a matter of fact intestinal bacteria outnumber the cells in our body ten-to-one.

    But harmful bacteria can do the opposite and often this is exactly what takes place after a round of antibiotics. It can also occur after a severe cold but more typically Americans get it from their diets over longer periods of time.

    If you are eating a consistently poor diet with excessive sugar like most of the 300 Million people in America, you may well be on your way to having a Leaky Gut too.

    Leaky Gut is commonly caused by:

    1. Years of eating diets high in sugars, this can increase candida populations.
    2. Poor diet also increase bacteria colonies that are detrimental to good gut health.
    3. Use of antibiotics without immediate good bacteria reintroduction.
    4. Pesticides, GMOs and other harmful toxins that ravage the intestine walls and beneficial bacteria.

    When our intestinal wall is breached, this allows food particles to pass through and over time the immune system becomes overwhelmed with invaders. As if this is not bad enough, your immune system may also attack its own cells near the intestinal wall openings as a sort of collateral damage. This heightened immune state is often associated with chronic inflammation of other parts of the body like the back.

    Over time, the increasing influx of food particles charging through is too much and they must be processed some other way. The liver, which receives 70% of its blood flow from the intestine, is then charged with capturing and detoxifying the blood at this point.

    If the necessary chemicals (i.e. Glutathione, NAC, Tocotrienols) are in short supply, the liver simply shuttles the toxins into fat cells to keep them from invading the rest of the body. These fat cells are stored in the liver and elsewhere throughout the body. This leads to obesity; cripples liver function and can be seen in higher than normal blood sugar levels, as the liver is critical in regulating insulin.

    This is really the only option available to the liver at this point as it would be more dangerous to have these toxins floating in the blood disrupting other processes around the body.

    The best way to counter this cycle is finding ways to alleviate stress, changing your diet and supplementing it with probiotics and strong liver anti-oxidants.

    Fatty Liver & Leaky Gut Supplements To Consider

    Milk thistle is often used, but many people aren’t aware that the bioavailability is 10 times higher when taking the isolated active in milk thistle (slybin). People that have fatty liver should also be taking NAC, SAMe, Turmeric and Glutathione. These are the top ingredients to reverse liver damage. All these seem to act in a way that kick starts phase II detoxification in the liver, which transfers fat-soluble toxins to water soluble toxins enabling them to be flushed out of the body.

    A good way to test for Leaky Gut is if you detect constant digestive problems such as gas, bloating, constipation and other food allergies. It’s this sensitivity to foods that is the sign of a problem.

    Hepatiben - Liver Detox
    Leaky Gut Repair


    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


    There are a few typical symptoms indicating IBS, which range from abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, constipation and gas to nausea.1 While IBS doesn’t always lead to Leaky Gut, those suffering from NAFLDor a fatty liver are often found to have IBS.

    “IBS is a common condition effecting about 25% of
    Americans on a daily basis and up to 70% periodically.”

    IBS is not inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or Crone’s disease. Though Doctors are not sure of all its causes most agree that it can be triggered by; chronic stress, a low fiber diet, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, artificial sweeteners, prescription drugs, intestinal flora imbalance or a recent infection. 2

    Stress and diet appear to be the main drivers. Our brains are directly connected to nerve endings in the highly vascularized intestinal tract. Signals from the brain are sent to the gut during stressful periods. This is often described by those afflicted as having a pit in the stomach or a gut feeling. This refers to the secretion of a cortisol stress hormone, and epinephrine or norepinephrine. 3

    Diet certainly plays a role and to understand it we need to discuss the American diet, which has changed significantly over the past fifty plus years. Americans now consume more of the following; sugar, caffeine, harmful fats, antibiotics, preservatives, pesticides, GMOs, and hormones. These are all considered toxins to your body –especially sugar.

    In fact, sugar is the major reason for the build-up of candida; known to displace good bacteria. Why are we discussing the digestive tract? What does that have to do with obesity? Everything!

    The digestive tract has a very complex function as it simultaneously does two operations:

    1. Creates specific enzymes to breakdown digested food into smaller particles absorbed by the body.
    2. Selectively allows those nutrients to pass withough alonging harmful invaders; viruses, bacteria, and toxins to come along with them.

    Our digestive tract is not alone in this work; it has between 3-5 lbs of bacteria in the gut to help. It’s the new American diet that’s currently accelerating the rapid growth of harmful bacteria.

    Leaky Gut

    When the increase in harmful bacteria and yeast (candida) within the intestine reaches a tipping point, the intestinal wall is breached. This breach allows food particles to pass through the intestine wall and the immune system becomes overwhelmed. The liver, which receives 70% of its blood flow from the intestine, is charged with detoxify the blood. If the necessary chemicals (i.e. Glutathione, NAC, Tocotrienols) are in short supply the liver simply shuttles the toxins into fat cells to keep them from invading the rest of the body. These fat cells are stored in the liver and elsewhere throughout the body. 4

    The best way to counter this cycle is finding ways to alleviate stress by changing your diet and supplementing it with probiotics and strong liver antioxidants.


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