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The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Leaky Gut: What Is It and What Causes It?

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN       Leaky gut is the phenomenon by which the lining of the intestine becomes damaged, leading to increased intestinal permeability. The intestinal lining is one of the immune system’s major lines of defense against infections, toxins, and other threats that are introduced into the body through food and drink. Normally, the intestinal epithelial cells sit together closely and are joined by tight junctions that form a barrier to prevent unwanted substances from passing through into the bloodstream. The intestinal barrier can become damaged from a variety of factors, including:   A poor diet, such as the standard American diet that is high in processed carbohydrates, excess sugar, and hydrogenated oils Food sensitivities Certain gut-irritating foods, such as grains, legumes, dairy, and alcohol Chronic stress Hormonal imbalances Certain medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,antibiotics, steroids, hormonal contraceptives, and chemotherapy drugs Chronic endurance exercise and overtraining Environmental toxins Infections and parasites Imbalance of the gut flora.   When the lining of the intestine is damaged, the junctions between the cells are widened …

The Paleo Nurse ➕ presents: Top 5 Reasons You are Not Losing Weight on a Paleo Diet

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Weight loss is a common goal for many people that transition to a Paleo lifestyle. Although the Paleo community is bursting with testimonials of those who have successfully shed pounds in exchange for a new physique, there are perhaps just as many for whom the scale refuses to budge. If you are following a Paleo diet but have yet to reach your goal weight, consider the following Top 5 reasons you are not losing weight on the Paleo Diet or experiencing a weight loss plateau:   1) You are eating too many Paleo treats and not enough nutrient-dense, whole food. A Paleo template should be based on a foundation of real food, instead of reincarnations of baked goods from the standard American diet. The popularity of sweets in our culture has resulted in a Paleo-sphere that is over-flowing with an abundance of delicious, mouth-watering dessert recipes. Although these treats are made with acceptable Paleo ingredients, they are not necessarily health-promoting or helpful to weight loss efforts. The energy-dense nut flours and …

Top 10 Ways to Recover After Gluten Exposure🥖

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Whether it happened when you dined at a restaurant that didn’t have a dedicated 100% gluten-free kitchen, or when you ate the meatloaf that your aunt insisted didn’t have any bread or flour it in, or even if you have no idea how it happened, many of those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease who follow a strict Paleo or Primal diet have been there: the unfortunate accidental exposure to gluten that is often referred to as “glutening” or “being glutened”. When gluten is eliminated from the diet for a period of time, re-exposure will often lead to unpleasant reactions in people with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. Symptoms of gluten exposure can vary widely and may include: Muscle and Body Aches Joint Pain Fatigue Bloating or Gas Nausea or Stomach Cramps Constipation or Diarrhea Rashes, Acne, or Other Skin Disturbances Headaches or Migraines Depression or Anxiety Brain fog Irritability Exacerbation of Existing Disease Processes The severity of symptoms from gluten exposure and the length of time it takes to …