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Gluten sensitivity and Celiac Disease research is exploding. Information about treatment for various symptoms is coming out regularly. We add to entries as necessary so you can keep up to date and adapt your treatments as necessary. This week we cover new additions to Candida Albicans, Vitamin D Deficiency, Dysbiosis, Hypomagnesemia, Leaky Gut and Secondary Amenorrhea.
Hypomagnesemia means the level of magnesium in the bloodstream is too low to meet metabolic needs of the body for this mineral.
Q: What are the metabolic needs of the body for magnesium?
A: The metabolic needs of the body for magnesium are numerous which gives rise to very many distressing symptoms when this mineral is deficient.
A major function of magnesium is to stabilize the structure of an enzyme called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) within cells for the production of energy. In the brain, magnesium plays important roles in all the major metabolisms such as oxidation-reduction and regulation of ions…
Vitamin D is the principle regulator of calcium homeostasis (balance) in the body. This “vitamin” is really a prohormone, meaning it acts like a hormone but is not. Vitamin D does, however, contain cholesterol in its molecular structure like steroid hormones.
The physiological importance of vitamin D encompasses much more than the regulation of bone metabolism although this is a…
Increased intestinal permeability is characterized by greater than normal intestinal permeability (leakiness) allowing for the penetration of harmful entities into the bloodstream such as undigested proteins and microbes. The popular name is “leaky gut.”
Q: Why does intestinal permeability increase?
A: Intestinal permeability is an essential function of the small intestinal mucosal lining by which wanted substances such as properly digested foodstuffs are allowed to permeate through the lining to enter the body via the bloodstream and lymphatics. At the same time unwanted substances are kept out.
The mucosal lining is one cell thick, which comprises the surface toward the digested foodstuffs inside the hollow of the intestine. This single layer of epithelial cells separates the contents of our small intestine from the lamina propria (underlying tissues of the small intestine) and the rest of our body. Breaching of this single layer of cells can expose…
Iintestinal dysbiosis is an imbalance of the composition and quantity of microbe populations (called the microbiota), that naturally inhabit our human gut. Dysbiosis causes altered gut immunity, abnormal fermentation of undigested foodstuffs, and impaired production within the colon of certain necessary nutrients such as vitamin K and biotin. There is growing evidence that dysbiosis of the gut microbiota is associated with the development of both intestinal and extra-intestinal disorders. Intestinal disorders include…
Secondary amenorrhea is a menstrual disorder characterized by absence of menstruation for more than 3 months in females who had previously menstruated.
Menstruation is the shedding of the endometrium (inner lining) of the uterus that occurs two weeks after ovulation if the egg is not fertilized. The process is part of the menstrual cycle in fertile females.
Q: What causes failure to menstruate?
A: There is a variety of causes that include malnutrition, hormonal dysfunction, excessive exercise…