Category Archives: Healthy Body Support

Leaky Gut Syndrome – Intestinal Epithelial Hyperpermeability

Leaky gut syndrome refers to a set of symptoms that are associated with a “leaky gut.” What we often call “leaky gut” is more scientifically labelled as “intestinal epithelial hyperpermeability,” “intestinal tight junction malfunction” or even “compromised intestinal barrier function” by the medical community.

The gut is supposed to allow absorption of water, small ions and nutrients into our blood system (the gate function). It is also supposed to prevent other material in your gut from entering the blood stream (the fence function).

The barrier consists of a single layer of cells (intestinal epithelial lining) and the secretions of those cells. The cells are bound together by “tight junction” proteins. But, when this barrier become damaged, the undigested food as well as potentially toxic microbes and microbial products can enter the blood stream.

Why is Leaky Gut Important?

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Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) seems to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Though scientists do not yet know exactly how HSV-1 is associated with Alzheimer’s, it appears that the virus or repeated outbreaks of herpes along with a certain gene play an important role.

Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Herpes

To start, lets go over some terms you will find in the research that will help you understand what research scientists know.

Objective Measure of Mental or Cognitive Decline

One way to gauge the level of mental decline or cognitive impairment is with the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE). This consists of 11 areas of questions that help determine the level of cognitive impairment. It, or a variation of it, is widely used during annual physicals of seniors to screen for dementia.

Detection of Viral Infections

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Why Can’t I Sleep at Night?

Statistics indicate a third of the people suffer from insomnia. Sufferers ask:

  • Why can’t I fall asleep at night?
  • Why can’t I stay asleep at night?

On top of that, many people suffer from a lack of deep, restorative sleep and, consequently, wake up feeling tired most mornings.

Insomnia is most common in women, older people, shift workers, and people with psychiatric disorders.

One study of people in Los Angeles found that sleep disturbances had affected 52.1% of the adults either currently or in the past. The types of sleep disturbances found included:

  • Insomnia 42.5%
  • Nightmares 11.2%
  • Excessive sleep 7.1%
  • Sleep talking 5.3%
  • Sleepwalking 2.5%

The most prominent sleep disturbance is insomnia: having trouble getting to sleep or having trouble staying asleep.

What Exactly is Sleep?

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Plant Essential Oils for Health and Wellbeing

Essential oils are natural, highly concentrated organic compounds in plants that give them a strong fragrance. They are found in all parts of the plant, including roots, stems, twigs, bark, wood, leaves, buds, flowers, fruits, and seeds. Scientific study has found many uses for essential oils including many healthhy effects you can benefit from.

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Essential oils were the original drugs used as cures for various diseases. By the 13th century they were being made by pharmacies in the East and their effects were well documented. By the 16th century they were plentiful in Europe and England. In the 17th century, pharmacies in France were stocking 15 to 20 different oils.

Essential oils are currently used most extensively in the fragrance and flavor industry. Aromatherapy is now a minor use, amounting to just a few percent of the total essential oil market.

Plants use essential oils to further their propagation by attracting pollinators and to protect their life by repelling harmful insects and warding off mold, fungi and bacteria. Each plant has a unique blend of approximately 20 to 60 compounds in its essential oil. The specific compounds and the concentrations of those compounds define the effects of the oil.

Scientific Testing of Essential Oils

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