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Leaky Gut and Intestinal Permeability Part 1 — Definition, Symptoms, and Causes

So much has been written about leaky gut that is has almost become a household phrase. “Hi Mom, how’s your leaky gut today?” Well, maybe it’s not that well established, but we can tell you that when our medical team started in practice, most doctors in the conventional medical field considered leaky gut to be holistic quackery. In fact, the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research (the GI Society) continues to claim leaky gut is a myth. (Although they do recognize “increased intestinal permeability in those who have Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, in individuals receiving chemotherapy, and those who have a high intake of bowel-damaging substances such as aspirin and alcohol.”)

Even though much of the conventional medical community is reluctant to recognize leaky gut as a legitimate medical condition (or insist that it is somehow different from “intestinal permeability”), we here at BioDesign Wellness are encouraged by the increased discussion in the research and online. It is an important topic for many people who are in need of a solution.

In this two-part series, we bring you up to speed on the basics. In this part, Part 1, we explain what leaky gut is and why it is so important to recognize, describe the symptoms, and explore the common causes and triggers. In Part 2, we delve into testing and treatment.

What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability) is a condition that occurs when the continue reading

How to Avoid and Recover from Fourth of July Overindulgence

Over the Fourth of July weekend, it is estimated that Americans will consume 150 million hot dogs, 700 million pounds of chicken, and 190 million pounds of beef. They’ll spend over $1 billion on beer and another $568 million on wine. That doesn’t account for the amounts of soft drinks, chips, crackers, and tasty desserts that will be consumed over the long holiday weekend.

Celebrating the holidays with family and friends and sharing snacks, meals, desserts, and beverages of all kinds are great ways to relax, release tension, and rejuvenate our minds. But depending on what we eat and drink, and how much, and what we do before and after, a long party weekend can take its toll on the body.

4th of July Eating recover recommendations

To make the holidays healthier, we recommend a few ways to prepare your body for any overindulgences, moderate your consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages, recover any ground lost in your efforts to be healthy, and return to your diet and exercise routines after the holidays. Below, we break down our tips into three stages: before, during, and after the holiday. continue reading

Glutathione Treatments: Part 2 — Treating Common Health Conditions with GSH

Welcome to Part 2 of our two-part series about glutathione treatments. In Part 1, “The Mother of All Antioxidants,” we explained the importance of maintaining a healthy ratio of reduced-to-oxidized glutathione, presented common illnesses that arise when imbalances are left untreated, explained the benefits of reduced glutathione (GSH), and revealed the risks of “self-medicating” with over-the-counter GSH supplements.

In this part — Treating Common Health Conditions with Glutathione — the focus shifts to specific illnesses and other health conditions that can be improved with the addition of glutathione supplementation, and we also explain the types of glutathione supplementation we use here at BioDesign Wellness Center (because the method of delivery can have a big impact on its effectiveness).

Lung Diseases

Smoking tobacco causes oxidative damage to lung cells mainly due to the additives in most tobacco products. Research shows glutathione can help to clear the oxidative damage in the lungs and throughout the rest of the body caused by those additives.

The key to treatment is to deliver the glutathione directly to the lungs, specifically to the continue reading

Glutathione Treatments 101: Part 1 — The Mother of All Antioxidants

If you are aging prematurely, feeling run down or depressed, or are suffering from lung disease, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction or any of a number of auto-immune or inflammatory conditions, one of the underlying issues could be that your body is running low on reduced glutathione (GSH). A powerful and normally abundant antioxidant, glutathione protects cells from oxidative stress — a condition that ensues when free radicals overwhelm the body’s ability to regulate them.

Abundant amounts of glutathione are required in the liver and brain to reduce inflammation, support healthy detoxification, reduce infection, protect DNA, and support the clearance of medications. As the “mother of all antioxidants,” glutathione has a wide array of positive impacts on the body. It can help to support the liver following alcohol consumption, reduce some of the negative impacts associated with smoking, and speed recovery from viruses, infection, exercise, and injuries.


In Part 1 of this two-part series, we explain the importance of maintaining a healthy ratio of reduced-to-oxidized glutathione, present common illnesses that arise when imbalances are left untreated, explain the benefits of glutathione, and reveal the risks of having too much GSH. In Part 2, we will cover how we use glutathione at the BioDesign Wellness Center in many of our treatments for a wide range of health conditions.

Maintaining a Healthy Ratio of GSH-to-GSSG

The body actually has two forms of glutathione: continue reading

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