Mar 30, 2011
My office uses a program from Apex called Repairvite which allows us to properly heal your leaky gut syndrome, or intestinal permeability, which is often the cause of many areas of dysfunction in a patient’s health, from thyroid problems, to cortisol problems, to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) to ADD/ADHD.
RepairVite from Apex Energetics (available at our office) is an essential part of the nutritional program designed by our office to support your intestinal health. A better understanding of the nutritional benefits of RepairVite will assist you in using this product more effectively. The digestive tract is the part of our body that allows absorption of what we eat into our internal environment. The digestive tract is a long tube that starts in the esophagus and ends in the colon and rectum. Once food is eaten, the digestive system releases enzymes to break down food into small particles so they can be absorbed by intestinal mucosa. The tight junctions between intestinal mucosal cells allow only the absorption of tiny particles that the underlying intestinal immune system does not react against.
If the digestive system is working properly, we have maximum absorption of nutrients, resulting in energy and vitality. When the digestive system is not working well, we have bloating, systemic inflammation, skin rashes, food sensitivities, constipation, abdominal discomfort, fatigue, and many other diverse non-specific symptoms such as headaches, poor mood, joint pain, muscle fatigue, etc.
The digestive tract may become compromised with a diet high in refined sugar, a diet low in fiber, as well as antibiotics, medications, stress, parasitic infections, bacterial infections, nutrient deficiencies, and alcohol use. These mechanisms may promote inflammation of the intestinal tract and lead to increased intestinal permeability.
The RepairVite Program
The RepairVite program is an aggressive and complete regimen designed to break the vicious cycle of leaky gut. It consists of a restricted dietary program (to reduce intestinal inflammation) as well as targeted nutritional supplements that are required for several days to help support intestinal membranes. The program may need to be conducted for 20-40 days for more progressed cases and can be conducted for as few as 3 days for quick recovery after exposure to food sensitivities. To determine the appropriate length of program for you, please consult Dr. Green.
Adjunct Products to Assist with RepairVite
In addition to the strict dietary changes and the RepairVite program, two additional supplements can enhance the regimen. The first product is a probiotic by Klaire Labs called Therbiotic Complete, which provides beneficial bacterial probiotics to support intestinal microflora. The second product, from Apex – GI-Synergy, provides a diverse set of natural compounds that contain natural anti-bacterial, anti-yeast, and anti-parasitic properties to support healthy intestinal terrain. The combination of these two formulas supplies the necessary nutrients to support and maintain healthy intestinal lining.
Lastly, once the RepairVite program is completed, it is strongly suggested to complete the 21-day ClearVite liver detoxification support program which Dr. Green uses as an initial and follow-up cleanse / detox / elimination diet.
The RepairVite Diet
The RepairVite regimen requires a very strict dietary program necessary for repair of the intestinal membranes. The dietary restrictions are not caloric (quantity of food), so you are allowed to eat whenever you are hungry. However, you must only eat from the list of allowed foods. The goal of the dietary program is to reduce intestinal inflammation and provide nutrients necessary for healthy intestinal microflora. The dietary restrictions include high-sugar foods and starchy carbohydrates that promote intestinal yeast overgrowth, inflammatory proteins (dairy, gluten, etc.), inflammatory lectins, and alcohol that all promote destruction of the intestinal membranes.
You are allowed to eat food with high fiber content, such as vegetables and low glycemic fruits. Also, eat foods with healthy essential fatty acids such as olives, olive oil, and fish*.
Eat foods that are fermented to help improve the health of the intestinal microflora, as well as proteins, such as meats, that are not inflammatory.
You should make strong attempts to eat frequently during the day in order to maintain stabilized blood glucose levels. It is not a good idea to fast during the RepairVite program, since it may raise a hormone called cortisol that may further compromise the intestinal mucosa. You should never be hungry during the RepairVite program.
However, you may have urges to eat foods on the restricted list that must be avoided.
The complete avoidance of restricted foods cannot be overemphasized. Even small snacks or bites of the inflammatory foods can create an immune reaction in the intestinal membranes that may last for several days and compromise the successful outcome of this program. You must stay hydrated and drink plenty of water during the program, especially if you begin eating more fiber than you are accustomed. Hydration will help support normal bowel function as you increase fiber in your diet.
You should eat fermented foods as much as possible because they can help provide nutrients that your intestinal microflora needs to optimize its environment. The first few days of the diet are the most difficult, since you may suffer from food cravings and may need to spend more time and energy preparing your meals. As you get past the first few days of the program, it should become much easier. It is always best to preplan your meals and snacks for the following day when you are in this program.
The dietary changes are supported with RepairVite and other nutritional supplements to optimize the best outcome, while conforming to the strict dietary regimen.
When the lining of the small intestine becomes too porous, it allows entry of toxins, microorganisms, and undigested food particles into the bloodstream and triggers an inflammatory immune response. Intestinal barrier compromise has been associated with multiple food sensitivities, increased inflammation, autoimmune reactions, chronic fatigue, and diverse gastrointestinal symptoms.
RepairVite is formulated to provide key nutrients to help support intestinal barrier integrity. It contains scientifically researched nutrients such as flavonoids, antioxidants, plant sterols, glycoproteins, and saponins to address the complex nutritional needs to support intestinal lining integrity.
- Provides glycoproteins to cover mucosa called mucin to support mucosal membrane
- Supports the regeneration and restoration of the intestinal lining as it relates to nutritional balance
- Provides natural compounds that may aid in reducing intestinal pain and discomfort
- Provides extracts with high mucilage content to soothe and help the intestines heal
- Provides phyto extracts to help modulate gastrointestinal motility and secretion of digestive enzyme
Increased Intestinal Permeability Leaky Gut
When the digestive tract mucosa is inflamed, the tight junctions of the intestinal mucosa are compromised as they become widened and permeable to large, undigested compounds, toxins, and bacteria. This is also known as “leaky gut.” The large compounds of undigested proteins that are absorbed are reacted against by the underlying intestinal immune system and promote exaggerated immune response. This creates a vicious cycle of further intestinal inflammation and greater loss of intestinal barrier integrity.
Therefore, as the intestinal tract becomes inflamed from diet, lifestyle, medications, and infections, it causes further intestinal inflammation, feeding this vicious cycle promoted by intestinal permeability. After the intestinal mucosa becomes damaged, the damaged cells become unable to properly digest food and produce the enzymes necessary for digestion. This leads to malnutrition, further intestinal inflammation, further permeability, the development of food sensitivities, bacteria and yeast overgrowths, and impaired intestinal immune integrity. These self-promoting cycles become difficult to unwind unless aggressive dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle strategies are employed.
Contact Dr. Akiba Green at Lake Norman Health and Wellness at (704) 987-3993 or on the website www.drakibagreen.com for more information or to find out if you have Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut Syndrome.