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Leaky gut occurs when your gut lining becomes too permeable, allowing everything from toxins, bacteria, and undigested food particles to escape your intestines and enter your bloodstream. These particles were never meant to get through, and when they do it leads to a huge increase in inflammation because your body goes into defense mode to attack the unwanted invaders.   This can cause a whole host of problems, including digestive issues, food sensitivities, headaches, mood imbalances, skin issues, and even autoimmune disease.   In fact, there are 5 characteristics that have been identified as the most common causes of leaky gut.   Inflammatory Foods   Let’s start with the biggest offender – gluten! Whenever you eat a food containing gluten it’s not only highly inflammatory, it

Menopause - Whats So Scarey?   Many women dread the thought of menopause because they have "bought into" two common misapprehensions. The first is believing the "horror stories" they heard from their mothers and friends about the awful symptoms women must endure when they go through the "changes". Fortunately, not every woman will suffer with menopausal symptoms and many women pass through menopause without more than a few hot flashes.   The second misconception is that there is no safe and effective treatment for menopausal symptoms should the symptoms become so intolerable that they interfere with the quality of life.    It is safe to say that there is both effective and safe hormonal replacement therapy to alleviate suffering during menopause. The form of hormones and