Can Leaky Gut Syndrome Cause Dry Eye Syndrome with Dr. Golie Keovan
Dr. Golie has always had a passion for science, but it wasn’t until she was in college that she began to notice how food was impacting her health. Like many college attendees, her diet wasn’t the best while attending school and she soon realized how impactful this was. She became an eye doctor because the eyes are truly the window to both the soul and the health of the body. By being a primary care optometrist, she’s able to treat the entire patient and gets to help people discover the connection between their leaky gut and eye health.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut is intestinal permeability where it shouldn’t be. While you may be trying to eat a healthy diet full of everything you believe to be healthy and balanced, you still may end up with leaky gut due to the poor quality of the soil your food is grown in, GMOs, and pesticide use on those products. This wreaks havoc on your enterocytes, or gut cells. This causes the tight junctions between the cells to space out, leading to permeability for undigested food and pathogenic organisms. Once this occurs, these pathogens and undigested substances can go anywhere in the body (to the brain, eyes, liver, pancreas, etc).
This also causes poor absorption of food, and Dr. Golie has seen this in quite a few of her patients. In measuring carotenoid antioxidant levels, you can sometimes see this lack of absorption when the patient is eating a very clean, vegetable rich diet yet has low carotenoid scores. So, how do you heal your body from this? Where do you begin?
How to Heal Leaky Gut
After suffering from infertility, brain fog, sinus issues, depression, positive ANA testing, and other issues, Dr. Golie knew she needed to find a way to fix these issues for herself. You can begin with blood testing, although this can be expensive over time. Her favorite route of healing is simple and inexpensive. It involves one to four months of your time, a few supplements, and a change in your diet. The process is simple. You first need to remove the bad bacteria and other pathogens and then begin to heal the gut lining.
What is Serum Bovine Immunoglobulin (SBI)?
SBI is used during the first step of the process, which is removal of the bad bacteria in your gut. SBI is basically IgG derived from a cow. Cows have four stomach compartments and much more knowledge and ability to locate all of the pathogenic organisms that don’t belong in the gut. When you take a little bit of this every morning, it’s going to go into your digestive system and find all of the pathogenic bacteria you’ve got in your system. SBI connects to these microorganisms, making them larger and less likely to pass through the leaky junctions in your gut. They are then more easily excreted by your body in feces. SBI powder is placed in water or coconut water and should be taken every single morning.
How Do Probiotics Help?
Once you’ve removed the bad bacteria, you still need to repair the gut lining. When you take healthy bacteria and yeast in the form of probiotics, these implant into the leaky spaces in your intestinal lining. You should always take probiotics on an empty stomach, whether that is in the morning before eating or at night before you go to bed. Do what works for you, but this will help your body absorb those friendly bacteria. Another supplement you could consider taking is something called Gastro Health. This contains vitamins and amino acids that enter the cells and help to reformulate the tight junctions.
How Do Digestive Enzymes Help?
Digestive enzymes help you break down your food into smaller pieces, and this can be helpful for those with digestive issues. These enzymes speed up chemical reactions that help convert food particles into substances that your digestive tract can use and absorb. For those who have issues with nutrient absorption, digestive enzymes are a must and can be taken just before each meal.
Paleo Autoimmune Diet
It’s important to note that your leaky gut began for a reason, and it’s so important to remove that contributor or your leaky gut will reoccur. Sometimes, a food sensitivity test can be helpful in pinpointing leaky gut culprits, but it’s not always necessary to test. If you visit Dr. Golie in her practice, she will simultaneously place you onto a paleo autoimmune diet along with the supplements already mentioned. The simplest way to describe this is to imagine yourself in the paleo era having to be a hunter or gatherer. Although some people will feel like this is a very limiting diet, it’s best to focus on the things you CAN eat rather than the things you can’t have.
This diet removes all grains, processed foods and sugars, legumes, nightshades, alcohol and coffee. It’s important to alkalize your system, and you can do this through the consumption of green leafy vegetables or even simply some apple cider vinegar or lemon in your water in the morning. The paleo autoimmune diet focuses on organic, healthy lean meats and fish, tons of vegetables, berries, healthy fats, and spices.
The key is to eliminate processed foods, sugars, grains, and find what works for you. If you’re suffering from leaky gut, you will be able to find a diet that works for you and helps you improve your symptoms and overall condition.
The Importance of Meditation
Each of us has both a sympathetic fight or flight system and a parasympathetic rest and digest system. The increase in stress that many people have seen recently keeps us in that sympathetic state, which is horrible for digestion. To tap into that parasympathetic state, there are many things you can try. Yoga, restful sleep, and meditation are all common choices that can make a huge impact.
During meditation, you begin to have similar brain waves as you do during sleep. If you can force yourself to relax your breathing and relax your brain, the meibomian glands and lacrimal glands will secrete much more readily and begin to help your eyes heal. In addition, it can be helpful to meditate, pray, or simply pause before a meal because this helps get your digestive system into the parasympathetic digestive state.
Taking time to meditate or pray first thing in the morning also helps you slow down and makes a huge difference throughout your day. If you don’t take this time, your body will constantly be in that fight or flight state that really does nothing for optimal health.
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From Dr. Golie Keovan
Living in Chicago, the Windy City, nearly my whole life made my dry eyes intolerable at times. My Dry Eye Disease began during college at Loyola University. It was the first time I ate whatever I wanted rather than the Persian Middle Eastern food that my Mom and Dad cooked at home for me. I gained the typical 10-15 pounds eating carbs and processed foods, drinking alcohol for the first time and destroying my gut health.
I used eye drops, prescribed steroids, Restasis and had punctal occlusion...the typical solutions in the 90's...but the disease continued. I later had other symptoms that popped up "unrelated to dry eye"...some eczema, anxiety, brain fog, food sensitivities, increased allergies, sinus issues...etc, basically "little things" that doctors brushed off and wanted to treat with bandaids like steroids, sinus, allergy and anti-anxiety meds.
Later I was diagnosed with infertility, gut dysbiosis, oral thrush, giardia and multiple autoimmune diseases. It wasn't until a few years into working as an eye doctor that I studied nutrition, Eastern approaches, Ayurvedic remedies and Functional Integrative Medicine that I realized there may be another treatment path. I believe for many of us with chronic dry eye, an underlying inflammatory and autoimmune etiology may exist.
Autoimmune diseases are often considerably under-diagnosed and missed. The Western treatment involves masking the symptoms vs going after the root cause. So my new approach was to treat the inflammation as well as the autoimmune issues.
I alkalinized my diet, hydrated more, increased my omega 3 consumption, took probiotics and fixed my gut dysbiosis with serum bovine immunoglobulin and amino acids. To absorb omega 3's properly I added digestive enzymes and took them before all meals to help break down the food and absorb the nutrients better. I also had old school meibomian gland expression to get the bad omega 6 oil out as I was intaking the good omega 3 oil...(of course today with my patients we also incorporate Radio Frequency and IPL) and last created oil drops using an Ayurvedic recipe involving organic cold pressed hexane free oil (something we now sell to our patients)...and at that point my dry was at a minimum if not in remission.
But every winter when it hit below zero with gusty winds and decreased Vit D, the symptoms would arise slightly. If you can't move somewhere tropical like Hawaii, at least take a vacation and take a break from the cold or increase your intake of vitamin D, place warm compresses over your eyes, sleep well, consider red light therapy, exercise daily and meditate. Tap yourself back into your Parasympathetic "Rest, Digest and Secrete" Mode. If you visit me here let's take a boat ride and I'll share hiking trail information, surf spots and diving reef locations with you! 😉 Mahalo for taking charge of your health and to my dry eye sufferers positive healing thoughts your way! 🙏❤🌈
Dr. Golie Roshandel Keovan O.D.
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