Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome (as defined by Wikipedia) is a proposed condition of an altered or damaged bowel lining. The term is used by some alternative medicine practitioners, but the syndrome is not a recognized diagnosis. It is hypothesized to be caused by increased permeability of the gut wall resulting from toxins, poor diet, parasites, infection, or medications. The leaky gut then allows substances such as toxins, microbes, undigested food, waste, or larger than normal macromolecules to leak through an abnormally permeable gut wall. Proponents propose that these out-of-place substances affect the body directly or initiate an immune reaction.  Dr. Natasha Campbell and Elaine Gotschall both state that the problem which occurs with intestinal diseases is that the intestinal flora is in a state of imbalance due to undigested and unabsorbed carbohydrates (starch and sugar) which influence the growth of "bad" intestinal microbes (bad bacteria).

This is why we need probiotics - which are the "good" bacteria.

Common signs of Leaky Gut include: constipation, diarrhea, pain, bloating & gas. Also you are likely to have poor nutrient absorption resulting in weight loss and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Also, common are frequent colds/flu, seasonal allergies, many food allergies.

So wondering how to heal/seal your gut lining? Below are some suggestions.

  1. Adopt a real food diet, of course, but you will need to eliminate some foods for a while. First eliminate grins which contain high amounts of gluten, such as wheat, barley and rye (and possibly ALL grains) and then foods that you know are causing problems for you.
  2. Drink bone broths and/or take uspplements such as colostrum (available in many forms) and L-glutamine which will help soothe and heal the stomach lining.
  3. If you are following a whole, plant-based food diet and eliminating all animal-based foods, then eat many cooked vegetables and vegetable broths.
  4. Eat probiotic foods such as sauerkraut  and/or drink probiotic drinks (kefir) to supply your body with "good" bacteria. You can also take a probiotic supplement in capsule form in addition to eating probiotic foods. But, you cannot get too much of this "good" bacteria from real food sources.