Leaky Gut Syndrome

By Dr. Abrahamson on

Leaky gut means an increased intestinal permeability or intestinal hyperpermeability. This happens when tight junctions in the gut, which control what passes through the lining of the small intestine, don’t work properly. This lets substances leak into the bloodstream before they can be properly broken down

Possible Symptoms

Joint pain                                                                            Bloating/Gas, Abdominal Cramps

Hives, Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis                     Fatigue

Allergies, Allergic Asthma                                               Diarrhea/IBS

Food Sensitivities                                                              Depression, Anxiety, ADD/ADHD

 

Causes

Food allergy/sensitivity

Antibiotics and NSAIDS (tylenol, Ibuprofen, aspirin, etc)

Processed sugars and artificial sweeteners

Parasites

Autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, lupus or celiac disease

 

One can do an Intestinal Permeability blood test to be sure

 Treatment

1) Remove: Gluten (wheat, barley, rye), Dairy (with exception fellow), Sugar, Alcohol, Conventionally-raised meats, GMO foods (high in leptins), Deadly nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers, tobacco), NSAIDS, Antacids, Pesticide and preservative-laden foods

 

2) Replace: Fermented vegetables, Probiotics (AT LEAST 50 billion units of probiotics daily from a high quality brand),Aloe vera juice, Bile acids, HCL, Digestive enzymes (one or two capsules at the beginning of each meal) ensure that foods are fully digested, decreasing the chance that partially digested foods particles and proteins from damaging your gut wall.

 

3) Repair Intestinal Lining: Omega 3’s (grass-fed beef, lamb, wild salmon), Flax Seed, Wild Salmon, Walnuts, L-Glutamine powder (2-5 grams 2x daily between meals), Quercitin (500mg 3x daily with meals) has also been shown to improve gut barrier function by sealing the gut because it supports creation of tight junction proteins.  It also stabilizes mast cells and reduces the release of histamine which is common in food intolerance.  New studies have also shown it’s effectiveness in healing ulcerative colitis.   Also, Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

Helpful Foods

#1 Bone Broth – broth contains collagen and the amino acids proline and glycine that can help heal damaged cell walls. You can even do a bone broth fast for 3 days to help rapidly repair leaky gut.

#2 Raw Cultured Dairy – contains both probiotics and SCFA’s that can help heal the gut:  Pastured kefir, yogurt, butter, and raw cheese.

#3 Fermented Vegetables – contain organic acids that balance intestinal pH and probiotics to support the gut:  Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha, Miso, Tempeh, Coconut Kefir. For more on kefir’s many benefits, see: https://www.jenreviews.com/kefir/

#4 Sprouted seeds – chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds that have been sprouted are great sources of fiber that can help support the growth of beneficial bacteria. But if you have severe leaky gut, you may need to start out getting your fiber from steamed vegetables and fruit.

 

2 comments

  1. Dr. Abrahamson

    I will try these recommendations for the clients that I have who are suffering from this. I’ll let you know how it proceeds. Thank-you

    Terry Heaps OMD, L.Ac (TX, AZ)

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