Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
By Michelle Tonkin ND CNC MH MI MR

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is the result of an imbalance of

beneficial gut flora (more bad bacteria than good, i.e. dysbiosis),

which can result in reduced immunity and is present in most

disorders of the G.I Tract. Leaky Gut Syndrome is more

than people think. Most medical professionals would agree that

if the gut is not healthy, the body is not healthy. Many of them

have come to the understanding that chronic disease begins

with the gut.

What causes Leaky Gut Syndrome? When the cells of the small intestine

become damaged, it can result in the spaces between to become larger.

These microscopic holes allow food particles, bacteria, viruses, parasites,

funguses, and yeasts like Candida to flow freely into the bloodstream. The body sees these particles in the bloodstream as foreigner invaders and goes on the offensive, producing antibodies to attack the intruders. This can result in the development of food allergies, environmental/chemical sensitivities, and ultimately autoimmune disease processes.

What triggers Leaky Gut Syndrome? These are some common culprits which, over time can be a causative factor in triggering Leaky gut syndrome: Drugs, Diet, Microorganisms, Deficiencies, and Disease.

  • Drugs: •Antibiotics • NSAIDS-non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen) •Birth control pills •Steroid drugs •Chemotherapeutic agents •Antacids

  • Diet: •A diet that is high in refined sugar and flour, processed foods, chemical food additives, caffeine, soda, or alcohol. These all can irritate the intestinal lining as well as overburden the liver and immune system.

  • Microorganisms & Free Radicals: •Various parasites, bacteria, mold and mycotoxins can damage the intestinal lining. The toxic byproducts set off immune responses which can further increase inflammation.Nutrient

  • Deficiencies:•Zinc and vitamin B-6 are needed to maintain intestinal wall integrity as well as produce hydrochloric acid. •Vitamin A is needed to build healthy mucosal linings, including those of the intestines. •The amino acid, l-glutamine, found in protein plays a part in the normal repair process of the intestines.

  • •Enzyme deficiencies to properly absorb and digest proteins, fats, and carbohydrates

  • •Beneficial Bacteria needed to restore proper microbial balance.Various Diseases and Disorders:

  • •Inflammatory conditions of the intestines such as Crohn's Disease, Colitis, Celiac, and Pancreatitis can not only cause increase intestinal permeability, but also the increased intestinal permeability often aggravates these conditions.


  • •HIV/AIDS can also create a leaky gut as can the medications used to manage the disease. •Candidiasis •Cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract


  • •Food Allergies that cause an immune response along the gastro-intestinal tract •Liver disorders and poor liver function •Bacterial Conditions (eg. Lyme Disease, recurring Streptococcus and Staphlococcus infections)


  • •Viral Conditions (eg.Epstein Barr, Mononucleosis, and Herpes) place more burden on the immune system and the gut is a major player in the body’s immunity.


  • The Seven Stages of the 'inflamed’ Leaky Gut:


  • 1.It cannot absorb nutrients properly, usually resulting in fatigue and bloating.


  • 2.Large food particles pass through the lining, causing an autoimmune response, resulting in food or environmental/chemical allergies or sensitivities.


  • 3.The carrier proteins are damaged causing nutrient deficiencies, which can also be the cause of many symptoms (e.g. a magnesium deficiency may induce muscle spasm or a copper deficiency, high cholesterol).


  • 4.Chemical sensitivities can develop. This leakage of toxins can overburden the liver, making the body less able to handle the elimination of chemical/toxins.


  • 5.The protective coating of IgA (immunoglobulins A) is adversely affected and the body is not able to ward off protozoa, bacteria, viruses and yeast’s, such as Candida.


  • 6.Bacteria and yeasts are able to trans-locate, meaning that they can pass from the gut lumen or cavity into the bloodstream, enabling this parasite to set up infection anywhere in the body.


  • 7. The formation of antibodies can leak across and look similar to antigens on our own tissues. When an antibody is produced to attack it, it also attacks our tissue. The result is autoimmune disease.


  • Healing “Leaky Gut” & Restoring Intestinal Integrity


  • Betaine HCL Betaine hydrochloride also known as hydrochloric acid (HCL) or stomach acid, helps the body to digest foods such as protein and fats by breaking them up. The stomach’s naturally low pH also destroys ingested bacteria and microorganisms keeping the gut free of invaders. However, without adequate stomach acid, these organisms can cause many types of infections and even pave the way for full-blown disease. Without adequate levels of HCL, proper absorption of protein, calcium, vitamin B12, and iron is dramatically decreased. Without the proper amount of stomach acid, even the healthiest of foods cannot be properly digested, which in turn can lead to serious health issues. Symptoms of low hydrochloric acid:  bloating or belching, especially after eating  burning in the stomach, especially after eating  fullness or heaviness in the stomach after eating  nausea after eating or taking supplements  intestinal gas  indigestion  bad breath  diarrhea or constipation  food allergies  itching around the rectum  weak or cracked fingernails  dilated blood vessels in the cheeks or nose (in nonalcoholics)  skin break-outs or acne  iron deficiency  chronic intestinal parasites  undigested food in the stool chronic Candida infection


  • Bowel Cleansing Periodic cleansing of the bowel and affiliated organs is essential to health. There are many bowel cleansers on the market today, from herbal to ozone. Most are safe and effective, and non-habit forming. The best product that we have found that works effectively as a bowel and internal cleanser is a magnesium oxide product called Bioxy Cleanse. It is important to note that stool softeners, laxatives, and enemas are not considered cleanses. Colonics are also a great option especially when dealing with chronic constipation


  • Colostrum – the 2nd Immune System Colostrum is a newer recognized supplement on the market that has proven beneficial to the immune system. “Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced from the mother's mammary glands during the first 72 hours after birth. It provides life-supporting immune and growth factors that insure the health and vitality of the newborn.” Research has shown that colostrum has powerful natural immune and growth factors that help bring the body to a state of homeostasis, or well-being. Colostrum has also been shown to help support healthy immune function, enabling us to resist the harmful effects of pollutants, allergens, bacteria, and viruses.Apart from mother’s milk, the only known viable source of colostrum is from cows (bovine). As we age, our bodies gradually produce less immune and growth factors that help our bodies fight off disease and heal damaged body tissue. Because of the HGH (human growth hormones) in colostrum, it has the ability to help with tissue repair and healing, and is especially helpful in cases of compromised intestinal tracks, like “leaky gut syndrome”.


  • Candida Cleansers Cleansing the bowel of candida will help to restore microbial balance in the intestinal tract, especially when one is dealing with candida overgrowth. There are many candida cleansers on the market today. The better ones usually have some or all of the following: grapefruit seed extract, pau’d arco, olive leaf, oregano, berberine, caprylic acid, and garlic.•Enzymes Enzymes are protein molecules that are present in all living things. They have two parts. The protein part is a long chain, which contains hundreds of amino acids in a specific arrangement. The other part is a coenzyme, usually a vitamin or mineral (or it may contain a vitamin, or perhaps a molecule, which has been created from a vitamin). The enzymes found in food are responsible for breaking down the food particles as well as the biochemical reactions that make them ripen.


  • Supplementation of vitamins and minerals are useless unless there are enough of the appropriate enzymes to utilize them.There are two different types of supplemental enzymes available: animal and plant. Animal enzymes are derived from the pancreas of beef or pork. They do not spare the body’s own production of digestive resources and therefore the body must contribute a large amount of its own enzymes to help digest food, especially in the early stage of the digestion process. Plant enzymes are able to predigest food in the stomach. Plant enzymes are preferable in that they work in a broader pH range than animal enzymes and are able to predigest food in the stomach. They are also derived from a natural source and not potentially laden with the animal toxins. While manufacturers are careful to put back vitamins and minerals that are lost during food manufacturing, they do not replace the enzymes. Therefore, unless supplemental forms of enzymes are taken, our diets will continue to be deficient in these nutrients, which are essential for health and healthy living.


  • Essential Fatty Acids There are two classes of essential fatty acids: Omega-3 and Omega-6. Essential fatty acids, or EFA’s to which they are commonly referred, are “essential” for health. A membrane composed of special types of fats surrounds each cell of our body. These EFA’s come directly from the foods we eat. EFA’s are important in the prevention of many health problems including skin disorders, heart disease, arthritis and PMS. They are also great at reducing inflammation in the body, this is critical for healing Leaky Gut Syndrome. Most people do not take in enough essential fatty acids, so it becomes essential to supplement. Good sources of EFA’s are flax oil, primrose oil, borage oil, and fish oils.•


  • L- Glutamine L-Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid circulating in the blood and skeletal muscles. This important amino acid is utilized in numerous vital functions and is required by our body for rapidly dividing cells, as well as repairing and restoring muscle and mucosal tissue. L- Glutamine plays an important part in intestinal integrity as it can help to tighten the intestinal holes caused by Leaky Gut. Supplementation can be found in both capsules and powder. Powder is usually suggested as it covers the entire intestinal tract on its way going down.


  • •Probiotics (aka “friendly” bacteria, intestinal flora, beneficial bacteria) Our gastrointestinal tract houses more than 400 types of different microorganisms. These "friendly" microorganisms help protect our GI tract from "unfriendly" microorganisms, bacteria, parasites, viruses, yeasts, and fungi. They also act to improve immune system function, and have numerous health benefits. Probiotics encourage growth of healthy bacteria. The ratio of flora in the intestines should be of a ratio of 85% friendly bacteria to 15% harmful. Many of the chronically ill have the ratios reversed. The regular supplementation of a high quality probiotic that contains numerous strains of living lactic acid bacteria will help to produce good bacteria that will encourage growth of a healthy colony of bacteria in the digestive tract.


  • Research has shown us that probiotics are of vital necessity as they:

  • improve digestion and nutrient absorption.

  • dramatically improve human immune function.

  • protect against invasion of foreign pathogens and infectious agents.

  • enhance the immune system's ability to fight infections.

  • provide a main source of Vitamin K.

  • lower cholesterol by metabolizing it.

  • control bowel toxicity and decrease the risk of bowel cancer.

  • reduce gas production by non-disease-producing microorganisms.

  • protect the body from the devastating effects of accumulated toxins.

  • produce short-chain fatty acids that are converted into energy.

  • help protect against unhealthy cholesterol buildup.


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