Holistic approach to Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is a term used as a simple explanation for increased intestinal permeability.  Imagine your intestines as a long hose. If the hose is not damaged, then water will move freely through one end and out the other side. Now, imagine that same hose with tiny punctures. The water now leaks out before reaching its intended destination. Leaky Gut Syndrome is similar to a damaged hose, as particles can leak out into the body where they shouldn’t be. This causes damage and dysfunction resulting in poor health.

Your Natural Barrier

Your intestines are designed to act as a natural and selective barrier allowing nutrients in while keeping foreign objects from entering and reaching the blood supply. With leaky gut, there is damage to this natural barrier, exposing our body’s immune system to objects it normally isn’t exposed to.  The natural barrier is called a tight junction and with leaky gut, tight junctions fail.  Your tight junction is what keeps out toxins, microbes, and undigested food particles from reaching the blood stream.   A healthy functioning intestinal mucosa is the body’s primary line of defense against these potentially lethal agent.

As more individuals are affected by poor dietary choices, toxin and chemical exposure, high levels of stress, and dysbiosis (bacteria imbalance), it seems that the prevalence of leaky gut has increased significantly.  Good news is that the medical community is finally agreeing this condition exist, so hopefully more research will be available soon.  Currently there is plenty of research that links leaky gut to a number of health problems.

What Causes Leaky Gut?

It’s important to note: it’s rarely one trigger that causes leaky gut. It’s an accumulation of some factors, over time, that attributes to leaky gut syndrome.


Leaky Gut Syndrome can express itself many ways, which is why it’s missed by health care professionals.  Currently there is plenty of research that links leaky gut to a number of seemingly unrelated health issues and chronic diseases, and not just digestive disorders which is a common misconception.



Holistic Suggestions

Addressing the root cause of the dysfunction is top priority.  It’s usually a multi phase approach. First phase incorporates natural anti-microbials.  Second phase focuses on reintroduction on healthy flora to the gastrointestinal tract. Third phase is a combination approach with potent natural anti-inflammatories and specific nutrients to heal tight junctions.