Leaky gut syndrome – what it is and what to do about it

Leaky gut syndrome – what it is and what to do about it

by Meredith Ling 02 Feb 2020

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a medical condition that is apparently more common than we think. LGS brings about a variety of symptoms that may be easy to dismiss as being symptomatic of other causes. When tight junctions in the gut, which control what passes through the lining of the small intestine, do not work properly, this allows substances such as undigested food particles to leak into the bloodstream. 


Some causes of LGS are:

  • Improper diet
  • Chronic stress
  • Excessive levels of toxins
  • The imbalance of bacteria in the body

How do you know if you may have LGS?


Here are some signs of a leaky gut:

  • Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhoea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)rh
  • Seasonal allergies or asthma
  • Hormonal imbalances such as Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) or Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Diagnosed chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Mood issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD
  • Skin issues such as acne, rosacea or eczema
  • Food allergies or food intolerances


Fortunately, there are ways to heal a leaky gut. Dr. Amy Myers in her Mindbodygreen article, shares:


1. Remove the bad

Rid things that negatively affect the environment of the gastrointestinal tract, such as inflammatory and toxic foods, and intestinal infections.


2. Replace the good

Revive essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption, such as digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids.


3. Reinoculate

Restore beneficial bacteria to re-establish a healthy balance of good bacteria.


4. Repair the gut

This can be done by providing the body with necessary nutrients such as L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the lining of the gut wall. 


There are many online resources sharing information on this topic. If in doubt, it is still best to consult a doctor to confirm if you are indeed suffering from LGS and decide on the best course of action for treatment.