It’s been a long time coming, but the discussion on “leaky gut syndrome” is finally getting more attention. Given the vast array of ‘s a lot more educating to be done!
Holistic physician Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, has a helpful definition of leaky gut.
Leaky gut syndrome is not generally recognized by conventional physicians, but evidence is accumulating that it is a real condition that affects the lining of the intestines. The theory is that leaky gut syndrome (also called increased intestinal permeability), is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment as well as to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances. As a consequence, some bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins and fats, and waste not normally absorbed may “leak” out of the intestines into the blood stream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems, such as abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps, fatigue, food sensitivities, joint pain, skin rashes, and autoimmunity.â
Doesn’t sound like something you want to have, does it?
Leaky Gut – A Medical Mystery?
In Leaky gut Syndrome: What Is It? WebMd refers to leaky gut as a “medical mystery.” Getting a diagnosis can be difficult.
Respected gastroenterologist Donal Kirby, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic says “physicians don’t know enough about the gut which is our biggest immune system organ.”
That is likely true, but I was pleased that he added “you may have leaky gut and we may be able to treat what causes it…” and further, “If you have something going on, it is incumbent upon the medical community to listen to you.” (emphasis mine)
Chances are good that some of us do have something going on and it’s great to know someone will listen.
So what other things might you wonder about this medical mystery?
Is There a Connection Between the Gut and Moodhealth?
Below are a few symptoms of leaky gut and according to this article from GreenMed.info.com, there is now evidence that “leaky gut plays a role in the inflammatory pathophysiology of depression.”
There are additional resources that point to a possible the microbiome-mood connection you might find helpful:
- PubMed: mind-body-microbial continuum
- Scientific American: Mental Health May Depend on Creatures in the Gut
- American Psychological Association: That gut feeling
- Translational Microbiome Research Forum: Gut and Mood: The Microbiome In Anxiety And Depression
Since more than 100 million Americans have digestive issues, it’s worth additional research to explore the gut-mood connection especially since digestive issues continue to rise. (Source)
For those who support a diagnosis of leaky gut, here are possible signs that a person may have it.
Leaky gut symptoms:
- Allergies, skin rashes (psoriasis and eczema)
- Poor concentration.
- Some forms of arthritis
See allergyescape.com for further info on what leaky gut does to your body. There are also those who believe leaky gut is a cause of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
How Do Digestive Enzymes Support Digestion?
Your digestive enzymes play a critical role in your gut health — they serve to protect the gut lining by breaking down your food, they help eliminate toxins and allow you to absorb critical nutrients from your food…provided of course you’re eating a healthy diet!
Did you know your digestive enzymes deteriorate as you age?
Digestive enzymes occur naturally in raw foods, but how much raw food do most of us eat? Processed foods, stress, and environmental factors can further impact your digestive enzymes.
Many complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, like Dr. Mark Hyman, advise their patients to use digestive enzymes. Here Dr. Hyman explains how your digestive system could be making you sick and fat.
Even if youâre eating a really nutritious diet and taking good supplements, some people suffer from malabsorption and leaky gut syndrome. Malabsorption is just what it says â your body isnât absorbing the nutrients itâs supposed to. It may be caused by leaky gut, or other factors that can contribute to it, like low stomach acid, parasitic infections, candidiasis, etc.
If you want to know more about the importance of digestive enzymes, check out EnzymeStuff.com. Here’s a link to our best selling digestive enzymes. You might want to think about adding them to your daily routine.
Children can have leaky gut, too!
If you think youâre off the hook because youâre younger, guess again. Even children can suffer from intestinal disorders. Holistic healthcare practitioners and physicians are treating record numbers of children with chronic intestinal issues like Crohnâs disease, ulcerative colitis, leaky gut, irritable bowel, etc, especially children with autism.
The food you eat and the supplements you take do make a differenceâ¦..Which reminds me, if you’ve seen the movie Food Matters, youâll understand why I bring this up. Check out the trailer.
So there’s a little food for thought to chew on. Is your gut telling you something?
If you’ve had leaky gut or other digestive issues, we’d like to hear from you. Please comment below!
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- What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome? (everydayhealth.com)
- Do You Have a Leaky Gut? (Huffington Post)
- Leaky Gut: Can This Be Destroying Your Health?Â (Sott.net)
- Is a Leaky Gut Making You Sick? (Life Extension)
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Wow! My lips look exactly like the ones on your photo! I know I have Leaky Gut but I also have Lichen Planus so I thought it was the LP making my lips look like this.
Hi Cindy, it’s probably a coincidence that her lips look like yours do, so not to worry. Thanks for checking out the blog and educating us on Lichen Planus. Have you pursued any natural approaches for it?
I have see a correlation between leaky gut and lichen planus, auto immune protocol diet and paleo made my symptoms go away: others in forums are noticing a correlation as well. Check it out!.
I have been told by two different Doctors that I have ‘Leaky Gut’. It is miserable. I am allergic to everything I put in my mouth. Been working over a yr to heal it. Heard it can take 3 yrs to heal. Very frustrating. Yes I have hives on my eyelids! Painful joins in my hands, chronic fatigue ect..
My son has had a chronic headache for 4 months. After so many different doctor visits and no answers I started googling. After reading a great deal, I thought his problem may be leaky gut and other digestive issues. However, your list of symptoms makes me question that. He has had intestinal issues since he was quite young which often lead to very bad headaches. I really think that even though his head seems to be the major problem right now, that gut issues are still playing a big part. What do you think? Should I pursue intestinal healing?
Anne, since you state your son has had intestinal issues since he was quite young, I personally would pursue intestinal healing strategies. Assuming you’ve omitted the typical allergen offenders such as gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, etc., there are a variety of healing nutrients he can supplement with. One that we received good feedback on is:
http://www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/gi-integrity-120-p-pure-encapsulations.html. Also include some probiotics to restore intestinal flora balance.
my 10 year old daughter was detected with a milder form of vitiligo, after all the allopathic docs gave me no hope of reversal, i went to a very well known homeopath…underwent his treatment for 2 yrs, in which he tried to make her whole body “fairer” rather than the patches. But his extremely busy schedule, made me move to another well known homeopath. Sadly, he is hell bent on restoring her natural brown colour back. Not only, m i caught between the two, to make matters worse, my daughter got an attack of eczema out of the blue when we went to a colder place on holidays. Since then it is only getting worse. The homeopaths don’t allow me to use any allopathic meds so m at a loss as to how tohelp my baby out mainly with the eczema as it is causing a lot of problem to her and with her melanin dysfunction too. Her concenteration was hit big time when this problem started 3 yrs back. i fear that she may also have this leaky gut syndrome. Can you please suggest any natural remedies to her problems or any well known doc in the usa who could treat her? thanks.
Archana, we’re sorry to hear of your daughter’s health problems – it is so difficult to see your children go through difficult situations. We can’t diagnose or treat any health conditions, but I’ve linked to our blog post on Natural Ways to Treat Eczema below and you might consider finding a functional medicine doctor. https://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 Functional medicine doctors get to the root cause of a problem and don’t just treat the symptoms. Here are some medical studies from GreenMedInfo.com that may be helpful, too.
We wish your daughter all the best. You’re a good mom to be so diligent in getting her the help she deserves.
Thanks Mary, for replying with so much of patience and also for your kind words. I will check out these websites mentioned by you. Hopefully, there will some respite for my daughter in there.
many thanks for the same.
All the best to you, Archana. If you find someone or something that helps, we’d love to hear your good news. In the meantime, we’ll keep you in our prayers!