Leaky Gut is where “holes” are created in the wall of the intestines and undigested particles of food leak into the bloodstream. As undigested particles of food leak through the walls of the intestine, they are grabbed by antibodies forming an Immune Complex so that Phagocytes, your “search and destroy” cells can dispose of the problem.
However, when the number of Immune Complexes reaches a critical point the immune antibody system gives up and shuts down. The Immune Complexes then find their way into joint and organ tissues and set up inflammation. Capillary leakage from inflammation results in fluid retention in subcutaneous tissues, causing the appearance of cellulite!
Once Immune Complexes settle into tissues, your body brings out the big guns – the Killer Enzymes to seek out and destroy the problem. However, the Killer Enzymes don’t just target the Immune Complex, they also attack the tissues they are embedded in leading to an exacerbation of inflammatory conditions.
Food intolerance, candida and stress can all lead to leaky gut syndrome.
When in the fungal state, Candida grows ‘legs’ or ‘rhizoids’ which can burrow into the intestinal mucosa causing intestinal problems. In severe cases it is hypothesized that it can actually burrow through the intestinal wall itself giving rise to ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome’ where partially digested proteins and the yeast itself to travel into the bloodstream where they are treated as toxins and give rise to symptoms of severe intestinal distress and joint pains.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|L-Glutamine||Major component and energy source of the intestinal lining and supplementation has been shown to restore proper integrity to this tissue.||2000 – 5000mg per day (away from food)|
|Probiotics||Help control colonies of harmful organisms, promote intestinal immune system health and ensure healthy bowel ecology – all important factors in preventing allergies.||2-15 billion organisms per day|
|Betaine Hydrochloride and Digestive Enzymes||Support stomach acid production and pancreatic enzymes which is a priority for those with food allergies.||1 – 2 tablets of each with main meals|
|Goldenseal||Anti-bacterial, it also has anti fungal properties, which makes it useful where intestinal permeability is associated with Candida overgrowth. Goldenseal also possesses an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect on intestinal mucous membranes.||150 – 450mg per day|
|Oregano||Kills off parasites, pathogenic bacteria and yeast/fungi, all implicated in the development of intestinal permeability. Importantly, oregano does not appear to adversely affect levels of good bacteria in the gut.||30 – 80mg per day|
|Psyllium Seed Husks||Psyllium husks aid intestinal cleansing and detoxification through their content of both soluble and insoluble fibre.||3 – 5g per day|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
Reduce or avoid common allergens
- such as wheat, dairy, soy protein, eggs.
- Trans/hydrogenated fats and all refined/processed foods
- Caffeinated drinks
Increase intake of :
- Complex carbohydrates
- Fibre (Not from wheat)
- Vegetables and fruit
- Nuts and seeds
- Oily fish
- Whole grains
Investigate and eliminate potential allergens.
Investigate the possibility of parasites, Candida and bacterial pathogens as a causative factor.
Stress is a major factor in the development of intestinal permeability and allergies. Employ stress management techniques.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication causes damage to intestinal integrity and may trigger/exacerbate leaky gut.
Suggested further reading: