What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

by Greg Newson October 02, 2017

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome, also known as 'Intestinal Permeability' and 'Leaky Bowel Syndrome' is believed to affect up to 65% of the population. It is the deterioration or breakdown of your intestinal wall, in particular the tight junctions that hold your intestinal cells together. When this occurs microscopic holes appear in either your large or small intestine, which allows intestinal bacteria, parasites, worms and their bi-products as well as allergens, undigested food particles, poisons, toxins and in severe cases faeces to pass into your bloodstream. These unwanted particles, once entered into your system, can cause or contribute to a myriad of health problems as seen below.

People who suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome also generally have; an imbalance between their good and bad intestinal bacteria, an inability to properly breakdown and absorb the nutrients from their food resulting in some degree of malabsorption, as well as a diminished ability to adequately remove toxins from the body via their bowel.

What causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome can be caused by a number of issues such as;

Ageing Intestinal bacterial infections
AIDS Intestinal dysbiosis
Allergies Low stomach acid (Hypochlorhydria)
Amphetamines Malabsorption
Antibiotics Maldigestion (impaired digestion)
Aspirin Methotrexate
Binge drinking & excessive alcohol consumption Non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (Celebrex, Ibuprofen, Mobic, Voltaren)
Blastocystis hominis Pancreatic insufficiency (lack of digestive enzymes)
Caffeine Parasites
Candida/Candidiasis Poor diet (eg. sweets/biscuits/cakes/soft drinks/white bread etc
Cocaine Prescription corticosteroids (eg. Prednisone, Hydrocortisone)
Coeliac disease Prescription hormones like the birth control pill
Chemotherapy treatment Radiation therapy
Detrimental protozoa Sepsis (blood poisoning)
Endurance exercise Serious burns
Food additives Simple sugars
Food allergies and sensitivities Stress
Fungal overgrowths Surgery
Gastritis Trauma
Giardiasis Vaccinations
Heavy metal exposure Yersinia enterocolitica
Inflammatory joint disease

What are some illnesses and symptoms associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Many illnesses and health issues have been attributed to Leaky Gut Syndrome such as;

Abdominal pain (reoccurring) Constipation Memory Loss
Accelerated ageing Crohn's disease Multiple sclerosis
Acne Depression Muscle pain
Acute brain injury Diarrhoea Obstructive jaundice
Acute pancreatitis Endotoxemia Pancreatic insufficiency
ADD/ADHD Fatigue Parasitic infection
Alcoholism Fibromyaglia Poor growth
Allergies Flatulence Poor immune function
Ankylosing spondylitis Food Allergies Poor liver function
Anxiety Food Sensitivities Poor memory
Arthralgia Headaches Psoriasis
Asperger's syndrome Hives Pyroluria / Kryptopyrroles
Asthma Inflammatory bowel disease Reoccurring infections
Autism Inflammatory joint disease Rheumatoid arthritis
Autoimmune Diseases Insomnia Reiter's syndrome
Bi Polar Disorder Irritable bowel syndrome Schizophrenia
Burn victims Itchy skin Sepsis (blood poisoning)
Brain fog Joint pain Skin rashes
Chronic heart failure Learning difficulties Sinus
Cirrhosis of the liver Lower Back Pain Type 1 diabetes
Coeliac disease Lupus Erythematous Ulcerative Colitis
Colitis Malabsorption Weight Gain
Confusion Malnutrition  

I have some of these Leaky Gut Symptoms what should I do?

We recommend that you get yourself tested firstly to establish whether or not you are suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome and secondly to determine the severity of the condition.

The Leaky Gut Syndrome Test Kit is available for purchase from our store and includes a comprehensive and detailed report of your results. This includes dietary and lifestyle advice, strategies to address any underlying causes, recommended nutritional supplementation advice to repair Leaky Gut Syndrome and a long term plan to maintain good intestinal health.

How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Before starting the process to heal Leaky Gut Syndrome, it's important that any underlying causes are identified and treated accordingly. Otherwise it can be an expensive and futile exercise with no real movement forward in reducing intestinal permeability.

As a result of the many patients we have seen that have suffered from Leaky Gut Syndrome, some common factors have been identified that once treated, allow the healing of Leaky Gut Syndrome to progress smoothly. Diet, food allergies, antibiotics, an over growth of detrimental bacteria, parasites and fungal organisms are major contributors to the progression of Leaky Gut Syndrome.

We recommend before starting any treatment for Leaky Gut, that you investigate and test for Food Allergies, Candida and Dysbiosis.

If you would like the assistance of a health professional to treat and heal Leaky Gut Syndrome, we offer Skype, Phone or In-Clinic Consultations.

Additional Leaky Gut Syndrome Information

For more information on the Leaky Gut Syndrome Test Kit

For information on Leaky Gut Treatment

For more information on supplements to heal Adult Leaky Gut Syndrome

For more information on supplements to heal Child Leaky Gut Syndrome

Greg Newson
Greg Newson


Greg Newson is a qualified Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist and Health Enthusiast who is passionate about wellness and dedicated in educating people of the enormous potential of natural medicine.

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