What is Leaky Gut Syndrome - LGS?
Leaky Gut Syndrome - LGS is a possibly unpleasant sounding name but it
describes a gut which is inflamed and has got very porous, (much more porous
than it should be), and it is letting large food proteins, bacteria, fungi,
metals and toxic substances straight into our blood stream or in more
scientific language, an increase in permeability of the intestinal mucosa to
luminal macromolecules, antigens and toxins associated with inflammatory
degenerative and/or atrophic mucosal damage. Once in the blood stream our
immune system is the last line of defense to deal with these substances and
it will eventually get overwhelmed if a Leaky Gut is not rectified.
Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome
Our intestinal lining replaces itself approximately every 24 hours. This
means that every cell that the lining is composed of is digested or sloughed
off, and a new one grows to take its place. All this activity means the gut
uses more blood when it is resting than any other organ but it is also the
first to lose its blood supply when in a fight or flight situation, which is
what stress is. If you have a lot of stress then your gut will always be
starved for blood and the lining will be impaired.
The key and most common cause of Leaky Gut is Candida. Candida is a
yeast-fungal organism that grows roots like a plant. These roots grow into
and through your intestinal tract looking for food. These roots break
through the intestinal lining and cause the leaky gut!
Other factors which cause or worsen Leaky Gut Syndrome are:
- Alcohol and caffeine which irritate the gut wall, this includes
cokes (diet and regular), chocolate, coffee, cocoa.
- Contaminated foods, E. coli and other bacteria’s can develop due to
poor food handling.
- Chemicals found in processed and fermented foods (dyes and
preservatives), wine, vinegar, soy sauce, tofu, etc.
- A diet high in refined sugars and other carbohydrates (e.g. candy,
cookies, sodas, processed foods and white bread).
- Foods contaminated by parasites (pork, chicken, fresh water and
- Antibiotic use-this causes an overgrowth of fungi (yeast) in the gut
due to the immune suppression that occurs.
- Ingestion of animal products that have been given hormonal and
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Diseases Caused By Leaky Gut Syndrome:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
- Rheumatoid Arthritis,
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Crohn's Disease,
- Addison's Disease,
Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Symptoms include arthritis, chronic fatigue, Candidiasis, bloating, food
allergies, sinusitis, slow thought processes, headaches, lethargy, fluid
retention, weight gain, diarrhoea and / or constipation, flatulence, IBS,
food intolerance and many other gastric disturbances
Treatment and the Steps to a Non Leaky Gut.
- Don't eat sugar, refined carbohydrates, coffee, fatty foods. Also
foods such as are dairy, eggs, gluten grains (wheat, oats, rye), corn,
beans (especially soy), and nuts can often cause problems and some
people are allergic to garlic also. Exposure to a significant allergy
can sabotage the treatment. A non-allergenic diet can be obtained by
eating meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, potatoes, rice, millet, and
- Avoid alcohol, especially unpasteurized beer which still has some
yeast in it.
Cleanse the gut of toxins.
- Eliminate the candida yeast and its roots in your gut.
- Eliminate any other parasites in your gut.
- Provide the right diet and supplements so your body can repair
- Return the good bacteria to your gut. Probiotic supplements
containing Lactobacillus and Bifido can be particularly effective, or
eat acidophillus yoghurt if dairy products are OK.
- Avoid NSAIDs if at all possible.
- Exercise for half an hour each day. Brisk walking is good.
- Drink pure water and lots of it!
Dietary Supplements to treat Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Shark Liver Oil: is a natural
product that has great success with arthritis because it contains different
substances that combat arthritis. It boosts the immune system with
alkylglycerols, it has squalene in it which is an antioxidant, it contains
vitamin E and omega 3 oils and combats Leaky Gut Syndrome which is at the
bottom of so many cases of arthritis.
Other than occasional patient testimonials,
however, evidence is weak that shark liver oil can cure serious
diseases, such as AIDS, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and
psoriasis. Many points suggest that Shark Liver Oils are very useful for
helping to correct Leaky Gut Syndrome and many LGS sufferers have found this
to be true, especially when taken in conjunction with treatments and
Colostrum is made from the best quality New Zealand
bovine colostrum. it helps support the immune function and growth factors
and provides positive effects for health and well being.
Most people benefit from taking cow colostrum as an every day immune
system enhancer, but in particular people suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome,
Candida, Stomach Ulcers, Acne, Arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis
as well as being much in demand by athletes for building muscle. Colostrum
contains growth factors that help to slow the aging process in anybody who
takes it. It also helps to stimulate wound healing, cartilage and nerve
regeneration, which is helpful in cases of Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain
Barre Syndrome and its variants.