What are the leaky gut syndrome symptoms?

According to The Healthy Women’s Website, Dr. Leo Galland, director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, says the follow symptoms might be signs of leaky gut syndrome:

  • Chronic diarrhoea, constipation, gas or bloating
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Poor immune system
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
  • Cravings for sugar or carbs
  • Arthritis or joint pain
  • Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
  • Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn’s
  • Headaches, brain fog, memory loss

Mind Body Green adds: 

  • Seasonal allergies or asthma
  • Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS
  • Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Diagnosis of candida overgrowth
  • Food allergies, food sensitivities or food intolerances.

Links between Candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome

The Gut Stuff website defines Candida as, “A type of fungus or yeast which grows all over the human body, especially in warm and moist areas like the mouth, stomach and vagina.

The presence of candida isn’t usually a problem unless an overgrowth occurs. Although candida overgrowth is quite common, the severity of these infections vary greatly.

According to Health US News, Leaky Gut Syndrome is a more serious consequence of Candida, occurring when Candida causes the intestinal wall to become permeable and allows partially digested proteins and other toxins to be released into the body. And in severe cases, known as invasive candidiasis, Candida can negatively impact vital parts of the body, including the blood, heart and brain – ultimately leading to hospitalization and, rarely, death.

The good news is that, once you become aware of the early symptoms of Candida overgrowth you can take the appropriate steps to candida naturally avoid symptoms.

An article by Amy Myers MD, shows a list of symptoms for Candida, which mirror many symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome, which may suggest the overgrowth of Candida leads to the onset of leaky Gut Syndrome.

What causes Candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome

According to Healthy Women’s website, leaky gut can be caused by diet – consuming certain foods every day, including gluten, soy and dairy which the body treats as foreign invaders and fought off.The Healthy Women’s website also says, leaky gut can also be caused by medications including antibiotics, steroids or over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin and acetaminophen, which can irritate the intestinal lining and damage protective mucus layers. This irritation can start or continue the inflammation cycle that leads to intestinal permeability.

Healthline says, “The exact cause of leaky gut syndrome remains a mystery, but certain proteins like zonulin and markers of inflammation provide some clues. Other potential causes include long-term NSAID use and an imbalance of gut bacteria known as gut dysbiosis.”

The NHS  website says, “Proponents of “leaky gut syndrome” claim that many symptoms and conditions are caused by the immune system reacting to germs and toxins or other substances that have been adsorbed into the bloodstream via a porous od (“leaky”) bowel.

While it’s true that some conditions and medications can cause a “leaky gut” (what scientists call increased intestinal permeability) there is currently little evidence to support the theory that a porous bowel is the direct cause of any significant, widespread problems.

Do Antibiotics cause Leaky Gut Syndrome

An article by Science Daily shows that, researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen report when 3 antibiotics were given to young healthy men for 4 days it caused an almost complete eradication of gut bacteria, followed by a gradual recovery of most bacterial species over a period of six months.

After the six months, however, the study participants were still missing nine of their common beneficial bacteria and a few new potentially non-desirable bacteria had colonized the gut. The findings are published today in Nature Microbiology.

Amy Myers MD says, Antibiotics work by blocking vital processes in bacteria that either kill the bacteria or stop them from multiplying. Unfortunately, antibiotics cannot differentiate between the “bad” bacteria that may be causing a bacterial infection and the “good” bacteria that belong in your gut. Instead, antibiotics come through like a tsunami, destroying everything in their path.

When antibiotics kill the bacteria that belong in your gut, it disrupts the delicate ecosystem, creating a state of dysbiosis – or bacterial imbalance. When the number of good bacteria in your gut falls, it leaves you susceptible to the overgrowth of other organisms, like yeast, frequently referred to as Candida, because Candida Albicans is the most common strain of yeast. Yeast is opportunistic, which means that when given the chance, it will grow and multiply, especially when given its favourite food source – sugar. When yeast starts to multiply, it can damage the lining of your intestinal walls, leading to what’s known as leaky gut.

Leaky Gut Syndrome tests

One of the ways to discover, or confirm, if you are suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome is to have an allergy test. There are various forms of tests. These include: Private blood tests, acupressure or kinesiologyClick here to find an allergy test. 

You can read more about private blood tests and see a video review here.

Treatment for Leaky Gut Syndrome

Healing leaky gut syndrome can be done quite naturally.

Experience Life suggests the five Rs to heal leaky gut syndrome – remove, replace, reinoculated and rebalance.

The Five Rs to Healing The Symptoms

Removal starts with eliminating irritants such as sugar, dairy, soy and chemical additives found in many processed foods. They also suggest removing alcohol. Another suggestion is to start a food journal, noting when you feel bloated, fatigued or gassy.

The Replace step gives your body what it needs to rebuild the gut lining. If the gut is leaky, it will struggle to absorb nutrients. This step also includes eating plenty of whole foods so the body can rebuild tissue. It also includes taking digestive enzymes, glutamine and omega-3 fatty acids.

Reinoculation Once your body has begun to repair the leaks in the gut, you need to help it grow a healthy layer of good bacteria.  These beneficial bacteria strengthen your immune system and, improve metabolism and aid the absorption of vitamins and minerals. You can do this by adding pro-biotics and fermented foods.

Repair and Rebalance Once you’ve got your gut on the road back to good health lifestyle changes may be required. This means not slipping back into old habits that caused the leaky gut in the first place.

The best foods to eat when healing Leaky Gut Syndrome

According to Healthline, the following foods are all great options for improving your digestive system:

  • Vegetables
  • Roots and tubers
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Gluten-free grains
  • Healthy fats
  • Fish
  • Meats and eggs
  • Herbs and spices
  • Cultured dairy products
  • Beverages
  • Nuts

Parsley Health suggests one other step… eating more healthy fats helps feed the cells that line the gut and help them heal. Parsley health also suggests ways to get these healthy fats are via Ghee, which is clarified butter and coconut oil.

Foods to avoid 

Avoiding certain foods is equally important for improving your gut health, says Healthline.

Some foods have been shown to cause inflammation in your body, which may promote the growth of unhealthy gut bacteria. According to Healthline the following list contains foods that may harm the healthy gut bacteria .  

  • Wheat-based products: Bread, pasta, cereals, wheat flour, couscous, etc.
  • Gluten-containing grains: Barley, rye, bulgur, seitan, triticale and oats.
  • Processed meats: Cold cuts, deli meats, bacon, hot dogs, etc.
  • Baked goods: Cakes, muffins, cookies, pies, pastries and pizza.
  • Snack foods: Crackers, muesli bars, popcorn, pretzels, etc.
  • Junk food: Fast foods, potato chips, sugary cereals, candy bars, etc.
  • Dairy products: Milk, cheeses and ice cream.
  • Refined oils: Canola, sunflower, soybean and safflower oils.
  • Artificial sweeteners: Aspartame, sucralose and saccharin.
  • Sauces: Salad dressings, as well as soy, teriyaki and hoisin sauce.
  • Beverages: Alcohol, carbonated beverages and other sugary drinks.

Due to the links between Leaky Gut Syndrome and Candida, it is probably best to avoid eating foods with yeast and sugars, or foods that are fungi like mushrooms.

Everyday health says, proponents claim that a yeast infection diet can help to cure or prevent yeast infections by eliminating:

  • Foods containing simple sugars, including many fruits.
  • White flour and other glutenous grains.
  • Anything fermented with yeast, such as alcoholic drinks.
  • Some dairy products, including whole milk.

How long does it take to heal Leaky Gut syndrome

Award winning nutritionist Trish Tucker-May says, “On average, you can restore the digestive system in six months; however, there are many factors that contribute to this such as your family health history, the state of your hormones, the amount of toxins and heavy metals in your body, and any allergies you suffer from.

“Also, if you suffer from long-standing gut issues such as candida, parasites, autoimmune diseases, or other unknown health issues, then your journey to optimal gut health may take longer, even up to five or more years.”

Trish Tucker May adds, “Remember, this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon that requires time and patience. Now is the time to let go of fad thinking—the kind that tells you to “do this to get that result.” Every single person’s body is different and what works for one person may not work for another.”

Best supplements 

According to Healthline some supplements and treatments that may be beneficial in the treatment of leaky gut syndrome may include:

  • Zinc
  • L-glutamine
  • Collagen peptides
  • Probiotics
  • Fibre
  • DGL
  • Curcumin
  • Berberine

Before rushing to buy all the supplements it is worth consulting with a therapist who conducts allergy testing such as finger prick tests, kinesiology, DNA hair testing and acupressure.

In the case of acupressure and kinesiology you can even test the supplements to check they have no adverse reaction within the gut.

Best pro-biotics for leaky gut syndrome

Probiotics help re-colonize the gut with good bacteria. Probiotics also balance the stomach’s pH and create enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria.

Goodbye Leaky Gut says probiotics support your gut lining, prevent bad bacteria and yeast, help to breakdown foods and turn them into nutrients and reduce permeability.

It is possible to add probiotic foods to your diet such as kombucha, kimichi, but you may find that 10 billion probiotics are the most effective way to get probiotics into your gut and heal leaky gut syndrome.

Can Homeopathic Remedies help leaky gut syndrome?

Nicole Cunningham is a Homeopathic Health Practitioner with 17 Years of experience has been called the “Mayo Clinic of Alternative Healthcare Practitioners”. 

Serving thousands of clients in her practice, she specializes in treating families who face the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hormonal Imbalance, Chronic and Auto Immune Diseases and Weightloss. 

Her line of Homeopathic formulas, PuraForce Remedies, have been tried and tested by hundreds of families. 

Below she explains how homeopathy works in relation to leaky gut syndrome…

Homeopathy is a 200+ year old system of medicine used by over 500 million people worldwide. It has the best record of safety in the history of all medicine, with hundreds of studies showing its effectiveness on humans, animals, plants, and cells. Seven research laboratories have confirmed that homeopathic remedies at all levels of potency contain nanoparticles of the original medicinal substance from which they were made – making homeopathy the first nano medicine known to humankind. 

What are Homeopathic Remedies made from?

Homeopathy is safe and non-toxic. While the remedies are made out of plant and minerals, they are the energetic essence of that substance so they are completely free of side effects and therefore useful for all ages and life stages. Leaky gut syndrome affects people of all ages and stages of health. Homeopathic Remedies assist with symptomatic relief as well as improving the overall energy levels, well being and quality of life of people who suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome. 

What are the advantages of Homeopathy?

  1. Homeopathic Medicine treats the person as an individual, it evaluates and addresses the person as a ‘whole.’ Homeopathy treats the mind and the body creating harmony and enabling the individual to reach their highest potential.
  2. Homeopathic treatment works with your body’s own healing powers to bring about health and well being.
  3. You are treated as an individual, not as a collection of disease labels.
  4. Homeopathy treats all your symptoms at all levels of your being – spiritual, emotional, mental and physical and finds the ‘like cures like’ match for them.
  5. Homeopathically prepared remedies provide the minimum dose, are gentle, subtle and powerful. They are non-addictive, and not tested on animals.

Who can use Homeopathy?

Homeopathic Remedies are absorbed via the limbic system and not the digestive tract they can be taken along side and instead of pharmaceutical medicines with confidence. 

There are no interactions or special considerations needed. It can be used by all ages and stages of life including during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The remedies can even be used by newborn babies and the elderly. 

Homeopathic Remedies are tasteless and odourless! So ideal for children and babies who are averse to taking medications. You can even put it into cold drinks such as water, juice or milk without them knowing!!

1 *Bell, I., et. al., Adaptive network nanomedicine: an integrated model for homeopathic medicine. Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition) 2013; 5(2):685-708

*Bell, I., et. al., Enhancement of adaptive biological effects bynanotechnology preparation methods in

How Homeopathy be used to help Leaky Gut syndrome?

It has incredible benefits to patients who suffer with leaky gut syndrome. Homeopathic Medicine targets Leaky Gut Syndrome by activating the body’s vital force – the body’s ability to heal itself. This is achieved by prescribing a constitutional medicine to the patient. This constitutional remedy is given to achieve homeostasis and balance within the biochemistry that then begins to reduce the imbalance and heal the damage to the microbiome. 

With Leaky Gut Syndrome the symptoms are not just in the abdomen, they often affect a person’s mental cognition and concentration, emotional regulation, emotional resilience and nervous system stability. At the same time as the Constitutional Remedy is given to a patient a well trained and experienced Homeopath will also prescribe an anti miasmatic medicine. This medicine assists with the healing and restoration of the brain gut connection. This remedy helps to heal the intestinal integrity which in turn restores the ability for the nervous system to regulate and the synaptic function in the brain to behave as it is meant to. 

Patients with Leaky Gut Syndrome have ‘misfires’ of these neurological synapses which manifest as the symptoms of brain fog, poor memory, mood changes and a reduced ability to make decisions and perform routine tasks. We see a great improvement in these symptoms when the prescribed anti miasmatic and constitutional remedies are given together.

Nicole Cunningham is a Homeopathic Health Practitioner with 17 Years of experience has been called the “Mayo Clinic of Alternative Healthcare Practitioners”. 

Serving thousands of clients in her practice, she specializes in treating families who face the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hormonal Imbalance, Chronic and Auto Immune Diseases and Weightloss. 

Her line of Homeopathic formulas, PuraForce Remedies, have been tried and tested by hundreds of families. 

 

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