Possible Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome

Author: Henrik Aulbach

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The intestinal mucosa is supposed to no longer be able to fulfill its protective functions in Leaky Gut Syndrome. Now, the intestinal mucosa consists of three main components:

  • Mucus layer
  • Intestinal flora
  • Intestinal mucosa

The mucus layer is intended to prevent harmful components from reaching deeper layers of the small intestine. Here, you can also find the sIgA antibody, which is supposed to capture and bind such harmful substances.

The intestinal flora is composed of billions of bacteria that contribute to digestion. They break down long-chain nutritional components into short-chain nutrients that the intestine can absorb. The intestinal mucosa, in turn, releases nutrients from the intestine into the bloodstream. If any of these three components of the small intestine are damaged, the Leaky Gut Syndrome might occur according to natural medicine.

The following explicit causes could contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome:

  • Improper diet: Excessive sugar, simple carbohydrates, and inadequate fiber are problematic. Unhealthy fats and processed products can also be problematic.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol could damage the intestinal barrier, especially with frequent and heavy consumption.
  • Medications: Medications like antibiotics can irritate and partly destroy the intestinal flora. Pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetylsalicylic acid could also favor Leaky Gut.
  • Candida: Candida yeast infections could displace a healthy intestinal flora. Moreover, the yeast might release fungal toxins into its environment, which could enter the bloodstream in Leaky Gut Syndrome.
  • Stress: Stress is never good for the body. It could lead to or exacerbate Leaky Gut Syndrome.
  • Nutrient deficiency: Deficiencies in nutrients could result in the intestinal mucosa no longer satisfactorily performing its protective functions.
  • Inflammations and infections: These could damage the intestinal mucosa, making it more permeable to pathogens, toxins, etc.
  • Food allergies: Consuming certain foods despite allergies could irritate the intestine.

Diagnosing Leaky Gut

Alternative medicine practitioners offer several diagnostic methods for Leaky Gut Syndrome. These include blood and urine tests. The Lactulose-Mannitol test could provide insights. An unusually high amount of these two substances could indicate potential intestinal permeability. However, doctors do not use this test because its reliability in assessing intestinal permeability is considered medically insufficient.

The Zonulin test is also commonly used by alternative medicine practitioners. This test measures the amount of Zonulin in the blood serum. The CRP value is also commonly checked to improve diagnostic information. 

Finally, some holistic practitioners believe that the level of sIgA (secretory Immunoglobulin A) can provide insight into the presence of Leaky Gut Syndrome. Ideally, you should discuss the diagnostic methods with your holistic practitioner.

Treatment Approaches for Leaky Gut Syndrome in Naturopathy

Since Leaky Gut Syndrome is only recognized in naturopathy, there are accordingly only treatment methods in naturopathy. They focus on the following points:

  • Protecting the mucous layer
  • Building up the intestinal flora
  • Regenerating the intestinal mucosa
  • Anti-inflammatory measures

The mucous layer could be negatively influenced by acidic foods. Therefore, an alkaline Leaky Gut Syndrome diet is recommended. In addition, mucilaginous or mucus-forming foods can be beneficial. Specifically, foods like flaxseedspsyllium husk and marshmallow root tea are recommended. 

To build up the intestinal flora, naturopathy recommends probiotics and prebiotics as well as probiotic-rich foods, mainly fermented dishes. In this context, some holistic practitioners recommend an healing fasting regimen.

Methods for regenerating the intestinal mucosa should be discussed with a specialized holistic practitioner. L-Glutamine is occasionally recommended in naturopathy. Green juices and bitter substances might also be helpful. 

To counter inflammation, it's recommended to follow an anti-inflammatory diet

Leaky Gut Syndrome: Conclusion

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a consideration of naturopathy. However, if you have existing symptoms, it's important to consult a doctor first to rule out a serious condition. If the doctor doesn't identify a cause for your discomfort, then visiting a naturopath might be worthwhile. Feel free to discuss the Leaky Gut Syndrome with them, and they will work with you to determine a suitable diagnosis and potential therapy.

Leaky Gut Syndrome: Frequently Asked Questions

What to Do for Leaky Gut?

You should take measures to protect the mucous membranes, restore the intestinal flora, and regenerate the intestinal mucosa. These are the three components of the intestine that could become porous in the case of Leaky Gut.

How to Heal Your Intestine?

There are numerous approaches in conventional medicine and naturopathy. It's important to identify the correct cause of your symptoms. Primarily, you should consult a doctor or internist for this purpose, and afterward, a visit to a naturopath is recommended.

What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

In naturopathy, Leaky Gut Syndrome is believed to involve damage to certain structures of the small intestine. This is thought to allow undigested nutrients, toxins, and bacteria to enter the bloodstream, potentially leading to secondary health issues.

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