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How to Fix a Leaky Gut

Natural Solutions for Leak Gut

If you’ve spent any time on health blogs lately, you may have heard the term “leaky gut.” If you’ve wondered what that means, or if you have it, or what to do about it, read on.

What is leaky gut?

Leaky gut is a condition in which the mucosal lining of the intestines develops cracks or holes, making it more permeable than it should be. To understand why that’s a problem, let’s look at how the gut works.

How the gut works

Your gut is essentially a very long hollow tube that runs from your mouth to your anus. The lining of the gut acts as a barrier that lets the good stuff (i.e. nutrients) into the bloodstream and keeps the bad stuff (i.e. bacteria, fungi, parasites, and undigested food particles) out.

Usually this system works well. But sometimes, factors such as poor diet, occasional stress, illness, or lack of exercise can cause it break down. Then the gut become more permeable than it should be. As a result, you may experience food sensitivities, digestive difficulties, skin issues, joint discomfort, low energy, difficulty focusing, and low mood.

Natural solutions for leaky gut

If you suspect you have a leaky gut, share your concern with your health care provider. Adopt an anti-inflammatory diet, by cutting out alcohol, sugar, highly processed foods, and allergens. These natural ingredients may also help.*[1],[2]

  • L-glutamine is an essential amino acid that promotes a healthy inflammation response and encourages the growth of new cells in the gut lining.*[3]
  • Licorice is a demulcent herb, which means it becomes gummy when it meets water. As a result, it creates a soothing film over the gut lining.*[4]
  • Quercetin is an antioxidant that improves gut barrier function by creating tight junction proteins, thereby reducing intestinal permeability.*[5]
  • Fiber is critical for gut health because it’s what the beneficial bacteria in your gut eat.[6] Keep them healthy, and they’ll do the same for you.* Recommended fibers include chicory inulin, flaxseed and arabinogalactan.
  • N-Acetyl Glucosamine helps build glycosaminoglycan, a key building block of the mucous layer that covers the gut.*[7]

 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

References

[1] Axe J. Top 10 leaky gut supplements. Dr. Axe. https://draxe.com/leaky-gut-supplements/

[2] Myers A. 8 Supplements to heal a leaky gut. https://www.amymyersmd.com/2013/05/8-supplements-to-heal-a-leaky-gut/

[3] Bertrand J, et al. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2016 Nov;40(8):1170-1176. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25972430

[4] The Naturopathic Herbalist. Demulcent. https://thenaturopathicherbalist.com/herbal-actions/b-d/demulcent-2/

[5] Axe J. Top 10 leaky gut supplements. Dr. Axe. https://draxe.com/leaky-gut-supplements/

[6] Courage, KH. Scientific American. March 23, 2015. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fiber-famished-gut-microbes-linked-to-poor-health1/

[7] Salvatore S, et al. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2000 Dec; 14(12):1567-79. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=A+pilot+study+of+N-acetyl+glucosamine%2C+a+nutritional+substrate+for+glycosaminoglycan+synthesis%2C+in+paediatric+chronic+inflammatory+bowel+disease

 

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