Frequently Asked Questions About Leaky Gut Syndrome


This FAQ page will hopefully answer all your leaky gut questions. It has taken me months to compile this list. If you find something missing please email me and I will add it to the list.

Are eggs good for leaky gut?

Yes. Eggs are nutritious and acceptable to consume. They are rich in good fats (omegas), B vitamins which are often deficient in leaky gut patients, and l-lysine to help support immune function. Ensure that you cook your eggs either poached or over medium heat: cooking them too fast on high can destroy some nutrients and create free radicals–which are natural antioxidant enemies. Use only coconut oil or other heatable, extra virgin oils.

Is Aloe Vera good?

Aloe Vera is debated in the natural health food industry. While the general consensus is that aloe is an antifungal and can regulate digestion, detoxification, inflammation, and the healing process, the harshness and form of aloe is debated.

Inner leaf, or inner fillet, only uses part of aloe, but is said by some schools of thought to be more beneficial for the gut. Whole leaf may have higher polysaccharides–which are great for immune function–but may be too harsh on the intestinal lining.

Not all aloe juices and gels are considered equal: some are distilled, which removes the bitter taste but also eliminates nutrients and digestive support properties, while other forms may be diluted with water and preservatives. Some people with leaky gut report adverse reactions, as the plant can be too harsh.

The gentlest way to consume aloe vera would be to grow or buy a plant and consume the fresh gel, or have a preservative free formula in the inner filet form to see how your body responds.

Are enemas a good option?

Depending on your symptoms, enemas may assist with relief and healing. Enemas should be used extremely sparingly, as over time they may cause more harm and strip the colon and GI tract.

Probiotic: Those with Crohn’s disease, IBD, or IBS may benefit from a probiotic enema. Use only a powder probiotic to replenish good bacteria in the colon.

Iodine: Used to cleanse the intestines of excessive mucus, which is believed to harden and prevent fecal matter from properly being excreted (thus creating more inflammation).

Coffee: Though counterintuitive, coffee enemas may be used even though coffee should be avoided as a beverage. This is believed not to harm intestinal flora, and may destroy, or at least control, pathegens which include parasites and candida. People with constipation, parasitic infections, or candida overgrowth use this enema. If interested, be sure not to overheat the coffee and dilute it properly, as improper use can burn and cause further harm to the rectum. Clinical Nutrition Research published a study in 2014 which concluded that coffee enemas had no side effects (when administered properly), and may be an option for relieving constipation.

What about fermented foods: are they good?

Fermented foods are naturally rich in probiotics, so yes!–With some cautions in place. Ensure that the foods do not have chemical, sugar, or salt added. Sauerkraut, kim chi, and even kefir or plain, whole yogurt are rich in probiotics, though the latter two are dairy based and may need to be excluded from the diet for a period of time when first beginning to heal leaky gut.

Are probiotics good for leaky gut?

Absolutely. With the exception of SIBO patients, restoring good bacteria to the gut can help support a healthy immune system, inflammatory response, and digestion. Choosing a probiotic can be difficult, as there are many products on the market. Consuming too many strains (the type of probiotic) may cause them to fight and destroy each other before reaching the gut, while too low a count in the billions (the number of bacteria in a serving) will not be sufficient for healing, while too high an amount can shock the body and cause worse symptoms. Canxida Restore is an excellent choice not only because it has a blend of strains that work harmoniously together and target gut healing properties along with antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic  properties, but also because it contains enzymes to help break down food and properly absorb nutrients, thus reducing side effects and nutritional deficiencies in the body.

Can leaky gut syndrome make you smell good or bad?

Some associate leaky gut with bad body odor. There are two hypothesis:

1. Toxins in the body are seeping through the skin pores, thus causing the odor, especially when detoxifying. If you are consuming regular quantities of onions, garlic, or similar foods to detoxify, this may be the cause of an odor as well.

2. If you are chronically backed up, feces particles may enter the bloodstream and escape through the skin.

Are grains good?

Grains have amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber: all good components for restoring your body back to health. Grains are only good though when consumed in moderation: don’t exceed one serving during the same meal. Stay with whole grains, as processed foods such as pastries are loaded with nutritionally void flours and sugar.

What supplements are good for it?

Some nutrients are more commonly mal-absorbed than others when you have leaky gut. B-12, which supports communication between the brain and gut from its nerve-function benefits, is a common deficiency. Zinc supports healthy intestinal lining and immune function, but many people are also deficient. You can take up to 30mg of zinc a day if you’re in a healthy range, and if your leaky gut is coupled with candida overgrowth, consider taking zinc as candida will send out zinc-specific destroyers. L-glutamine, an amino acid, is often taken as it supports the intestinal lining and can heal inflammation or damage to the gut.

Probiotics support a healthy gut for good digestion, a balanced good-bad bacteria ratio, and even immune function. There are many probiotics on the market, but they may have too many or too few billions of bacteria or strains. Going with too low an amount won’t benefit your body, and too high an amount without building up can, in a sense, shock your system. (Think of it like trying to lift heavy weights after not exercising for years. You need to start with lighter weights and build up, otherwise you’ll risk injuring your body). Canxida Restore has a blend of bacteria that work together, and eighteen billion of them to not over or underwhelm the body. It also has digestive enzymes to help break down and properly absorb nutrients, which also prevents bloating, acid reflux, cramping , or other common stomach discomforts.

Those with leaky gut often have candida or bad bacteria overgrowth, and should consider a blend to help support probiotics flourish and also detoxify the body. Canxida Remove has a variety of ingredients in a gentle blend to help support the body’s natural healing process.

Can I drink almond milk if I have leaky gut?

So long as the almond milk is unprocessed and free of chemicals and preservatives, yes. Many forms of almond milk will add potentially distressful ingredients such as guar gum or xanthan gum as thickeners. May also put calcium into their blends, which is often not from a food source and can be difficult for the body to absorb.

Almond milk is easy to make at home, and ensures quality. Take 1c almonds soaked in water from 12-14 hours. Drain the almonds and rinse until the water becomes clear. Place almonds and 3c water (don’t reuse any water that you soaked/rinsed the almonds with) into a blender, and turn the settings onto high until the liquid becomes smooth. Use a cheesecloth or nut bag to strain the liquid into a drinking container, and make sure to tightly squeeze out all of the liquid to get the most milk.

Is apple cider vinegar good for leaky gut?

Apple cider vinegar is promoted for several good qualities. It is a natural antimicrobial and detoxifier. Organic forms contain what is known as the ‘mother’ which appears as spider web-like strands or even clusters. The ‘mother’ is part of the fermentation process and provides many of the nutrients, including natural probiotics from the fermentation process.

When consuming, be sure to dilute with water or an unprocessed oil. It is highly acidic and may burn the throat if taken directly. Some lemon or olive oil in combination makes a great salad dressing, particularly with freshly grated garlic.

Is banana good?

During a leaky gut diet, you may want to avoid bananas. Though they are nutrient, fiber, and mineral dense (especially with potassium), they are also high in sugar, and many people can develop allergies to bananas. Small portions of banana may be added much later in the diet, but be aware of your overall sugar consumption. Once your body is healed, be it a few months or even years, bananas are good when consumed in moderation. Aside from the afore mentioned benefits, they also contain FOS, which is food for beneficial bacteria in your gut.

Is brown rice good?

Brown rice contains bran and germ, both of which are removed to create white rice. It’s is a whole grain with more nutrition, but there is an argument on whether the bran and germ are safe for leaky gut patients as they may be difficult to break down and absorb the beneficial nutrients. Many people will have moderate amounts of brown rice while on a leaky gut diet, however you may want to begin with small portions. Be cautious if you have a known wheat or gluten allergy, as brown rice has a similar coding as flour, and so the immune system may attack it and cause an allergic reaction. If diabetes, weight loss, or other blood-sugar related concerns are a part of your life, brown rice will be more beneficial than white rice. With any food, including grains, don’t become stuck on one: have moderate portions of a variety of whole grains.

Is Buckwheat Good?

One of three pseudograins, buckwheat resembles a grain, but is not in the same group. Buckwheat is rich in protein, fiber, minerals, and other important nutrients. Controversy over this food arises from those who are on a Paleo Diet, along with the other pseudograins: amaranth and quinoa. Pseudograins contain lectin, a natural protein that some medical practitioners claim is toxic and disrupts digestion along with causing inflammation in these foods–the toxicity of which is the very cause behind leaky gut.

Whether or not you want buckwheat is a personal call and requires an understanding how your body reacts. If you do consume it, try different forms (ground, whole) in small amounts to see how your body reacts. If you experience negative symptoms within a few hours after consumption, you may want to avoid it until you have healed.

Is Butter Good?

Butter is a complicated nutrient. In general, dairy should be avoided during a leaky gut diet–including butter– because many people are unknowingly allergic or even sensitive. However, some doctors and naturopaths believe that butter can be healing if they are either pasteurized, raw, and/or from grass-fed sources.

Ghee is one nutrient believed to have beneficial properties in the gut. Ghee is a clarified butter: also known as clean or drawn butter where the substance is melted slowly so that milk solids separate from the liquid, leaving only pure fat. Many lactose intolerant individuals can consume ghee without problems. The process removes much of the dairy, and leaves important nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K: important for blood, bone, and immune health along with digestion and intestinal lining support. Ghee may also support beneficial bacteria in the gut.

As you’ll find with many other foods, everyone’s needs will be different in what you can and cannot eat, and what is nutritious for you. A general guideline is that if you have eaten much of one ingredient, staying away for a period of time is going to be most helpful. So, if you have consumed excessive amounts of dairy in the past, consider avoiding butter and replacing it with other nutritious forms of oily fats, such as olive or coconut oil.

Is Cayenne Pepper Good?

While many peppers can upset the digestive tract and cause pain or bloating, cayenne peppers can have soothing effects on upset stomachs, ulcers, and other internal discomforts such as sore throats. It stimulates enzyme activity and food metabolism, along with helping overall circulation in the body and detoxification. However, for some people, spicy foods will further upset the intestinal lining.

Cayenne is used for anti-fungal properties, including candida which may overgrow and further inflame the digestive lining with intestinal permeability. For those who are sensitive to cayenne or other spicy foods, or even if looking for more supporting nutrients, look into Canxida Remove, which has other candida-fighting, intestinal-healing ingredients in a gentle formula.
If you do try cayenne pepper, begin with a low amount and build up in potency over a long period of time. Whether you have had spice-heavy foods in the past or are extremely sensitive to spices, you do not want to risk distressing your intestinal tract. Some individuals may be allergic to cayenne and similar peppers and spices, so beginning with just a dash will give your body the trial and error support it needs to find what nutrients will help you best.

Is Coconut Milk Good?

Depending on how pure the coconut milk is, any source of coconut can be healing, have anti-inflammatory properties, and is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs, or sometimes MCTs–medium chain triglycerides) which are easier for the body to digest than many other fats. Many store-bought containers of coconut milk will have fillers and ingredients difficult to digest and absorb, such as calcium carbonate. Guar gum, usually derived from corn, is a thickener found in many premade sources of coconut milk as well and is disruptive to the gut-healing process.

Is Coconut Oil Good?

A resounding yes! Coconut oil is heavy in nutritious fats easily absorbed by the body, and has immune-supporting and healing components. It can inhibit candida growth and help support healthy digestion. Ensure that coconut oil is unrefined and extra virgin.

Use coconut oil over medium or low heat in cooking, let it melt in soup or hot cereals for extra creaminess, or mix in with popcorn (once leaky gut is healed). Pure liquid forms are sold to add into colder recipes, such as smoothies, however the chemical proprieties change with the liquid and so you will not get the same nutrients.

Is Coconut Water Good?

Coconut water, without any additives, is rich in electrolytes and minerals such as potassium and magnesium, both of which support healthy digestion and detoxification, inflammatory response, and other benefits such as reduced cramping in the body. Only buy pure coconut water: most flavored ones have additives (though I have seen some exceptions that add clove, vanilla, or even chocolate).

Coconot water seems to be a product either loved or hated because of its taste. If you find you cannot tolerate coconut water, even when it is refrigerated, consider blending it into a smoothie with greens and fruits to provide the nutrients without the flavor.

Is Cod Liver Oil Good?

Cod Liver Oil is rich not only in beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids (EFAs), but also Vitamin A and D. EFAs help support healthy digestion, inflammatory response, and the immune system among other benefits.

There are concerns of over-fishing or having toxic residue, especially mercury. For environmental concerns, make sure that the company is third-party tested or undergoes other rigorous quality standards so that they do not “cheat” on their own quality control reports, and that the fish are wild-caught and not farmed.

Is Colostrum Good?

Though colostrum is a concern for those with lactose-intolerance, the chemical properties suggest that not many who are sensitive to dairy have negative reactions to colostrum. It is considered a pre-milk, provided from mother to newborns in the first few days of life while breast milk is developed. Those with allergies may want to check with their doctors first, or research a quality form that has small or no amounts of lactose or casein.

Many people report relief from their leaky gut when taking colostrum and attribute it to healing their gut quickly, often noticing a difference within a week. In more serious cases of leaky gut, when taken in conjunction with L-glutamine, the intestinal lining is repaired in 6-8 weeks from personal accounts.

Colostrum is a rich source of peptides, which helps heal the intestinal walls. Many people take colostrum for its immune-supporting benefits. Powders, chewable tablets, and pill forms are available, but just ensure that the company is of good quality. To strengthen the intestinal repair and immune-strengthening properties, consider taking it with Canxida Restore, which has probiotics to help nourish gut and immune health.

Most research on colostrum has only been conducted on newborn calves and pigs, however there is extensive research on bovine colostrum, derived from cows, that demonstrates the imporance of immune, inflammatory, and gut health relationships and the importance of colostrum in newborns. One study in 2015 from the Department of Clinical Verinary and Animal Science in Denmark on three-day old pigs where gut toxicity was reduced.

Is Exercise Good?

Absolutely. Exercise is essential for any healthy body for natural metabolism, stress-reduction (which affects inflammatory response and the adrenal glands which regulate immune function), and detoxification. Many with leaky gut suffer from fatigue or discomfort that makes exercise difficult, however even a walk around the block or in the house while watching T.V. helps the body move and promotes good circulation. Push yourself to exercise, but don’t overdo activities: start easy and build up to low or moderate activity based on your interests and what will keep you engaged.

Exercise should not have to be rigorous, and should not be when dieting and healing: too much can overstrain and drain the body further. If you don’t know which physical activity you enjoy, identify your main sources or side-effects of leaky gut. Stretching, yoga, and other activities are wonderful for if the root is stress-focused, though people who enjoy time alone may find jogging and swimming more relaxing. If you thrive from group activities, then walking with a friend, joining a martial arts class, or even an activity like tag will make exercise less daunting. Swimming and biking are the gentlest activities to prevent inflammation and stress on the joints, and so if one symptom is soreness or fibromyalgia, consider one of these two activities.

Is Greek yogurt useful for leaky gut?

Greek yogurt is now commonly accepted as being one of the better probiotic products on the market today. The difference between Greek and ‘ordinary’ yogurt is basically due to the fact that it is strained in a different way to other yogurts which results in a more nutrient dense product that also has less lactose. This makes it an ideal probiotic to trial for those with dairy intolerance. When it comes to aiding recovery of leaky gut syndrome this effective probiotic is known to boost beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus casei. But not all Greek yogurt brands will include all the strains so even with this popular product it is important to check the labeling. By restoring beneficial bacteria within the digestive tract, the pathogenic bacteria become, as they should be, overwhelmed and their damaging effects are diminished. Not all people can tolerate yogurts, but it has to be said that most can and they report beneficial effects.

Can I use honey for leaky gut?

There is much debate at the moment regarding the positive and negative effects of honey particularly in respect of bacterial overgrowth. Because many pathogenic bacteria feed on sugars the suggestion is sometimes made to avoid all sugars. Of course you can have refined sugars and natural sugars and honey comes into the latter category. However then you hit the problem of many honey products being little more than refined sugars by the way they are produced. One natural honey, manuka, has been shown to limit the effects of numerous pathogenic bacteria such as different strains of C. difficile and E. Coli. It has also been shown to reduce the incidence of biofilms which are now understood to be one of the reasons bacterial overgrowth, a major cause of leaky gut, is so resistant to treatments. If honey does break down biofilms then it is of much benefit to those suffering from leaky gut syndrome as few products are known to do this. So, in short, if you want to take sugar, then forget the refined versions and seek out the best quality natural honey.

Is juicing good?

The benefits of juicing obviously depend on which fruit or vegetable you are extracting the juice from. For instance although most people consider oranges to be a typical juicing fruit they have a less acidic pH level than that of lemons. Lemons provide a pH which is more compatible to that of normal stomach acid pH which is why they are considered to ease stomach discomfort and aid digestion more effectively than other fruits. There are however other alternatives when it comes to juicing including many other plants and vegetables. At the moment, one plant which is in vogue is that of the Aloe vera which is thought to not only aid digestion but also to reduce inflammation. Yet although Aloe vera is widely known and universally accepted as an external application for wounds, the scientific research might indicate the exact opposite when it comes to ingesting it. This study here suggests that ingested Aloe vera actually opens up the tight junctions in the intestinal wall. These are the very same tight junctions which we are trying to restore when looking to repair intestinal impermeability. Although of course Aloe vera is only one possible food which can be juiced, what this research does prove is that it is wise to look at the evidence relative to individual ingredients before starting on a juicing regime.

Can I drink Kefir for leaky gut?

Although kefir has been well used and documented in places like Russia, Bulgaria and even China over the decades, it is something relatively new to many in the western world. Kefir is primarily produced from milk although it can be replicated from other beverages such as coconut milk and even sodas. Kefir, in its natural form, comes as kefir grains which grow in milk and then are transferred to each new batch as they are needed. It is thought that kefir, as a probiotic, is highly superior to any other available today and that it will help restore the balance of beneficial bacteria and aid in overwhelming pathogenic bacterial overgrowth. Subsequently, although indirectly, kefir helps restore the bacterial homeostasis of the gut flora and reduce negative impact on the gut wall.

Is kimchi good?

The problem in assessing Kimchi is that it isn’t really one product. As the favorite side dish of the Korean nation, Kimchi can contain a broad variety of vegetables and not only is it eaten cold, but it can also be cooked. However most home-made Kimchi has a high nutritional status in addition to containing lactic acid bacteria which are said to assist with controlling bacterial overgrowth. Where Kimchi differs from our usual perception of fermented foods, is that it is fermented with salt rather than sugar. For some people this particular aspect of Kimchi might be a negative rather than a positive.

Can I have kombucha on leaky gut diet?

Kombucha is one of the fermented drinks which is believed to provide many probiotic properties. The beverage is usually made from black tea and a natural sugar source such as cane sugar, fruit or honey. The fermentation process is believed to be started by bacteria combined with the sugars and the resulting drink is said to contain not only probiotics but also enzymes and some B vitamins. There is less valid research available in respect of Kombucha than other fermented products such as kefir, however the acidic nature of the drink could in itself be considered enough to raise the acidity of the stomach and aid digestion.

I hear l-glutamine is good to heal leaky gut is that true?

Most people who suffer from leaky gut syndrome also suffer from a depletion of the amino acid glutamine. To repair the gut lining adequate amounts of glutamine are essential and it is considered that a deficiency of this particular amino acid is a contributory factor relating to causation of leaky gut syndrome. Under normal circumstances the body synthesizes its own glutamine, but sometimes, when there is excess physical or emotional stress, the body simply cannot supply enough to keep cells replicating. It is for this reason that many people believe glutamine supplementation is necessary to restore the integrity of the gut wall and in reducing the impact of leaky gut syndrome. Similar glutamine depletion can occur when the body is subjected to physical illness, trauma or even some medical treatments such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy. If you have developed leaky gut syndrome and can trace the development back to one of these events, it may well be worth your time looking into the possibility of glutamine supplementation further.

Can I have lemon juice on leaky gut diet?

Many people report that lemon juice aids digestive dysfunction – and with good reason. The pH of lemon juice is very similar to that of stomach acid and so optimizes the acidity. For those who are having problems initially degrading foodstuffs due to a more alkaline stomach acid, before the food begins its journey on to the intestines, lemon juice can be very effective. When it comes to buying lemons fresh and organic is best rather than using lemon concentrate or those from an unknown source. Adding lemon juice to recipes when juicing or using it on food such as fish, is often a good idea. However you can make lemon water simply by squeezing the juice from half a lemon in to a cup of water and sipping with meals.

Is miso soup a good option if I want to heal leaky gut?

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese dish, and, like the Korean Kimchi, it is fermented with salt rather than sugar. It also corresponds with Kimchi in that it is not one specific product. Like Kimchi, Miso has very many different recipes throughout Japan. Many are considered to be specific regional dishes, and, of course, each region considers theirs to be the best. But it does make it difficult to establish specific benefits, particularly relating to nutrients, simply because all the versions are different in some way. There is also the issue of fermenting with salt rather than sugar to be taken into consideration. At this moment in time, although there may be many health benefits relating to eating Miso soup, there is little evidence to support it will help restore the integrity of the gut lining in respect of leaky gut syndrome.

Can N-acetylcysteine (NAC) help against leaky gut?

N-acetylcysteine, more commonly known as NAC, is an amino acid which is a precursor to glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant which is known for being effective in reducing free radical damage. Several studies, including this one here were responsible for the rise in the popularity of NAC in treating the symptoms of leaky gut. However it always has to be remembered that this is a powerful supplement and should be used in accordance with guidelines only. To give you some idea of the potency of this product it is often used in emergency rooms as an antidote treatment for acetaminophen (paracetamol) overdose.

Can I have oatmeal in the morning if I have leaky gut syndrome?

Oatmeal is one of the natural foods that is high in glutamine. As we discussed earlier glutamine is essential to effective functioning of the body and this is particularly relevant to areas such as skeletal muscles as well at the gut. If you are one of those people who have muscle pain in addition to leaky gut syndrome, it could be that this pain is an indicator of a depletion of glutamine stores. Restoring glutamine levels by eating oatmeal may well be one natural way of relieving your muscle pain. There is a problem though if you suffer from a gluten allergy or intolerance as oats contain a protein called Avenin which may trigger a reaction.

Is okra good?

When it comes to Okra being beneficial most people are advised to turn not to the plant directly but to supplementation known as Okra Pepsin E3. There is however little research to turn to with regard to supporting the health claims. No doubt that Okra in itself has the potential to be beneficial to digestive function in that it contains not only many trace elements but also due to its prebiotic content. Pepsin is an enzyme which is essential to food digestion, in particular that of proteins, and the addition, in a natural form could clearly provide many patients with benefits.

Can I cook with olive oil on leaky gut protocol?

The popularity of olive oil originally came about due to the low incidence of heart disease and some cancers in people who participate in a Mediterranean diet. Latterly it was discovered that the primary benefits in the oil were due to antioxidants in the form of polyphenols. One of these compounds, Oleuropein, was studied back in December 2000 ( and it was revealed that although absorption was low, it does happen and therefore it is quite possible that the antioxidant properties provide some health benefits. Since a major problem relating to leaky gut syndrome is in respect of immune and toxicity issues, then including olive oil in the diet could be considered a very good idea.

What about paleo diet to treat leaky gut?

There are two things to remember when considering any specific diet:

1) That no diet is perfect. If the perfect diet existed to treat leaky gut then no one would be ill, and,
2) No diet should be practiced in the long-term. Our bodies, because they are designed to cope with both meat and vegetables, can run on either in the short-term. However in the long-term we can be omitting essential nutrients if we eat a restrictive diet.

When it comes to the Paleo diet there are a few inconsistencies in respect of popular opinion when it comes to effectively treating leaky gut syndrome and the primary one is the avoidance of dairy products. Since many, although not all, people with a leaky gut find that probiotics aid recovery, then the claim that dairy products will either aggravate the condition or at least will not benefit it, holds little water. For this reason alone many people find the Paleo diet does not meet their needs when it comes to treating leaky gut.

Can I drink peppermint tea when treating leaky gut?

Although peppermint in general has long been reported as aiding digestion, there is a caveat: in some people it can actually increase digestive disturbance particularly in the form of indigestion. There are no indications as to why some people respond positively to peppermint and others have negative experiences in the form of this ‘side-effct.’ However the research regarding peppermint tea is rather thin on the ground, although some does exist when it comes to peppermint oil. The rule when it comes to peppermint in general seems to be that if you find it provides relief it will do no harm. If, on the other hand, peppermint tea increases digestive dysfunction it is sensible to discontinue use.

Can pepto bismol give me quick relief from leaky gut?

Pepto Bismol, having bismuth as its primary ingredient, is currently promoted as being beneficial for a leaky gut. However there could well be a ‘but’ involved. One of the possible causations or contributors to leaky gut syndrome is said to be antacids – and Pepto Bismol comes under this classification. Antacids can, and often do, make the stomach pH too alkaline and so reduce the efficacy of digestion in the stomach even before the food is transferred to the intestines. Because the ingredients of Pepto Bismol are themselves alkaline then there is a possibility that it could exaggerate the problems of leaky gut syndrome in the long-term rather than relieve them. Calcium carbonate is one of the alkaline compounds involved as is talc, although the ingredients vary depending on which product you purchase. Another potential problem relates to sugars or artificial sweeteners feeding bacterial overgrowth and in this case Pepto Bismol in some forms is sweetened with saccharin and aspartame.

Can I have poporn on leaky gut diet? Is it allowed?

As with many other foods in modern society when it comes to popcorn, as in milk, we are essentially talking of two different products. Popcorn which is produced commercially such as that bought in packets at the supermarket or at the movies, can be loaded with chemicals and sugars which drastically affect the benefits of the natural substance. This could account for the conflicting viewpoints when it comes to whether or not popcorn is good for healing leaky gut syndrome. Some sources categorize popcorn as one of the foods to be avoided along with others such as corn syrup and corn oil, while many more look at the antioxidant qualities of popcorn as being beneficial to reducing inflammatory and immune responses. It would seem that there is supporting evidence relative to the antioxidant properties of popcorn but only if you buy organic and make it at home. Even then consider the kind of oil you cook it in and also what you use as flavoring. Obviously refined sugars are best avoided.

Can psyllium husk help leaky gut?

Psyllium is made from the seed husks of the plant Plantago ovata and acts not only as a laxative but also in relieving diarrhea. However before you go rushing out to buy some it may be worth noting that the evidence available as to the benefits of Psyllium in patients with leaky gut syndrome, is conflicting. Overall the health claims made for psyllium range from lowering cholesterol to moderating insulin levels and these effects have been researched and recorded. Yet the health claims authorized by the FDA are actually limited to this type of research and, not, as far as we are aware, for treating leaky gut syndrome. Some patients report increased digestive disturbance after taking psyllium, so in this case if you want to try it, it might be worth discussing with your clinician first.

Is quinoa useful or beneficial for leaky gut?

Quinoa is a seed which is often used as an alternative to grains in cooking. This makes it particularly attractive to those with sensitivities however the indications are that when it comes to leaky gut syndrome, quinoa could actually cause it. The problem arises due to something called ‘saponins’ which coat the seed. This saponin film is a protective measure designed by nature to enable the seed to withstand the rigors of the digestive tracts of the animals which eat it and enable it to pass through the system and be defecated onto land where it reseeds. The problem in respect of leaky gut is that saponins are actually considered to damage the intestinal wall and cause permeability. Currently the advice to all consumers of quinoa is to rinse the seed well before cooking, however for those already suffering from leaky gut syndrome is it really worth taking the risk?

I drink a lot of raw milk, will that have an effect on leaky gut? Can it make it worst?

Many people today suffer from an intolerance to dairy products and milk in particular. The problem appears to arise not from the milk itself but from the dairy sugar, lactose, which it contains. Yet what many people find is that although they cannot tolerate processed milk, they can tolerate raw milk. This effect has seen a significant rise in the demand for raw milk and some patients are said to note healing qualities when it comes to their gut after ingesting it. Whether raw milk actually aids the recovery of leaky gut syndrome or whether it simply stops aggravating it, remains to be seen, yet there can be little doubt that, anecdotally at least, raw milk seems to provide many patients with benefits. There is though, a small caveat to be aware of when purchasing raw milk: – under normal circumstances milk starts to change structure or become sour within 24 hours yet many raw milks on the market today have a much longer shelf life than this. It is always worth asking the producer why this is so and if the processing has been affected in any way.

Can I eat rice on leaky gut diet?

Rice is a cereal grass and generally considered to adversely affect leaky gut syndrome rather than provide any positive benefits. Although some sources will recommend brown rice over white rice, most advice that all rice, including rice flour, is to be avoided.

Is sauerkraut good?

Sauerkraut is one of the products which has been subjected to a fermentation process. Because this happens before you consume it then there is less chance of it fermenting within the body and this is particularly relevant to those who are having possible gut fermentation problems in the first place. This however is only one of the benefits of sauerkraut and more recently it has been suggested that the fermentation process actually results in many natural enzymes and nutrients developing which are not available in the raw produce. When it comes to sauerkraut the combined effects are much stronger than the individual benefits.

I read on some forum that a lot of people have had good results using slippery elm for leaky gut, can that work?

Slippery Elm is an herbal remedy which is recognized as a demulcent. This means that it has soothing qualities which are believed to be due to a film being formed over inflamed areas. Although research is limited, the product has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drink Administration) and it can be provided in supplement form derived from either the inner bark of the tree or from the dried leaves. As an anti-inflammatory the suggestions are that it would provide relief from those suffering from leaky gut syndrome and relieve irritation even if it does not directly contribute to repairing the damage sustained.

Is the specific carbohydrate diet good to heal leaky gut?

There can be little doubt that when it comes to restoring the integrity of the intestinal wall, the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) has helped many, many, people. Yet the same caveat has to be applied to the SCD diet as it does to any which restricts certain foods whether they be Paleo, FODMAPs or others – they cannot be presumed to be ‘for life.’ This is really a commonsense approach because the human body is designed to run on a variety of foodstuffs which all serve a purpose. When it comes to SCD however this is less restrictive than many restorative diets and in essence it is avoiding foods which will aggravate the condition and so allows the body to recover naturally. It also encourages the healing process by introducing foodstuffs which help the body restore its natural balance. For many people some improvements are noticeable almost immediately, and although recovery can be slow, for many people it does happen.

Is turmeric beneficial for healing leaky gut?

The potential for turmeric to help restore the intestinal lining has its foundation in this plant extract being long-since considered beneficial for digestive ailments. However exactly how this mechanism works has yet to be identified. The main active compound in turmeric is curcumin which is also what gives turmeric its distinctive color and smell. What is known about curcumin is that is it not easily metabolized and so the benefits of turmeric are usually provided over the long-term and makes it particularly difficult to study in a scientific environment. What we do know is that turmeric itself has stimulated so much interest with regard to its potential health benefits, that over 3,000 studies have been performed over the last few decades.

Is water kefir good?

The main reasons for some people electing to use water kefir instead of a dairy kefir is due to either intolerances to dairy or being on a selective restricted diet. In many cases people who are intolerant of dairy can actually ingest milk kefir because the fermentation process converts the sugars which cause most of the problems. However this is not always the case and, for whatever reason, water kefir can provide a reasonable, but certainly not equitable, alternative. There is no doubt that the benefits of water kefir are fewer than those of dairy kefir, and not least in that the strains of bacteria it carries are usually substantially lower. Most dairy kefirs have between 30 and 50 strains of bacteria whereas water kefir usually has around 15. There is some good news however because water kefir is not, as the name would suggest, usually formulated from plain water (although it can be!) Sometimes soda is used and alternatively, juice. So for those people who like fizzy drinks, water kefir might meet at least a lot of the criteria not only for an enjoyable beverage but also one with health benefits!

Can I eat watermelon while on leaky gut diet?

Again readers will find inconsistencies when it comes to opinions on whether or not this particular fruit is beneficial to repairing leaky gut syndrome. Some people will advise against it and claim the problems arise due to it having a high glycemic content. Others, such as the SCD diet, actually recommend watermelon. The confusion relating to the glycemic content is possibly related to the fact that although watermelon is high on the glycemic index the load per serving is actually low. What the glycemic index refers to is the fact that, as a fruit and carbohydrate, it breaks down into sugars. But watermelon, as with many fruits, also has an extremely high water content. This makes it low on sugar or glycemic load and particularly by portion size. The benefits of watermelon to those with leaky gut syndrome are found in the fact that this particular fruit is loaded with antioxidants and so can help reduce free-radical damage.

I do weight training and I take whey protein but I have leaky gut is it okay?

Whey protein is basically a by-product of milk and it is high in glutamine in its natural form. As mentioned above, glutamine is necessary to the integrity of the intestinal wall and for some people supplementing with this amino acid is highly significant in either maintaining the integrity or repairing damage. Bodybuilders have reported the benefits of whey protein for many years yet science is only now evidencing the effects and explaining why it is so beneficial. For many people an alternative to purchasing a glutamine supplement, is to purchase whey protein specifically which will enable them to see the direct effects for themselves.

I do not like greet yogurt can I just take normal yogurt?

For most people considering how to repair a leaky gut, yogurt is their first port of call. However it must be remembered that it is always best to keep things in moderation – in other words, don’t overdo it. Some people do report adverse symptoms after eating yogurt but the evidence at the moment is purely anecdotal. It is recommended though that you buy organic yogurt, or the Greek variety, and if possible, to make your own. Many commercially produced yogurts are sterilized before having not only bacteria introduced in standardized proportions but also colors and flavoring. As with everything ‘leaky gut’ the best products are usually those closest to be natural as it is preferable not to give a digestive system which is already struggling even more to cope with.

What foods are good for a leaky gut?

Video below by Eric Bakker answers this question, so check it out.

What are some good nuts for leaky gut?

The problem with suffering from leaky gut syndrome is that it comes hand-in-hand with food sensitivities and intolerances. By definition this is to be expected because your immune system is on high alert and starts to recognize all the foods seeping through the intestinal wall as enemies. Nuts seem to trigger this reaction more than many other foods and most advice will be to avoid them. This, of course, is initially good advice but what you are looking to achieve is not to permanently restrict your diet but to restore the integrity of the gut and then resolve the cause of the issue. Peanuts, which aren’t really a nut at all, appear to cause the most problems but no nuts are recommended for actually healing leaky gut.

What vitamins should I take for leaky gut?

Because leaky gut is essentially a malabsorption problem this means that many minerals and vitamins fail to be absorbed also. It is not particularly a case of specific vitamins being good to help restore the integrity of the gut lining, but that many sufferers will be deficient in a variety of these essential trace elements. There is though a problem in respect of supplementing with many vitamins simply because a lot of the products available are synthetic versions of the natural forms. For example, folic acid is called that simply because it is the synthetic version of folate, the naturally occurring form of vitamin B9. B12 is often referred to as cyanocobalamin because this is the synthetic version of Vitamin B12. Although many people with leaky gut will be deplete in many vitamins, particularly the B complex, it is more sensible, where possible, to increase intake with regard to the specific foodstuffs which are high in the vitamin they are deficient in or to purchase supplements which are natural vitamins – which is sometimes quite a difficult, and costly, thing to do. The exception here is probably B12 because that requires transport mechanisms within the gut which are different to other minerals and vitamins and high doses of the naturally occurring, methylcobalamin are usually necessary in cases of malabsorption.

Why is Bone Broth Good for Leaky Gut?

Although broths and chicken soups have long since been held to have their foundation in being merely a ‘comfort’ food provided by mothers, grannies and aunts when we are sick, science has now shown that bone broth does indeed have medicinal benefits. Home-made soup is certainly making a come-back! When it comes to bone broth we are back to the issue of restoring glutamine levels which this particular soup provides in quantities. This is more so when the bones are actually damaged allowing the marrow to marinade in the mixture. Marrow is loaded with glutamine and, like whey and other products, it helps restore levels when they are depleted. Not only is tbone broth a completely natural form of supplementation but it tastes good too. Many people feel the benefits of eating bone broth almost immediately. These can be in respect of the calming effects on the stomach and increased energy levels. Bone broth is, most certainly, good for leaky gut syndrome.

Is Chicken Good for Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Some people with leaky gut report that they have problems digesting chicken. Such issues could be related to the fact that in an intensive farming situation, poultry have all manner of additives included in foodstuffs. Not only that but when the birds are killed and processed they are sometimes injected with fluids to ensure such things as weight are standardized. Both these things can have adverse effects on people with leaky gut syndrome. If you are going to eat chicken, then try and make sure it is free range organic. Also when cooking, at least initially, boiling is preferable to roasting. If you include the bones in your ‘soup’ then the broth you make will have glutamine in it which will help repair your leaky gut.

Website 23andme for Leaky Gut

Genetic issues are a hot topic when it comes to many chronic illnesses today and one of the hottest are those which affect the methylation process. Unfortunately, despite it being a hot topic what we have to accept is that this area of research is still in its infancy, and, even if someone establishes they have some kind of methylation ‘defect’ it will not influence the outcome of their illness. Many people are investigating as to whether or not they have the much mentioned MTHFR defect to establish this as a possible cause of their leaky gut issues and there is a high proportion of positive results returned. However, it should always be stressed that this type of research is, as I previously mentioned, not only in its infancy but of little help in resolving your current problems. One company which provides testing related to DNA is which can assist in establishing if you have certain genetic traits and general predispositions toward certain foods, illnesses and drugs.

Abdominal bloating & leaky gut connected?

As I mentioned under the acid reflux section, often bloating is indicative of low rather than high stomach acid. It is also consistent with leaky gut syndrome. If you are suffering from bloating, then try and resist the temptation to reach for the antacids. Instead squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a cup of water and sip slowly. If your bloating increases or you develop indigestion, then stop. However if you find it provides relief from the bloating or you belch, then the indications are your causation is low rather than high stomach acid.

Accutane for leaky gut does it work?

Accutane was a drug used to treat acne, although it was originally used as a chemotherapy drug, under which the FDA issued a black-box warning. As a result Roche stopped manufacture in 2009 but the drug is still produced under the names Amnesteen, Claravis and Sotret. The reasons for the problems were multiple but possible side-effects include not only fetal defects but also gut problems which were something akin to Crohn’s Disease. Those who have been prescribed this drug for skin problems and have subsequently developed digestive issues, should contact their clinician.

Can leaky gut cause acid reflux?

Here comes a surprise: acid reflux is not always as a result of high stomach acid. In fact, in many cases it evolves as a result of low acid. When you have low acid, which means that of a more alkaline variety, then you not only have a build up of undigested food stuffs but also can develop reflux which is thought to be as a consequence of fermentation rather than degrading of foods. This can also present, and often does even prior to reflux, as bloating and general ‘gassiness.’

Is Activated charcoal good for leaky gut

The use of charcoal for digestive issues is a remedy which was once held in every medicine cabinet. Its use, particularly for pets, is still common today and many dog owners often recommend charcoal biscuits as a treatment for a dicky tummy. As a treatment for humans it is now seeing a resurgence but what exactly is ‘activated charcoal’ and how can it help with a leaky gut? The product is actually coal which has been refined to such small particles that it has what is known as ‘adsortive’ properties – and, no, this isn’t a spelling mistake. Adsorptive means that the molecules are so fine they have a large surface area and can attract a larger volume of pathogenic organisms on to it. You will also see Activated Charcoal referred to as Activated Carbon, and its use in medicine, particularly when it comes to poisoning, is quite common. Because the charcoal attracts the toxins it actually stops them being absorbed by the body. Which is why, because so many toxins are involved with leaky gut syndrome, it is believed to be beneficial, if not in reversing the condition, then certainly in relieving the effects of it.

I have heard Acupuncture can do wonders for leaky gut healing process is that true?

Some people are looking for less invasive treatments for leaky gut in addition to dietary and supplementary support and many are now turning to acupuncture as a possible source of assistance. This treatment is viewed by many, particularly in western medicine, as being more therapeutic in nature and based on what is known as the ‘placebo’ effect, or to provide emotional soothing as opposed to a clinical response. However it should be noted that acupuncture is complex not only in respect of points used but also in the type of needles and how they are manipulated. Whatever the theories behind the treatment there is no doubt that many people feel benefits from not only acupuncture but also in accessing other Total Chinese Medicine therapies. When it comes to acupuncture in particular, a major focus is on ensuring that the lymphatic system is functioning correctly. Since the lymphatic system is, in part, responsible for ridding the body of toxins by sending them on to the liver then there does appear to be some science behind the theory. If the lymphatic system becomes dysfunctional, which is one outcome of a system which is overwhelmed by pathogenic organisms, then these toxins collect and contribute to a buildup not only of fluids but also of poisons. Acupuncture often focuses on ensuring the lymphatic system is functioning well and so assists in ridding the body of pathogenic organisms which accumulate from leaky gut syndrome. Of course, this is only one aspect of acupuncture, which is an extremely complex treatment, but it explains why so many people are seeking this treatment to assist in resolving leaky gut issues.

Adrenal fatigue and leaky gut connected?

The complexities of leaky gut syndrome and the causes and effects on body function are now becoming more apparent. Many patients who find themselves suffering from leaky gut, also usually discover at some point that they are suffering from adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands, of which there are two, sit on top of each kidney and secrete hormones that have a multitude of functions in the body enabling us to cope with all the different stressors. So, as our internal and external environment changes, the adrenals release the requisite amount of hormone to allow us to cope with the situation be it physical or emotional. If however, our environment is consistently exposed to stress, then the adrenals, although they appear to be functioning effectively initially, eventually become ‘fatigued’ or ‘exhausted.’ What usually occurs at this point is that a clinician will treat you for the adrenal fatigue when in fact there is an underlying cause of that fatigue which remains unacknowledged and untreated.

Can leaky gut cause symptoms of anxiety?

Many people with leaky gut syndrome suffer from increased anxiety. For some people this will only happen at a social level and they may feel less confident than they once did when they are exposed to larger gatherings of people. Others find that this anxiety is so extreme they are affected even in their home environment and when attempting to cope with the normal routine of everyday life. What has to be appreciated is that when the body is coping with leaky gut syndrome it is affecting the nervous system. Most particularly if affects the autonomous ‘fight or flight’ system and essentially the body is remaining in a more or less, constant state of high alert. These are not responses which we have conscious control over. This aspect of the nervous system, together with that of the enteric nervous system, which controls our gut, takes over automatically.

Autism and leaky gut syndrome related?

If the links between autism and leaky gut syndrome have yet to be solidly proven, the links between autism and gut dysbiosis certainly have. Research was released in 2014 by Arizona State University which revealed that there were distinct microbial differences between that of healthy children and those with autism. Other research concluded that autistic children have less bifidobacterium than healthy children. In short, the majority of people with autism suffer from gut dysbiosis. The findings certainly tie in with those of Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride who asserts that not only do all her autistic patients have dysbiosis but most of the mothers gave indications of it during pregnancy. Dr Campbell-McBride is the developer of the GAPs diet which is now used by many autistic carers and patients in treating the symptoms of dysbiosis and leaky gut naturally.

Inflammation and Leaky Gut

Inflammation due to leaky gut can arise in several different ways. Firstly the change in the intestinal environment causes irritation to the digestive system itself. Then, when the balance of gut microflora changes, bacteria can release more toxins which set up an inflammatory response. As the tight junctions of the intestinal wall are affected and molecules seep through into the blood stream, yet again they prompt an inflammatory/immune response. This is, of course, excluding several other factors including how these molecules adversely affect the parts of the body in which they settle. Other aspects relating to inflammation relate to how the stomach lining responds to a more alkaline environment and the over production of gastrin. Also it should be taken into consideration that the food eaten is likely to be fermented rather than degraded in the stomach cavity and the bigger picture suggests internal effects which are constantly thrown into an inflammatory response.

Is Magnesium a good solution?

Magnesium is very important to the human body for many different reasons – in fact it is involved in over 300 functions – but the way a deficiency will manifest most prominently is in the muscles. Many people with leaky gut syndrome complain of muscle pain and spasms and this often will indicate they are lacking in magnesium and this could well be due to malabsorption. Yet, like many other trace elements, magnesium comes in many forms and some are more beneficial than others. Magnesium oxide, which is commonly found in magnesia products, is actually not particularly bioavailable to the human body and also acts as an antacid which can actually induce leaky gut syndrome, so as a supplement is of little use. Many people will find that simply adding magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) to their bathwater, will reduce muscle pain. Others prefer to take a supplement. Epsom salts for internal use are not recommended as they have a laxative effect, however others to consider are magnesium citrate and magnesium glycinate. Magnesium citrate can also have a laxative effect which is similar to Epsom salts but not nearly as drastic. The other option, magnesium glycinate provides all the benefits of citrate but has no laxative effects. Both forms can be found in supplements and a quick glance at the ingredient list usually provides specifics. When it comes to treating leaky gut directly, there is no evidence that magnesium will affect the bacteria or resolve intestinal permeability, however it can relieve some of the more painful symptoms of it. One other beneficial aspect which magnesium can help with is fatigue. Because, out of the 300 or so functions magnesium performs in the human body one is to provide our cells with energy, many people find that after supplementing with magnesium their energy levels increase.

Magnesium Stearate

One source of magnesium which gets consistently bad press is magnesium stearate. However the evidence on the ground in respect of potential problems this may cause is a little thin on the ground. Yet still many people may be concerned but there is a solution – if you are worried, then purchase a supplement which contains one of the other forms of magnesium.

Magnesium Oil

Magnesium oil is available for external application to apply directly on to the skin and can be of benefit to people who want to relieve pain in specific regions such as joints or muscles without going to the trouble of taking a bath. There are numerous oils now available on the market but many contain magnesium in a form which we haven’t mentioned yet – magnesium chloride. Although similar to sulfate magnesium chloride is said to be more beneficial in that it remains active in the body for longer. For many this is a more preferable version to sulfate although not as widely available in many countries other than in the oils.

Leaky Gut Syndrome Is A Quackery

Clinicians abound who are willing to resort to calling leaky gut syndrome and recommended treatments ‘quackery.’ It is unfortunate that such individuals appear to have failed to upgrade their skills and knowledge relating to this illness and to investigate, or at least take the time out to read and consider, the latest research on the subject. For example this research from 2006, or this from 2009 is deserving, if little else, of reasoned and responsible debate rather than ridicule. To read from so called ‘reliable’ sources that leaky gut syndrome either does not exist, or even if they ‘admit’ it does exist then to deny that it causes significant health problems, is indeed worrying. Certainly when it comes to conditions related to dysbiosis in general then there are arms of the medical community who are in dire need of updating their knowledge before commencing to denigrate such conditions. Even Wikipedia still claims that leaky gut syndrome is ‘hypothetical’ and ‘medically unrecognized’ yet bizarrely shows ‘intestinal permeability’ as being a recognized condition. Since they are one and the same condition, is it any wonder that patients are confused!

Yes, clearly leaky gut syndrome, otherwise known as intestinal permeability is a real condition and orthodox science has been investigating it for at least the last decade. There should no longer be any need to debate whether this condition is a) real, or, b) causes significant health issues.

Can I drink red wine on leaky gut diet?

The general health benefits of red wine arise due to the resveratrol content of the red grape. Resveratrol is an antioxidant thought to fight damaging free radical cells and so reduce the impact on healthy cells. Resveratrol is also thought to have antifungal properties so can be potentially beneficial in combating an overgrowth of fungal problems which would target such problems as Candidiasis. There has been much debate about the direct effects of resveratrol in red wine relative to how much benefit it actually has. The reason red wine is thought to differ from the white or green varieties is due to the fact that it is the red grape which has a much higher concentration of resveratrol. However there is an issue in that the highest concentration is not in the flesh of the grape, or even in the skin, but in the seed of the fruit – the part of the fruit which is disposed of. Does red wine positively influence leaky gut syndrome? – some would say there are both merits and disadvantages. Alcohol in general is thought to be a causation of the condition. And, when it comes to wines, many have additives included in the production process. Whether the benefits of the resveratrol outweigh the negative aspects of alcohol and additives is still a matter for debate.

Is stomach pain a sign of leaky gut?

Stomach pain is common among sufferers of leaky gut syndrome and the pain can arise for numerous different reasons. Firstly if you are one of those people whose stomach acid is alkaline, then the food which you eat will ferment as opposed to degrade in the stomach. Not only will this result in some discomfort in itself but it can also cause bloating which, of course, causes some pain. Because of the alkaline nature of the stomach contents, and because the ‘trigger’ for the stomach emptying is a pH which is more acidic, then the stomach tends to empty more slowly than it would normally. This can account for discomfort and pain some time after eating. Other pain sources come from the continual inflammatory response within the intestine due to toxins either being produced by bacteria or the inflammatory reaction which occurs. A further problem relates to women and premenstrual pain. Because estrogen is reabsorbed into the system and continually re-distributed rather than eliminated period pain is usually more extreme than normal. Those women who find that they are immobilized for several days during each month may want to investigate the cause of the severe pain they suffer as possibly being linked to leaky gut syndrome.

Other problems which can arise range from changes in the intestinal mobility – the muscle movements made not only to ‘churn’ stomach contents but also which move the ‘chime’ or food-mush along the intestine. To the problems arising from both constipation and diarrhea which co-exist with leaky gut syndrome.

Stool Color, Fat Malabsorption and Leaky Gut Syndrome

One reason for changes to stool color which is related to leaky gut syndrome, is when the body is failing to absorb or convert fats. Many people find that stools not only tend to be paler in color but also notice that they float in the toilet bowl rather than sink. This is due to how the bile and pancreatic enzymes have been affected and are failing to breakdown the fats in foods. Not only is this slightly unpleasant but it also means that your body is failing to breakdown and absorb the nutrients from fats which your cells need. If you are one of these people it may well be worth your while getting checked out for leaky gut syndrome.

Is Vitamin B12 Good To Take?

Emerging research recently published in the UK medical journal BMJ (British Medical Journal) which can be seen here: is causing somewhat of a stir when it comes to the neurological injuries arising from untreated B12 deficiencies. The study appeared to trigger the BMJ itself to revise their Best Practice Guidelines on treating B12 deficiency which not only supports the original study in advising that the serum B12 test, the one in most popular usage, is unreliable but which now clearly states that neurological damage arising from B12 deficiency is not rare, as was previously thought, but common. So how does this link to leaky gut syndrome? Well, because of the way in which B12 is cleaved from food and transported in the digestive system, B12 malabsorption is one of the first ‘victims’ of leaky gut. B12 is actually extracted from food in the stomach and needs an acidic environment to do this. If the environment is more alkaline then a deficiency of B12 will be one of the first casualties of this problem. The new research now confirms that this will not simply result in anemia but myriad neurological issues ranging from numbness and tingling to balance problems – whether you have anemia or not. For those who have been diagnosed with leaky gut or suspect it may be a problem, get those B12 levels checked – and fast!

Can Yucca root help?

The Yucca which has long been a favorite house and garden plant around the world is now achieving a substantial amount of attention relative to its healing properties. Although this information will come as no surprise to those who have become accustomed to using yucca as a home remedy in its native homeland of Mexico, many in the western world may be interested to note that the plant has been the subject of an increasing amount of scientific research. This research suggests that at least some of its healing properties can be attributed to the high level of saponins it contains in addition to other compounds such as resveratrol. It is believed that at least one of the actions yucca performs is to suppress intestinal protozoa, which are members of the microflora community, and so limit inflammatory responses. Resveratrol is thought to assist in fighting fungal infections and so yucca root supplement could be considered effective against Candida overgrowth which in itself damages the intestinal wall.

Zantac during the treatment protocol

Zantac is an acid suppressant often used in the treatment of ulcers or reflux. Since this product inhibits the production of stomach acid and a lack of stomach acid can actually be a cause of leaky gut syndrome, then it is wise to check prior to taking it that you actually have high acid levels. A little known fact is that one of the symptoms of low stomach acid is…reflux. Yes, the same reflux you get when high stomach acid is a problem.

Zeolite For Treatment Of Leaky Gut

One thing we need to get straight right at the start is that zeolite is a classification of clay. Yes, that’s right. It’s clay, earth, dirt but definitely not, soil. Once we have that fact resolved we have to appreciate that healing or medicinal clays have been used by mankind since the beginning of our time on this planet. They have been used not only externally but also internally and the reason for their effectiveness is due to something called ‘cation exchange.’ In short, healing clays swap trace elements in exchange for drawing pathogenic organisms or toxins from wherever they are applied. Animals too eat clays and are still recorded as doing so – but will zeolite help your leaky gut? When it comes to any medicinal clay you have to get the right sort. They all evolve from volcanic ash and are not as a direct result of leaves rotting in your backyard. However some clays, whether they are zeolites, bentonites, montmorillonites or kaolinite, will be mined from sediments. These are those which have landed or drifted to a level where they can pick up contaminants. Obviously sedimentary clays should be avoided because they may contain substances which are additional, and non-beneficial, to the original debris voided from volcanic eruption many thousands of years ago. Zeolite is also manufactured synthetically and it is not yet proven as to whether man can best nature in providing the better treatment.

Although the science behind healing clays is proven – in that they will attract bacteria and leave behind essential trace elements – it is mainly confined to the smectite classifications which you will usually find as bentonites or montmorillonites.

Montmorillonite has been used to successfully treat Buruli ulcer, where antibiotics have failed, and currently both bentonites and montmorillonites are being looked at for treating leprosy and MRSA. Clays in the Smectite classification are also available either OTC or via prescription as animal and human treatments for digestive upset such as diarrhea. So, yes, clays do work and as natural treatments go they are one of the oldest known and most scientifically successful. But little research has been done on zeolite and, although in theory it should positively affect leaky gut bacteria, there is little evidence in place as yet. When it comes to bentonites and montmorillonites the evidence regarding efficacy in treating infections is available and is substantial.

Can leaky gut cause severe acne?

Many people will be surprised to learn that the links between acne and leaky gut have been noted for decades. In fact the issue goes right back to the beginning of the 19th century. In the 1930s a couple of doctors, Stokes and Pillsbury, put forward their theories regarding not only the link between acne and what was then known as ‘autointoxication’ (leaky gut) but also depression. At the time their theories were ridiculed and the ideas shelved but now emerging research strongly suggests that they were right.

Many patients are now recorded as not only suffering from acne but also concurrently, depression and digestive issues, and in part the problem is thought to arise from inflammation due to dysbiosis of microflora. The subject is too complex to attempt to discuss in-depth here, but it would seem that the benefits of probiotics, which were suggested by Stokes and Pillsbury so long ago, may well be beneficial to those who have acne arising from digestive dysfunction.

Can drinking alcohol affect my leaky gut?

Most of the research undertaken on the effects of alcohol on intestinal permeability has focused on those with alcohol dependencies. However what has been shown is that most people with alcohol dependency do have leaky gut syndrome. Whether this is a cause of the leaky gut itself or is an effect of it has yet to be established. But, because many people report adverse digestive reactions with alcohol consumption it is thought that it aggravates the condition. Whether it is a cause or an effect one thing is not in doubt – alcohol and leaky gut are linked and the best solution is to avoid it if at all possible. This does though, conflict with the suspicion that red wine may be of benefit for those with digestive issues. Yet this information itself is based on the theory that resveratrol in red wine provides oxidative benefits. However the evidence proving these benefits, as you will see in my later posting on the subject, is somewhat thin on the ground.

Alkaline Diet and Leaky Gut

Many of the suggestions made today reporting the benefits or even necessity of an alkaline diet claim that the pH of the body is naturally neutral. Yet this information is slightly misleading. The pH of the blood is neutral but the pH within the digestive tract changes throughout and in some areas, particularly the stomach, is highly acidic – and so it should be. On the pH scale which goes from 1-14, 1 is highly acidic, 7 is neutral and 7+ is alkaline – which, conversely is known as low stomach acid. To digest food the pH of the stomach needs to be around 2. If you have a lower pH then certain foods become more difficult to digest. The more alkaline things get then the less likely you are to digest foods. If you already have a slightly alkaline stomach acid and introduce even more alkaline substances on top then you are not improving matters. This goes for antacids as well as alkaline based food stuffs. When the stomach contents move on to the small intestine then the environment naturally becomes more alkaline. As we can see it is the acidity which is initially of importance when it comes to digesting food. If we try and make the environment of the stomach more alkaline then the food has less chance of being broken down as it should be. It is for this reason that I would be immediately suspicious of alkaline diets. Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because the blood of the body needs a neutral or alkaline pH the remainder of our body does.

Asthma and Leaky Gut are they connected?

One illness which seems to arise in conjunction with leaky gut syndrome but which gets very little attention, is that of asthma. Although a quick search of the internet forums will reveal that many people with asthma are talking of the connections between their illnesses and leaky gut, for some reason professionals rarely refer to it. Yet it may well come as a relief to some patients to learn that they are not suffering from an overactive imagination because some studies have been performed which strongly indicate there is a link. Not only is this link substantial in adults but also in children who are asthmatic and it arises in situations whether the sufferer has allergic reactions or not. Although the studies are small in number they all, like this one here showed abnormal gastro intestinal permeability compared to control groups. Clearly more research is needed into an area of leaky gut which detrimentally affects not only a large number of adults but a very high volume of children.

Is baking soda good for leaky gut?

What you will frequently see referred to throughout this FAQs section is acid versus alkaline stomach acid. I have also mentioned that there are few recognized tests available to assess which type you have. There are though home tests you can do and one which surfaces regularly on the interest is the baking soda test. However I will state very clearly that I do not recommend this particular test. My reasons for this are quite simple and these are due to the nature of the alkalinity of baking soda: if you are suffering from indigestion and it is due to alkaline stomach acid (which is a recognized cause) and you put an alkaline substance on top of the alkaline stomach acid, then you are making the problem worse. You may, for a few minutes experience relief as any gases are neutralized but this will not last. If however you put an acidic substance onto an alkaline substance, it will raise the acidity and, if low stomach acid is the cause of your condition, you will find more or less immediate relief. It is for that reason that rather than using the baking soda test I suggest the lemon juice test. Using an organic fresh lemon, cut it in half and squeeze the juice into a cupful of tepid water. Sip the fluid slowly, don’t gulp. If you feel your bloating dispersing and general discomfort easing, then this is an indication that you are suffering from low stomach acid rather than high. Some people will though, belch. Loudly. For this reason I suggest that the first time you try this…do it in private!

Is brain fog related to leaky gut? Can it cause that?

Although brain fog is now becoming more widely accepted as a medical condition and is particularly associated with illnesses such as CFS, there still seems to be much debate about what it actually is. We know what symptoms it results in: slowed cognition, reduced awareness, and general reduced speeds in processing information – but what causes this cocktail of symptoms? Some think it is due to decreased blood flow to the brain. Others attribute it to inflammation. One thing is for certain though – it does exist and it is now being recognized.

Many patients with leaky gut syndrome report ‘brain fog’ and, as yet, there is little concrete information as to how it is being directly influenced by what is essentially a gut malfunction, however if you are suffering from brain fog feel reassured in knowing that you are not alone and the condition is now being accepted by the medical community.

Dogs and Cats with Leaky Gut Syndrome

Surprisingly enough, leaky gut syndrome or intestinal permeability, has been researched in pets back into the 1990s. There are numerous recorded cases and the causations, generally speaking, have been put down to excessive antibiotic treatments and the increasing use of commercial pet foods. This study here which was done in 1996 not only examines leaky gut syndrome but also SIBO. Interestingly SIBO was established by analyzing the duodenal (upper intestinal) juices and, after treatment, it was established that the dogs’ scores improved. Of course we hit the same problem with pets as we do with people – we know that, at least temporarily antibiotics can reduce bacterial overgrowth, but we also know that antibiotics can not only cause it in the first place but that the overgrowth most likely will reappear.

However what is pleasing to note is that the veterinary community at least have done investigations into both SIBO and leaky gut syndrome and that similar factors are involved: diet and medications – in pets as they are in humans.

Hormone Imbalance connected to having leaky gut?

Indirectly I mention hormone imbalance in a few other sections in this thread but here I will focus specifically on it because the term ‘hormone imbalance’ can mean many different things to many different people. What most want to know is, no matter what symptoms are being caused by their hormone imbalance, is that if the hormone imbalance is actually the cause of their leaky gut syndrome. The answer is actually the opposite – hormone imbalance is as a result of leaky gut. This is because the endocrine system, the parts of the body which control hormone secretion, are actually part of the immune system, and, as we are all becoming aware of by now, the immune system overreacts to the matter which is leaked through the intestinal wall when the ‘seal’ begins to widen and fail. As a result of this hormone imbalance it may well be that sexual function is affected, or fertility, or, as I mention a little later, thyroid function. We also know that menstruation can be affected and the more distressing aspects of it are exaggerated. This is also combined with the reabsorption of estrogen which is not being cleared effectively from the body. So yes, it is highly likely that if you have leaky gut syndrome you will have other autonomic hormone dysfunctions but they are as a result of the leaky gut and not a cause.

How long to Heal a Leaky Gut?

The question that most sufferers ask is, how long will it take to heal my leaky gut? I guess we first have to look at what we mean by healing? Are most patients looking for a cure – for their leaky gut to go away and take all the nasty symptoms with it? Sure they are. Is it likely to happen? Well, sadly, not in the near future. What we do know is that the integrity of the gut can be restored. We know that by taking certain supplements, eating certain foods and sometimes embarking on a different lifestyle, that we can certainly improve the impact leaky gut has. In some cases it may well be that some people are certain the cause of their leaky gut is due to antibiotics or NSAIDs and their situation improves when these are removed. However what we also know is that gut dysbiosis, a major cause of leaky gut, does not simply resolve itself simply because the causation has been eliminated. Many people report almost immediate improvement of their symptoms when they change their habits. Some people report dramatic improvements in the first year. Others state that they are living normal lives within two years. However what is unclear is if these people have returned to normal dietary habits and lifestyles or if they are still participating in supplements and dietary restrictions. If so then we aren’t looking at a cure but at a treatment – albeit a successful one.

Hypothyroidism and Leaky Gut Syndrome connected?

Many people wonder if hypothyroidism is a cause of leaky gut syndrome. This is because many people diagnosed as hypothyroid also have concurrent leaky gut symptoms. The problem, once again, is down to cause and effect – which comes first – is hypothyroidism a cause of leaky gut syndrome or does it arise as a result of it? For once the answer would appear to be clear – hypothyroidism appears to be as a direct result of leaky gut, it is not a cause of it. The science behind this is simple: We know that leaky gut syndrome causes an autoimmune reaction. In among that reaction are the hormonal responses by the endocrine system. This is the same hormonal system which triggers the release of thyroid hormone. It would appear that the thyroid, or in this case the pituitary, is reacting abnormally to the invasion of foreign bodies through the intestinal wall and that the ‘trigger’ system is malfunctioning as a result.

Is Ibuprofen good for leaky gut?

Ibuprofen comes under the classification of NSAIDs (Non-steriodal anti-inflammatory) drugs which are thought to contribute to causing leaky gut syndrome. Originally the theory, which was precisely that, a theory, was derided by the orthodox medical community, however in the past few years research has confirmed that Ibuprofen can indeed result in leaky gut syndrome. A report published in 2014 by the National Institute of Health in the UK confirmed that Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs result not only in inflammation of the intestinal lining but also in increased permeability. Although much of the research which has taken place focuses on the effects of people with celiac (coeliac) disease and the increased intolerance to substances such as gluten, such drugs can obviously detrimentally affect those with leaky gut whether their condition is diagnosed or not.

Immune System and Leaky Gut Syndrome

When the integrity of the intestinal wall becomes compromised it lets through molecules which are too large and some toxins and bacteria. Although nutrients are actually meant to pass through the intestinal wall, the structure of it means they should only pass through when they have reached a certain point in the digestive process. Because in leaky gut the gaps in the wall are bigger then this barrier is breached. Because of this our immune system responds. These particles become foreign bodies and our immune system does what it’s supposed to do – fend off invaders. It may well be that these ‘invaders’ are substances which would, at a later point in the digestive process, normally be sent through the intestinal wall, but because they are sent through at the wrong point and they are of the wrong ‘structure’ the body simply does not recognize them. The immune system then goes into overdrive and it sets off all kinds of reactions including that of our endocrine system. This means that not only can all the glands in our body be affected but also that our hormonal system becomes erratic. So, when you get thyroid dysfunction or sleep problems, or even excessive sweating, these can all be signals that your immune system is being adversely affected by a leaky gut. Many people find today that they test positive for antibodies in various parts of the body: again an indicator that the body is overreacting when foreign particles are entering the body.

A more direct observation can be made when we start to become sensitive to certain foods – foods that the body should be able to cope with under normal circumstances. This is the immune system starting to recognize normal foodstuffs as enemies simply because they are entering the body at the wrong point and in an unrecognizable form when you have leaky gut.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Leaky Gut Syndrome Are They Connected?

Some people believe that their IBS could possibly be a cause of their leaky gut syndrome, however what is more likely is that IBS is a collection of symptoms indicating that they have gut dysbiosis and intestinal overgrowth which will ultimately lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Of course this could be construed as being a possible cause but really it is simply the progression of an illness. In the same way that some patients achieve a diagnosis of IBS and which later is attributed to SIBO, then this can eventually be diagnosed as leaky gut syndrome. The symptoms of IBS are general stomach pain and cramping which may often be alleviated after passing a motion. Additional indicators of IBS can be: suffering pain on intercourse, excessive wind, backache, nausea, excessive urination during the night time, lethargy, incontinence and bloating. Some people also suffer from low mood or depression which is usually put down to being a result of dealing with their condition. Of course, if IBS evolves from a digestive dysfunction then the real truth of the matter is that they probably are not obtaining the nutrients they need to ensure such problems as neurotransmitter production is not lacking. Still, rarely is IBS currently seen as the initiation of a more chronic condition, despite the fact that this often turns out to be the case.

Other Names for Leaky Gut Syndrome

Although leaky gut syndrome has become more popularly known to the layperson, most medical and scientific professionals will refer to it as intestinal permeability or increased intestinal permeability. You may also see it discussed as leaky bowel disease although this phrase is used more in the UK than in other countries. The variants on the condition can make it slightly difficult when doing a search on the internet for information, so remember to tap in both versions. As a point of interest, back in the early 1900s the condition was also recognized but back then it was known as autointoxication. Happily, today, we are no longer seeing that particular term used.

Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome

The symptoms of leaky gut syndrome are one of the most complicated areas to discuss simply because there are so many and they can conflict with other illnesses. We can look at broad classifications and say that it causes nutritional deficiencies but then each nutritional deficiency causes symptoms in its own right. We can also look at immune responses as a broad classification but then we have to look at things like endrocrine dysfunction which causes hormone imbalances and affects many other autonomic functions of the body. So if we broadly say that leaky gut can cause mood changes, then these mood changes can result from disruptions to neurotransmitters or from hormonal changes or from cell death when nutrients which are essential to DNA synthesis are not effectively absorbed. We can generalize when it comes to the initial symptoms of leaky gut and mention:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Candida Overgrowth
  • SIBO
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion

But then we go on to the more specific and common symptoms which include:

  • Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Sensitivities
  • Arthritis
  • Rashes
  • Joint pain
  • Deficiencies
  • Autoimmune conditions

Hopefully when it comes to discussing leaky gut you can understand that the problems can be multiple and extreme if the condition is left untreated over a long period of time.

Can Vaccines cause leaky gut syndrome?

It is probably true to say that any direct links between vaccines and leaky gut syndrome have yet to be investigated. However there are indirect links. Recently research has been released which strongly indicates that autism is linked to vaccines which contain contaminated fetal retrovirus. It has also been suggested, if not proven, that the majority of children with autism have gut dysbiosis. The links cannot be described as being tenuous, and although not absolutely direct, do open up further avenues of research and investigation not only into a possible cause of autism but also how leaky gut can have effects upon the brain.

Is Vitamin B Complex good for Leaky Gut Syndrome

Often we see mentioned the words ‘vitamin B complex’ when it comes to supplementation which I find extremely confusing. Although some B vitamins work hand-in-hand such as vitamin B9 (folate) and vitamin B12 (cobalamin) simply putting a mixture of B vitamins together does not necessarily mean that you are getting the correct combination and neither does it mean they are in the correct ratios. For example, in many cases the amount of B9 in complex supplements, tends to far outweigh the amount of B12. There is no logical reason for this ratio other than relying on RDA (Recommended Daily Amounts) which, particularly in the case of B12, is rather irrelevant if you are malabsorping these micro amounts. Since we are now becoming aware that B12 in particular can cause ‘devastating neurological damage’ (See Here: BMJ Best Practice Guidelines – ) which, as the article clearly states, rarely responds to the treatment protocol currently provided, then it is probably advisable when it comes to all B vitamins to take individual supplements. When it comes to B6 (Pyridoxine) high doses over long periods are NOT recommended. Although B vitamins will not directly improve leaky gut syndrome, symptoms, particularly those of a neurological (nerve damage) nature are likely to improve as B12 is one of the most complicated vitamins to absorb and is likely to be a victim of the leaky gut dysfunction.

Weight Loss and Leaky Gut Syndrome

Clearly one of the possible problems which can arise from leaky gut syndrome is that of weight loss. It stands to reason that if someone is not absorbing the nutrients from foods then their weight will, eventually, fall. As I mentioned in another question a major issue is the malabsorption of fats. Despite fat generally getting a bad name in modern society, we do, like the bacteria in our gut, actually need it. If you are malabsorping fats then the clues are that stools float in the toilet bowl and they are usually of a lighter color. However fats are not the only issue and with the weight loss will usually come loss of elasticity of skin, dryness of skin, brittle or tearing nails, increased hair loss and muscle tone. Unfortunately, in society today it is a lot easier to have weight gain taken seriously than weight loss. Somehow being thin has been associated with being healthy, which simply isn’t true. If you are losing weight and eat well, then consider leaky gut as being one possible cause. If you normally undergo training or exercise programs then consider cutting back. Give your body time to repair. We know that the enteric nervous system (the one in your gut) needs time to restore balance once any stressor has taken place and the temptation today, when the focus is on how little we exercise, is to overdo it. If your body is not absorbing the nutrients it needs to maintain your weight then forcing it to over-perform will only make the problem worse. If you find it difficult to slow down on your exercising regime, because it has to be said that many people find it difficult to stop exercising just like some people find it difficult to start, then why not try something less physically strenuous such as yoga or pilates.

Zinc and Leaky Gut Syndrome

Many patients with leaky gut syndrome are also deficient in zinc – which ends up being particularly problematic. This is because a lack of zinc can prove to be both a cause and an effect of leaky gut syndrome. Zinc is necessary to make stomach acid and, as we now realize, stomach acid is required to start the digestive process which ultimately leads to our ability to absorb nutrients – which includes zinc. So once we become deficient in zinc then it is more or less a given that we will be unable to absorb it through normal means. Many people are starting to include zinc as a supplement to increase or assist stomach acid production. This has been increasingly common since numerous research studies have taken place on all manner of groups. These include patients with Crohn’s disease and children and in all cases where zinc sulfate was given the patients showed a significant improvement. Some of the later research which was looking at improvements in intestinal epithelial barrier function clearly found that zinc was beneficial in restoring this integrity. We are lucky in that zinc has received so much attention from the scientific community and this is quite likely because the results, even from the 1980s, have always been positive. Zinc is also one of the few compounds which has been both tested directly on leaky gut syndrome and consistently provided positive and direct results.

When it comes to supplementing with zinc there are a variety of recommendations, however many suggest that you should always take zinc with copper and use a ratio of 15 to 1 Zinc to copper.

Is leaky gut connected to lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is common in people with leaky gut syndrome and arises due to it. Lactose is a dairy sugar and although found in milk it is also, obviously, in other dairy products. Lactose is also used commercially and added to a very broad range of food stuffs and can be found in products as diverse as processed ham and tinned fruits. Because it is a sugar which cannot be absorbed by the body directly it needs to be converted and the enzyme which does this is called lactase. It has been proven that in people with a leaky gut they produce less lactase and so much of the dairy sugar we ingest is not converted. This often leads, as we know, to a malabsorption of this sugar and probably accounts for many of the problems we see today. So, lactose is not a cause of leaky gut but arises because of it.

Can laxatives help with leaky gut?

Although many people have the primary symptom of diarrhea with leaky gut others suffer from constipation. Some people tend to veer from one to the other. The problems arising from constipation tend to result in many people taking laxatives regularly, many on a daily basis, and this isn’t really a good idea because of the ways in which laxatives work.

Many people also resort to the advice to increase fiber in their diet however more recent research clearly states that because fiber bulks up in the bowel it is actually more likely to make the problem worse. Laxatives can work in different ways but in one they actually draw water from the body and into the fecal matter in the bowel to help it move along. Others provide fiber, which we have already noted doesn’t actually improve matters for many people. Some also alter the actual bowel movements, the motility of the bowel, and, since this can actually be a cause of dysbiosis (the cause of leaky gut syndrome) then you can never be certain that the motility is being altered to your benefit or detriment. If you are suffering from constipation then try and treat it a more natural way. You may have to stay away from the processed foods, increase the amount of water you consume to make sure the fecal matter in the bowel stays moist enough to pass and juice fruit and veg to get your daily intake without bulking out your bowel but still allowing you to get your nutrient requirements.

Depression and leaky gut syndrome connected? Can leaky gut cause depression?

Many, if not most patients with leaky gut syndrome also suffer from a variety of emotional changes. These may vary from low mood to outright depression. Although many clinicians refer to such changes as being a direct consequence of having to deal with the symptoms of leaky gut on a daily basis, the scientific research now strongly shows that there are numerous different reasons for this reaction and all of them involve biochemical interactions in some way. Although many people think the whole subject of leaky gut is something new, it actually isn’t, and the investigations into depression and food malabsorption were known as long ago as the early 1900s when the condition was called autointoxication. Now scientists are suggesting that this depression arises when high levels of D-lactic acid and propionic acid accumulate and when there is exposure to lipopolysaccaride endotoxins. What also needs to be considered is that as the body fails to absorb the nutrients it needs the neurotransmitters which are made from foods and which are necessary to make, among other things, our brains function correctly, are simply not being extracted from the food we eat.