In my work as a naturopath I am always telling my patients a strong immune system begins in the gut. Holistic healing for many chronic conditions and recurring symptoms requires paying close attention to how our bodies react to what we eat. Many patients come to see me for help with chronic diarrhea or skin conditions or fatigue or depression, and they are surprised when I tell them that what they really need help with is healing a leaky gut.
A holistic approach to health begins with diet. By carefully blending natural medicine and herbal remedies with dietary and lifestyle changes, I can help patients find naturopathic remedies to overcome this common condition and change their lives.
So, what is a leaky gut?
Your intestines are long, hollow tubes lined with special cells called enterocytes. In a healthy intestine, these enterocytes interlock to form “tight junctions”—where spaces between enterocytes are perfectly sized to keep large particles moving toward your colon but small enough to allow vital nutrients to enter your bloodstream. When something disrupts the spacing of these cells—like inflammation from medications or certain foods— these large particles can ‘leak’ into your bloodstream—and you end up with a leaky gut.
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Why does a leaky gut have such a negative effect on your health?
A leaky gut hurts more than your digestion. It hurts your overall immunity. Your immune system sees these larger proteins and particles as invaders and mounts an attack, and suddenly your health is under fire.
Leaky gut symptoms include chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating and nutritional deficiencies—but also things you might not expect, like headaches, brain fog, memory loss, and fatigue. Skin conditions, depression, ADD and ADHD, arthritis and joint pain, anxiety, even autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn’s—they can all be signs of leaky gut syndrome.
As you can see, there are entire constellations of digestive and autoimmune conditions that can be contained or cured through leaky gut remedies.
It’s time to try an alternative medicine approach to treating a leaky gut.
Traditional medicine often struggles to address the myriad of symptoms caused by leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut manifests itself in complex ways and can be aggravated by other conditions like SIBO. Many of my patients struggle to get their doctors to take their symptoms seriously. And even if they can get a prescription, they have found that pharmaceuticals covered up their symptoms without curing them or caused other unwanted side effects.
If you don’t want to take more pills it’s time to take a different approach. Naturopathic medicine can blend the best of medical diagnostics with proven natural remedies to restore your body to optimal balance.
If you don’t have a certified holistic doctor in your community you still have choices. I wrote my book, Digestive Relief for Life: The Secret to the Mind-Gut Connection, to help patients just like you discover natural health remedies that restore digestive health. I offer customized online consultations as well. To schedule yours …
The information provided in this blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. It is not intended to substitute for the treatment and/or diagnosis of an in-person visit or exam with a medical professional. This information does not provide a second opinion or in any way attempt to alter the treatment plans or therapeutic goals/recommendations of your personal physician. It is my role to partner with you to provide ongoing support and accountability as you create an action plan to meet and maintain your health goals.