Leaky Gut - the lowdown
The gut lining acts as an intestinal barrier to allow nutrients to enter the system, but it also prevents toxins to pass into the bloodstream where they can cause infections. When someone has leaky gut, the lining has gaps allowing bacteria to pass through and cause adverse reactions.
Although everyone experiences stomach cramps and upsets from time to time, they normally pass quickly. However, longer periods of stomach imbalance or prolonged cramping and pain may be a symptom of leaky gut syndrome.
An imbalanced diet, stress and anxiety and reactions to certain medications where the gut lining becomes compromised may contribute to some of the symptoms of leaky gut.
Signs and symptoms
Possible symptoms of a leaky gut could include bloating, diarrhoea, SIBO, abdominal pain, food intolerance , skin conditions, stress and anxiety, low energy and fatigue.
Supplements that can support Leaky Gut
There are supplements that can restore and balance intestinal barrier function and be beneficial in healing the gut.
L-Glutamine is the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acid in the body and is involved in more metabolic processes than any other amino acid. The body often needs more glutamine than it can synthesize, especially when under increased physiological stress or illness.
L -Glutamine supports repair of the cells that line the gut and is also a precursor to glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s most powerful antioxidants supporting the body’s tissues against oxidative damage.
Dosage: Take 2 capsules one to three times daily, half an hour before meals, or as directed by your healthcare practitionerCollagen - Totally Derma
Collagen offers many benefits, from contributing to skin firmness and elasticity to healthy bones, tissues and joints. Promoting collagen growth in the intestine may help to build and maintain healthy connective tissue in the gut, with the result of reducing 'leaky gut' and reducing inflammation.
Totally Derma stimulates the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in your body, working from the inside out and contains Arthred, a hydrolysed bovine collagen, which is easily digestible, well-tolerated and contains high levels of amino acids. Bovine collagen is more similar to human collagen than marine collagen, which makes it more recognisable and utilisable by your body.
Dosage: This powder supplement is also flavoured with natural sugars to make it a pleasure to drink on a daily basis. Mix it with water or juice or in a smoothie to repair, rejuvenate and replenish your body.
The lining of the gut must have proper permeability and integrity so it can not only absorb nutrients but also prevent toxins, allergens, and microbes from gaining access to the bloodstream. Maintaining gut health is the key to maintaining overall wellness.
GI Revive™ powder, which is sweetened with stevia and xylitol, can be mixed into any beverage or functional food powder and can be used as part of a health program for achieving optimal GI health and regularity.
Bio. Revive Mucin
Bio.Revive™ Mucin + has been formulated with the health of the mucosal layer of the gastrointestinal tract in mind. This layer is essential to trap bacteria and protect the gut walls, making it the immune system's ‘first line of defence’ against gut issues, infection, and inflammation.
Dosage: Take 3 capsules daily, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner
Aqua Biome Fish Oil Digestive Support
Aqua Biome Fish Oil Digestive Support is a perfect blend of DHA, EPA and DPA omega-3s using the latest science and technology to bring the best benefits of fish oil using wild-caught Peruvian anchoveta, with none of the usual contaminants.
Boswellia Phytosome adds gentle digestive support for occasional irritation and discomfort and has been demonstrated to be useful for reducing both joint and bowel discomfort, along with helping pass food through the gut.
Dosage: Adults take 2 softgels daily, with food, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.