Healing Leaky Gut Series – Part One – What is Leaky Gut?

Over the course of this series, I will teach you what leaky gut is, what causes it, and how to heal it naturally. It will be broken down into multiple posts to make it easier to follow.

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What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut is reported to be found (in some degree or another) in roughly 80% of all adults in America. That’s no small number. Leaky Gut Syndrome goes by many names, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease, Intolerances of any kind and adult food allergies. I’m not saying that all of these instances are cases of Leaky Gut, but they usually are.

“Leaky Gut Syndrome” is the name for what happens when your digestive system becomes inflamed and the intestines in your body become “semi-permeable,” meaning that certain objects are allowed to pass through into your blood stream, including food particles and toxins.

Understand that the intestines should never, ever allow objects to pass through them. When food passes through into your blood stream, it is attacked.

Your body creates anti-bodies against these toxins, even if they are normal food particles, because they are foreign to your bloodstream. Any item in your bloodstream that doesn’t belong is called an “antigen.” Your body attacks these antigens and purges them from your system. It will purge them through diarrhea, throwing up, acne, hives, and many other ways, usually resulting in a violent sickness.

This is also the exact cause of a food sensitivity or “food allergy.” Food allergies are not normal in adults and are almost always caused by Leaky Gut. Celiac disease is another instance of this food sensitivity.


Leaky Gut is caused by inflammation in the digestive system. This is usually caused by:

Antibiotics – These kill off all good and bad bacteria in your digestive system. Without probiotics to restore the good bacteria, the bad bacteria is allowed to multiply and overwhelm the digestive system. This causes the intestines to become inflamed and creates a semi-permeable layer in your intestines.

Poor Diet – Processed foods have a lot of preservatives, chemicals and toxins that create inflammation and semi-permeability in the intestines. Fast food isn’t the worst thing in the world, but food like that every day can kill you. I’d suggest watching “Super-Size Me.” That might dissuade you from eating fast food.

Birth control – This is actually a very common cause of Leaky Gut in women. Birth control changes the chemistry of a woman’s body and can cause hormonal imbalance. This creates an imperfect environment for the body and can cause a lot of stress in the digestive system. Stress causes inflammation and that causes Leaky Gut. Birth control can contain many dangerous toxins which also add to creating leaky gut.

Medication – Contrary to popular belief, most medication is actually doing you more harm than it is good. While some people may need to take certain medications to stay alive, dependencies should be avoided and overcome if possible. Medication can contain many harmful substances that also create inflammation in the intestines which causes the semi-permeability. Many medications also disturb the body’s natural order which can cause malfunctions in the body and dependencies on the drug.

Vaccines – Next time you are considering getting a vaccine, ask for the ingredients label first. You will notice nasty ingredients on this list including formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), fetal DNA, food proteins, and other questionable ingredients. This may make you question inserting them directly into your blood stream where your body can’t filter through and process out the bad ingredients first. I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding this topic, but speaking from personal experience, vaccines can cause adverse reactions in your immune system. When these ingredients are put into your blood stream, your body not only attacks the virus but all the other ingredients (like food proteins), and this can cause your body to continue attacking those foods every time you eat them. A common example is eggs are used to create the flu vaccine, so naturally your body will attack the egg proteins when receiving the vaccine and continue doing so anytime you consume eggs.

Dehydration – When your body isn’t getting enough water, the toxin riddled food that should be flushed out sits in your intestines, causing constipation. This allows the toxins that would normally be disposed to cause inflammation and pass through your intestines and into your blood stream.

Stress – This can cause your body to not produce the necessary hormones for correct digestive function. Stress also prevents your “happy hormone,” serotonin, from being released into your blood stream, which causes more stress. It’s a downward cycle. Many people might not believe that being stressed can affect your healing process, but it makes a major difference.

Why Avoiding the Foods That Make You Sick Isn’t Enough

When your body becomes allergic to a certain food, you stop eating that food, and obviously you stop experiencing the pains caused by that allergy. Many people attempt to adjust their life around that. It works for a while, but then they start to get sick again.

This happens because the food that you eat (usually the food that you eat the most, but not always) continues to seep through your semi-permeable intestinal wall and more antibodies are created to purge that food. Now you are allergic to two food items, not just one. Obviously you see the major problem that comes from this, as eventually, you will be forced to adjust your diet again and again until there is nothing left for you to eat. I call this the “Degenerative Food Sensitivity Cycle.”

Common symptoms

The degenerative food sensitivity cycle isn’t the only problem that comes from these antigens seeping into your bloodstream. Your body can’t get rid of every toxin that enters through your intestinal wall, and as these toxins build up over time, the ones that are not purged from your system will be absorbed by organs, muscles, joints and bones in your body.

Every part of your body can and will absorb some of these toxins. The more toxins that are put into your body, the more toxins your organs absorb, causing them (against their hardest efforts) to malfunction.

Since every part of your body depends on your blood stream to operate, every part of your body can be affected by Leaky Gut Syndrome, which essentially means any problem can be caused by Leaky Gut. This is one of the major reasons why the effects of Leaky Gut Syndrome are so diverse and difficult to diagnose.

Here is a list of some of the results that may come from toxins building up. Remember, this is in no way a complete list:

  • Food Allergies
  • Food Intolerances
  • Fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Celiac Disease
  • Ulcers
  • Acid reflux
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • Burst Appendix
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Endometriosis
  • Lack of Mental Clarity
  • Brain Fog
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach/Intestinal cramps
  • Irregular Periods
  • Menstrual Cramping
  • Excessive Gas
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fevers
  • Passing Out
  • Sleeping Constantly
  • Light Headedness
  • Weak Muscles
  • UTI’s and Bladder Problems
  • Body Aches
  • Bronchitis
  • Joint Pain
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Bad Memory
  • Bad Vision
  • Hot and Cold Flashes
  • Back Pain
  • Frequent Urination
  • Constant Hunger Pains
  • Hives
  • Flushing
  • Thrush
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Acne
  • Decrease in Immunity
  • POTS
  • Bi-Polar Disorder

These are only some of the problems that root from Leaky Gut Syndrome. Of course, Leaky Gut Syndrome is not the only cause of all of these problems but they all occur because of it.

Bad Immunity

When your body is so focused on getting rid of toxins, it fails to make as many defenses as it should and strengthen your immune system against other illnesses, leaving your body prone to more illness. It is not unusual if your body is constantly getting sick with the latest cold or flu.

Hormonal Imbalances

One last thing this can do to your body is create a hormonal imbalance. Your digestive system is responsible for releasing Serotonin, the “happy hormone,” your body naturally produces. When your digestive system is weakened, it causes less Serotonin to be released. This can cause depression, anxiety, mood swings, bi-polar disorder and many other emotional problems. Read more about that here.

Other hormones are also affected which can cause any of your glands to malfunction or other hormonal problems.

What to Do

Remember that these problems are really only the offspring of one parent issue. Hospitals and doctors often treat these side effects as if they were individual problems, but in reality, they are just side effects of one larger problem, and by treating the side effects the way they do, they make the actual problem worse. This is called “Symptom Suppression.” Whether medical science is ignorant of this, or the hospitals do it on purpose to ensure that you come back and spend more money, I don’t know. All I know is that doctors don’t usually diagnose leaky gut (unless you’re lucky). They instead treat your numerous symptoms as individual problems with even more pills and medication. This of course adds to the original problem making your symptoms worse. Are you beginning to understand why symptom suppression doesn’t work?

The best hope doctors often will offer you is to tell you that you have numerous health issues that will likely never get better and your only hope is that if they perform a surgery, or give a monumental effort, it won’t get worse. Naturally, this isn’t always true or I wouldn’t be writing this series.

You see, our bodies were created to heal themselves. They know what to do if we allow them to do it. They know what their natural state is supposed to be, and if we allow them to heal, they will. The tricky part is giving our body the opportunity to get better. It needs to have the perfect environment to heal, and we can give it that.


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3 thoughts to “Healing Leaky Gut Series – Part One – What is Leaky Gut?”

  1. Hi Sage. I was following a version of your diet plan. However, because of food intolerances I wasn’t eating enough carbs. Or maybe I was just not paying attention to how many carbs I was eating… Well I seem to have entered Ketosis./: I’m already skinny enough and can’t afford to lose anymore weight. I’m trying to up my carb intake and am now eating rice even though I know I shouldn’t in order to heal my gut. Do you have any suggestions on how I can add healthy carbs… Or what I might be able to eat? I’m really desperate to find something that works at this time and any advice would be very helpful. Tahnks!

    1. Hi Maddie! I had a hard time with carbs too and I also couldn’t afford to lose weight. One of the best things I ate a lot of were starchy vegetables! Like squashes (acorn squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, zucchini), sweet potatoes, cauliflower, asparagus, and any hearty or fatty vegetables you can find (avocados are great). These have a lot of carbs and helped keep me full! I ate some with almost every meal. I also just ate A LOT. I ate a lot of meat, fruits and veggies. Sometimes I’d eat like 4 peaches just for breakfast because I needed to stay full, and snack on sweet potato chips or fries until lunch, and eat an entire pound of meat for dinner with lots of veggies on the side. Our bodies are used to eating more filling and calorie-filled food with less nutrients, like white flours and sugars, so when you begin eating without grains your body might still be trying to eat less food because it doesn’t want to get too much processed stuff. As you eat more nutrient rich food, your body will be able to eat more and you will get full off of less because your body is getting all of the nutrients it needs. It will also more naturally find your healthy weight and distribute your fats better. The first few weeks are hard though because it’s a huge adjustment for your body, but it might be good to eat rice for a little while then slowly switch to more starchy veggies and such. Let me know if that helps. I hope it does! Thanks again!

  2. Hi Sage,
    I think I have Leaky Gut Syndrome It’s so embarrassing and impacting my social life very effectively. I’m so gassy and constantly passing bubbly gas, feels like burning or sitting on hot air down there. The worst thing is that I can’t smell it but I know people around me can..I been having this problem ever since I was eating that fiber one cereals, bars and bread. I never had this problem in my life before. I took activated charcoal, culturelle, L-glutamine, beano, vitamins, peppermint oil, and dieting myself very much. Still, I can’t get rid of this problem. I skipped classes, even final exams when i was in college and recently quit my job. I went to doctor and prescribed me nexium, I took those and didn’t help me. Please help me, this is ruining my life. I even sometimes think about suicide..Would you please advice me what foods I should be eating to eliminate this darn embarrassing Leaky freaky syndrome!

    Thank you,
    John Blaire

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