Leaky gut or increased intestinal permeability is a condition in which the tight junctions between the cells of the intestinal walls loosen up and allow undigested food particles and toxins to leak into the bloodstream.

This causes widespread inflammation and can trigger an immune response, leading to food sensitivities, low immune system and skin issues.  

The condition often manifests with digestive symptoms such as chronic diarrhea or constipation, bloating, flatulence… Although there is still discussion whether a leaky gut is a symptom or a disease, it often goes along with conditions such as autism, type 1 diabetes, depression, skin inflammation and asthma.

If you are suffering from symptoms associated with leaky gut, I will help you address them in a holistic manner, with dietary and lifestyle modifications that will restore your gut integrity and help you reverse associated health issues.

Find the cause!

Most common causes of leaky gut are:

  • diets high in processed foods and excessive sugars
  • some lifestyle habits such high alcohol consumption
  • chronic stress
  • bacterial dysbiosis
  • certain medications and
  • chronic inflammation.

As with other digestive conditions, leaky gut often develops with the combination of two or more of these factors. In some people food compounds (such as gluten, lectins, casein, fructose) and food additives can also influence tight junctions between the cells in the gut and weaken their bonds. Finding and addressing the cause must therefore be the first step in the treatment of leaky gut.

Manage your leaky gut!

I will work with you to achieve gut health through dietary and lifestyle modifications. The dietary management of leaky gut includes a diet promoting digestive health and a balanced microbiome while avoiding certain proteins and foods that may cause inflammation. Following this diet, you will strengthen the tight junctions between the cells of your intestinal walls and reduce the widespread inflammation.

I will support you with meal ideas, recipes and lifestyle recommendations to ensure the treatment has as little effect as possible on your daily life. We will also address any leaky gut associated conditions with a diet and lifestyle related treatment plan.