The problem with leaky gut syndrome is that it isn’t one of those conditions that is self-limiting. Self-limiting means that over time it will correct itself. An example of a self-limiting problem is a cut on your lip. Even if you need a stitch or two it tends to heal up very quickly without any special measures. Once the zonulin production pathway is activated and fragments of food or other particles find their way to the blood stream, they start an antibody cascade that further increases zonulin production and activation. Some of these products will also find their way to your brain and attach to opiate receptors and increase your cravings for the very foods that are causing you problems.
How are you going to fix leaky gut syndrome? The first steps are discovering and eliminating the foods that are causing the problem. Several labs have antibody panels for this, including Alcat and Cyrex. We also like the Cyrex Labs Array 2 that checks for zonulin and related gut permeability molecules. Common offender foods are gluten-containing grains, dairy, soy and sugar.
Supplements can speed the healing process. The key with your supplement program is to be very patient. We recommend starting with the NeuroScience NEI Barrier Repair Kit. We recommend this because it is gentle as well as effective. The NEI Barrier Repair Kit consists of a bottle of Barrier Repair herbal formula and probiotics. We recommend using this starter kit for a few months. Many people find that this approach is so effective that they just stay on it. NeuroScience: NEI GI Repair Kit has been excellent.
Other complementary factors such as turmeric, glutathione, vitamin D and fish oil will help provide an environment favorable for healthy changes. Health Resources: Probiotic Basics.
Once the barrier begins to repair, other factors that have been known to help barrier repair might be appropriate. This would include things like L-glutamine, Proper fish hydrolyzed proteins, NAG (N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine, gamma-linolenic acid, gamma-oryzanol and maybe some phosphatidylcholine. I don’t recommend starting here, however. Use the prickly pear, guar gum seed and marshmallow root formula from the NEI product first.
How do you deal with leaky gut syndrome? Share your story with us in the comments!