Leaky Gut Syndrome



What is Leaky Gut Syndrome - LGS?

Leaky Gut Syndrome - LGS is a possibly unpleasant sounding name but it describes a gut which is inflamed and has got very porous, (much more porous than it should be), and it is letting large food proteins, bacteria, fungi, metals and toxic substances straight into our blood stream or in more scientific language, an increase in permeability of the intestinal mucosa to luminal macromolecules, antigens and toxins associated with inflammatory degenerative and/or atrophic mucosal damage. Once in the blood stream our immune system is the last line of defense to deal with these substances and it will eventually get overwhelmed if a Leaky Gut is not rectified.


Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome

Our intestinal lining replaces itself approximately every 24 hours. This means that every cell that the lining is composed of is digested or sloughed off, and a new one grows to take its place. All this activity means the gut uses more blood when it is resting than any other organ but it is also the first to lose its blood supply when in a fight or flight situation, which is what stress is. If you have a lot of stress then your gut will always be starved for blood and the lining will be impaired.

The key and most common cause of Leaky Gut is Candida. Candida is a yeast-fungal organism that grows roots like a plant. These roots grow into and through your intestinal tract looking for food. These roots break through the intestinal lining and cause the leaky gut!


Other factors which cause or worsen Leaky Gut Syndrome are:

  • Alcohol and caffeine which irritate the gut wall, this includes cokes (diet and regular), chocolate, coffee, cocoa.
  • Contaminated foods, E. coli and other bacteria’s can develop due to poor food handling.
  • Chemicals found in processed and fermented foods (dyes and preservatives), wine, vinegar, soy sauce, tofu, etc.
  • A diet high in refined sugars and other carbohydrates (e.g. candy, cookies, sodas, processed foods and white bread).
  • Foods contaminated by parasites (pork, chicken, fresh water and hatchery fish).
  • Antibiotic use-this causes an overgrowth of fungi (yeast) in the gut due to the immune suppression that occurs.
  • Ingestion of animal products that have been given hormonal and antibiotic treatments.
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Diseases Caused By Leaky Gut Syndrome:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis,
  • Asthma,
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia,
  • Vasculitis,
  • Crohn's Disease,
  • Addison's Disease,
  • Lupus,
  • Thyroiditis.

Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Symptoms include arthritis, chronic fatigue, Candidiasis, bloating, food allergies, sinusitis, slow thought processes, headaches, lethargy, fluid retention, weight gain, diarrhoea and / or constipation, flatulence, IBS, food intolerance and many other gastric disturbances


Treatment and the Steps to a Non Leaky Gut.

  • Don't eat sugar, refined carbohydrates, coffee, fatty foods. Also foods such as are dairy, eggs, gluten grains (wheat, oats, rye), corn, beans (especially soy), and nuts can often cause problems and some people are allergic to garlic also. Exposure to a significant allergy can sabotage the treatment. A non-allergenic diet can be obtained by eating meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, potatoes, rice, millet, and fruits.
  • Avoid alcohol, especially unpasteurized beer which still has some yeast in it.
    Cleanse the gut of toxins.
  • Eliminate the candida yeast and its roots in your gut.
  • Eliminate any other parasites in your gut.
  • Provide the right diet and supplements so your body can repair itself.
  • Return the good bacteria to your gut. Probiotic supplements containing Lactobacillus and Bifido can be particularly effective, or eat acidophillus yoghurt if dairy products are OK.
  • Avoid NSAIDs if at all possible.
  • Exercise for half an hour each day. Brisk walking is good.
  • Drink pure water and lots of it!



Dietary Supplements to treat Leaky Gut Syndrome


Shark Liver Oil is a natural product that has great success with arthritis because it contains different substances that combat arthritis. It boosts the immune system with alkylglycerols, it has squalene in it which is an antioxidant, it contains vitamin E and omega 3 oils and combats Leaky Gut Syndrome which is at the bottom of so many cases of arthritis.

Other than occasional patient testimonials, however, evidence is weak that shark liver oil can cure serious diseases, such as AIDS, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and psoriasis. Many points suggest that Shark Liver Oils are very useful for helping to correct Leaky Gut Syndrome and many LGS sufferers have found this to be true, especially when taken in conjunction with treatments and regimes. 


Colostrum is made from the best quality New Zealand bovine colostrum. it helps support the immune function and growth factors and provides positive effects for health and well being.

Most people benefit from taking cow colostrum as an every day immune system enhancer, but in particular people suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome, Candida, Stomach Ulcers, Acne, Arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis as well as being much in demand by athletes for building muscle. Colostrum contains growth factors that help to slow the aging process in anybody who takes it. It also helps to stimulate wound healing, cartilage and nerve regeneration, which is helpful in cases of Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain Barre Syndrome and its variants.

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