The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb vital nutrients. Leaky gut, which is also known as the incease in intestinal permeability, happens when the tight junctions in the gut, which control the passing through of substances thrrough the lining of the small intestine have broken down. This result in leaking of bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested foods, and waste that are not normally absorbed to the body via the stomach bloodstream. This will trigger an autoimmune reaction, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as excessive gas and cramps, abdominal bloating, fatigue and autoimmunity disorders.
Gluten is the main cause of leaky gut by triggerring the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining. Other factors such as toxic foods, infections and inflammation, certain drugs and stress can cause tight junctions to break apart too.
For people who are at risk of leaky guts syndrome, staying away from grains that contain gluten like wheat. Besides, go out for outdoor activities to control your stress because stress can weaken the immunity system over time which can weaken our ability to fight against bacteria and viruses. This could lead to inflammation and leaky gut. Toxins that can cause leaky gut are antibiotics, aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and pesticide. Pesticide can be found in genetically modified organisms which can harm the good bacteria in our gut, resulting in inflammaion of our gut, leading to leaky gut.
Supplements that contains L-glutamine, probiotcs, digestive system enzymes, aloe vera juice and quercetin can be beneficial for your digestive system. L-glutamine can help to rebuild and repair the gut lining which keeps your gut lining strong while probiotic helps to re-colonize the gut with healthy bacteria. Supplement that contain digestive enzymes can support digestive system and promote nutrient absorption by aiding in the breaking down of food into smaller molecules. Plant-derived mineral supplements can also contribute to effective gut healing. Fish oil can reduce inflammation as it contains essential fatty acids EPA/DHA.
Last but not least, essential oils of ginger and peppermint can soothe intestinal inflammation and support the healing of leaky gut. Take 2 drops of the essential oil orally with a glass of water. You can also mix 3 drops of essential oils with coconut oil and rub over abdomen two times a day.