Leaky gut

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

Maya Angelou

More and more it is being understood by the public and by medical people that the gut is the gateway to health. When your gut is healthy, chances are that you are healthy too.

So, having a heathy gut and eating healthily are key to your good health. But you could be eating very healthy foods, and your gut is not helping you to process it in a healthy way.

There is a condition called leaky gut that can lead to a host of health problems. (You can read some websites like Wikipedia which will deny the existence of leaky gut syndrome and ridicule those who believe in it. But with each passing day, and from personal experience, I shun the naysayers.)

What is a leaky gut?

The gut (gastrointestinal tract) is the long tube that starts at the mouth and winds its way till

it ends at the back passage (anus). That’s a lot of tube.


When we eat, food passes down the gullet (oesophagus), to the stomach, then to the small

intestine. The small intestine has three sections - the duodenum, jejunum and ileum. The

duodenum is the first part of the small intestine and curls around the pancreas creating a

c-shaped tube. The small intestine is where food is digested and absorbed into the bloodstream.

Further on is the rectum. Stools (faeces) are stored in the rectum and pushed out through the

back passage (anus) when you go to the toilet.

The large intestine absorbs water and contains food that has not been digested, such as fibre.

Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that affects millions of people and most

are unaware of it. Leaky gut syndrome does not only affect the digestive system but lead to

many other health conditions… the cause of your food allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid

disease, autoimmune conditions and slow metabolism could be down to leaky gut. The main

causing culprits are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut.


Other inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar and excessive alcohol, are also

highly suspect. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins come in the form of medications, like Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, and acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics. Stress and age also contribute to a leaky gut.

The gut is naturally permeable to allow only the smallest of molecules, vital nutrients from foods, to be absorbed.

In sensitive people, gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining, therefore affecting your gut. Other factors — such as infections, toxins, stress and age — can also cause these tight junctions to break apart. Once these are broken, you have a leaky gut, a gut that leaks toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more from your intestines which then travel throughout your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system identifies these as "foreign invaders" (pathogens) and attacks them. The immune response (the body’s way of letting you know you have problems) to these invaders can appear in the form of any of the nine signs you have a leaky gut, which are listed below.

if you suffer from any of the following conditions, it’s likely that you have a leaky gut:

Signs You May Have a Leaky Gut (intestinal permeability or hyperpermeability)


  • Acute inflammation conditions (sepsis, SIRS, multiple organ failure)

  • Allergies

  • Autoimmune disease – eg rheumatoid arthritis, gout, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, Type I diabetes, or celiac disease

  • Candida

  • Celiac disease

  • Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia

  • Chronic inflammatory conditions (such as arthritis)

  • Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

  • Food allergies or food intolerances

  • Gastric ulcers

  • Gout

  • Hormonal imbalances such as PMS (Pre-menstrual syndrome)  or PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)

  • Infectious diarrhoea

  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis)

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD (Attention deficit disorder) or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity dirsorder), irritability

  • Obesity

  • Obesity-related metabolic diseases (fatty liver, Type II diabetes, heart disease)

  • Oesophageal and colorectal cancer

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Respiratory infections

  • Seasonal allergies or asthma.

  • Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.


A conventional doctor may attempt to treat the above diseases individually – you need to treat the cause, potentially, leaky gut. So if you have genital candida it is not enough to just rub on some cream or swallow a pill; unless you treat the gut, and the cause e.g. perhaps too much sugar, the infection will return.



How do you heal a leaky gut?

You could research The Myers Way comprehensive elimination diet , which removes toxic and inflammatory foods for a certain period of time.

Or you could ...

Research… as with everything on this website, take responsibility and do your own research on anything and every word you do not understand to do with leaky gut

Remove…remove things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract, such as inflammatory and toxic foods, and intestinal infections.

Replace…replace the bad with good. Add essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption, such as digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids.

Restore …restore beneficial bacteria (probiotics eg)   to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria.

Repair…repair the gut with essential nutrients    It’s essential to provide the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself.


Metaphysical healing









Metaphysical healing means going beyond the physical – considering things beyond just physical signs and symptoms, exploring the reasons “why” and the causes.


How might we describe the personality or behaviour of the person with leaky gut syndrome? Does any of the following describe you?


  • Fears chaos NB  not only dislikes chaos but actually fears it

  • Needs to be in control, keep charge of everything

  • Losing control means they lose energy, life force, they give their power and energy away

  • Everything needs to be nice, in order, tidy

  • If playing sport with you, would need to win, play and fun become competitive

  • Needs to be the perfect, practical parent

  • Finds it difficult to express their creativity and yet …

  • …is angry that they cannot express their creativity

  • Stuck in the past …NB the word stuck (what is constipation, stuck poo is not healthy!)

  • Finds it difficult to do new things and do things in new ways, stuck in old ways of doing

  • They’ve stopped learning and growing

  • Life is shallow and superficial, has no richness, depth or has little meaning


  1. Bad things happen to me

  2. Bad things happen to good people

  3. I am no good so bad things happen anyway

  4. Chaos is not good, in fact it is dangerous  (actually chaos is often the precursor to something good)

  5. Everything I do I fail at

  6. Feelings are dangerous too

  7. Good people never win

  8. If good happens to me, it gets taken away

  9. I am angry at ….

  10. I am a disappointment

  11. I am going to die

  12. I am lost

  13. I am poor

  14. I’m not good enough

  15. It’s my fault (if bad things happen)

  16. I don’t deserve abundance, good to happen,

  17. I  don’t know how to play

  18. Life is meaningless when things fall apart

  19. I have to win

  20. If I don’t win, I am a loser

  21. I must never give in, or stop

  22. I have to be in control in order to be safe

  23. If I have money, it goes as quickly as it comes

  24. Nothing I do ever works

  25. Play and having fun are just wasting time

  26. Work before play


Healing metaphysically


If any of the metaphysical personality descriptions or beliefs resonate with you, you might usefully make a list of them, then over time, bit by bit, deal with them.


And you could also think about this. Do you need to

  1. Play more

  2. Have more fun

  3. Complete things

  4. Live in the now instead of regretting the past and fearing the future

  5. Learn to enjoy life

  6. Allow for the flow of the universe and not have to control everything or everyone

  7. Allow more joy into your life

  8. More happiness

  9. Let go of criticism and anger

  10. Be more authentic, be more the real you

  11. Be grateful …for every tiny thing in your life

  12. Appreciate abundance

  13. Learn to forgive

  14. Meditate to find inner

  15. Be more compassionate – beginning with yourself

  16. Change what and how you eat

  17. Eat foods to repair and nourish the gut (see here)






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