Think you may have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

There's a good chance you might have Leaky Gut Syndrome if you're under stress, eat processed foods, have undergone vaccinations, or take drugs such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, antibiotics or steroids. Why? Because these toxic factors can alter the lining of the intestinal wall and result in increased intestinal permeability. In simple English.. this means that the gut lining erodes over time becoming too thin and porous and allows toxins, pathogens, food particles, and microorganisms to travel through to the circulatory system.

There are many other factors that could cause or aggravate a leaky gut. These include:

-drinking alcohol

-consuming caffeine

-diet rich in starchy carbohydrates and junk food



-mold and fungal mycotoxins

-deficiency in digestive enzymes

-birth control pills

-environmental toxins

The signs and symptoms

The symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome are many. They include: abdominal pain, heartburn, insomnia, bloating, anxiety, gluten intolerance, malnutrition, muscle cramps and pains, fatigue, weakness, and food allergies.

The final result of having a leaky gut is the malabsorption of nutrients and ultimately the development of an autoimmune disease.

Once these toxins, microbes, and undigested food particles have made their way through to the bloodstream they can start to adversely affect your immune system and create allergies such as lactose or gluten intolerances. Many health practitioners believe that Leaky Gut Syndrome is connected to, or the underlying cause of, many diseases and autoimmune disorders such as Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue, Celiac Disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's disease. Other disorders associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome are Candida, multiple chemical sensitivity, and psoriasis.

Just my thoughts...

I'm not a medical expert nor do I pretend to be. I'm a trained Colon Hydrotherapist with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. My goal is to share the knowledge I've gained through researching my own personal health struggles and those of my family and friends.

Unfortunately, my own experience has been that that most traditionally trained medical doctors are not trained to heal the underlying causes of disease. They've been taught to just treat the symptoms. Over time this leads to a band aid approach to health care with one drug being prescribed to treat the side effects of the last one. Eventually the band aid falls off and you're left with a festering wound. This is just my opinion and my personal experience with traditional healthcare. Yours maybe different if you're lucky. My point though is that we need to take responsibility for our own health and sometimes that requires doing a little research and thinking outside the box of 'mainstream medicine'. Many diseases and auto-immune disorders can be prevented or improved by maintaining good digestive health, reducing stress, and doing regular cleansing. This includes eradicating constipation by eating a proper diet (we recommend the 'Eat clean diet') and having regular colonics.

How to treat Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is not a recognized medical diagnosis and because of this there is no standard treatment. Typically physicians will treat the associated symptoms with drugs or surgery. More open minded or nutritionally focused doctors would offer a more holistic approach to treatment by suggesting dietary changes and supplementation.

Naturopathic doctor and Colon Hydrotherapist, Brenda Watson, makes the following treatment recommendations in her book 'Gut Solutions':

-Improve digestion by chewing your food thoroughly and avoiding drinking liquids with your meals.

-Proper food combining by eating proteins and carbohydrates separately and eating fruit on its own.

-Following the Candida Diet (eliminating all sugar, fruit, fermented foods, yeast products, starchy carbohydrates like bread and pasta, etc.)

-Take digestive enzymes, such as AIM PrepZymes and HCI/pepsin supplements before meals if stomach acid levels are low.

-Take a probiotic supplement, such as AIM FloraFood

-Take 3000-6000mg per day of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), such as AIMega

-Take L-glutamine powder with N-acetyl-glucosamine and gamma oryzanol on an empty stomach, 10,000-20,000mg

-B complex and antioxidant supplements

-Take a fiber supplement, such as AIM Herbal Fiberblend or Fiberbalance that has both soluble and insoluble fiber.

- We also recommend boosting your immune system and nourishing your body at the cellular level with vital nutrients by supplementing with whole food juice concentrates such as AIM Garden Trio

For more information about the AIM supplements that can support your digestive health, or to purchase, visit our Southwestern Ontario Colonics AIM Store.

If you suspect that your health issues could result from a leaky gut then it's important to take it seriously and be proactive. Improve your diet, take supplements to heal your intestinal tract and eliminate constipation...and keep your colon clean and functioning properly with colonics!

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