5 Remedies for Leaky Gut

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on
Jars full of fermented food. Fermented foods are a great remedy for leaky gut.

Digestion is a complex process with many moving parts and there are many steps along the way for something to go wrong. One of the more increasingly common disorders is a condition known as “leaky gut.” Leaky gut, otherwise known as intestinal hyperpermeability, is when perforations develop and allow undigested food and toxins to pass back into the body. Sound like a problem? It is. Leaky gut can be the starting point for anything from food intolerances to inflammatory bowel disease. If leaky gut is a problem for you, you have options, and here are five to get you started.

1. Water

One of easiest things you can do to defend against leaky gut is to stay well hydrated. Chronic dehydration causes constipation. This, in turn, allows bacteria to linger and inflame the intestinal lining, leading to—you guessed it—leaky gut.

2. Probiotics

Your gut is home to lots of bacteria—good and bad. Sometimes an imbalance can occur and the bad bacteria can take hold. When that happens, regaining balance is of vital importance. A probiotic supplement can help replenish the good guys and soothe and calm an unsteady gut environment.[1]

3. Digestive Enzymes

Taking digestive enzymes before eating a meal is an excellent way to help ensure your food is properly digested, lessening the chance that partially digested food will cause more harm to your body. In addition, studies also suggest digestive enzymes can help encourage a healthy bowel environment.[2]

4. L-Glutamine

L-glutamine is an essential amino acid with anti-inflammatory properties that works by coating cell walls and protecting against irritants. Studies suggest it could aid in the repair and growth of the intestinal lining and reduce some of the problems associated with leaky gut.[3]

5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is another way to combat inflammation. Some research even suggests omega-3s could work to alleviate symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.[4] There are a couple ways to get more of this nutrient; you could consider a supplement, or simply eat more fatty fish, like salmon. If you’re a vegan or concerned about some of the aspects of eating fish, that, of course, limits your options.

Is leaky gut currently a problem for you? Have you tried any of these five remedies, or do you have another to share? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

References (3)
  1. West, N. P. et al. Probiotic supplementation for respiratory and gastrointestinal illness symptoms in healthy physically active individuals. Clinical Nutrition. 33 (4).
  2. Olendzk, B. C. et al. An anti-inflammatory diet as treatment for inflammatory bowel disease: a case series report. Nutrition Journal. 13.
  3. Rapin, J. R. & Wiernsperger, N. Possible Links between Intestinal Permeability and Food Processing: A Potential Therapeutic Niche for Glutamine. Clinics (Sao Paulo). 65 (6).
  4. Simopoulos, A. P. Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Inflammation and Autoimmune Diseases. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 21 (6).

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • L. A. McDonough

    I mix one to two T raw vinegar in 6 oz water with main meal and do all of the above.

  • Synickel

    This is a good selection of helpful remedies. One note I would make is that for a probiotic to work for these problems, it should also contain soil based organisms. For some reason, they are a catalyst for effectiveness.

  • Tony

    Thanks for the awesome article.

    Can you please suggest quantities/dosage as well and links to your products — makes it easy to get to the products vs. going to the links provided and then onto the product link in those articles.


  • Hortense

    AVOID GLUTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    6-years gluten free, diverticulosis apparently gone, feel completely healthy.

  • Roxana

    In watching “the truth about cancer” someone was mentioning that L-Glutamine/ Glutamine/ Glutamate (or any from their family) is not all that good for you (to put it in nicer terms) and that there are other ways of treating leaky gut without the use of Glutamine. So what else would replace or help heal the gut to heal??? Need to get on gut healing program, but gathering information first then I will get into a program. Until then I take enzymes, avoid sugar and gluten, coconut butter, kombutcha tea, kefir water and fermented vegetables. What time frame should I look at with the leaky gut healing program? How long until my gut is healthy and I can have a smoothie? Thank you for concidering my question

  • Ak

    Hi! Love your articles. However, I would like to point out that fish get their omegas from algae so vegans are safe in that area if they incorporate that kind of algae or take supplements derived from these algae into and along with their diet. I felt a little bad reading thT part dismissing vegans and the apparent presumptive lack of choice . Just thought I’d correct that notion by sharing this information with you guys . Keep em coming ! Good job with these articles I look forward to them. Blessings!

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