Once you’ve determined that you have a leaky gut, the next step is to cure it from the root. Aside from the natural methods of healing, there are plenty of supplements available out there that would really help speed up the process. Just be careful whatever product you choose as you wouldn’t want to spend money for nothing or worse, aggravate your condition. Don’t hesitate to ask questions from a certified healthcare practitioner when in doubt or ask some people who have taken supplements that have helped them cure their leaky gut syndrome. Below are just some of the supplements that have been known to expedite the healing process.
PROBIOTICS. These are good bacteria that thrive in the intestinal tract and keep it healthy by identifying pathogens and other foreign invaders in the body, assisting in the production of vitamins and preserving natural barriers among other things. Lactobacilli, the most common type of probiotics found in small intestines can improve leaky gut syndrome as well as eczema, a skin condition also known as atopic dermatitis as per the ‘Journal of Pediatrics’ article of 2004. Food sources include yogurt, raw kimchi, kombucha (tonic made from fermented tea) and more. These food items can be found in health stores and supermarkets. One important note: Always look at the labels especially when buying yogurt and make sure that they contain live and active cultures.
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES. When you have leaky gut, chances are your natural digestive enzymes are inadequately secreted or produced. Taking supplemental digestive enzymes will help digest protein, fats and carbohydrates—facilitating their absorption by the body. Betaine HCL is a digestive aid that is prescribed when there’s very little acid produced in the stomach; a medical condition known as Hypochlorhydria. However, since this digestive aid also contains the highly acidic compound HCL (Hyrdogen Chloride), this should only be taken when the stomach is full. Additionally, it’s recommended that this digestive aid be taken under the supervision of an experienced healthcare practitioner. There are also other alternatives out there in the market that are known as ‘Multi-enzyme’ products. Examples are alpha-galactosidase, bromelain, cellulose, papain etc. Before you choose any of these types of supplement, it’s best to consult your physician first.
GLA (GAMMA-LINOLENIC ACID). Since the leaky gut syndrome is caused by inflammation, GLA (a fatty acid primarily found in vegetable oils) is an ideal supplement because it has anti-inflammatory properties. GLA supplements are available in many forms including but not limited to borage seed oil, evening primrose oil and blackcurrant seed oil. Every oil preparation has a different GLA concentration so daily dosage varies from one product to another. Always read the directions carefully before taking them.
ALOE VERA. Research involving the active ingredients found in aloe vera has shown that they can boost the immune system, help heal diabetic ulcers and alleviate leaky gut among other things. People who have taken aloe vera in natural and synthetic forms have been known to have regular bowel movement, improved digestion and reduced number of harmful bacteria and yeast overgrowth in their gut. Aloe vera contains a myriad of healing elements such as enzymes, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and other substances that seal and heal the lining of the intestinal walls. Drinking aloe vera juice or taking supplements daily can really help in curing leaky gut. Just remember to take them moderately to prevent unwanted side effects.
GLUTAMINE. Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body, can help strengthen the gaps between cells thereby blocking undesirable substances to pass through and irritate nerve endings and interfere with regular immune system functions. Glutamine deficiency has been known to cause IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) according to ‘Medical News Today’ and has recommended a supplement of glutamine as a likely treatment for such condition. Glutamine is found in raw spinach and parsley and if you’re eating these foods on a regular basis, you might not need to take as much supplement as those who don’t eat them at all. Just start with a low amount (ideally 5 grams) and increase dosage whenever necessary.
Supplements are designed to aid the treatment and should not be in any way, shape or form used to replace it completely. They work best when the treatment for the leaky gut syndrome has already been implemented. They are there to boost and make the process more efficient. The number of products out there in the market might overwhelm you but a little bit of research goes a long way. After all, healing is a process and it requires careful planning and implementation. ‘Haste makes waste’ and if you’re ever planning to take supplements, a well-thought out approach is truly warranted.