The Leaky Gut - Institute of Naturopathic Wellness

The Leaky Gut

Are you not feeling like yourself? Perhaps you have bloating or cramps, are always tired, have sensitivities to certain foods, or suffer from headaches and overall body pain. Any combination of these symptoms can get you down and make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.

If this describes how you feel, you could have a leaky gut. Many suffer from leaky gut symptoms but can’t pinpoint the root cause, which is why I want to answer the most common questions about Leaky Gut Syndrome.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

After you eat food, your body absorbs the proper nutrients through your small intestine. When your gut is healthy, it is designed with cells that line up like a watertight fence so that only what should cross the barrier, is allowed to cross.

However, with Leaky Gut Syndrome, antigens can leak through these walls by way of inflammation. Antigens are proteins that are seen as “foreign invaders,” and when they come in contact with your bloodstream, your immune system can get confused. When this happens, your immune system and white blood cells can attack themselves, causing those horrible symptoms we mentioned earlier, and even lead to an auto-immune disease.

These diseases can include: Hashimoto’s (thyroid disease), multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, alopecia (loss of hair) or vitiligo (loss of skin pigment).

Why Does It Happen?

If you have sensitivities to certain foods, like glutens in grains (wheat, spelt, rye, barley) and casein found in dairy (even lactose-free), the proteins in these foods can actually cause irritation in your gut and intestines. When irritation occurs, that “wall” in your small intestines can actually weaken, allowing for the antigens to enter the bloodstream. The proteins in these foods can actually cause irritation in your gut and intestines. When irritation occurs, that “wall” in your small intestines can actually weaken, allowing for the antigens to enter the bloodstream.

Because of this, the irritation in your gut can worsen, making your symptoms more severe. If the issue continues unattended, it is possible that this can develop into an autoimmune disease, which can make you ill.

Is There Anything I Can Do?

Yes! The study of naturopathic wellness suggests that by taking the proper supplements, you can encourage your body to become balanced once again. For instance, L-glutamine can be beneficial when trying to repair your inflamed intestines, as it an essential amino acid, fueling the cells of the small intestine. Other supplements such as aloe juice, digestive enzymes and probiotics can also promote self-healing with Leaky Gut Syndrome.


Be mindful of the dosage, as well as the brand you take, as some over the counter supplements can do you more harm than good. The products in my cabinet are from a health professional line of advanced nutraceutical supplements, called nutraMextrix®, which are formulated using the latest researched ingredients and industry-leading best practices.

What’s in Dr. Sheryl’s Cabinet?

Aloe Juice
Aloe Juice has properties which can help buffer the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract and reduce damage done by acids. Most importantly, I choose nutraMetrix® Ultimate Aloe Juice for my cabinet, because it contains a certain number of active ingredients — three times more polymers than aloe gel and 50 percent more active components than is required to achieve maximum benefits by being consumed orally. Many Aloe products on the market can be diluted with water and don’t have enough active ingredients to be effective.
Digestive Enzymes
When taken with meals, digestive enzymes can also be helpful as they can assist in breaking down our foods, making them easier to digest and maximizing the potential to absorb nutrients. The digestive supplement I use is Isotonix® nutraMetrix® Digestive Enzyme Formula with Probiotics.
Important to gut health, probiotics can encourage your body to help restore friendly bacteria, which can be a root cause of an unhealthy gut and Leaky Gut Syndrome. NutraMetrix® Nutriclean® Probiotics have the key strains that will allow for the friendly bacteria in your system to find balance once again.
If you have more questions about how to support your body during Leaky Gut Syndrome, or about naturopathic wellness, please Schedule A Wellness Consultation.


Dr. Sheryl Duchess , N.D., M.H., Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Master Herbalist, Public Speaker, Educator

Dr.Sheryl is certified naturopathic doctor who is dedicated to educating and helping people find a more natural approach to wellness. She explains the root cause of disease and shares the secrets of a naturopath through her wellness course, videos, and mentoring opportunities.

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