Leaky Gut Syndrome: The Effects of Poor Digestion - November 10th, 2010

Take action against a Leaky Gut!

  • Eat right for your Metabolic Type and be sure to include high quality organic, whole foods.

  • Avoid processed foods, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.

  • Chew your food properly – Digestion begins in the mouth.

  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and aid digestion.

  • Avoid foods that you think you’re allergic or intolerant to. 

  • Eat smaller meals more often, in accordance with your metabolic type.

  • Try adding foods with probiotics or other natural digestive enzymes to your diet. 

Making small changes and paying attention to how you’re feeling can really help your digestive system and help you to avoid Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) occurs when the lining of the intestine or gut wall has become more porous.   When the lining becomes weaker from LGS, toxins, bacteria, parasites, and undigested food waste are able to leak into the bloodstream.  LGS can cause a variety of illnesses, and, if left untreated, can cause life-threatening conditions. 




There are several components and causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome.  One major cause is lack of proper nutrition.  When you eat overly processed foods, or drink alcohol, caffeine, and sugary beverages, we are making our digestive tract weaker.  You’re making your digestive system work harder to digest these foods and ultimately the intestinal wall becomes inflamed and more porous. 


Using antibiotics, exposure to environmental contaminants and medication can also cause inflammation of the gut lining.  If you’re eating a diet high in refined foods and processed sugars, or even not chewing your food properly, it can contribute to LGS.  Stress is also a major cause of Leaky Gut Syndrome.  You need to pay attention to the stress in your life to minimize its impact on your digestion.

It’s important to keep in mind that 70% of your immune system is located around the digestive area.  The intestinal wall is designed to allow nutrients into the bloodstream and keep toxins out.   As your intestinal wall gets weaker, it becomes more and more difficult to keep the toxins out of the bloodstream.   If you’re suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome, your immune system is weakened. 

Leaky Gut Syndrome can be associated with the following health issues:

  • Stress

  • Autoimmune diseases & disorders

  • Acne

  • Allergies and food sensitivities, like Celiac disease and lactose intolerance.

  • Arthritis and inflammatory joint disease

  • Liver dysfunction

  • Environmental illnesses

  • Intestinal infections

Do you think you might be suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome? 

Look out for these typical signs:

  • Bloating, gas, excessive burping, and acid reflux

  • Pain in the abdominal area

  • Fatigue after eating

  • Constant hunger

  • Headaches

  • Neck, shoulder, middle and lower back pain

  • Sore joints and muscles

  • Food allergies or intolerance

If you want to avoid LGS, or improve your condition, you need to pay attention to the signs and symptoms, and take steps to address them.  Foremost is eating properly for your Metabolic Type, keeping hydrated and controlling stress.  Limit your intake of processed foods and alcohol.


 Gary Jasmin is a certified C.H.E.K. coach, practitioner and trainer. As part of his holistic approach to health and wellness, he can assist you in developing a healthy nutritional plan and determining your metabolic type. These will aid in solving any digestion issues. Click here for more information on nutrition counselling.