I’ve been talking a lot about leaky gut this week because it’s something that a lot of my patients have been bringing up in their appointments.
I think this is because leaky gut has been popping up a lot on social media and in articles, podcasts, etc.
I love that leaky gut is being brought into awareness because it’s a really important topic. And I think it’s something that affects a lot more people than realize it.
But I think there is some misinformation, so I wanted to talk about it.
If you want a good background post on leaky gut check out THIS blog post.
So we’re all on the same page let’s define leaky gut:
This is why I think leaky gut affects more people than realize it. A lot of the time leaky gut can be behind your symptoms even if you DON’T have any gut issues.
Let's talk about Kate.
Kate has been dealing with gut issues for at least 5 years. She has loose stool, bloating, pain, acne & is tired all of the time. She was motivated to book her appointment because she had been reading a lot about leaky gut, was pretty sure she had it, but didn’t know how to treat it.
Based on her symptoms it’s likely that Kate does have leaky gut.
As an aside, I also think most people who have issues with their gut, skin, hormones, energy, adrenals, or pretty much anything have leaky gut.
So the logical thing to do, and what Kate was asking for, is treat the leaky gut.
But this is not the right first step (at least in my opinion). And this is the mistake I see happen a lot when people try and treat themselves or even with other health practitioners.
They see leaky gut, or assume leaky gut and move straight to treating it.
The problem with this is that if you treat without figuring out the root cause of the leaky gut your symptoms will always come back.
Think of trying to plug the holes in a bucket while new holes are still being created. The leakiness continues. But if you first stop new holes from being created, then fix the holes the leakiness stops.
You need to spend time figuring out why the leaky gut happened in the first place and remedy those things before you move on to treatment of the leaky gut.
So this is what we did in Kate’s case.
First we identified and removed anything that may have been triggering her leaky gut.
In general the things that I look for are:
Once the cause of the leaky gut has been identified and remedied you can move your attention on to treating the leaky gut.
I really want you to understand that in order to fully fix your leaky gut you need to first understand why it’s happening and correct that before you even consider treating the leaky gut. I see so many people that are frustrated because treatment hasn’t worked in the past for them, and I think in a lot of these cases it’s because the root cause hasn’t been addressed.
If you need help fixing your leaky gut you can get started here: