I have been sharing our journey with my son's GI issues in hopes that it will help other families. Read more about our story here. In the video below I discuss Leaky Gut with our ARNP Lindsay Tuttle of www.integrativelindsay.com and she shares her tips for diagnosing and treating it. - Krystle K

How to Heal Leaky Gut

Probiotics

Needs be at least 20 billion CFU with lactobacilious and bifidobacterium

Collagen Peptides and/or Gelatin

1-2 tablespoons daily

Digestive Enzymes

Taken with each meal

Glutamine

Take 500mg daily (start lower and titrate up as needed)

Vitamin C

Take Camu Powder and/or Lypo-Spheric (1000mg daily)

Diet

Incorporate bone broth and fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, umeboshi plum). Remove sugar and all processed foods. Also make sure to check out:

-The Beginner’s Guide To The Autoimmune Protocol

-GAPS DIET

Candida Yeast Formula

Taken 3x daily to help kill off bacterial overgrowths and parasites

Stress

Cut down on stress. It is a big health factor! (Learn more about OAT Testing)

What is a leaky gut?

via Dr. Axe "IBS can result from the overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria in the small intestine, from food sensitivities and more, including lack of adequate healthy bacteria or probiotics, parasites in the gut, a zinc deficiency, inflammation, heavy metal toxicity and more.
Then there’s leaky gut syndrome, which also can have symptoms such as bloating, gas, cramping, pain, aches and food sensitivities. Unlike IBS and IBD—Inflammatory Bowel Disease including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and more—leaky gut syndrome isn’t as well known or as identifiable. What is known about leaky gut syndrome is that it is most likely caused by poor diet, excessive stress, toxic overload or bacterial imbalance. Leaky gut is also known for its uncomfortable symptoms and the idea that there is intestinal permeability or hyperpermeability—or areas in the lining of our intestines that are usually “tight knit” and won’t let harmful items such as toxins, unhealthy bacteria, food particles, GMOs and even gluten through that, instead, allow them to pass through the lining of the intestine into the bloodstream—spreading throughout the body to wreak havoc. In other words, the gut lining isn’t sealed properly so “bad things” pass through it when they shouldn’t. The result? A “leaky” gut that could not only be adversely affecting your gut health, but also other areas as well. In fact, leaky gut may very well be causing allergies, IBS, IBD, asthma, arthritis, bodily inflammation, other autoimmune diseases, skin problems, weight gain, headaches, energy slumps, metabolism slowdowns and more†—affecting literally thousands or millions of people. Some people don’t even realize that a leaky gut may be at the root of their symptoms, so it’s difficult to even begin to address the problem."