Leaky Gut Syndrome

If you have multiple intolerances or allergies, you most likely have leaky gut syndrome. With a naturopathic approach, it’s possible to nourish our intestinal mucosa cells (enterocytes) and remove the irritants and foods that cause intolerance and maintain the leaky gut. For 20 years now, we have specialized in the support and relief of symptoms arising from a hyperpermeable intestine.


Hyperpermeable bowel, also known as leaky gut syndrome, is a term that describes a condition in which the lining of the intestine becomes more permeable than normal. This means that harmful substances can pass through the intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream, triggering a variety of health problems, such as food intolerances and allergies, as well as skin and breathing disorders. In this article, we’ll explore these aspects of the hyperpermeable gut and provide universally accessible information on how to manage them.

Food intolerances and allergies

The hyperpermeable gut can contribute to the development of food intolerances and allergies. When the intestinal wall is damaged, undigested food substances, such as proteins, can pass through the intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream. The immune system can then overreact to these substances, triggering allergic reactions or symptoms of intolerance.
Symptoms of food intolerance and allergy can range from gastrointestinal problems (such as upset stomach, bloating, diarrhea) to respiratory symptoms (such as nasal congestion, asthma) or skin symptoms (such as rashes, eczema). Management of food intolerances and allergies linked to hyperpermeable gut generally involves eliminating trigger foods from the diet and gradually introducing certain foods to assess reactions.

Skin disorders

Hyperpermeable gut can also be linked to skin disorders such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions. When harmful substances enter the bloodstream through the damaged intestinal wall, they can trigger inflammation at various levels of the body, including the skin.
The relationship between hyperpermeable gut and skin disorders is not fully understood, but studies suggest that systemic inflammation caused by foreign substances can aggravate existing skin symptoms or trigger new conditions. In some cases, improving gut health and reducing inflammation through dietary and lifestyle changes can help alleviate skin problems.

Breathing disorders

Breathing disorders, such as asthma or respiratory allergies, can also be associated with hyperpermeable gut. When allergenic or irritant substances enter the bloodstream through the damaged gut, they can trigger an inflammatory response in the airways, causing symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, sneezing or nasal congestion.
Managing breathing disorders related to hyperpermeable gut can include measures such as avoiding known allergens, reducing inflammation in the body through dietary and lifestyle changes, and taking medications prescribed by a healthcare professional to control respiratory symptoms.

General advice

To promote intestinal health and reduce excessive gut permeability, here are some general tips:
Eat a balanced, high-fiber diet that includes vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains.
Limit consumption of processed foods, foods high in sugar and fat, and alcohol.
Encourage the consumption of probiotic foods, such as yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut, to support healthy intestinal flora.
Avoid chronic stressors and incorporate stress management techniques into your daily routine, such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing.
Stay well hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day.
Consult a healthcare professional for advice and recommendations tailored to your individual situation.

In conclusion

Hyperpermeable bowel is a condition that can be associated with food intolerances and allergies, as well as skin and breathing disorders. Management of these problems often involves dietary changes, stress reduction measures and appropriate skin care. If you suspect a problem with hyperpermeable bowel, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional who can assess your specific situation and guide you toward the best treatment options. Taking care of your intestinal health can help improve your overall well-being.

See also: Preventing and relieving leaky gut syndrome 

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