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What Helps Repair Leaky Gut?

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Your intestinal wall is a force field that defends against many harmful substances such as environmental toxins, bacteria, food, and microbes. In fact, 80% of your immune cells live underneath the lining of your intestinal tract.

Research has shown that the cause of many immune reactions is due to a compromise in the integrity of the gut barrier. This intestinal barrier permeability is also known as leaky gut syndrome. And this eventually leads to autoimmune disease, a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks itself.

So, what are some things that can help to repair leaky gut? If you think you have intestinal permeability issues or a leaky gut, these are the first four steps you can take to seal and heal your gut:


Change your diet to remove offending toxins, infections, and inflammatory foods.

Eliminate processed foods, alcohol, bad fats, caffeine, sugar, soy, dairy, and gluten. Try an elimination diet or take a food sensitivity test to help identify foods that cause reactions. Take a GI detox drink such as Opti-Tox Liver and GI Cleanse to remove toxins and reduce inflammation. Reduce stress and increase blood flow to your injured intestines through exercise.

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Repair your adrenal glands which produce a substance called secretory IgA. Secretory IgA is your gut’s first line of mucosal immune defense. A simple saliva test can determine the health of your adrenal glands.

Repair and support your hormone and neurotransmitter levels. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin are actually produced in the gut as well as the brain.

There are two diets (Paleo and GAPS diet) that have been shown to help heal the gut, reduce inflammation, and reduce or eliminate symptoms of autoimmunity. Both remove common allergens and inflammatory agents that weaken the gut lining. Both are gluten-free, and both recommend removing processed foods from your diet.


Restoring the beneficial bacteria is crucial for recovery. Taking a good probiotic such as Tri Flora, which contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces Boulardiiis, and Bifidobacterium can help restore the balance between the good and bad bacteria. Bad bacterial overgrowth is often the starting point for intestinal decline.

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Try including homemade bone broth into your diet and eating fermented foods. Increasing your intake of fermented foods helps restore beneficial microbes into your gastrointestinal tract.


Replace the good gut microbes that might have been affected by poor digestion and absorption, such as pancreatic digestive enzymes, bile acids, and hydrochloric acid. Supplements such as Leaky Gut Repair powder by IP Formulas that contains L-Glutamine, licorice, Aloe Vera and Arabinogalactan. Also try adding Super EPA omega, which reduces inflammation. These can help with the healing process.

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While there is no sure way to “cure” these issues, an improved diet lower in fried and overly sugary foods certainly will help.

We hope this helps start you on the path towards healing.

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Meet Dr. Dave

Dr. David Scheiderer MD, MBA, DFAPA, is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Education for Integrative Psychiatry, Inc. 

An accomplished clinician, educator, and lecturer, Dr. Dave has established himself as a key opinion leader in the fields of both mainstream psychiatry and functional medicine. Dissatisfied with the patient outcomes using only conventional treatments, he began treating his patients by addressing biological imbalances with lifestyle improvements, nutrition and nutraceuticals to get better outcomes. His integrative approach provided much improved results. Dr. Dave is passionate about helping the community he serves by personalizing treatments and educating the public about mental health and healthy aging. He has formulated several of our supplements and sat on the advisory board for many others, ensuring the products we carry are based on science and experience and have the best efficacy rates and highest ingredient quality available.

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