Gut Health Formula | Repair the Leaky Gut

Ever heard of gut health, leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability and wondered what it all means? Wonder no more! This article will clarify that and a lot more about gut health.

Gut health is a commonly used term within the field of medicine and by the food manufacturers. It covers organs of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and their intrinsic functions. The most prominent of these organs are the stomach, the small intestines and the large intestines. We can talk of optimum gut health where there is good processing and retention of food, lack of ailments, stable intestinal microbiota, active immunity status, and a condition of wellness.image showing gut health 123

All of the above contribute to the functional status of the gut in the digestion and absorption of food and protection against diseases. To a larger extent, gut health relies on the diversity, the amount, and the balance of the microbial community of the host. This is known as the human microbiota and it includes bacteria, viruses and the fungi.

There is a very high number of microorganisms that reside in the human gastrointestinal tract, most being bacteria. Some are highly beneficial to health in more ways than one. Others, unfortunately, are to blame for various health conditions like infections, gastrointestinal discomfort, and some mental conditions.

This page is mainly about the relationship between the gut and probiotics (also known as gut flora) and a condition called leaky gut.



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Gut Health, Leaky Gut, and Probiotics

A leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a condition where the selective membrane of the small intestines can no longer block toxins from the colon to pass into the blood stream. When the toxins enter the blood they lead to a whole range of conditions like allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and colitis.

The main two causes of a leaky gut are an imbalance in the gut flora and constipation. A good, balanced ratio between the good and the bad bacteria in the gut should always be around 8:2. When the bad bacteria are more than the good bacteria problems such as an increase in intestinal permeability arise.

Signs and Symptoms of a Leaky Gut

Digestive Issues

When you think about the potential outcomes of undesirable gut microorganisms, digestive issues would be the primary thing that rings in mind. Doctors will recommend medical acid neutralizers to help individuals battling with these issues. We should note that those medications just address surface-level symptoms, not the actual problem. They don’t get to the underlying cause of the issue, which is an imbalance in the gut microbiota.

If you are managing any of the symptoms below, you may have a leaky gut:

  • Abdominal gas
  • Swelling
  • Indigestion/heartburn
  • Looseness of the bowels
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Mental Issues

Did you know that the condition of your gut could influence the well-being of your mind?

It’s valid! Medical researchers have discovered a link between the brain and gut, called gut-brain-axis. They believe that a disturbance in the normal functioning of the gut sends out signals that will have an effect on how the brain functions. The study concluded that individuals with specific psychological challenges tend to have poor gut health. Like I have mentioned earlier, the primary cause of poor gut health is an imbalance in the gut flora.

If you have any of these psychological issues, your gut microorganisms may be faulty:

  • Discouragement and tension
  • Cerebrum haze, also known as brain fog
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • A mental imbalance

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

A healthy gut is very important when it comes to the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. If your gut microscopic organisms are off balance, your body will have a hard time getting enough of all the essential vitamins and minerals. This may result in mineral and vitamin deficiencies that will manifest in specific ailments.

Below are some of the most common mineral and vitamin deficiency symptoms that you should look out for:

Vitamin K: is important for bone formation, heart health, and blood clotting. If you have a bleeding or bruising tendency you may need to consult your doctor for gut health assessment and other possible causes.

Vitamin B12: recurrent abdominal discomfort and anemia may be an indication of a deficiency in Vitamin B12.

Vitamin A: good for immune function and skin health. Deficiency symptoms include dry skin and hair.

Vitamin C: an antioxidant nutrient. Manifests in poor wound healing, bleeding tendencies, poor immunity, and dry skin.

Magnesium: one of the most important minerals. Symptoms of deficiency include fatigue, body weakness, and and loss of appetite.

Potassium: important for muscle functioning. Shortage of potassium in the body will result in muscle cramps and muscle weakness.

In case you experience any of these symptoms you may have a leaky gut. You will need to visit your physician to have a proper diagnosis. Note that other factors than poor gut health may cause these symptoms.

Uncontrolled, Long-term Stress

Stress can put you on edge and wear you down. Furthermore, it inflicts ruin on your gut to cause even more problems. Pressure from stress is inescapable, regardless of how hard we try to evade it. Most of the time it should not be an issue – until the point when you let it continue for a long time.

Uncontrollable stress raises blood cortisol levels; something that can prevent the gut from working well. If you’ve been worried for as far back as a couple of months without resolving the cause you are surely putting a strain to your gut.

Skin Conditions

There’s been a lot of confusion about skin conditions throughout the years. A lot of it originates from the common thought that the symptoms of a disease should show up in the location of the disease. For some skin conditions, the issue may not be with the skin itself. The cause may be a diseased gut, for example.

If you have any of these skin conditions, it could be because of an imbalance in the gut microorganisms:

  • Skin breaks out
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin inflammation

Immune System Diseases

Immune system illnesses can be hard to control because the body’s immune system is mistakenly attacking the body cells. Be that as it may, researches have discovered a connection between the auto-immune system and a leaky gut.

Below are some of the most common auto-immune diseases. If you suffer from any of them you should consider taking a closer look at the health status of your gut. Follow the recommendations later in this article. You never know, they may help.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Hashimoto’s Disease

How to Correct a Leaky Gut

I challenge anyone to make a move to improve the strength of their gut today!. It will go a long way stopping a variety of diseases from emerging in your life. It will also help you deal better with the health conditions you are already battling with right now.

We all have a few ailments that we deal with now and then. We come to accept some of them as a part of us that will never go away. What if that may not be true? What if all you need is a few lifestyle and diet changes?

I personally believe in the possibility of the impossible! I have a few personal stories to tell of the realization of the possibility of the seemingly impossible. But this here is not that. This is not a motivational rhetoric. Gut health, leaky gut, brain-gut-axis and probiotics are all a real part of a our lives that we can influence.

Prepared to begin today? Here is how you should start:

Keep away from toxins!

Fact: if you really want to develop a balanced gut microbiota you should stop eating poisonous food! Sadly, that is precisely what many people with the undesirable leaky gut do on regular basis. They proceed to eat and live in a way that kills their good gut flora, favors bad microbes, and destroys the potency of their gut lining. The vast majority of them don’t understand they’re doing it.

The following foods are not good for your gut and gut flora:

  • Acidic and spicy foods: They create unfavorable environment for good gut bacteria.
  • Sugar: Sugar is a good source of food for the bad bacteria.
  • Fried foods: Like sugar, fried foods nourish the bad bacteria
  • Processed Foods: The number one bad food capable of causing a lot of harm to your health. Good gut flora lives mostly on fiber, which passes through the gut undigested. Processed foods have little amount of fiber, if any.

The above relates closely to a Paleolithic diet, also called the caveman’s diet. The diet encourages eating organic, whole, and unprocessed foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meat, and fish. The emphasis is on avoiding pesticide-contaminated foods and refined foods.image showing gut health 125

  • Anti-infection agents: Efficiently utilized, anti-infection agents are one of the best advancements of present-day medicine. However, using them in a wrong manner can result in gut issues. True, antimicrobial medications do help us in killing infecting microorganisms.Yet they also kill a large number of the essential probiotics that are basic for our well being. Researches have shown that good gut flora wiped out by anti-infection agents cannot re-cultivate themselves. This is where taking prebiotics and probiotics as supplements becomes important.

Eat Fermented Foods

Keeping your distance from dangerous foods, environmental poisons like pesticides, and antibiotics is a good start. Yet, it is not nearly enough for ideal well being. Try to go further urging good gut microorganisms to flourish by eating fermented foods. Fermented foods have a high content of live gut microbes. Examples of fermented foods high in good live microbes include:

  • Yogurt: a fermented dairy product, has a high content of probiotics. Take note, though, that in some of the yogurt brands the microorganisms get killed during processing. Pay attention to the label.
  • Kefir: also a fermented drink, is made from adding kafir grains to milk.
  • Sauerkraft: Sauerkraft is a mixture of finely chopped cabbage that has fermented with lactic acid bacteria.
  • Tempeh: a fermented soy bean product eaten as a meat substitute.
  • Kimchi: a fermented spicy food made from vegetables, usually cabbage. It is rich in Lactobacillus, a lactic acid bacteria.
  • Kombucha: Kombucha is a fermented tea drink rich in good bacteria and yeast.


This article would not be complete if I did not share with you a recipe of at least one of the fermented probiotic foods. I have chosen pickles as they are relatively easier to prepare.

Here is how to prepare prebiotics rich pickles:

You will need the following:

  • 2 empty 1litre jars
  • 1 liter of water, filtered
  • About 10 cucumbers, shorter than the height of your jars
  • About 1 1/2 tablespoon of kitchen salt
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 cloves of sliced garlic
  • 1 Short cinnamon stick

Add other healthy natural spices as you please


  • Pour the water into one of the jars.
  • Add the salt.
  • Close tight and shake well to ensure all the salt dissolves.
  • Pour all the spices in the other jar.
  • Use a table fork to prick several holes into the cucumbers, all sides.
  • Now pack them into the jar with spices as tight as possible.
  • Pour in the salt/water mixture, ensuring that the cucumbers are well submerged.
  • Close the jar tightly and store in warm spot away from direct sunlight for 3 to 4 days.
  • Then move them to a cool place.
  • After at least 6 weeks your pickles should be well fermented and ready.
  • Make sure you store in a fridge after opening.

Be careful not to eat too much fermented foods in a short period of time, especially if you are not used to them. Start small, like a teaspoon or two daily and work your way up to allow your gut time to modify.

Take Probiotics Supplements

Besides taking fermented foods for re-introducing good bacteria into your gut, you can also achieve the same results by taking probiotics as supplements. Probiotic supplements contain live strains of gut-friendly bacteria. This is a comprehensive way of recolonizing your gut.

There is extensive variety of probiotic supplements available. Much the same as with gut microorganisms, some are superior to others. Here are some general rules to follow when looking to buy probiotic supplements:

  • If possible avoid the cheaper brands. You get what you pay.
  • Two good brands are Jarrow and Klaire Labs.
  • Ensure they’re concentrated. Dr. Gerstmar, a respected nutrition expert, suggests no less than 8 billion colony forming units per dosage.
  • Search for supplements that contain strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
  • The best prescribed probiotic: Biotrust Pro-X10

Deal with Your Stress

One other stand-out task to do to enhance your gut health is to make stress management a need. Among all the strategies I have mentioned there is not a single one guaranteed to deliver good results for everyone. The key is to try each of them until you find the one that works for you and stick to it. Setting aside a few minutes every day to deal with your stress will decrease irritation, bring down cortisol levels, and enhance your gut health.

More science is developing linking issues of the gut to other problems of the body and soul. Isn’t that exciting? That should be uplifting news to all of us! With good, relevant information and decisive follow-up action, you can improve your life throughout.

The formula for a stable gut is basic: stay away from harmful foods and substances, include fermented foods and probiotic supplements in your diet, and resolve personal challenges. It won’t occur without any forethought. However, it will happen. Changing your gut could conceivably be the initial step to improving your life.

Benefits of Prebiotics to Gut Health

Lastly, I will briefly mention just a few of the benefits of prebiotics to gut health. For a full discussion on prebiotic foods and gut health visit this page on our website. A prebiotic is a plant fiber that good gut flora lives on. Prebiotics support the growth and proliferation of the good bacteria.

Prebiotics Encourage Building Up of Good Gut Bacteria

Prebiotic foods have a kind of non-digestible dietary fiber that supports the development of essential intestinal flora. They provide nutrition for these life forms. Note that prebiotics are not alive as are probiotics.

They bring about a prebiotic impact leading to an expansion in the good bacterial community and a balanced gut microbiota. They reinforce the gut condition and give protection from attacking pathogens.

Note also that prebiotics are not easily affected by heat. This means that they do not get negatively affected during the cooking or heating process. This reassures us that they pass through the GIT unaffected and thus well preserved for the benefit of the gut flora.

I have listed ten main food sources of prebiotics below. Keep in mind that cooking, as mentioned above, does not reduce the prebiotic impact of these foods. Scientists even report that cooking onions expand their prebiotic estimation.

Chicory root

Chicory root is by far the most important among the prebiotic foods because of the high amount of fiber it has. Besides being a good source of fiber, chicory root is known for its toxicity to intestinal parasites such as worms. It contains inulin, a dietary fiber that can relieve constipation, raise bowel function, and support general gut health.

Chicory and chicory root products are widely available. Notable marketers of this prebiotic food include Vitacost and Amazon. It is packaged either as supplement or in ground form. Chicory leaves can be taken in their fresh raw form. Follow this guide to prepare chicory leaves.


This is one of the best natural home remedies around. It has been used over many centuries for its antimicrobial effects.

Garlic is a source of many nutrients, including a variety of vitamins and minerals. Over 17% of raw garlic is non-digestible fiber that probiotics live on.

Jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke is rich in inulin as well. It has a high content of minerals like potassium, copper, phosphorus, and thiamine.

If you have a sizable garden space, you should consider growing Jerusalem artichoke. It is fairly easy to grow and needs less of your time and attention growing up. Though, you may need to keep it restricted as it may overgrow and choke the other plants in your garden.

Jerusalem artichoke produces tubers that store their carbohydrate energy as inulin, unlike other plants that store energy as starch. You can use the tubers like you would use potatoes. Note though, that they taste a bit sweeter than potatoes.

Dandelion greens

Like the Jerusalem artichoke and the chicory root above, dandelion greens is also rich in inulin. Amazon is the main marketer of dandelion greens supplements.


Onion is another common prebiotic food (beside garlic) with a good amount of fiber. It also contains other nutrients that sets it apart from the other foods on this list.

It has organic sulfur compounds, chromium and flavonoids. However, some of these compounds get destroyed when onions are cooked.

Other important prebiotics include leek, asparagus, and bananas

Prebiotics Sustain Blood Sugar and Weight Control

I have mentioned on this page a type of carbohydrate called inulin. The human GIT can neither digest nor absorb this form carbohydrate. Inulin is present in most of the prebiotics discussed here. Concentration levels vary, though.

Inulin acts against unsaturated fats, improves digestion and also help to balance blood glucose levels by improving insulin production and efficiency.

Being a non-digestible fiber, it diminishes hunger by broadening satiation, and empowering weight reduction that is simpler to keep up.

Prebiotics work in association with the Probiotics for better health

The importance of probiotics to gut health is a relatively new thing. On the other hand, people have known the good of prebiotics and their benefits to health for centuries. Prebiotics, together with the best probiotics, open the entryway for a high level of gut health and general well being.

As prebiotic foods move through the stomach without being separated by either gastric acids or digestive catalysts, they bring about far-reaching effects to one’s health.

Prebiotics cooperate with probiotics to enable particular changes to occur in the arrangement and movement of the gastrointestinal framework. They assume a crucial part of protecting and maintaining gut health.

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