Leaky Gut Syndrome and Why It Could Be Important To Your Skin

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Psoriasis and Lichen Sclerosus both have long been known to react to foods as triggers. Part of the reasoning has been that the person is sensitive or allergic to a specific food and the immune system responding to deal with the food entering the body has then allowed the skin condition to flare up as the immune system has become overtaxed. A year ago I first learned about a medical syndrome that can be linked to triggering or worsening the symptoms of auto-immune skin conditions as well. It is called a Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS). Leaky Gut Syndrome is very much also about foods having a key impact on skin health, but it goes deeper than just a “sensitivity verdict”, it explains why our bodies react to certain foods, ie why you have food sensitivities and what they can have an impact on and how. Basically the theory is that in an unhealthy intestine certain things can “leak” into the bloodstream, and the right diet can help heal the intestinal walls so that this leaking cannot occur and cause symptoms such as flare up of skin conditions, among other things.

Dr John O.A. Pagano defines Leaky Gut Syndrome as ” the name given to a very common health disorder in which the basic organic defect is an intestinal lining which is more permeable than normal. The abnormally large spaces present between the cells of the gut wall allow the entry of toxic material into the bloodstream that would, in healthier circumstances, be repelled and eliminated. The gut becomes leaky in the sense that bacteria, fungi, parasites and their toxins, undigested protein, fat and waste normally not absorbed into the bloodstream in the healthy state, pass through the damaged hyperpermeable, porous or leaky gut.”


So what can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome? Dr William Cowden’s theory is that it is eating the diet wrong for you (note, you could be eating healthy foods, but they still might not be the right foods for you) that leads to it, especially by fostering the overgrowth of candida albicans (yeast), which then forms a fungal growth that weakens the intestinal wall. Dr Pagano agrees, although he adds certain illnesses and chemicals to the list of causes as well, and maintains the best chance of healing psoriasis or eczema is trough healing your leaky gut with the right diet. Meaning a life long change in eating habits.

Specific causes: NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), ingestion of allergic foods, poor diet over a long period of time, stress, smoking, chronic constipation, alcohol, ingestion of offending chemicals, trauma and endotoxins, HIV infection, intestinal infection, maldigestion, alcoholism, aging, deficient SLGA, and giardiasis.

Poor diet is specifically defined as one that is high in acidic reactionary foods, saturated fats (including red meat), and inflammatory foods such as nightshades, yeast, grains and sugars.

General Symptoms Associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome

– fatigue and general malaise                     – abdominal pain                     – food intolerances

– diarrhea                                                       – abdominal distention           – shortness of breath

– skin rashes                                                  – memory deficits                     – poor exercise tolerance

Stages of an Inflamed Gut

1. An inflamed gut does not absorb nutrients and foods properly, creating fatigue and bloating

2. Large particles get absorbed to the bloodstream, creating food sensitivity or allergies, and new symptoms within organs, f.ex. arthritis and fibromyalgia may be triggered by LGS

3. gut inflammation causes carrier protein damage so nutrient deficiencies continue and cause additional symptoms such as magnesium deficiency induced muscle spasm

4. When the detox pathways that line the gut are compromised, chemical sensitivity can arise. The inflammation also stresses the liver, making the body less able to handle everyday chemicals.

5. Your body starts lose its ability to effectively ward off bacteria, viruses and yeasts like candida.

6. When the lining is inflamed, bacteria and yeasts can translocate, meaning they can set up infection anywhere else in the body.

7. Worst symptom is the formation of antibodies. Sometimes these leak across and look similar to antigens on our own tissues. Consequently, when an antibody is made to attack it, it also attacks our tissue, which is probably how autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, lichen sclerosus, lupus and thyroditis can start.

How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

It is simple yet not easy: remove, replace, reinoculate and repair. Many people have reported significant improvement of symptoms, especially for psoriasis but also for eczema and lichen.

1. calm down the inflammatory process that has taken place

2. eliminate or greatly reduce the damage done

3. reinoculate or reseed with beneficial bacteria

4. build up liver function

5. prescription options such as Deflucan to decrease yeast (discuss with your doctor)

I’ll write a separate post on the details of what foods and supplements are generally recommended.



One Cause, Many Ailments by Dr John O.A. Pagano

Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative by Dr John O.A.Pagano



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Category: Eczema, Food and Skin, Lichen Planus, Lichen Sclerosus (LS), Psoriasis, Supplements and Skin

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