This is my 1st post on this forum. I wanted to post in this thread first because leaky gut is a topic of high importance to me - it has caused me a LOT of troubles for many many years.
Like JimmyLegs I do not take any medicine. Whole foods and natural supplements are what you need to treat this condition - medicines will only make it worse.
jimmylegs wrote:zinc is required for diverse genetic, immune and structural functions in the body. membrane integrity is one of the structural roles. in zinc deficiency tight junctions between membrane cell walls (epithelial cells) weaken, and when that membrane is the intestinal lining, voila, leaky gut. followed by the transfer of GI material between cells into blood, rather than properly through cells, immune system shouts INCOMING, and hello inflammation.
I used to have all the symptoms associated with leaky gut. discovered and corrected zinc deficiency. problem solved. whew!
Glad you managed to solve your problem with only zinc. Unfortunately, it's not the solution for everyone though. Don't take me wrong, zinc is absolutely essential, I would even say critical, but some people cannot absorb it, even with heavy supplementation. For example people who have low stomach acid levels cannot absorb it (this condition is very common and most of the time it remains unnoticed by those who suffer from it).
So for those who have low stomach acid levels (there are easy tests to know this), it is very important to supplement with HCL and zinc at the same time.
@JimmyLegs, how much time did you supplement with zinc to get rid of your leaky gut? And what was your daily dosage?
It is normally taken in around 150 mg doses and can help to heal leaky gut in as little as eight weeks. However, it is best to not take more than 100mg of zinc per day for a long period of time because it will reduce the absorption of copper and iron.
Also, it's important to know that all zinc supplements are not created equal. Some zinc supplements are a total waste of money.
ljelome wrote:Could u tell me more about Leaky Gut Syndrome? Or do u have any article about it so i could read?
JimmyLeg gave some nice information but with so many links (there are other links to follow in the posts he mentioned) it's all over the place.
I don't know what's the policy on this forum concerning links, I know that I'm a junior member here but I believe my article can give you all the information you need, and it's written in plain english, very easy to understand:http://nutritiongang.com/leaky-gut-syndrome/
Note to moderators: if this is not appropriate, please remove the link but keep the remaining information - thank you.
I said above that zinc cannot be absorbed when there is not enough acid in the stomach. I believe that EVERYONE should test himself to know if he lacks acid or not. Having low stomach acid levels is extremely dangerous and opens the door to a LOT of diseases.
For example you mentioned that you had H. Pylori, it is a CLEAR SIGN that you suffer from low stomach acid levels. The stomach is the first line of defense of your digestive system - if it is broken because of a lack of acid, all the remaining parts of the digestion will break. This is one of the leading causes of leaky gut (zinc deficiency is caused by a lack of acid).
I'm sorry if I have to mention another link from my site, but it is very important:http://nutritiongang.com/low-stomach-ac ... lorhydria/
In that page above, everything you need to know about low stomach acid is explained. You will learn how to test it and how to fix it.
Hope this helps.
Charles W. James