A Holistic Approach to Leaky Gut Syndrome

January 21, 2020 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

PRESENTED BY | Lexy Currier, CH, CN, CFEP . . .

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Our intestinal linings are covered with cells called enterocytes. Enterocytes are epithelial cells that line the inner surface of the small intestine and are meant to monitor what nutrients and proteins go into our bloodstream. When our gut is working properly, our gut will have a tight barrier that controls what is absorbed. When our gut develops an unhealthy lining, more matter passes through the lining, which can cause an overload for the enterocytes. When this happens food and toxins begin to “leak” into the bloodstream from the intestinal wall. Our bodies will sometimes create antigens (immune markers) to these substances, which can then result in an inflammatory response. The lining of the gut can become compromised for a variety of reasons including taking antibiotics, food sensitivities, chronic diseases, inflammatory conditions, stress, poor diet, nutrient deficiencies, drugs, alcohol, NSAIDS, and more.

What are Symptoms of Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut can present with symptoms throughout the body, this is why it can be difficult to diagnose. Some people present with seasonal allergies, eczema, rashes, chronic skin conditions, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, achy joints, memory loss, or even brain fog. These are signs not directly associated with the cause therefore people often overlook the fact their symptoms could be associated with the gut. An allopathic approach to these manifestations of leaky gut is common, with a primary focus on relieving the symptoms, but not the root cause. The more recognizable symptoms that are associated directly with the gut are food intolerances, food sensitivities, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) chronic digestive issues, gas, bloating, loose stools, difficulty losing weight even with a healthy diet, Candida overgrowth or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Herbs, Nutrients, and Steps to Take to Heal Your Gut

While it might take some time, with the help of herbs, nutrients and a whole lot of probiotics our gut lining does have the capability of healing itself! Though there are hundreds of deeply beneficial herbs for gut regeneration, some classics are calendula, peppermint, plantain, yarrow, and slippery elm. Supplementation of probiotics, either in the form of fermented foods, or a concentrated product can also be therapeutic for the gut, especially when gut flora has been compromised. Nutrients that encourage integrity of the gut such as Omega 3’s, B vitamins, vitamin D, zinc, glutamine, antioxidants, and trace minerals are extremely supportive in healing an inflamed gut mucosal barrier.

What to Expect

Come find out what herbs, nutrients, and probiotics have to offer in healing and regenerating a healthy gut lining. We will be going over herbs that can be helpful for healing Leaky Gut Syndrome, specifically what clinical actions you might want in your herbs and what they all mean. We’ll also cover probiotic foods and drinks, and nutrients that are helpful for having a healthy gut, as well as lifestyle changes, fine-tuning your diet to best nourish the body, listening to your body to avoid foods that upset your digestive system and elimination diets. We will have some homemade probiotic foods to try, gut teas to sample, and recipes to take home!

Sign Up Today!

If you would like to join this class taught by Certified Herbalist, Nutritionist, and Flower Essence Practitioner, Lexy Currier, RSVP by emailing Lexy.currier@clinicalherbalism.com

[The content of this blogs does not necessarily represent or express the views of CSCH.]

Resources |

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26528128
  2. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/913237
  3. https://avivaromm.com/10-signs-leaky-gut/
  4. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/leaky-gut-what-is-it-and-what-does-it-mean-for-you-2017092212451
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28588585
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26582965

DATE & TIME | Tuesday, January 21th, 2020 • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
CSCH, 424 E. Simpson Street, Lafayette, CO 80026
Suggested donation is $20. Please bring cash or you can Venmo at the class. This class is free for students of CSCH.

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