Friday, May 14, 2010

Autism Treatment - Leaky Gut, Part 3 of 3

I am going to discuss a little more about the concept of leaky gut. Previously I have discussed that it is a breakdown of the tight junctions, or the spaces between the cells of the digestive tract. As they begin to open up, they allow in food proteins as well as other metabolic toxins that are produced by yeast and bacteria. Also anything we absorb from our food and water also can gain entry into our bloodstream with a leaky gut.

Treatment for leaky gut is not just one particular thing. However, several supplements have been shown effective at helping leaky gut as well as providing general support to the integrity and health of the digestive system. One such supplement that helps with it is a probiotic. Probiotics such as acidophilus, bifidobacter and saccharomyces boulardii, which is a type of yeast that helps fight other yeast in the digestive system.

Dietary intervention can be critical in the management of leaky gut treatment. Diets like the casein free, gluten free diet, the specific carbohydrate diet and the low oxalate diet all tend to decrease inflammation in the digestive tract which helps with leaky gut. This decrease in inflammation allows the lining of the digestive tract to heal and regenerate. Over time this helps create an environment in the gut less supportive for problematic bacteria and yeast. We know people suffering from the genetic intolerance to gluten, called Celiac's disease, can have a blunting of the surface of the digestive system. Over time this too can lead to leaky gut. However, when a gluten free diet is adhered to, we see healing and regeneration of that mucosal lining as the inflammatory process diminishes.

Other things that have been proven helpful in the treatment include glutamine, cayenne and turmeric. Glutamine is a supportive amino acid. Cayenne is an herb that increases blood flow to the digestive system and increases production of secretory IgA, both effective aids for treating leaky gut. Improved secretory IgA also improves the immune response against opportunistic yeast and bacteria as well. Another product is called turmeric, the active ingredient known as curcumin, is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. It not only aids in inflammation in the digestive system, but also through the body as well.

So the main things to focus on when trying to treat leaky gut are to decrease inflammation through specific supplements, control yeast, dietary interventions to reduce the foods that are causing inflammation as well. And while there is not one single treatment for everyone, many of these things can be very effective for the treatment.

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Dr. Kurt Woeller is an biomedical autism Intervention specialist, with a private practice in Southern California for over 10 years. He has helped children recover from autism, ADD, ADHD, and other disorders, and has the information you need to help your child. Download his free ebook at

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