How to Heal Your Leaky Gut without Medication
Leaky gut syndrome (LGS) has been in the news - a lot - probably because it’s one of the major problems in the world today, affecting millions of people, especially those who eat highly processed foods, sugar, flour, and animal products.
There are other non-food causes of LGS including medications and radiation. LGS leads to many other diseases, such as metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular disease, diabetes and insulin resistance), cancer, inflammatory and auto-immune diseases just to name a few.  Yet, doctors continue to treat with drugs which only make the problem worse, an issue which Dr. Robynne Chutkan, Integrative Gastroenterologist and author of “Gut Bliss” says is “Pharmageddon” in reference to David Healy’s book and searing indictment of the medical profession’s over-diagnosis and over-treatment of patients as well as the pharmaceuticalization of medicine. 
However, there is a revolution occurring in the U.S. and globally as people demand truth and change such as readily available non-GMO foods, banning use of toxic pesticides, better labeling practices, and removal of potential toxins from foods of which there are hundreds.  We the people should feel comfortable going to purchase food that should be our “Farmacy” rather than wondering if what we are eating and feeding our families is going to make us sick, fat, and diseased.
That also means we have a responsibility to change as well – not always an easy matter, but worth it in both health and economically in the long run.
What can we do to improve gut health?
• Avoid sugar and processed foods which means leaving the center aisles of the grocery store alone which will mean fewer trips to the doctor.
• Eliminate white flour products, all gluten-containing grains (especially wheat, barley, oats and rye), milk and dairy products, high fat foods, caffeine products, and alcohol.
• Eat a primarily plant and fruit based diet because these foods are rich in nutrients and live, natural digestive enzymes; lactobacillus acidophilus and biffidus as well as FOS (fructooligosacharides) derived from Jerusalem artichoke, chicory, the dahlia plant or burdock root; aloe vera juice with a high MPS concentration; stomach acidity enhancing supplements - betain and pepsin, stomach bitters, apple vinegar amino acids; L-glutamine, N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG) Omega 3 essential fatty acids - milled flax seed, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil, olive oil, fish oils, black currant seed oil; soluble fiber - apple or citrus pectin; carotenoids, vitamin B complex (especially B-12, 6 and biotin), vitamin C, E, zinc, selenium, germanium, antioxidants such as Coenzyme Q10, pycnogenols, grape seed extract, pine bark extract, bilberry; bioflavonoids, especially quercetin, catechin, hesperidins, rutin and proanthocyanidins; various high chlorophyll containing green drinks that provide spirulina, chlorella and blue green algae, burdock, slippery elm, licorice root, ginger root, bismuth and bentonite as well as brown seaweed which contains the polysaccharide fucoidan and many other nutrients necessary to maintain good health. [6-14}
• Learn to cook and avoid fast food.
• Eat fermented foods such as kefir, yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut
• Decrease stress level – find your Zen place whether it’s running, yoga, meditation, knitting or painting – just take time to relax.
• Avoid animal products that may contain hormones and antibiotics
• Supplement with probiotics if unable to get them through diet.
• Glutathione, MSM, zinc, essential fatty acids, vitamin c are all important to improve gut health.
• Practice prevention rather than medical intervention – unless a life and death situation, avoid pharmaceutical or over the counter medications and find natural alternatives. There are plenty of internet sources and books available.
• Unless absolutely necessary have a vaginal birth – children are introduced to helpful microbes when passing through the birth canal and usually have fewer gastrointestinal problems unless on a high fat, high sugar, processed food diet later in life. 
• Breast feed your baby – the only time “leaky gut” is normal is at birth until about 6 months of age, but colostrum from mother’s milk helps close the pore in the lining of the baby’s intestinal tract.