Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome is chronic inflammation of the small intestine lining causing the mucosal lining to break down compromising its integrity. Substances which are not intended to pass through the intestinal wall may then go directly into the blood stream (intestinal permeability.) Death can truly begin in the Colon. Yet, scientific debate is still ongoing about this subject. Leaky Gut Syndrome is not a recognized Medical Diagnosis.

Undigested particles could affect your body directly or insidiously cause an immune reaction somewhere in the body. An immune reaction is where the body attacks itself; in this case, the inflammation of the small intestinal wall.

When the walls of the small intestines are compromised incomplete absorption of nutrients and eventually malnutrition even osteoporosis may occur in some individuals.

It is believed by some there is a connection between Leaky Gut Syndrome and…

  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • MS
  • Brain Disorders
  • And, many other Diseases, Ailments, and Conditions


In some individuals who are Gluten Sensitive a molecule called Gliadin appears to cause an inflammatory reaction in the small intestines. Some people may be sensitive to the Gluten in grains other than Wheat. Corn, Oats and others could also be culprits.

Gluten is the Protein in ALL grains. If you are Gluten Intolerant, you may get sick from eating certain Grains. There are tests for Grain sensitivity for grains besides wheat.

When someone talks about Gluten Sensitivity they are speaking about sensitivity to Gliadin…

These Grains should be avoided by those who have Celiac Disease because the Gluten in them has Gliadin…

•  Barley

•  Bulgar

•  Couscous

•  Kamut

•  Malt

•  Oats

•  Spelt

•  Teff

•  Rye

•  Soy products

•  And, Wheat

 Some of these have Gluten but not Gliadin…

•  Almond bread

•  Amaranth

•  Bean noodles

•  Buckwheat

•  Corn (I don’t use any because of GMO)

•  Hominy

•  Millet

•  Quinoa

•  Rice

•  White potatoes

• Yams

To make things even more Confusing

If you suspect you have Gluten Sensitivity you should get tested by your doctor. And, being that each grain has its own Gluten (which is a Protein) you will have to be tested for grains other than Wheat. Wheat is not the only grain that has Gluten. And, it is not the only one that has Gliadin.

There are many other alternatives to wheat bread as listed above. For example, there is rice bread, almond bread, rice noodles, and corn based products. You can still have a baked potato (a nightshade variety) even though it is actually a Grain.

There is much more Gluten in Wheat than there used to be due to Genetic Engineering. For some of us it may be a good idea simply avoid grains altogether…

There is no nutritional requirement for us to eat any grain at all. Grains are lacking in nutrients. That’s why vitamins and minerals are added to most cereals. We can get all the nutrition we would ever need from raw organic fruits and vegetables

The Insidiousness of Lectins

Lectin is present in Nuts and Grass Seeds (and Grains.) It is there for plant survival or perpetuation of the species. It can cause damage to the organism trying to eat its young (or seedlings.) Seeds are the plant’s babies. Lectin is damaging to the gut for some of us, also contributing to Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Coffee, Tea, and Alcohol can kill friendly bacteria which live in the small intestine. Dangerous bacteria can then damage the gut lining. Refined Sugar feeds the bad bacteria leading to intestinal permeability.

If you don’t feel well the culprits causing discomfort could be Beans, Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, any Grains, Soy, Dairy, and/or the Nightshades (Eggplant, Tomatoes, Peppers, and Potatoes.) Cooking destroys some of the Lectin, but not all. Therefore, make sure you cook your potatoes well avoiding the green ones. Furthermore, make sure you cook beans and lentils long enough.


About Steven Humphreys

I live in 'sunny' California with my lovely wife, three wonderful cats and very handsome dog! I write a lot these days about different subjects I have a 'heartfelt and deep-seated' interest in. I surely hope you will find my articles 'interesting and informative' as well. I sincerely appreciate your interest and you are welcome to visit here as often as you'd like. You can read more 'about me' within this site. Thank you for visiting!
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