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My adult son has intestinal permeability, or as it was explained to me “leaky gut”.

Q. Dear Terry, “My adult son has intestinal permeability, or as it was explained to me “leaky gut”. I know our digestive system is very important for overall health. What are some things my son can do for this issue?” — Jon T., Bangor, ME

A. Dear Jon, I think diet is incredibly important for improving overall health, including gastrointestinal issues. I would start by having your son remove dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from his diet. For more information, he can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. He should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

Numerous factors can contribute to the development of leaky gut, like stress, infections, diet, medications, and many others. Despite the cause, chronic irritation to the gastrointestinal (GI) system leads to chronic inflammation. To address inflammation in the stomach and intestinal tract, we need to use a compound that can help modulate a certain kind of inflammation-promoting pathway, called 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase). One of the best botanicals I know to control this type of inflammation is boswellia.

The boswellia I prefer is standardized to contain high levels of the key compound, AKBA, which gives boswellia many of its health benefits. While most of the compounds within boswellia are anti-inflammatory, there is one compound that is actually pro-inflammatory. Therefore, I recommend a boswellia that is low in beta-boswellic acid, which can actually cause inflammation.

In addition to boswellia, there are other safe and effective herbal medicines that work in different ways to help support the GI system. Oils of coriander, fennel, caraway seed, and peppermint help by controlling bacterial populations, relaxing the stomach lining, and supporting normal GI tract function.

I would have your son take boswellia, coriander, fennel, caraway seed, and peppermint with each meal.

For additional support, he may want to consider adding in human-strain probiotics like Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum. I would take these once or twice per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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