Over a lifetime, the average person ingests more than 25 tons of food that provide the nutrients each of us need to survive; however, this food may also contain harmful bacteria, viruses, and toxins, which can be damaging to the system. Leaky gut syndrome, sometimes referred to as intestinal permeability, is a major gastrointestinal disorder that occurs when openings develop in the gut wall. Harmful microorganisms are then able to pass through these openings and enter the circulatory system. As a result, leaky gut syndrome can lead to many systemic inflammatory and immune-related symptoms including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, eczema, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, Raynaud’s disease, chronic urticaria (hives), and inflammatory bowel disease.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Facial swelling upon exposure to strong smells
  • Bloating, gas, and cramps immediately after eating
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea
  • Headaches, poor concentration, and irritability


Inflammation of the gut lining is the root cause of leaky gut syndrome. Gut inflammation is usually instigated by one or several of the following:

  • Prescription hormones (e.g. birth control pills and/or hormone replacement therapy) and prescription corticosteroids (e.g. hydrocortisone)
  • Antibiotics
  • Processed food as well as foods and beverages contaminated by parasites, fungus, and/or mold
  • Increased amounts of refined carbohydrates (e.g. candy bars, cookies, cake, soft drinks, and white bread)
  • Shortage of important enzymes resulting from increased intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen
  • Increased alcohol and caffeine consumption

Integrative Medicine Treatment Options

We combine the best of conventional medicine with the best of complementary and alternative therapies to give you optimal results.

Here are some options we use at Alliance Integrative Medicine LOCATED IN Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal Therapies, Supplements & Medication
  • Nutritional Counseling

Our leaky gut syndrome patients come to us from Hyde Park, Loveland, Westchester/Liberty Township, Mason and Indian Hill as well as Finneytown, Reading, Springdale, Terrace Park, Blue Ash and from all across the U.S.