Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut

A Functional Medicine Approach to Leaky Gut

Known also as gut hyperpermeability, a leaky gut occurs when the filtering system of the small intestine malfunctions.

Small tears in the gut lining, like those you would find in cheesecloth, open the way for toxic substances to enter the body and cause inflammation elsewhere in the body. Consequently, foreign particles to the body can get into tissues triggering a host of symptoms that can appear in many body systems that may seem to be distinct from the digestive tract.

Consequently, foreign particles can enter the body and trigger symptoms that may seem unrelated to the digestive tract in many other body systems.


Sibo (Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth) / Fungal overgrwoth (Candida) / Parasite Infections (Blastocystis hominis) / Joint Pain/ Brain Fog / Depression / Anxiety / Food sensitivities / Motility Issues / Autoimmune / Low Stomach Acid / Skin Issues

Leaky Gut Causes

Treatment Approach

Healing the digestive lining involves identifying what is causing the leaky gut and addressing food sensitivities, as well as restoring the gut microbiome. Diet, lifestyle modification, and nutritional supplements are essential components of a holistic approach to treating this condition, which has as its foundation in diet, lifestyle modification, and nutritional supplements.

Our treatment approach includes.

  • Identifying specific treatment goals
  • After a consultation with your Functional Medicine practitioner, a thorough understanding of all factors affecting your health, including physical, genetic, psychological, diet and lifestyle factors.
  • Development of a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Implementation and maintenance of that plan through periodic review and updates.
  • Using gut health testing where needed to look at potential infections such as SIBO, Candida, parasites, and H-Pylori.
  • Food Intolerances/Sensitivity Testing

While the focus is on correcting the underlying conditions that are causing your symptoms, we will also look to ensure you can reduce some of the main symptoms straight away whilst waiting for any test results so you can start reducing some of the symptoms you are experiencing.


Our Personalised Nutrition Approach

Our team of functional medicine practitioners will tailor personalised nutrition approach designed to reduce inflammation, stabilise blood sugar levels while incorporating  nutrient-dense foods into your diet to address your specific digestive health challenges

Supplements and Probiotics

We will recommend the necessary probiotics and prebioitcs to help restore the health of your gut microbiome as well as looking at the root cause of leaky gut.

Stress Management

Persistent stress triggers inflammation within the body, potentially leading to digestive problems. Our recommendations include stress reduction techniques, ranging from limiting screen-time to breathing exercises in additon to lifestyle changes.

Herbal Antimicrobials

While conventional medical practitioners frequently resort to antibiotics for addressing digestive ailments (which often leads to more issues), our approach involves the incorporation of specific antimicrobial herbs. These botanicals are aimed at reducing unfavourable pathogens which could be  contributing to a leaky gut.

Why Choose the Dublin Centre for Functional Medicine?


Once you start the process, we will guide our collaborative process with a practitioner, We will gather the required information we through detailed intake forms so we can understand you better and help support and motivate you through the process.


Our practitioners have years of experience dealing with multiple conditions. The functional medicine approach focuses on the route cause and addresses the imbalance.

Personalized Approach

Every one of us is unique and has a set of circumstances. Everything about you including symptoms, lifestyle, diet, genetics and capacity to heal is different and will require a personalized approach.

Frequently Asked Questions about Leaky Gut

Yes, you can cure IgG food sensitivity by improving stomach and digestive functiion and by eridcating any gut infections such as SIBO and Candida

Oatmeal is generally healthy, however, with certain individuals it can cause inflammation and should be avoided.

You can test stomach acid levels using The Heidelberg pH test.

You can heal your gut by eating a diet full of whole unprocessed foods, high in fibre, low in sugar and include fruits, vegtables, legumes and whole grains. Using a whole arrange of fermented foods including kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi can help increase diversity which is paramount for gut health.

Generally, its the other way around with a leaky gut causing Food Sensitivities.

We offer a variety of functional medicine test assessments to check your digestive gut health, microbiome, leaky gut test, food sensitivities and allergies as well as various other tests that the practitioner may recommend based upon your individual profile.

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