Why L-Glutamine is the #1 Ingredient for Repairing Leaky Gut
August 19th, 2018
Leaky gut is a modern epidemic that affects millions of people around the world—even though many of them aren’t aware of the underlying condition that causes symptoms ranging from digestive issues and mood imbalances to autoimmunity, cancer, and other chronic illnesses.
Most conventional doctors fail to recognize the critical importance of gut health, or how a leaky gut can affect your whole body and mind. The truth is that your gut is the gateway to health: it is the foundation of your body’s immune system and a key gatekeeper that lets in nutrients while preventing pathogens and toxins from entering your bloodstream. If your gut isn’t healthy then neither are you! Fortunately, as I describe in my New York Times bestselling books, The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection, you can repair your gut and restore your health using simple dietary and lifestyle changes.
Now I want to tell you how leaky gut may be affecting your health, why L-Glutamine is the #1 ingredient for repairing leaky gut, and how you can easily add it to your daily routine.
What is Leaky Gut?
Your gut lining is naturally semi-permeable to allow nutrients to be absorbed via your bloodstream to power your body’s functions. However, there are multiple environmental factors that can cause your gut lining to become too permeable, including eating inflammatory or toxic “foods” such as alcohol and caffeine, Candida overgrowth, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), intestinal parasites, medications, and stress.
The term “leaky gut” literally refers to leaks in your gut lining that allow toxins and undigested food particles that were never meant to pass through to escape from your intestines and enter your bloodstream. As your body detects these unwanted invaders in your bloodstream, your immune system goes into overdrive to neutralize these threats, and can begin attacking healthy tissue. Ultimately, this can lead to a whole host of serious chronic health issues, including autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s, Graves’, and Crohn’s.1
That’s why repairing your gut is the first pillar of The Myers Way®, my proven approach to preventing and reversing chronic illness. In my practice, I’ve seen countless patients successfully overcome leaky gut and restore their health using my 4R Program:
- Remove negative factors such as inflammatory foods and infections.
- Replace depleted ingredients that promote gut health, such as digestive enzymes.
- Reinoculate beneficial bacteria to restore a healthy balance in your gut.
- Repair your gut by providing essential ingredients (L-Glutamine is a superstar here).
How L-Glutamine Helps Repair Leaky Gut
L-Glutamine is the most common amino acid in your body and a critical building block that your body uses to produce proteins.2 It’s so important for the reproduction of cells that researchers have determined should be considered “conditionally essential” when you are suffering from chronic illness or stress.3
L-Glutamine is used to relieve the symptoms and side effects of a wide range of medical conditions and treatments. Here are the most important ways it helps repair leaky gut:
Regenerate Cells Faster to Restore Your Gut Lining
The great news is that your gut cells naturally turn over every few days, which is why my patients often fully repair their gut in as little as 30 days. L-Glutamine is a real superstar in this aspect because its most important role in your body is synthesizing proteins for cell reproduction. By enabling your enterocytes (gut cells) to regenerate more quickly, L-Glutamine helps seal the tight junctions in your gut and restores your gut lining to a healthy state even faster. These repairs are essential for reversing leaky gut, eliminating your symptoms, and reducing your risk of associated chronic conditions.
Numerous studies have shown L-Glutamine’s beneficial impact on the gut lining and one study in particular found that in a group of 107 children, those who supplemented with L-Glutamine had reduced gut permeability after 120 days.4 By pairing your L-Glutamine supplementation with an anti-inflammatory diet you can make even faster progress.
Beat Sugar Cravings and Inflammation
L-Glutamine also helps regulate your body’s metabolism management by helping to suppress insulin levels and stabilizing blood glucose. This helps you beat sugar cravings, which is especially important because sugar causes inflammation and contributes to the development of leaky gut. In fact, anyone who is concerned about managing their diet and maintaining a healthy weight can potentially benefit from taking L-Glutamine.
Additionally, a study from Clinical Immunology found that L-Glutamine can normalize the immune response that stimulates inflammatory cytokines, reducing overall inflammation and even minimizing the effects of food sensitivities.5
Support Overall Intestinal Health
In addition to helping repair leaky gut and reducing inflammation, L-Glutamine can help you address digestive issues, reduce your susceptibility to infections, and keep your intestines healthy.6
L-glutamine has particularly been shown to help with ulcers by protecting your gut lining from further damage.7 And it can be wonderfully helpful for anyone struggling with IBS and diarrhea by helping balance the mucosal production in your gut, which leads to healthy bowel movements.8
The Best Way to Add a High-Quality L-Glutamine Supplement to Your Regimen
As you have likely guessed by now, I highly recommend taking a daily L-Glutamine supplement! My Leaky Gut Revive™ powder is an excellent source of L-Glutamine, with 3,000 mg per serving. I wanted to offer my patients and online community the perfect supplement for repairing and maintaining a healthy gut lining, so my formula also includes 5 additional key ingredients to help support optimal gut health:
- Aloe extract to help restore your gut’s normal mucosal lining and ease digestive symptoms
- Licorice extract to soothe the stomach and intestinal lining
- Larch arabinogalactan to promote gut-mending fatty acid production
- Slippery elm and marshmallow root to maximize mucous membrane health and restore your gut’s mucosal lining
This combination makes Leaky Gut Revive™ my most comprehensive weapon for fighting leaky gut and the progression of autoimmune disease and other illnesses. I typically recommend taking Leaky Gut Revive™ along with my collagen protein, which helps repair damaged cells and build new tissue to literally seal up the tight junctions of your gut lining.
It’s easy to get these gut-repairing ingredients into your daily routine. You can simply add Leaky Gut Revive™ into a glass of water or try my delicious and refreshing Gut Repairing Tropical Smoothie.
Learn More About Repairing Your Gut and Reversing Autoimmunity
After successfully battling autoimmune disease in my personal life, I’ve made it my mission to empower others overcome their own chronic conditions without harsh medications. The Myers Way® has already helped tens of thousands of people take back their health with positive lifestyle changes and high-quality supplements such as Leaky Gut Revive™.
To learn more about how to maintain a healthy gut, register for my free online training: 5 Ways To Reverse Autoimmune Disease. Just by attending, you’ll discover:
- The real root causes of autoimmunity (which your doctor may not tell you)
- Simple changes that will help you start feeling better immediately
- How to eliminate your symptoms and restore your energy and vitality