If you are living with an autoimmune disease, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to finding relief and managing your symptoms.  Sometimes it can feel like there’s no hope for healing.

But what if you could reverse the symptoms of your autoimmune disease and get back on track to a healthier life? You may have heard of leaky gut syndrome and its potential connection to autoimmune diseases, but is healing a leaky gut enough to reverse this condition?  Let’s find out!



What is Leaky Gut 

Leaky gut syndrome is a digestive disorder in which the lining of the small intestine becomes inflamed, allowing toxins, bacteria, and partially digested food to pass through into the bloodstream.

The toxins cause an immune system reaction which leads to inflammation and sometimes autoimmune diseases. This can cause a wide range of physical ailments including fatigue, joint pain, skin issues, gas, and bloating.

It can also lead to poor nutrient absorption and vitamin deficiencies. Research suggests that people with certain autoimmune conditions may have higher levels of zonulin—a protein that controls tight junctions in the intestinal walls—which leads to increased “leakiness” in the gut.

It’s believed that this condition may contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, and more.

Can Healing Leaky Gut Reverse Autoimmune Disease

The short answer is…maybe.  Research into this area is still ongoing, there have been some promising studies showing that leaky gut syndrome can be reversed through dietary changes and lifestyle modifications. This includes reducing stress levels and incorporating supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids into your diet.

There’s also been evidence to suggest that increasing the intake of certain vitamins (such as vitamin D) may be beneficial for those with autoimmune disease who wish to reverse their symptoms through healing leaky gut syndrome.

Healing leaky gut can have many benefits for those who suffer from autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis. By reducing the number of toxins entering the bloodstream, you can reduce inflammation which in turn reduces symptoms associated with these diseases.

Additionally, healing leaky gut helps restore balance to your digestive system which can improve overall health. An improved digestive system means more nutrients are absorbed more efficiently which supports optimal bodily function.



How To Heal Leaky Gut 

The good news is that there are ways to heal leaky gut syndrome naturally. Healing leaky gut requires lifestyle changes as well as dietary modifications.

It’s important to incorporate nutrient-dense foods into your diet such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil. You should also limit processed foods and sugar intake as they contribute to inflammation in the body.

Additionally, incorporating probiotic foods like yogurt or kombucha will help balance out bacteria levels in your digestive tract which supports healing.

Finally, getting enough restful sleep every night helps reduce inflammation in the body and promote healing on all levels.


While more research is needed on leaky gut and the connection to autoimmune disease, enough studies do seem to support the link to inflammation which is a trigger for autoimmune issues. Healing leaky gut syndrome may not be an easy task but by making lifestyle and dietary modifications you can do it.

Limit those processed foods and sugar as they contribute to inflammation.  Eat more probiotic foods like yogurt or kombucha to support healthy bacteria levels in your digestive tract which will promote healing. Get enough sleep, and start doing meditation or exercise to reduce your stress.

If you suffer from an autoimmune disease, it may be worth exploring healing a leaky gut as it could help provide relief from your symptoms and possibly reverse your condition altogether. It’s worth investing your time in doing this — you might just find yourself feeling better than ever before.

If you need a little extra help figuring things out, check out my program and apply for an Autoimmune Breakthrough Session with me to see if we’re a good fit to work together.

Working with a healthcare practitioner like a registered dietitian may be just what you need to jumpstart your healing process and get you on the road to recovery.

Make this year the year you take control of your health and get your life back.  You CAN do it!


***Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice***




  • Susan Taylor, RDN LD

    Meet Susan, registered dietitian / nutritionist and fellow autoimmune warrior who is dedicated to helping women with autoimmune disease get their groove back. With the right diet and lifestyle changes, Susan empowers her clients to take control of their health and feel their best. When she's not busy saving the world you can find Susan strolling along the beach, jet-setting to new destinations, and soaking up quality time with family & friends.

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