Sugar and Leaky Gut - Heal Your Leaky Gut Now!

Sugar and Leaky Gut – Heal Your Leaky Gut Now.

We come into this world with a propensity for sweet foods. I know I sure did! Humans can detect four basic flavors – salt, sour, bitter and sweet, but it’s the sweet that we seek out. Scientists reason it’s because we evolved eating fruit from the trees. The sugar in the fruit provided energy for our brain and helped us store fat. Two necessary survival abilities for the human body.

Richard Johnson, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and author of “The Sugar Fix” explains during human evolution there was a time of global cooling. Eating fructose was a way for the body to store fat, so starvation was not likely and therefore upped the chance of survival for the species. Basically any food that people were likely to eat would mean the likelihood of surviving and passing on their genes.

Seeking out and eating sweet foods was a survival instinct. Our bodies were trained biologically to seek out the sweet stuff!

Where Does Sugar Come From?

Simple, white sugar comes from the dried juice of beets and the sugar cane plant.  Sugar in America comes from sugar beets.  The final product of sugar from sugar cane and sugar beets is the same. Unfortunately, sugar beets are also almost all genetically modified or GMO. Another good reason to stay away from it.

You’ve probably heard many names for sugar: Cane sugar, brown sugar, powdered confectioners sugar, organic cane juice, fine sugar, raw sugar and turbinado sugar. Don’t be fooled, it’s effects on the body are the same.

What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Sugar?

Sugar, or sucrose is made up of a fructose and glucose molecule.  Remember our ancestors needed fructose to survive by storing fat and the glucose for fuel for their brain and body.

When you eat sugar, an enzyme is immediately released in your mouth to help partially break down the sugar. Sugar spends a very short amount of time in the stomach, not fully broken down yet, and enters the small intestine where the majority of digestion takes place. Enzymes in the small intestines break the sugars into monosaccharides, which are absorbed into the bloodstream and used for energy.  That’s a very simple explanation.

Glucose – is absorbed into the bloodstream and insulin is secreted from the pancreas to attach to glucose and transfer it into the cells for energy use. You get blood sugar spikes from glucose and diabetics have to be very careful of their sugar glucose intake.

Fructose – Insulin has no effect on fructose! Fructose is not controlled by insulin nor can fructose be used or turned into energy for any part of the body. Fructose can only be processed in the liver. Fructose can only be turned into fat by the liver. Remember our ancestors survived on the ability of their body to increase fat after eating sweet plant foods? However excess simple fructose – as in soda with High Fructose Corn Syrup, raises the risk of fatty liver disease, obesity and especially fat accumulates around the torso leading to heart disease.

Quick note about fruit sugar (Fructose) – The fructose in fruit is bound to fiber, other carbohydrates and protein all which have to be digested or broken down in the stomach and intestines before it can be used by the body. Getting a fructose ‘hit’ on the body is negligible and why fruit is healthy and desirable for diabetics under a good eating plan.

Now that we have an understanding of what simple sugar is, what it is made of and how it’s metabolized, we can address how sugar and leaky gut are connected!

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is still much of a mystery to mainstream doctors. There is plenty of research on its existence, but still not well known about. Read more about Leaky Gut Syndrome here. There are symptoms that accompany leaky gut including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities,aches and pains, brain fog, and other digestive illnesses.  Leaky gut is also thought to aggravate or be the precursor to autoimmune diseases.

The lining of the stomach is permeable with small holes or ‘tight junctures’ that allow microscopic nutrients and molecules to pass through and into the bloodstream. That is completely normal and how digestion works to get nutrients and other molecules needed for the body to use.

The problem that occurs with leaky gut is when the lining of the stomach gets inflamed and the tight junctures now become not-so-tight. They open up and allow molecules and other substances in that should not get into the bloodstream. This causes widespread problems ranging from allergies to autoimmune diseases.  If you think you have Leaky Gut, take the Leaky Gut quiz and find out for sure.  

What Causes Inflammation in the Gut?

  • NSAIDS
  • Candida
  • Food Additives
  • Alcohol
  • SUGAR

Sugar feeds candida, yeast and bad bacteria.  Bad bacteria creates toxins that damage the lining of the stomach, opening up the tight junctures and allowing more molecules to get through and into the bloodstream.  A diet high in simple sugar causes the body to work harder to process it by manufacturing enzymes and using nutrients to digest causing a deficient state.  

Sugar is hard on the body causing inflammation, nutrient deficiencies and problems with candida that can all result in Leaky Gut Syndrome.  To learn more about Leaky Gut causes and healing, watch this webinar.

The good news is that you can heal!

The Four R’s Are Your Steps To Healing.

  1. REMOVE
  2. REPLACE
  3. REPAIR
  4. REBALANCE

Remove those foods that are known to cause Leaky gut: Sugar, grains, processed foods contribute to inflammation in the gut.

Replace with healing foods and supplements like fermented foods, probiotic rich foods like yogurt, cleansing vegetables like dark leafy greens.

Repair the gut with foods and supplements that heal. Bone broth and vitamin D as well as l glutamine have been shown to heal the lining of the stomach. Quercitin is another supplement that has been shown to heal the lining and improve the tight junctures of the stomach.

Rebalance Probiotics rebalance the gut by providing healthy strains of probiotics into the gut helping rebalance the ratio of good to bad bacteria.

Helping the body to heal by taking sugar out of the diet is a big and important step to feeling better.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a comprehensive, yet simple and effective real-foods based program to help break the chains sugar and carbs have on you – and help you find food freedom. Click Here to start the 21 Day Sugar Detox program.

If you think you have Leaky Gut Syndrome and would like to learn more, sign up for this webinar hosted by 

Jordan Reasoner  and  Steven Wright

Both solved their Leaky Gut issues following this protocol.  Find out more here

In conclusion, excess simple sugar in the diet causes inflammation in the body and the gut resulting in Leaky Gut Syndrome.  Leaky Gut Syndrome can be healed by following a protocol and sticking with it until symptoms subside.

If you enjoyed this article, please comment below!  I love to hear from my readers.

12 Comments Add yours
  1. LOVED this post!! This is exactly what I have been searching for. My family just started a 5 week challenge of no sugar. And it is HARD!! i did not realize how much sugar we eat. It has been nice to get more veggies in the diet. Thanks for this awesome post and look forward to more.

  2. Thanks for the overview of leaky gut and an easy breakdown of steps to address it. Inflammation is at the root of so many of our aches and diseases; it wouldn’t surprise me if most of our problems started in the gut. But what should be simple (removing foods) gets harder for people who have to be around those foods all day, such as food service workers. I wish there were a shot or something that would instantly cure the issue! Sadly, most things worth doing are never easy.

  3. You are so on point with telling everyone that sugar causes inflammation in the body! I try to eliminate sugar as much as possible from my diet and/or use sugar substitutes such as Stevia. Sugar causes so many different dis-eases and conditions in the body. Thanks for the information.

  4. I also am studying Leaky Gut. I am currently working to heal mine. I am looking at foods and teas to heal it. Great information and very timely. Leaky Gut is starting to get a lot of press. I just wrote an article on it. Thank you for getting the word out there.

    1. Hi Janet! Will love to see your site and information too. Thank you for your feedback, Leaky gut information needs to get out so people can address it and start healing.

  5. Hi Linda! Thank you for all of this great information about sugar and leaky gut syndrome. Sugar is totally something that is good to steer clear of because it has so many negative effects on the body. This post has inspired me to avoid sugar for a while! Have a great day!

    1. Hey Brandon! Glad you enjoyed the article! When you cut down on sugar, you feel so much better and then your cravings for it don’t have such a strong hold on you anymore.

  6. Woh, so much information here. It was a joy to read the origin of why we became dependant on sugar. That explains my sweet tooth. I didn’t try to give up sugar a month or so ago and that last two weeks. I gave up to protect my teeth. But what with reading how sugar can effect your body and namely your gut I think I will try again to break the habit.

    Thanks Linda

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