A Naturopathic Approach to Leaky Skin and Atopic Dermatitis – Dr Townsend Letter

Improvements to the internal epithelium often lead to improvements on the external epithelium, so it’s important to address leaky gut. The supplement that I have been using in clinical practice for twenty years to help support my patients with leaky gut is GI Revive (Designs For Health), which contains a combination that includes L-glutamine, N-acetyl-D-glucosamine, aloe vera extract, deglycyrrhizinated licorice, slippery elm, mucin, chamomile, marshmallow, MSM, and quercetin. I have found using this along with certain probiotic supplements plus addressing food allergies and intolerances are fundamental in supporting patients with AD.

Of course, there is more to treating leaky gut, depending upon the patient’s individual needs. Testing can help determine specific dysbiosis issues, but overall probiotics have shown to be beneficial. Probiotics are known to enhance positive gut microbiota changes, and a great place to start is the diet, with fermented foods, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, pickled produce, yogurt, and kefir.7 Fiber-rich and prebiotic foods can help promote the growth of probiotics—dandelion greens, garlic, onions, leeks, and chicory.

Restoring optimal pH helps support the skin’s hydration. In addition, certain topical ingredients can help restore water loss. However, common moisturizers are known to worsen AD since the skin barrier is already compromised, and with leaky skin it is important to avoid toxic chemicals that can more easily find their way into the bloodstream.

A Naturopathic Approach to Leaky Skin and Atopic Dermatitis – Townsend Letter