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Intestinal Permeability: Evidence-Based Approaches to Supporting Gut Barrier Function

Presented by: Kelly Heim, Ph.D.+

Intestinal barrier hyperpermeability (“leaky gut”) is a common and often overlooked feature of gastrointestinal, immunological and metabolic health. The integrity of the gut barrier is influenced by health status, dietary composition, medications, microbiota and diverse lifestyle factors. Despite over 50 years of research and thousands of scholarly publications on intestinal permeability, clinical approaches are subject to guesswork and trial and error. This webinar will distill the current clinical evidence and provide practical, evidence-based strategies to support and maintain a healthy gut barrier.


Learning objectives:

  • Define “leaky gut” and its underlying causes
  • Recognize the systemic impact of gut barrier integrity on metabolic, immune and mental health
  • Describe simple dietary and lifestyle-based interventions that enhance or maintain intestinal barrier integrity
  • Review current evidence-based modalities and condition-specific interventions that support and maintain gut barrier integrity

About the Speaker

Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D.+ is a Senior Consultant of Medical Affairs at Pure Encapsulations® and Founder and Senior Science Editor at Integrative Pharmacology. He received his doctoral degree in pharmacology from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and specializes in the pharmacology of natural compounds. Dr. Heim is a published author and illustrator of various studies, scholarly reviews and book chapters. He offers complimentary learning resources on the basics of clinical pharmacology of natural products via his website,

+Dr. Heim is an employee of Pure Encapsulations.