How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome Fast

You’ve spent years eating foods and living a lifestyle that is now catching up with you. You’re seeing symptoms that you aren’t used to and don’t know what to do. It may seem a little scary. You might experience things like blood in the stool, migraines, lethargy, brain fog, dehydration, unexplained weight-loss, etc. You’re in the right place because we’re going to help you understand how to heal leaky gut syndrome and reverse the damage that’s been done to your gut over the years.

Since I covered what leaky gut is and what causes leaky gut, I want you to understand how to heal leaky gut syndrome.

Everything is easier said than done, but trust me, these methods work. It’s the same healing methods holistic doctors have taught for ages.

I wanted to make this even easier so I broke it into a four step acronym called H.E.A.L.

  1. Halt factors and foods from damaging the gut by removing them
  2. Exchange with healing foods
  3. Amend the gut with specific supplements
  4. Level and restore bacteria with probiotics

DISCLAIMER: If you’re on medications for an autoimmune disease please consult your physician and walk through this with them. I am not a doctor and don’t claim to be.

Halt

As I stated in What Causes Leaky Gut, the top food offenders to remove are sugar, grains, conventional meats, dairy, and GMO foods and ingredients. Remove these foods immediately. It’s not easy as almost all store-bought foods contain one, some, or all of those ingredients.

The goal is to remove the factors and foods that damage the gut which leads to inflammation. When inflammation is present, which is 24/7 for leaky gut, the body is constantly sending “ER” cells to that location trying to treat, fix and remove the inflammation without success.

The first question people ask me is, “How do I start? This means I’ll have to change everything.” Yes, it does. However, you don’t have to start removing and replacing everything at once. Start with 2-3 foods and work your way down a list.

I recommend starting with writing down what you eat throughout each day. This is called a food diary. Download mine here to get started.

What I would not do is go to your pantry and start making a list of things to replace from foods you eat today. That will only overwhelm you. Start with either 1, 2 or 3 foods, your choice.

Replace them for 2 weeks and keep going. Eventually, your pantry and refrigerator will look dramatically different.

Short Side Note

When I originally started eliminating and replacing foods and ingredients, it was not easy. I had a hard time thinking that I would never be able to eat certain foods again.

It wasn’t until I discovered that I could make my own versions of a particular food in a healthy and gut friendly way that I released this way of thinking.

I had a hard time thinking that I would never be able to eat certain foods again. It wasn’t until I discovered that I could make my own versions of a particular food in a healthy and gut friendly way that I released this way of thinking.

It wasn’t until I discovered that I could make my own versions of a particular food in a healthy and gut friendly way that I released this way of thinking.

With my more mature and educated mindset about nutrition and eating, I developed a passion for cooking and creating. I believe you can have the same experience.

I now enjoy cooking with my wife and developing new creations and adaptations along with my kids. It’s now a family effort and we love it.

Exchange

While you’re in the process of removing, your body will crave the old ways especially if you’re removing sugar and GMO. You don’t have to eat foods that don’t taste good and hard as a brick.

Eating brownies and mint chocolate shakes that taste incredible are not off the table if done slightly different! Check out all of my delicious recipes here.

Leaky Gut Healing Foods

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  1. Bone Broth – Slow cooking chicken or beef bones extracts the nutrients your body needs to heal itself. This broth contains collagen, essential for the gut’s elasticity restoration and will also restore your skin to a younger-looking state. Broth also contains glycine and proline, amino acids that assist in the healing of the gut. Don’t mix this up with store-bought chicken or beef stock. Those are typically made of water, salt, and GMO bouillon cubes.
  2. Raw Cultured Dairy – This form of dairy is exactly what your body needs. It contains natural probiotics and SCFA’s (or short-chain fatty acids) that can help to heal the gut. Pastured kefir, yogurt, amasai, raw cheese, and butter are great sources if they come from grass-fed cows.
  3. Fermented Vegetables – Fermented foods are potent detoxifiers and contain much higher levels of probiotics than probiotic supplements, making them ideal for optimizing your gut flora.
  4. Coconut – All coconut products are beneficial for the gut. Coconut products contain MCFA’s (or medium chain fatty acids) which are much easier on the gut because it doesn’t require pancreatic enzymes or bile from the liver for digestion. You can also make coconut kefir which is also a great source of probiotics.
  5. Sprouted Seeds – Hemp, chia, and flax seeds are great sources of fiber which help your gut to grow good bacteria. For a severe leaky gut, you’ll want to reduce fibrous food sources temporarily and then introduce them back in after 6 months slowly. Steamed vegetables can be a great way to still eat your veggies in this case.
  6. Omega 3 Fatty Foods – Eating foods that are rich in omega 3 fats is a great way to start reducing inflammation. Omega 3 fats are naturally anti-inflammatory. These foods would be wild-caught fish (I eat salmon twice a week), grass-fed beef, and lamb, chia seeds, mackerel, tuna, herring and egg yolks to name just a few.

Level: Leaky Gut Healing Supplements

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This is not an exhaustive list of supplements but they are the top supplements for leaky gut, IBD, and many different auto-immune diseases. For a more complete list please read this article.

  1. Probiotics – In addition to probiotic foods, taken daily, a high-quality probiotic supplement supports your immune system, digestion, and aids mineral absorption. Studies show those with Crohn’s benefit greatly by reduced symptoms and by reducing the incidence of diarrhea. Axe Organics probiotics contain SBO’s or soil based organism which are live bacteria. These are the best on the market.
  2. 100% Aloe Vera Juice (clear) – Pure aloe vera juice will calm inflammation in the gut and give you a good head start on healing the gut. My holistic doc put me on this immediately and I noticed a dramatic improvement after just 1 day! This is the brand I use. George’s Aloe Vera
  3. Multivitamin – Nutrient absorption is critical Crohn’s sufferers. Supplementing with a daily multivitamin is strongly recommended. Be careful though. There’s a lot of harmful vitamins out there full of chemicals. Look for a real food vitamin such as Axe Organics Men’s and Women’s multivitamin.
  4. Omega 3 fatty acids – Found in fish oil and other foods, this supplement is known for fighting inflammation and calming symptoms. Most do not get enough omega 3’s in their diet. Fresh wild-caught salmon is a great choice to get this much-needed supplement.
  5. Glutamine – This is a naturally occurring amino acid in the body that helps the intestine function normally. Therefore, adding this to your supplements would be beneficial in helping the recovery of a compromised intestine.
  6. Curcumin – With its incredible anti-inflammatory properties, this one can’t be ignored. Studies show that curcumin is very effective for IBD sufferers of any kind, reducing their symptoms and need for medications. Additional studies show that it may be effective in the prevention of bowel diseases and cancer as well. I recommend Mercola’s Advanced Curcumin.
  7. Slippery Elm – Slippery elm contains mucilage, a substance that is slick when mixed with water, coats the intestinal lining and in turn aids in the protection of a compromised gut.
  8. Digestive Enzymes – Taking a high-quality digestive enzyme before and after a meal aids your digestive tract in completely breaking down proteins, sugars, and starches, which in turn aids in the healing of an inflamed intestinal lining. The best digestive enzymes on the market are from Enzymedica.
  9. Licorice Root – This adaptogenic herb is an excellent addition to your Crohn’s supplements. Especially if stress of any kind is a trigger for you. Licorice can also help support the body’s natural processes for maintaining the mucosal lining of the stomach and duodenum. It is especially beneficial if someone’s leaky gut is being caused by emotional stress. You can get it in pill form or as an organic tea.
  10. Collagen Powder – This substance is the reason bone broth is so popular today. Athletes like Kobe Bryant used it to heal a torn achilles tendon in just 2-3 weeks! Amazing! Collagen is the main ingredient in bone broth and responsible for giving cartilage, bone, and tendons their strength. Collagen also contains the amino acids proline and glycine which are essential building blocks to repairing damaged intestinal lining. Drink 8-16oz of bone broth daily or take 2 tbsp of collagen protein 2x daily. The best on the market is Dr. Collagen.

 

  • kathy

    How much Aloe juice a day? I take Ultimate Flora 50 billion. At one time I was on 150 Billion. I backed off due to cost and some issues I was having. I have also learned not to take a probiotic with Brewers Yeast in it. I was taking a probiotic called RAW. I really liked it because it had 14 or more types of bacteria. It was the most for the money also. Then I found out from a group that it isn’t a good one. What do you think? Also what would you recommend as amount to take?

    Some say people with digestive problems should take 100 billion to 600 billion.

  • For Aloe, 4 ounces before breakfast and 4 ounces right before bed.
    For probiotic, for women, Garden of Life RAW Women’s. It has 85 billion live cultures and 32 probiotic strains. It doesn’t get much better!
    Start with 1 pill daily and see how you feel. Don’t use the suggested amount right away.

    Axe Naturals – https://store.draxe.com/products/sbo-probiotic
    Garden of Life RAW Women’s Probiotic – http://amzn.to/2lzjM5C