First off... what even is leaky gut? To explain it simply is that your digestive system is actually OUTSIDE of your body. It is a big tube that goes from your mouth to your butt and food passes through the tube and your body works hard to get nutrients from wheat it needs and dispose of the rest. Leaky gut is when the junctions of the digestive system become loose and toxins and food particles are able to enter the blood steam. This causes the immune system to go into overdrive which is why leaky gut is linked to so many autoimmune conditions. I knew this was the case for me when simple foods that I was able to eat before became uncomfortable for me. Garlic, kale, cucumber, melon, and apple all started to make me very bloated and uncomfortable. Now, one year later, I can now eat all of these things again with no discomfort because I healed my tummy! Here is a list of all the things I did which helped my digestion get better and better.
1. Removing all Irritating Foods.
This is hard. I removed gluten, dairy, legumes, and any food that bothered me. I did a lo FODMAP diet to figure these foods out and kept them out of my diet until I was healed. Food is not "bad" or "good" but you have to be honest about your own bodies ability to digest them. Some people can eat all the bread and feel good, and some people can't.
2. Bone Broth
I literally went from 20 years of not eating animals to drinking bone broth every morning. The minerals and aminos in the broth will help heal the junctions that have been created in your gut. If the thought of eating animals is still not one that you like then make a mushroom broth!
3. Remove all Stress
This was the hardest thing for me. I was ALMOST done a crazy long stressful program, but it was ruining my sleep and making me super stressed out. So, I took some time off and it was night and day. Sometimes it seems like removing stress is impossible but it's not. Leave the job. Leave the stressful partner. Take time away from a stressful family member. Being in a stressful situation makes you not function as well, so it's more beneficial to everyone if you step away and heal, rather than stick with it if it makes you sick.
I took a lot of omega-3, curcumin, and glutamine. I really recommend working with a naturopathic dr and or a nutritionist to see what you can take to best help you. Everyone is SO different and taking things willy nilly might make things worse.
5. Mineral Water
Every morning I drank 2 cups of water with Himalayan salt in it. Every thing that your body does requires minerals which are probably depleted if you've had weird eating habits (especially a high sugar diet).
6. Got Help.
Damien Zielinski. He's one of the smartest people I know.
Dr. Michelle Pobega - she's a tummy healing wizard woman.
Julie Krize - Osteopath
Linda Kang - Shamanic healings! Spiritual and evergy healings helped me a lot.
This took TIME. There was a lot of remission, a lot of other confusing things going on, and a lot of tears. Healing is never ever quick and there is never ever one thing that will work for everyone. But, no one will do it for you but you.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! Again, this is only what worked for me, and I always recommend working with a professional!