Since I’ve struggled with a leaky gut in the past, I thought I would give some advice on how to heal Leaky Gut Syndrome naturally!
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
My doctor explained it perfectly to me. Picture a net with tiny little holes (this is the lining of your gut), this “net” is a barrier that keeps harmful substances away from our system. When we have leaky gut syndrome, this “net” becomes very porous, more porous than it should be, thus allowing large food proteins, metals, bacteria, toxic substances and other harmful substances to leak through the intestines and into our blood stream.
When all these harmful substances are dumped into our blood stream, our body recognizes them as foreign objects and knows something is wrong, so our immune system kicks in and tries to fight it. This causes inflammation and prevents proper functioning. When this happens, our ability to digest food and absorb nutrients is tremendously decreased causing a slew of symptoms, which was what happened with me!
I believe millions are struggling with leaky gut syndrome and have no clue!
Being on long-term antibiotics, not taking the appropriate amount of probiotics and not eating healthy (a recipe called for disaster for Lyme patients) was the culprit to my candida in my gut which eventually lead to the Leaky Gut Syndrome! It was a big big mess!
Because I have Chronic Lyme Disease and Co-infections, I contributed the candida/leaky gut symptoms to my Lyme because they are extremely similar. After a little while, I knew in my gut (no pun intended) something else was going on besides the Lyme. I was having frequent panic attacks, allergic reactions to certain foods which I’ve never ever had before, awful stomach pain, major vertigo spells, my fatigue was 10 times worse, I was very itchy and my headaches were worse than they had ever been. These are only a few of the symptoms I was dealing with.
After sharing these issues with my doctor and finding out I had a detox issue, she suggested we treat candida, heal my leaky gut and help my body detox better. She warned me that it was going to be a long road to recovery, and boy was she right! I was overwhelmed when I met with her and I actually broke down in tears right in front of her. Not only did I have to worry about treating the candida, leaky gut and my detox issues, but I also had the Lyme and other co-infections to worry about … it was too much.
I knew treating Lyme at that point would have been pointless if my gut wasn’t functioning properly, so I took a four month break from treating Lyme and Co-infections and concentrated on healing my gut and detoxing.
I decided to take a different route and go the natural way after the four months were over. My gut wasn’t fully healed, even though I felt better, and I knew going back on antibiotics would have made my gut worse. Herbals are not as invasive as antibiotics, and since I have a very sensitive body, it only made sense to switch to herbals! I have never regretted that decision!
Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome?
- Food sensitives
- Poor immune system
- Diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
- Brain fog
- Memory loss
- Skin rashes such as acne, rosacea and eczema
- Seasonal allergies
and more …
Here is an online test I found for Leaky Gut Syndrome.
How to heal Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Surprisingly, the gut does a lot more than just aid in digestion, it also determines our mental well being and it plays a huge role in disease prevention. From my experience, I believe there’s a huge link between a healthy gut and a good emotional and mental health, so what we put it on our bodies doesn’t only affect us physically, it also affects our mental and emotional state.
The way to heal a leaky gut is to drastically change your diet and eliminate foods that your body doesn’t react well to … I cannot stress enough the importance of diet when it comes to the gut!
My doctor suggested I “reboot” my system so to speak, so here’s what I did:
- I eliminated dairy, soy, yeast, refined sugar, fruit, gluten, caffeine and alcohol for a few months. I had already been doing most of them but dairy was my weakness. I ate a lot of cheese and gluten free bread, which had yeast in it, so I had to cut that out completely.
- I replaced it with healing foods such as, healthy fats, naturally cultured or fermented foods (kombucha, kimchi, kefir, etc..), organic vegetables, bone broth (this is amazing for the gut) and pasture-raised meats.
- I used digestive enzymes to assist in digestion while my gut healed. I used this brand, but there are plenty of other brands out there for you to choose from.
- I re-balanced my gut flora with good probtioics. I used Ultimate Flora (the refrigerated kind) 15 billion twice a day, and I also added Saccharomoyces Boulardii by Nutricology .. it is my favorite brand for SB!
I knew I was on the right track when a lot of the symptoms I was struggling with subsided. I slowly, and one-by-one, added some of the foods back into my diet, which was fine at first until I, unfortunately, started experiencing leaky gut symptoms all over again. It wasn’t until I went on the Paleo diet last year is when I saw a remarkable improvement with my gut and over all health. I was underweight because my body wasn’t able to absorb the appropriate nutrients because of my leaky gut, everything I ate hurt my stomach, I struggled with cystic acne, my energy was awful and my Lyme symptoms were much worse … all of that changed after doing the Paleo diet.
I am still doing the Paleo diet and I have noticed I have more energy than I had in the past three years, my acne is much better, my body feels stronger, I have less dizzy spells, my mood is more stable, I am able to break my diet once in a while and not feel extremely ill like before, I feel much happier and I no longer struggle with any food allergies. I wholeheartedly believe that fixing your gut is the first step to overcoming chronic illnesses!
It took me a good two years to heal my gut. It was long and frustrating, but it was worth it in the long run! Healing your gut will impact just about every other area in your body, so don’t neglect it!