Fighting Leaky Gut? Here’s How to Fix It

Three years ago, I heard the term “leaky gut” for the first time, and I’ll be honest: I had no idea what the doctor was talking about. My gut wasn’t leaking!

Except it was, thanks to rounds of antibiotics growing up and a diet that I considered healthy (guess what? It wasn’t).

So if you’ve got leaky gut (or you suspect you have it, because - let’s be honest - most of us probably do), you can either do like I did and spend about two years floundering around terms like “Candida diet,” “biofilm,” “digestive plaque,” “GAPS diet,” “leaky gut diet,” and “AIP protocol” while taking handfuls of supplements that cost an arm and a leg and have no real impact. Or you can start here, and avoid some of the mistakes I learned from!

I’m still healing my gut, and I’m not a doctor or a nutritional therapist, so if you’re looking for one of those, I would highly recommend Fairy Gutmother; she’s extremely knowledgable and so so sweet, and her recipes are not only Leaky Gut-diet and GAPS friendly but delicious! Candace from Yoga by Candace also has this 30 day yoga/heal your gut program if you want a little boost to get going! But if you’re looking for a little bit more, keep reading!

1. Go buy this book immediately.

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has been the MVP (most valuable purchase) I’ve ever made. Long story short, leaky gut causes a myriad of problems, from depression and anxiety to bloating and food intolerances to inflammatory responses throughout the entire body. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has pioneered the research behind the connection between the gut and the brain, as well as the impact a leaky gut can have over the entire body. She lays out the GAPS protocol as well, in order to begin healing the gut.

If you need some help incorporating the GAPS diet in the kitchen, check out The Heal Your Gut Cookbook for more ideas.

2. Get a good probiotic.

I can’t begin to explain how important it is to have a really good probiotic. They’re good for your immune system and digestive system, help lessen and heal the affects of antibiotics, and boost the good bacteria in your gut. Biohm probiotics are not only allergen-free, vegan, and non-GMO, but they also fight against digestive plaque.

Probiotics can be found naturally in fermented foods, like kimchi and kombucha, and are wonderful daily additions to a regular probiotic supplement.

3. My secret weapons.

A few week ago, I wrote about my secret weapons when healing leaky gut. I have a no-fail trio when it comes to healing the gut: bone broth, magnesium, and a GI repair powder containing L-Glutamine, Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice, and aloe vera.

Bonafide is my all time favorite when it comes to bone broth, if I can’t order it myself or pick it up from the Super Pho down the street, and this Natural Vitality Natural Calm supplement not only reduces anxiety and achy muscles but is one of the most important minerals when it comes to healing the gut.

The last of my trio? Collagen peptides. Collagen is a necessary protein the body needs to heal and support our skin, hair, joints, bones, and - you guessed it - gut. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides are bio-available and easy absorbed to boost our overall health, not to mention the immune and digestive system. Plus, they’re tasteless and dissolve completely in my morning cup of coffee!

Lots of love,

L

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