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Gut getting worse after implementing Leaky Gut diet - normal?

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Created January 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Hey all,

I have a history gastrointestinal issues, low immune system (prone to illness) and some chronic fatigue. I have implemented a Leaky Gut diet (http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-5-heal-your-gut) and I'm about 10 days in. I have not experienced heart burn for about 1.5 years (which was an ongoing issue before that) but now that I have implemented the diet, I have heart burn again. But, I have experienced a drastic improvement in facial acne.

MY QUESTION - Is this normal? Has anyone experienced a worsening of these symptoms on leaky gut diet before the symptoms improved?

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15443 · November 25, 2014 at 2:02 PM

When I first looked into the Paleo diet I had GERD, poor digestion, and some other issues.  At first I did kind of a half-assed Paleo, I cut back on grains and sugars and everything but still had them occasionally (2-4x per week).  I did not really notice any improvement in fact things probably got worse.

Then one day I went totally strict and limited my diet to only strictly Paleo foods -- meat, vegetables, eggs.  I drank only water and coffee, eliminted sugar and grains completely.  I went low carb, initially 25g per day, which eliminated most fruits and non-crunchy vegetables. It was basically an elimination diet. I had eggs for breakfast (perhaps with some avocado or crunchy vegetables), a salad-with-meat for lunch, nuts for snacks, and meat and cooked veggies for dinner. The only "sweets" I had was 80%+ dark chocolate.

It only took a few days and my digestion radically improved and the GERD went away.  I felt a big improvement in energy, mood, and sleep.  After a couple more weeks I started to lose noticeable weight.  I've been Paleo since (2.5 years now) but I've added back carbs and made other adjustments.

So if you are not seeing the results you expect you might ensure that, at least initially, you're very strict with the diet and are definitely eliminating the things that may be causing you problems.  In my case I think the grains and sugars were the main culprit.  Others report that dropping nightshades, or nuts, or shellfish, or other things helped them a lot, due to either sensitivity or allergy.

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10214 · November 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

My problems were serious and I learned to remedy them without the Paleo diet. I was successful using what you call a half-assed approach - strictly limiting carbs - but in addition strictly limiting all foods. For me GERD-like reflux and heartburn are regulated best by avoiding gorging on fatty foods, and not by elimination dieting.

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17392 · November 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

What exactly are you eating, and how are you following that protocol?  You might be reacting to one of the foods you're eating, or rather your gut flora might be.

 

When I first started paleo it was because of GERD.  It got worse before it got better, but it got a lot better after I eliminated not just wheat, but also dairy.

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10214 · November 25, 2014 at 4:16 AM

I didn't know that heartburn was diagnostic of leaky gut.

Quit reading quacks like Kresser and go and see an MD.

I don't see any diet in your link, just a rigorous plan for eliminating foods he objects to. At the end there's vague guidance about reducing stress. If you fail to eliminate leaky gut, well obviously you didn't follow his directions precisely and that's not Kresser's fault. That's why you pay a trained physician, who has a responsibility to improve your condition and can be held liable for failing.

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10214 · November 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

My MD helped me. He didn't wave a magic internet wand over my diabetes and obesity. He looked at my tests and asked me what I had done to screw myself up. He forced me to look in the mirror and look at the damage I'd done. Real diagnosis not self diagnosis. That's what I pay him for.

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17392 · November 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Kresser knows his shit.  Most physicials will prescribe antacids for heartburn, which is exactly the wrong way to treat it.

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