I've been reading up on this and there is a lot of conflicting advice so I'd love to hear from people who have fixed the problem. Sweet potatoes and greek yogurt were two foods that I notice appearing on lists of recommended foods and list of foods to avoid. Any thoughts on these? Also if anyone has anything to say about FODMAPs and leaky gut I'd be interested to hear.
My experience has been a process, for sure. I think the main reason I struggle is because I have celiac disease, and apparently some other food allergies in there as well. It's been a struggle to learn what foods have trace amounts of gluten (tea, vinegars, etc) where you wouldn't expect it. I'm getting better at it, but still not there, yet.
I've heard 6 months pretty often for the length of time it takes to heal a damaged gut. I've also heard that about a year or two after going gluten-free, celiacs are able to add back some of the foods that had previously bothered them.
3-4 months for me but I do not consider myself fully cured as few alcoholic drinks take me to day 1
Think of two cathegories A foods that promote gut permeability (alcohol, coffee, wheat lectins, milk) B foods that take advantage of the permeable gut, cross the intestinal wall and cause immune reaction (gluten, lactose,fructose) Some foods contain both (wheat, beer) for those it is easier to see reaction immediately
saturated fat downregulates the intestinal inflamatory response, bone broth, vitamin D (sunshine),lots of water (dehydration triggers intestinal permeability). No commercial supplements worked for me, had reaction to the filling agents in the pills in most of them.
It took about 3 months for me. I came from 2 years of WAP eating, so it was really just eliminating grains & legumes at that point.
I avoided all gluten. No cheats ever. I'm gluten intolerant, but not celiac.
I had kefir and/or kombucha daily.
I took 8,000 IUs of Vit D3, 1000 mg Omega 3 and 400 mg Mag Citrate at the time. I now take 50 mg Zinc Picolinate and 400 IU Vitamin E, in addition.
My digestion normalized in 2.5 weeks after dropping gluten. My chronic eczema was the remaining symptom that took 3 months to disappear.
I now avoid most FODMAPS or only eat them in small quantities (which I handle fine.) I would get gas & bloating when eating them, but no leaky gut symptoms, as far as I can tell.
Interesting questions. Can't say I have any answers but perhaps some perspectives: (1) does the gut ever truly 'heal'? In coeliac (sorry, celiac) disease, the permeability issues are said to still remain to some extent. Bear in mind also that 'leaky' is probably not the best description, rather 'hyper-permeability': http://questioning-answers.blogspot.com/2011/02/leaky-gut-and-autism.html (2) As per the coeliac example, gluten is in the frame but that does not necessarily mean that gluten per se is the causative agent. Yes, could be those pesky epitopes but certain gut bacteria might also be in the frame: http://questioning-answers.blogspot.com/2011/08/battling-clostridia-difficile.html (3) speak to a registered dietitian! (4) L-glutamine is supposed to be one of the 'foods of the gut'. There is some evidence for some effect on permeability: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21463215
A lot of long-term Paleos on here report after 8-mos or so on Paleo, being able to eat moderate amounts of non-paleo foods (in absence of health conditions like allergies or coeliac). I would say that's my Un-SWAG (un-scientific wild ass guess) on the matter. I've eaten non-gluten-containing grains (corn and rice) recently without any major inflammatory response. If I eat large amounts of starches though, all bets are off... so there may still be some gut permeability and sensitivity issues.
Lactose still seems to affect me poorly, as does gluten, which indicates to me my issues are not 100% gut related.
All in all, I think it mostly would be the level of damage you have to heal - there wouldn't be a set time as we are all individuals with differing levels of damage, from almost-nil to knocking on Heaven's door.
my Naturopathic doctor did a Cyrex lab blood test to discover what foods have an antigen reaction like gluten. I was gluten intolerant for 7 years, but just started having symptoms as if I were eating gluten even though I was 100% certain that I wasn't. The test came back: eggs, dairy, corn, soy, rice, coffee, alcohol. I have chosen to eliminate nuts and nightshades as well. 2 months into eating a diet that I see some people call autoimmune paleo protocol. It's essentially nut free/dairy free/egg free Paleo. Bone broth and lots of fermented foods (making my own now, even coconut yogurt), probiotic pill every morning, a powder mix with slipper elm bark, glutamine, etc., magnesium, calcium, vit. D (5000mg), a high quality women's multi vitamin. Did very little fruit at first to get rid of systemic yeast (nausea came flaming back with any type of sugar the first month) and any parasites. Also taking caprylic acid for those beasties. I will NEVER go back to how I was eating. My migraines are gone, my hormones are balanced, I've lost 10 lbs., I'm calm calm calm as if I were doing yoga all day and I'm not. There is a tremendous balance and energy radiating from my core. I don't know how else to describe this healing. I feel 20 years younger. Miss coffee so so so much, but love yerba matte with coconut creamer. Miss wine, but will never have it again I don't think. I have a vitality I don't ever remember having. So that's the long answer. The short answer is that my pain is 25% gone (sm. intestine) and digestion still slow, but I know in 6-12 months it will be gone forever. Don't need to ever start eating the offending food again. Ever.
I'm not sure how "far gone" I was when I did this experiment, but years of on and off "paleo" in its own right didn't seem to heal my gut.
After 2 weeks of bone broth every morning, I was able to meet friends for pizza without any painful intestinal fallout the next day.
remove allergic foods i.e. eggs/dairy Most importantly, stop eating fiber, read FIBER MENACE. you'll have a hard time healing leaky gut if you keep eating fibrous vegetables, beans/legumes, fruits and grains. most ppl don't think about the vegetables part and keep partaking in big salads which are hurting them
I'm a FODMAP/fructose sensitive person, and it's a bummer, but also great information. I've learned that legumes, coconut milk, onions, and fruit are not my friends. By removing fruit (even grapefruit, such a bummer!) and onions, I've started to feel better. Ive also added dairy and water kefir to my diet, and, while I'm healing, I've been going easy on the fat. I know it's heresy in the paleo community,but I find that when my gut is irritated, fat does not sit well. So I'm trying to heal the gut before adding the questionable foods back in.
i think it also depends a little on what you're willing to give up. For instance, I still use a little bit of leeks or onions, because my food tastes terrible without it to me. I still drink Diet Coke (I know, awful), and I still use soy sauce sometimes, though less. It's possible that I would have healed more quickly if I had all bad stuff out.
As a side note, I believe sleeping well also helps, though I don't know if that's a proven fact or just my own anecdotal experience.
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