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Leaky Gut, Constipation and Gluten Free?

Digestive Health | Last Active: Jan 26, 2018 | Replies (23)

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Clemlaa, I’m tagging fellow Connect members who have also turned to a gluten-free and dairy-free diet to help manage symptoms. @johnbishop @meemer @mieke @michellecrcrn @ambrose @uneeq1 what advice might you have for Clemlaa?

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The gluten-free dairy free better diet – just can’t go wrong with it. In addition I’d recommend some research on antifungal’s and probiotics. Because while the diet helps starve of the Yeast ( like candida overgrowth – a bi-product / side effect of antibiotic use and yes poor diet) and bad gut flora – anti-fungals and probiotics help restore and maintain the balance of the good flora and the fauna in the gut. Believe it or not beans are the number one best thing to encourage the growth of good gut balance. Whole flaxseed or ground flaxseed can go along way towards ending constipation. Lentils are huge, huge good nutrition, good gut balance food. One of the best anti-fungals I’ve found is Diflucan. But olive leaf extract is a lighter Antifungal and can be obtained without a prescription. Probiotics and nondairy Kiefers or another wonderful way to balance the gut and end constipation. My husband and I put flaxseed and everything absolutely everything cereal meatloaf shakes are we just eat it – put a spoon for my mouth and chew it. It balances blood sugar, takes away hunger and on and on. Last but not least let’s keep on encouraging each other to keep fighting the fine fight. It’s really not our fault – not all of it. All of these things we’re doing, I believe, is a tiny little chip in a huge block of what causes autoimmune disease. I believe we are very close to multiple revelations on how we all got here – in this frustrating world of auto immune disease.

Wow Ambrose thanks for taking the time to help me. Meatloaf shakes. Oh I’ve got so much to learn. Been eating SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) and that helps. Will look into if flaxseed is a good option for me. Thank you so much. I appreciate the reply

I should have been more careful with the “comma’s” – I meant to say “We use (Flaxseed) in everything, meatloaf, shakes (smoothies), cereal, etc.” (not meatloaf shakes! ha!)
For a gluten free diet, a Dr. once told me to remember “B.R.O.W.”. Gluten is found in Barley, Rye, Oats, and Wheat. Many of those that I dearly love. Another natural Dr. advised that healing the gut is roughly a 6 week process (more or less depending on the severity of the auto-immune disorder, and how strict one is with obeying the dietary guidelines). So, an easy dietary experiment is (for 6 weeks) no diary, no gluten, no meat, no sugar, no alcohol. Cleanse the gut with juicing, vegetables, fruits (organic as much as possible), and lots of “healthy water”. (no chlorine, no fluoride, etc.) We can still have whole grain rice, organic corn, beans, (I made a lentil stew with tomatoes, spinach, garlic, onions, rosemary and thyme that my husband DEMANDS to have again!) There is a world of fresh food that we re-discover when such restrictions are in place – and anybody can do that for 6 weeks! Supplements can come into play if we begin to become anemic, or get low on B-Vitamins. Eggs are a good source of protein, as are Avocados. (We CAN have the healthy / vegetable fats!) Inflammation goes down and we lose inches from absence of bloat, if not actual weight loss – another perk. I keep reminding myself, (as I gaze over at the fried chicken the rest of my family has….: ) it’s not a calorie plan, it’s a “heal the gut” plan. I can do 6 weeks, it’s just 6 weeks.
So far, in my second week, I have tons more energy (still taking NatureThroid) clear headed, lost inches (belt is on the 3rd notch instead of the 2nd!), and am so excited to see how good it can get. I may never (or rarely) go back to eating meat!
One other thing that I must do (in the way of supplements) is to take “Digestive Enzymes”. I am over 50 and Dieticians tell me that it is not uncommon for us to lose our natural digestive enzymes as we grow older. I used to have heartburn on a pretty regular basis. Not anymore. The cure for heartburn (indigestion!) is not ANTI-Acids, but INCREASE-Acids / Enzymes. Digestive Enzymes are also a wonderful remedy for constipation. (Along with the healthy water and the increased fiber from a diet based on vegetables – raw and cooked, and fruits, and nuts – yes, we can have all that fat in nuts too!) Buy a good brand of Digestive Enzymes, from a Health Food Store / Provider, and not the cheapest, like what might be available at Wal-Mart. Even the good ones are not that expensive, and you don’t necessarily have to take them every day.
Yes, do keep reading anything and everything you can find on HEALING THE GUT. I do believe, some day in the not too distant future, we are gong to hear that Dr.s have discovered that “Leaky Gut Syndrome” is the root cause for most, if not all, auto-immune disorders. (Hashimotos, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Chronic-Fatique, and on and on and on).

Wow sounds like your husband is one lucky man!

Great glad you feel better:) Would you mind, if you have time, if you could you describe what you would eat for 3 days?
I know more what not to eat then to eat.

Hello @churchl, and Welcome to Connect,

I would encourage you and members @clemlaa @meemer @mieke @michellecrcrn @ambrose @uneeq1 @lisa_sj99 to take a look at Mayo Clinic’s Celiac Disease blog: http://celiacblog.mayoclinic.org
On this blog you will find Mayo Clinic experts discussing current research, news, tips and patient stories.
If you wish, you can read and listen to Dr. Joseph Murray, M.D., talk about ‘leaky gut,’ here: http://mayocl.in/2kqMEze

@churchl, do you have any other questions or advice for the Connect community?

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