Leaky Gut Treatment: The Mistakes You’re Making
Have you been working hard on treating your leaky gut, only to have your digestive issues, eczema, brain fog, seasonal allergies, or other symptoms persist? Don’t give up! Healing a leaky gut can take time and there are many factors that can complicate your treatment.
In fact, you may simply be overlooking a few key steps in treating your leaky gut. Once you’ve made the necessary tweaks to your leaky gut treatment protocol, and continue to use essential supplements such as Leaky Gut Revive®, it should be smooth sailing. Discover how these common mistakes can get in the way of your leaky gut treatment.
Leaky Gut Treatment Mistakes to Avoid
1. Eating too many raw vegetables
While it’s true that vegetables are good for your gut, too many raw vegetables could slow the progress of your leaky gut treatment. This is because digesting raw vegetables takes a lot of work, and if you’re short on digestive enzymes, raw veggies can contribute to bloating, gas, and other kinds of GI discomfort. Instead, focus on cooked vegetables while getting your gut back in shape.
Another option during your leaky gut treatment is to drink juice or smoothies, as the vegetable nutrients are already partially broken down, making them easier for your body to digest and absorb.
2. Not doing an elimination diet
If you’re working to fix a leaky gut, you’ve presumably cut out triggering foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar, and all packaged and processed foods. However, if you’re still struggling with leaky gut symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or chronic fatigue, you could be dealing with undiagnosed food sensitivity.
It’s crucial for anyone with a leaky gut to do an elimination diet to rule out hidden food intolerances, or serious food allergies. See this article for basic instructions on elimination diets, and enroll in my Leaky Gut Breakthrough® Program for additional resources for leaky gut treatment such as a symptom checker, shopping guide, and easy-to-follow meal plans.
3. Cheating on your leaky gut treatment protocol
Let’s face it—nobody’s perfect! With that said, if you want to get serious about your leaky gut repair, this is one step you cannot skip. Each time you figure “a little pizza can’t hurt” or “I’ll just have one glass of wine,” your digestive system takes a hit, as does all the progress you’ve made.
On the other hand, once you repair your gut, it can be tempting to go back to the way you ate before your leaky gut treatment. However, this is exactly what triggered leaky gut syndrome in the first place!
Instead, there are plenty of recipes that will help you enjoy the plethora of delicious, nutritious foods you CAN eat during leaky gut repair so that you’re not focusing on inflammatory foods that compromise your gut health and increase intestinal permeability.
4. Eating when you’re stressed
We all know stress is bad news for your digestive health and is one of the main causes of leaky gut. Eating while stressed can significantly derail your leaky gut treatment! That’s because when your stress response kicks in, your digestive process slows down to a crawl.
Rather than trying to force down your lunch when your stomach is in knots, try going for a walk or doing some deep breathing exercises first. Just these little changes will support your leaky gut treatment and your gut will thank you too.
5. Missing one or more of the 4Rs
I know it can be challenging to stick with your leaky gut treatment when you can’t physically “see” the progress and don’t know how long it might take to repair your gut. You might be tempted to cut corners or skip steps. You figure, “I’ve removed the toxic and inflammatory foods from my diet — do I really need the gut-repairing supplements?
Although removing inflammatory foods is an important and necessary step to heal a leaky gut, repairing the damage that’s already done may require more than that.
That’s why I love Leaky Gut Revive® powder. It contains a high concentration of L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps seal the tight junctions in your intestinal walls, along with aloe vera to replace the lost mucus in your gut, deglycerinated licorice and other powerful gut-repairing ingredients.
In addition to Leaky Gut Revive® for your leaky gut treatment plan, I also recommend Complete Enzymes, which aid in digestion. It’s also beneficial to include a high-potency probiotic to restore gut balance, and collagen to help repair and rebuild damaged gut cells.
6. Taking medications that damage your gut
Medications are the double-edged sword of our modern world. Some are life-saving and non-negotiable. Yet there are other gut-damaging medications such as antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and NSAIDs that can do more harm than good and derail your leaky gut treatment.
Antibiotics are one of the most over-prescribed medications. Nearly half of all outpatient prescriptions are unnecessary, according to the CDC.1
7. Eating “health” foods that really aren’t healthy
We grew up being told that foods such as dairy, grains, and legumes are “healthy.” As it turns out, these foods might be what’s keeping you from being successful in your leaky gut treatment. Dairy is one of the two most inflammatory foods. Seventy percent of women overall (it does vary by ethnicity) stop producing the lactase enzyme needed to properly digest dairy after they finish breastfeeding, which is why so many people have a dairy intolerance.2
8. Taking the wrong probiotics
If your leaky gut is due to SIBO and you can’t seem to make it past step three of the 4R approach in your leaky gut treatment, your probiotics could be to blame. Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine can be a surplus of good bacteria as well as bad, and typically involves lactobacillus or bifidobacterium species. When you take a lactic acid-based probiotic (which most on the market are) you are actually feeding the bacteria that have mistakenly inhabited your small intestine.
Until your leaky gut treatment is complete and your gut is repaired, I recommend soil-based probiotics which are able to bypass your small intestine and colonize your colon and large intestine instead.
9. Eating too many fermented foods
You’ve probably heard countless sources say fermented foods are a gut’s best friend. The truth is that when you introduce fermented foods into your diet and your gut microbiome, you don’t really know exactly what kind of bacteria or yeast they contain.
As with probiotic supplements, if you have SIBO or Candida overgrowth, you should wait until after you’ve completed your leaky gut repair to use fermented foods as they could potentially be worsening the overgrowth and derailing your treatment for leaky gut.
10. Not addressing the other three pillars of The Myers Way®
Perhaps you’ve worked your way through the 4Rs and are wondering why you’re still showing signs and symptoms of leaky gut. Well, repairing your gut is only the first pillar of The Myers Way®. The key to leaky gut treatment is to address all underlying environmental causes of your condition. That means you also have to optimize your diet, tame your toxic burden, heal your infections, and relieve your stress.
Completing Your Leaky Gut Treatment
Together, these four pillars are the recipe for overcoming chronic illness, autoimmune flares, leaky gut symptoms, and other health problems that can be helped by a leaky gut treatment plan. Once you’ve worked your way through them, you’ll see digestive issues disappear and food sensitivities go away, your mood will improve, and your energy will return.
Most importantly you will feel like yourself again and your healthy gut will be able to support your digestion, your immune system, and so much more. What are you waiting for? There’s not time better than now to start your treatment and achieve optimal health.
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