Leaky Gut Cure – Heal your Digestion, Lose Weight, Increase your Energy

by Tamara on November 21, 2011

in Digestion

Well, I’ve turned into the incredible shrinking woman lately.  I’ve lost another 12 lbs. since my last blog post — that’s 32 lbs. so far since May!  As I mentioned in my last post, this is highly unusual for me.  I’d really put on a lot of weight these past few years, so losing weight for me had been nearly impossible.  Until now.

So how have I lost so much weight?  Well, there are the reasons I mentioned in my last post “Life after Divine Openings”, but I have something new I’ve started that has really made a difference in my weight, digestion, and overall health.

About 8 weeks ago, I just stopped digesting my food.  I was super tired and weak and shaky and nothing made me feel better.  You see, I had made the mistake of trying to eat lunch with some co-workers, and ate at several restaurants that weren’t offering truly gluten-free meals.

I knew I was only going to be working there for a few weeks, so I thought I’d make the most out of it and eat lunch with them as frequently as possible.  Although I had a good time, I really did a number on my stomach, and I ended up kicking my Leaky Gut Syndrome into gear once again.

I immediately went online searching for a program that would work for me, and I came across a program called the Leaky Gut Cure by Karen Brimeyer, that was being promoted on The Gluten Free Society website.  This was not just a special meal plan, but was an all encompassing program that included all aspects of your diet and lifestyle — a program that has improved not only my digestion, but my overall health.

This plan has been instrumental in helping me lose even more weight and has drastically improved my digestion, metabolism, and energy levels as well.

So what is Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is the name given to a condition in which the ability of the intestinal wall to keep out large and undesirable molecules is reduced.

Like your skin, the intestinal lining serves as a barrier between the outside environment (food, drink, etc) and the internal environment (blood stream).  When working properly, nothing harmful can get through.  But when leaky gut is present, the door is open for harmful parasites, bacteria, yeast/fungi, toxins, etc. to move freely into and through the blood stream to any area of the body.

Leaky gut is like the equivalent of having holes in your skin that allow all of the bacteria and other harmful stuff straight into your body!

What are some of the causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome?

  • Dietary sources (e.g., white flour, trans-fats, processed foods, processed sugar, pasteurized milk, alcohol)
  • Environmental toxins (e.g., food, farming, & household chemicals)
  • Chronic stress (e.g., physical, mental, & emotional)
  • Dysbiosis (e.g., parasites, bacteria, & yeast)
  • and Medications (NSAIDS, antibiotics, & birth control pills)

What are some of the common symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome?

  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Weight loss resistance
  • Chronic headaches, muscle and joint pain
  • and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What will the Leaky Gut Cure Diet and Program do for you?

The only way to get rid of your chronic symptoms is to heal your leaky gut.  You have to give your body the right foods that it needs to supply the necessary building blocks for healing, and stop feeding it foods that are causing the problems and making everything worse.

Here are some of the highlights of the Leaky Gut Cure program:

  • First, every action item that you incorporate into your diet and lifestyle is itemized out, day by day, so you can slowly ease into the program (and don’t become overwhelmed by having to change everything all at once).
  • It’s only a 10 week program, so it’s very do-able (and if I can do it, anyone can!)
  • You eat frequently, so you are never hungry (you should go no longer than 2-3 hours without food).
  • The diet includes mostly proteins and non-starchy vegetables with healthy fats (e.g., coconut oil).
  • You eat moderate amounts of protein at every meal (3-5 oz).  All the animal protein you eat on the Leaky Gut Cure program must be lean, hormone-free, and preservative-free, and the animals must be fed a grain-free diet.
  • You eat according to your metabolic type (e.g., there is a checklist that helps you choose which of these food combinations you prefer and stick to that ratio for every meal throughout the program:  1) Protein type:  high protein/low carb, 2) Carb type:  high carb/low protein, or 3) Mixed type:  equal amounts of each).
  • You must stay completely away from those foods which have been recommended to avoid, along with any other determined food allergies for the length of the program.
  • There is a muscle-testing video that explains how you can muscle test yourself to figure out which foods you are sensitive to.
  • There is a 4-day food rotation plan to follow to ensure you don’t get any new food sensitivities.
  • There are different checklists for you to complete to check for adrenal stress and pathogens.
  • There are several different supplement packages depending on what your needs are — available at discounted pricing (e.g., supplements for possible pathogens, adrenal stress, gut healing, etc.)
  • There are food checklists to take to the store with you to help you plan your meals.
  • And the program also recommends adding stress-relievers like meditation and low-impact exercise into your lifestyle, as stress is a leading contributor to Leaky Gut.

This is by-far the most comprehensive program I’ve ever seen for Leaky Gut Syndrome.  I’m so impressed by the results I’ve seen so far, that I’ve become an affiliate for the Leaky Gut Cure Program.

The diet plan is very straightforward and easy to follow, and I haven’t had any problems implementing the recommendations.  That is saying a lot, since I’m not really a big fan of cooking, and I really liked having packaged snacks that I can easily eat on the run.

The one thing that I think is really helping me not only feel better, but also lose so much weight, is the reduction of grains and the increase in animal protein.  Up until a year ago, I was a vegan and not eating any animal protein at all.  I ate so many grains that I was always feeling tired and bloated.  Now I’m looking lean and feeling better than ever!

The Gluten Free Society (where I found out about the Leaky Gut Cure) recommends that everyone with gluten sensitivity/intolerance should go to a completely “grain free” diet, since there is gluten in all grains, not just wheat, barley, rye, and spelt.  They claim the only true gluten free diet is one that is completely “grain free”.

I think if you are on a gluten free diet and still are not feeling well, it’s probably because you have Leaky Gut Syndrome, so I recommend trying this diet first and see if your symptoms go away.  If after 10 weeks on the Leaky Gut Cure diet, you are not feeling better, you might want to switch to a grain free diet.

Anyway, I really love the results I’m getting from this program:  more energy, continued weight loss, less inflammation, better digestion, more regularity, and overall better health.

If you are having any digestion problems at all, or any of these leaky gut symptoms:  arthritis, asthma, allergies, bloating, gas, constipation, chronic fatigue, gluten/dairy intolerance, joint pain, adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, eczema, poor memory, recurrent colds & flu, headaches, etc., I highly recommend the Leaky Gut Cure Program.  It’s very affordable, completely downloadable, and incredibly easy to do.

Next post, I’ll be sharing with you some of the easy to prepare foods I’ve been eating on the program.  Plus, I’ll share some of  the holiday recipes that I’ll be modifying for Thanksgiving to make them more Leaky Gut-friendly.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan Holloway December 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I am interested to read your future blogs about your success with this program that you’re on at present. I originally suffered with candida issues that escalated considerably after antiobiotic and Prylosec use for h-pylori.

My symptoms then evolved from classic candida issues into severe muscle pain in my back; especially in my glutes and mid to upper back. These reactions are a direct result of extensive food sensitivities to almost all foods. I am presently juicing in an attempt to heal my leaky gut. I have worked with a functional health clinic, but did not see any lasting relief. I am also gluten intolerant, dairy/lactose intolerant, allergic to nuts, soy, chemicals etc. Pretty much everything. I eat mainly organic chicken breasts, lemons, organic coconut oil, some butter and avocados plus peppermint tea.

I am alway looking for answers, but have become somewhat skeptical. It sounds like you, too, felt this way at times.
Susan Holloway´s last blog post ..Juicing – A Natural Option to Squelch the Fire of Inflammation

Tamara December 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

This diet really works. After 10 weeks on the program, I am now able to start adding foods back into my diet slowly, without any ill effects.

In 2005, I suffered from severe, stabbing, upper middle back pain which was diagnosed as acid reflux and an esophageal spasm. My doctor put me on prilosec as well, and it really did a number on my stomach. I didn’t have enough acid in my stomach to digest my food, & so it appeared like I was having food allergies, but at that time, I don’t believe I had any. I just couldn’t digest my food. I switched to taking digestive enzymes and Hydrochloric acid & I immediately got better.

Then a few years ago, in 2009, I developed a gluten and dairy/casein sensitivity & I believe that was the beginning of my Leaky Gut symptoms. I initially tried to heal my Leaky Gut just by Juicing, but it didn’t completely heal it, and my food sensitivities got worse. Now that I’m on this new Leaky Gut Cure diet, I am feeling 100% better. I am able to eat a much wider variety of foods without any problems.

One new thing that has happened since I started this new diet is I no longer have to take my thyroid medicine. I went from 1.5 grains (90mg) of Armour thyroid medicine and 50mg of Ioderal Iodine per day, to none, in less than 3 months. It’s been a miraculous recovery. Many doctors believe you cannot heal your thyroid, but you can by changing your diet.

Every day I feel a little bit better than the last. I hope you consider starting the Leaky Gut Cure program and start feeling better soon!

Tammy Howard February 16, 2012 at 3:03 am

I’m overwhelmed with this review. More people should know about those facts, and concentrate on what and how they eat and drink instead of consuming such large amounts of drugs (“medicine”) from the drugs industry.
Tammy Howard´s last blog post ..Wheatgrass Juice VS Wheatgrass Powder

Karisewhkn March 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Using A Gluten Free Diet For Weight Loss: Can You Really Lose The Weight? http://www.aboutgrain.com/using-a-gluten-free-diet-for-weight-loss-can-you-really-lose-the-weight/

Cynthia July 4, 2012 at 1:17 am

Hi There..I was hoping to heal my gut via juicing too but it does not look like you had much success in doing it that way. A few years ago, I bought this book , e book and had a 1 on 1 with the author. I did not find her to be all that helpful and felt she was more out for the $ so I am happy to hear you had success. Like you, I do not eat meat and she said I would have to eat meet but it makes me sick to think I am eating an animal. So I don;t know if there are replacements for the meat for protein. Like you also, I do not digest food, especially protein. But I have had this for 10 years and now have something called SIBO. Small bacteria overgrowth caused by the laeaky gut. I cannot tolerate sugar at all. Look forward to hearing from you.

Carl July 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

This is a really great post about the leaky gut cure from Karen Brimeyer. You really went into the details of the program. Hopefully, more people become aware about leaky gut and the seriousness of this disorder.

Sue August 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience Tamara. I’d be interested to hear how you’re getting on now as I see you’ve not added any blog posts this year. I’m a bit sceptical about the 10 week healing to be honest. I’m currently on the GAPS diet and have been for about 4 months. I believe I’ve had a leaky gut for many, many years and have autoimmune thyroid disease as a result of that. I too tried juicing last year and did a 3 month juice feast, which saw me lose weight and end feeling awesome – only to rapidly reverse back to what has become ‘normal’ for me in quite a short time with the reintroduction of food. The author of the GAPS programme says that it can take 2 years or more for adults in particular to heal completely and I would imagine that’s correct. It’s taken me almost 50 years to get in the state that I’m in and there is no way that I believe I can reverse that in a matter of weeks. I do hope that things are still going well for you though and would love an update.

Tamara August 20, 2012 at 12:20 am

I am sorry for not blogging this year. My full time job has kept me very busy, and I tend to work a lot of overtime.

I totally believe that you can cure your gut in 10 weeks or less because I’ve done it not only once, but twice. In the fall, I couldn’t digest anything at all. I’d been eating a lot of dairy and I was very sick. The food was just going straight through the lining of my stomach. Within 2 weeks of starting the diet, I started feeling good again. Within 10 weeks, I was cured.

Then a few months ago, I tried eating those “My Fit Foods” meals — and got really sick and I didn’t know why. I got online and read the nutrition labels and the meals were loaded with dairy and tons of sodium — so they are very “unfit foods”. Since I switched back to the Leaky Gut diet, I feel great, so I’m sticking to it.

You are right, although I loved juicing, and it helped me at times — it did not cure me. The Leaky Gut cure diet did. I’ve never heard of the GAPS diet, so I’m not sure if it will work for you, but if you aren’t feeling better by now, you might want to try something new. I know food allergies might stick around for 2 years, but you should be feeling better in just a few weeks — not 2 years.

I recommend contacting Karen Brimeyer and discussing your symptoms with her. She might be able to recommend something else that I haven’t yet shared with you.

I also recommend taking Renewlife’s Intesti-New and Probiotics. They will really help rebuild the lining of your gut and keep away Candida and other disorders that are agravated by food allergies.

Hope this helps and you are feeling better soon!

Tamara August 20, 2012 at 12:20 am

I hope the information gets to those who need it. I’ve never felt better and want everyone to know there is help out there.

Tamara August 20, 2012 at 12:28 am

I actually do eat meat now. Since I don’t eat a lot of grains, and I cannot have soy, gluten, or dairy, I had no choice but to start eating animal protein again. Although I love animals and don’t want to see them harmed in any way, I have never felt better since I changed my diet.

I follow the Leaky Gut cure diet, eating mostly animal protein, vegetables, fruits, and good fats like coconut oil. I eat only a little bit of grains, and not every day.

I thought I didn’t digest animal protein very well, but it turned out it was because of what I was eating it with. You should never combine animal protein with grains, and that is what I always did. Now I only eat it with vegetables, and now I digest it just fine. I just follow basic food combining rules and I never have problems anymore.

If you cannot tolerate sugar at all, you probably do have Leaky Gut, and Candida as well. You would definitely benefit from the Leaky Gut cure diet, if you can tolerate eating animal protein. I don’t recommend meat replacements because they tend to be loaded with soy, corn, and other grains. That will make you feel worse. See if you can eat a little meat by itself or with vegetables, and see if you digest it better. I have some info on my site about food combining, so look that up as well.

Hope this helps!

Hope

samantha March 2, 2013 at 5:22 am

I am avidly reading all of this together with other information on similar diets including candida. I think I have leaky gut caused by lots of steroids and anti antibiotics over many years. I do not have any allergies to food or intolerances though so when I read about bloating, diarrhea, pain, discomfort etc none of that is me. My symptoms are brain fog, lack of energy and sinus. Any thoughts?

Rosie Burns March 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

My sister has been losing weight steadily and has lost about 20 pound in the past 3 to 4 months. She was underweight to begin with so I am truly concerned about her. She is alergic to wheat, gluten, nuts, dairy products, wheat. er doctor is concerned about her weight loss. She suffers from anxiety, depression, diabetes, leaky gut and stress and stomach issues. Is there anything you can recommend so that she can start gaining weight. She also been treated for parasites.

Senna July 21, 2013 at 12:33 am

Thanks Tamara for sharing this information and for patiently answering all the queries. I have certain changes to my diet and my lifestyle which have helped immensely. Information like yours are always welcome to help become aware that yes, there is problem and there is help out there.

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