Do you have any ideas for helping with gut permeability or leaky gut?
Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have any ideas for helping with gut permeability or leaky gut?” — S.S., Brooklyn, NY
A. Dear S.S., I think diet is incredibly important for improving overall health, including gastrointestinal issues. I would start by removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from your diet. Your diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, lamb, poultry, and fish, with non-starchy vegetables and fruits. You can also eat nuts, seeds, and berries. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. For more information, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
Numerous factors can contribute to the development of leaky gut, like stress, infections, diet, medications, and many others. Despite the cause, chronic irritation to the gastrointestinal (GI) system leads to chronic inflammation. To address inflammation in the stomach and intestinal tract, we need to use a compound that can help modulate a certain kind of inflammation-promoting pathway, called 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase). One of the best botanicals I know to control this type of inflammation is boswellia.
The boswellia I prefer is standardized to contain high levels of the key compound, AKBA, which gives boswellia many of its health benefits. While most of the compounds within boswellia are anti-inflammatory, there is one compound that is actually pro-inflammatory. Therefore, I recommend a boswellia that is low in beta-boswellic acid, which can actually cause inflammation.
In addition to boswellia, there are other safe and effective herbal medicines that help work in different ways to help support the GI system. Oils of coriander, fennel, caraway seed, and peppermint help by controlling bacterial populations, relaxing the stomach lining, and support normal functioning of the GI tract.
I would take boswellia, coriander, fennel, caraway seed, and peppermint with each meal.
For additional support, you may want to consider adding in human-strain probiotics like Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum. I would take these once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally