Repairing Leaky Gut Syndrome

This is Your Intestines on Gluten! Yipes!

This is Your Intestines on Gluten! Yipes!

I have been diagnosed with severe gluten intolerance and have had no gluten for 8 weeks. My main symptom was depression and I understand that a leaky gut will cause the malabsorption of the amino acids which convert to serotonin.

How long does it take to repair the "gluten damage"?

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Repairing the Damage of Leaky Gut
by: Kerri Knox, RN-The Immune Health Queen!


That's a REALLY great question, and one that I will eventually be writing an Ebook about- it's THAT big a question!

So, there are SO many people that get off of gluten and don't feel better for various reasons. One of the reasons that they don't end up feeling better is from "Rookie Mistakes".

The first mistake is that people go off gluten and substitute with what I call "Gluten free junk food". They get gluten free bread, gluten free white rice, gluten free pastries and eat gluten free pies and muffins.

So, while you are healing your gut, you are still eating an 'inflammatory' diet of processed foods and giving your intestines no decent nutrients to absorb.

You will never get well doing this because ALL processed foods and sugar are inflammatory. Also, most people with gluten sensitivity have lactose intolerance from the damaged gut as well and need to get off of dairy until they heal their leaky gut.

The next mistake is not taking vitamins or taking poor quality vitamins that are difficult to absorb. Since you have not been absorbing nutrients for decades, it's likely that you have a serious deficit that could be contributing to your depression:

Vitamin D Deficiency

Magnesium Deficiency

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

among others. And these need to be addressed along with getting enough high quality protein and fats in order to heal.

The other reason that people don't heal is because they almost invariably have intestinal parasites and/or Intestinal Candida and/or The H Pylori Bacteria that is still contributing to Leaky Gut Syndrome. And all of these need to be addressed before someone who was diagnosed with Gluten Sensitivity is going to feel better.

So, while I'm not trying to be a pessimist, I'm just pointing out that there are a multitude of issues contributing to your problem, and fixing ONE thing is not going to magically make you better. It takes time and patience and preferably some good laboratory testing for Intestinal Pathogens at the very least.

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Health Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune

Leaky gut & depression
by: Anonymous

I have got rid of h pylori and yeast and been gluten free and lactose free for 4 months and my anxiety and depression is still as bad. I am only eating healthy nutritious organic whole foods and am up on my vitamins suggested.

How long will this take to improve?

It depends...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Well, it sure sounds like you are on the right track and being gluten free and eating right is a GREAT start, but...

Are you sure that you've ERADICATED your H pylori infection. H pylori treatment fails about 30% of the time and the only way that you can be sure that it is gone is to get retested. You can't get a blood test for about 6 months after treatment because the antibodies may still be in your blood, so you must have an H Pylori Stool Test post treatment to make sure that it is completely gone.

Also, you say that your candida is gone, but how do you actually know that if you still have symptoms? Also, you may be TAKING vitamins, but are they the RIGHT vitamins to correct YOUR problem? Taking a High Quality Whole Food Multivitamin like Jigsaw Health's Essential Daily Packs is a great start, especially since they contain an excellent dose of Omega 3 Fatty Acids- which is sounds like you are in sore need of...

What is your Vitamin D Level?

What is your Methylmalonic Acid Level that tells you whether you are Vitamin B12 Deficient?

You might have some OTHER nutritional issues that are NOT covered by even the highest quality multivitamin because you have certain needs.

You could also have heavy metal toxicity or have detoxification problems, and no amount of vitamins will fix that.

So, that's why in my practice, I TEST people. Then, there is no guessing. I would encourage you to consider getting:

An Intestinal Pathogen Test to make sure that you have truly eradicated the H pylori and the Candida. It will also test for many other pathogens as well. If you had H pylori and Candida, then what makes you think that you might not have some OTHER bugs as well?

Heavy Metal Test to check for Arsenic, Lead, Mercury and many other toxins that could be causing your depression.

The Organix Profile- This test will check for MANY nutrient deficiencies, check for a couple of specific intestinal pathogens, test your ability to detoxify substances, do a double check to see if you have truly rid yourself of candida, and check your neurotransmitter levels as well- any of which could be contributing to your depression.

Testing is really the only way to know for sure what is causing your problems.

non-epileptic seizures/IBS could be gluten?
by: Kathleen

I had a stroke at 7 months old.I have open lip schizencephaly/water on the brain.I was diagnosed having seizures at the age of 7.I'm now 44 yrs old been on every epilepsy med for yrs.I have been diagnoised with IBS now for 21 yrs.?I can't go out of my house without immodium.I'm a pepsi-addict.I was also told that I have pancreas malabsorbtion syndrome.I'm not sure if gluten has anything to do with it all.

You'll never know
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

And you'll NEVER know unless you simply try a gluten free diet and found out for yourself if that could be causing some of your problems.

And you'll have a lot WORSE problems down the line if you don't stop drinking Pepsi. With all of your health issues, why are you continuing to knowingly destroy your health further by drinking sugar all day long? I don't really understand that at all.

Kerri Knox, RN

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