After finding out that you indeed have leaky gut syndrome, your practitioner may recommend you do a gut cleanse. If you are anything like me, when you hear the word “cleanse” or “detox” you immediately think that you will be spending the next 4 weeks of your life tied to your toilet (sorry for that image by the way). The good news is, the leaky gut cleanse does not make you experience this at all, or at least it didn’t for me and I have done it twice now.
Your practitioner will probably recommend some supplements as well as determine how often you need to take them. I am sharing my plan with you and please note I am not recommending that you go out and buy these products and proceed with the leaky gut cleanse without first speaking to your medical practitioner. I just want to share my entire leaky gut cleanse experience with you so you know what it involved in my particular case.
My practitioner recommended that I do this cleanse 3-4 times per year following the below regimen:
Step 1 – Remove
Supplement Used: Apex Energetics GI Synergy – 1 packet twice a day for 45 days.
Approximate Cost $67.00 for 90 packets
Comment: Hope you are ok with swallowing horse pills.
This step involves the removal of infection, food intolerances, harmful bacteria, yeast, fungus, toxins and parasites from the gastrointestinal tract. During this cleanse you will need to remove all “allergenic” foods from your diet for the recommended period of time determined by your physician. These foods are most commonly gluten grains (which include wheat, oats, rye, barley, spelt and kamut), dairy, soy, corn and nuts. Coffee and alcohol in all forms (don’t think wine is ok, or sake, they mean zero alcohol of any kind), must also completely be avoided. See recommended list at the bottom of this article provided by Apex Energetics). By removing these items from your diet, your gut will be able to restore itself and reduce irritation.
Step 2 – Replace
Supplement Used: Klaire Labs Vitalzymes Complete – 1 pill three times a day for 4 weeks and as needed. (E.g. if I go hog wild and eat a bunch of foods I am intolerant to).
Approximate Cost $27.00 for 120 pills
Comment: Easy to swallow, no issues.
This step replaces enzymes, hydrochloric acid and other nutritional factors that may be lacking or deficient. These enzymes include protease, amylase, lipase, and several others that get secreted into the small intestine. It is very important to replace hydrochloric acid as it helps to digest protein in the stomach. These enzymes all help to break down foods and if not broken down properly, nutrients may not be available for intestinal cells and issues may arise.
Step 3 – Reinoculate
Supplement Used: Klaire Labs Ther-biotic Complete – 1 pill a day forever.
Approximate Cost $68.00 for 120 pills
Comment: Easy to swallow, no issues.
This step involves supplying healthy bacteria to the large intestine to balance the bowel’s normal flora which is vital for prevention of constipation, for maintaining your primary immunity, for shielding your large intestine from colon cancer, and for averting yeast infections. There are so many probiotics available these days so make sure your physician chooses the one that will suit you the best.
Step 4 – Repair
Supplement Used: Apex Energetics Repairvite – 1 scoop mixed in water, twice a day for a month and can continue 1 scoop daily for maintenance after the gut cleanse.
Approximate Cost $39.00 for 15 days
Comment: The regular formula supposedly has a coffee-like flavor (not sure I agree) but there is also a caramel flavor available. I heard this tastes better but it harder to mix into the water, making it more like powder floating in liquid, gross.
This step involves providing certain nutrients such as L-glutamine, N-Acetylglucosamine, Zinc, B6 and Glutathione which are critical for gut wall structure and function, and heal the intestinal lining. In much of my reading these nutrients seem to be the heroes for reviving gut function.
Additional Recommendations for ME:
Vitamin D3 – 2,000 IU daily gel cap
Whole Food Multi-Vitamin (liquid or chewable) – 1 daily
After the Cleanse
After the 4 weeks my practitioner recommended that I add 1 food that I am intolerant to, back into my diet, one at a time and wait 3 days to see how it affects my system. I would pay attention to any issues I experience such as feeling bloated, tired, sick, nauseous, lethargic, or having diarrhea etc. If no symptoms appear in the first 3 days, try the same food again right away for another 3 days and see what happens. If you develop symptoms now, it would be safe to assume that you could tolerate ingesting the food two times per week. If you have no symptoms again in this second round, do it again and see what happens. Again if no symptoms exist after this round, you can probably tolerate the food 3 times per week. Note: If you are intolerant to a food, most likely you will only be able to have it 1-3 times per week at maximum.
FYI- The supplements I used are not found at regular drug stores. I found them locally at chiropractors and acupuncturist offices, very specialized health food stores and they can also be ordered online.
Foods You Should Eat:
- Most vegetables including asparagus, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, beets, cauliflower, carrots, celery, artichokes, garlic, onions, zucchini, squash, rhubarb, cucumbers, turnips, watercress. **See below for vegetables to avoid.
- Fermented foods including sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled ginger, mixed pickle, coconut yogurt, kombucha tea, etc. (make sure they are all natural and do not have sugar, MSG or any other preservatives)
- Meats including fish (types that are less prone to metal contamination), chicken, beef, lamb, organ meats, etc. that do not have any preservatives, sugar, etc.
- Low Glycemic Fruits such as apricots, plums, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, berries, etc.
- Coconut oil, coconut butter or coconut milk
- Herbal teas, olive oil and olives
Foods to Avoid:
- Any foods you are allergic or intolerant to.
- Sugars including corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, honey, chocolate, candy, etc.
- Grains including gluten, wheat, oats, rice, barley, buckwheat, soy, corn, wheat germ, spelt, amaranth, kamut, millet, quinoa, etc.
- Gluten containing compounds such as processed salad dressings, ketchup, soy sauce, BBQ sauces, condiments, modified food starch, etc.
- Dairy including milk, whey, eggs, cheeses, creams, mayonnaise, etc.
- Soy including soy milk, soy sauce, soy protein, soy oil etc.
- Alcohol including beer, wine, liquor, sake, etc.
- Lectins including nuts, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, peanut oil, etc.
- Coffee, processed foods, canned foods
My comment on the dietary plan provided by Apex Energetics is that it is slightly ambiguous with the “etc.” at the end of each category. I would really appreciate a thorough list of foods to eat/avoid as it would take some of the guesswork out of the process and would ensure that no errors would be made.
It would also be nice if there was a contact at Apex Energetics or an updated list on their website regarding the dietary plan. I have read several other articles and sites regarding the leaky gut diet cleanse and there is some conflicting information regarding specific foods such as seeds, dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, almonds “etc.”, (hahaha). I have contacted Apex Energetics regarding the list and will update my post if I receive a reply.
No this cleanse is not an easy one but it is easier than some. The fact that you can eat meats helps tremendously in my opinion, because you can actually feel full. The easiest way for me to do this gut cleanse is to just pick a legal meat, and eat with a bowl of legal vegetables or with a salad with olive oil, salt and pepper. Breakfast always seems the toughest but I have learned what works best for me. Be sure to check out the recipes I use which can be found on this blog. Good luck to you and happy gut cleansing!