How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome


Okay, well, I want to welcome everyone. This
is Dr. Nik Hedberg, and tonight we’re talking about how to heal leaky gut syndrome. So,
let’s get this started. I really enjoy doing these webinars, trying
to get some good information out there to everyone. And leaky gut, it’s a big issue.
Its main connections are going to be with autoimmune diseases and a variety of chronic
conditions, which we’ll talk about. I’m just going to cover what it is, what causes leaky
gut, and then some of the things that you can do about it, and then how we manage it
in the practice if it’s there. The medical term for leaky gut is gastrointestinal
hyperpermeability. It is recognized in conventional medicine, but it’s really not going to be
recognized by your average doctor. They kind of look down on it or laugh at it, so to speak,
but it is definitely something very real. So, let’s go ahead and jump right in. Getting
to the symptoms, conditions associated, conditions connected with leaky gut syndrome, and as
I mentioned, autoimmune diseases are a big one, like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’
disease, lupus, Sjögren’s, alopecia, rheumatoid arthritis, et cetera. A lot of the symptoms you’ll see are fatigue,
brain fog. Brain fog is basically inflammation of the brain. Because we don’t have pain receptors
in the brain, that’s basically how the body tells us that the brain is inflamed when there’s
fogginess. And there’s a really strong connection there
between the gut and the brain just in general. Weight gain, depression and anxiety. There’s
a lot of literature out there connecting chronic inflammation and inflammation in the gut and
psychological issues like depression and anxiety. Different digestive problems, like Irritable
Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, all sorts of colitis, and then just general symptoms
like gas, bloating, cramping, things like that. Food allergies, of course. Arthritis and joint
pain, migraine headaches, adrenal gland imbalances, and then what we call adrenal fatigue, and
then of course asthma and allergies. The gut barrier is called a mucosal barrier,
and if there’s dysfunction there, there’s going to be dysfunction in the other mucosal
barriers like the lungs, for example. So, what is leaky gut? What you see here on
the left is what we will call a healthy gut lining. These are what we call villi, they’re
like fingers, and that’s where all of the absorption occurs in between these gaps. This
is also where the immune system is. So the gut barrier protects you from a lot of different
things. It protects you from infections like viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, it protects
you from absorbing undigested protein, and so it’s this mucosal barrier that’s very protective. Now, leaky gut is when that barrier becomes
broken down, and you can see it’s all flat here, all of the villi have been compromised.
And so when you have leaky gut, you can also have malabsorption. That might be kind of
difficult to understand for some people, but the intestinal barrier is selective, and when
the immune system becomes compromised, then it can no longer protect you from the variety
of things that we just talked about. Malabsorption means that the absorptive capacity
of the gut barrier is not what it used to be, so people will start to develop nutrient
deficiencies and they won’t be able to absorb protein, carbohydrates and fat. So this is
a visual of what we call leaky gut. Now, these are some of the main causes. What
you see here in the pink is a diagram of the intestinal barrier. I want to give credit
to Dr. Aristo Vojdani, he is an immunologist for this slide, and Dr. Vojdani has spoken
extensively on leaky gut. So these are some of the main things that
we see up here. Dietary proteins and peptides, so that’s going to be like gluten, dairy and
other allergies; other foods that are highly allergenic; antibodies, and that’s if there’s
some kind of infection in the intestine; drugs and xenobiotics, so environmental chemicals,
environmental toxins; prescription medications, especially birth control pills. Women who
have been on birth control pills for many years, like 5, 10, 15 years, they tend to
develop gut issues and leaky gut. You can also throw aspirin in the mix there. There’s
a bunch of them that will do that. I would say the biggest one of all though
is stress, as you can see here, physical, emotional stress. Americans, a lot of people
are under a tremendous amount of stress, or if they’re not, they create their own stress. Infections, we’ll talk a little bit about
that. Parasites, bacteria, fungus, et cetera. Cytokines are basically mobilized, they go
to areas where there’s inflammation, and then neurotransmitters, and then enzymes. So these are kind of the main causes of leaky
gut. We’ll talk about a few of those in more detail. So these begin to break down the gut barrier.
You’re probably all familiar with ulcers. Ulcers occur when the stomach – basically
a hole is eaten away in the stomach and someone develops an ulcer. That can happen at a much
sort of lower grade further down in the intestine where the gut barrier begins to break down,
as you can see here. So the immune system weakens, permeability
increases, meaning almost anything can get in, and then you develop intestinal barrier
dysfunction. The first thing you’ll notice is food allergies
and intolerances. You might start having indigestion when you eat certain foods, you might start
reacting to foods that you didn’t normally react to, like gluten or dairy or pretty much
anything. 70% of the immune system is in the gut, so
as the gut barrier breaks down, there’s going to be a significant decline in immune system
function. When the immune system just gets stressed and it can no longer really repair
the body on a daily basis, you develop autoimmunity. Every day, your body goes through a certain
amount of wear and tear, and it’s up to your immune system to repair everything. Autoimmunity
occurs when the immune system can no longer keep up with all the daily wear and tear,
so the body starts attacking itself. It can happen pretty much to any tissue or organ
in the body. Some people will develop autoimmune thyroid disease and the body starts attacking
the thyroid, some people will develop lupus and the body may start attacking the kidney,
et cetera. Then further on down the line is the blood/brain
barrier, so you start getting brain fog and anxiety, depression, and then what we call
neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s, and then even autoimmunity like multiple sclerosis. So that’s kind of how it happens and what
happens to your body when you start to develop leaky gut. Now, let’s talk about what we can do. I’ll
just kind of take you step-by-step with what we do. The first thing that we do first and
foremost is to identify, and we have the patient avoid food sensitivities. This is an easy
blood test, just a finger stick. The blood is dropped on to a card, and 96 foods are
tested for immune system reactivity. This way we know exactly what the immune system
is reacting to. So if you have a food sensitivity and you’re
eating it all the time, this contributes to leaky gut because it creates inflammation
in the intestine. The thing to understand about this is that there was a time when we
could only eat foods seasonally, and now because of technology and agriculture, people can
eat pretty much any food they want 365 days a year, and our immune systems and our intestines
are just not designed for that. We’re supposed to give them a break, whether it’s a seasonal
break or on rotation, just eating it once a week, you should do that no matter what.
You should not be eating the same things every day. It doesn’t matter if something is considered
a healthy food. Even something like celery, you wouldn’t want to eat that every day because
over time you could develop a food sensitivity. A lot of these major ones that you see here
like gluten, dairy, corn, eggs and soy, the main reason why these are such big offenders
is because people eat them all the time. Americans, you know, when you’re a kid, you grew up eating
gluten-containing cereal and milk, and then people have eggs every morning for breakfast
and grits, so people start to develop these food sensitivities because they’re eating
the same foods all the time. Now, it’s true gluten is more difficult to digest for a lot
of people, but it’s not difficult for everyone. So these are sort of what we call the big
five: gluten, dairy, corn, eggs and soy. And now we’re to the point where all of the soy
in America is genetically modified. Corn is I think up around 98%, 99%. We don’t really
know the long-term effects of the genetically-modified foods, we’ll have to see, so I’m erring on
the side of caution and not eating genetically modified crops. So that’s kind of the first thing we do, and
whatever we find as a reactant, depending on the severity of the reaction, we avoid
it for about three to six months and that allows the immune system to calm down and
for the gut to begin to heal. It doesn’t really matter what you do like what supplement you
take or if you reduce your stress levels, if you’re eating foods that you’re sensitive
to, it will really set you back and prevent you from making progress. The second thing we talk about is improving
digestive function. This isn’t anything high tech, but sometimes low tech things, practical
things, are going to go the longest way. The first would be talking about chewing food
very slowly until it’s liquefied. Eating in a calm, quiet and relaxing space. Don’t eat
on the run. We’ve all seen the people eating fast food in their car while they’re driving,
wolfing it down on their lunch break. You’re not going to heal your gut doing that. When
you eat, don’t read or watch TV or text on your phone. We’re so caught up now in technology,
we’re not really present with what we’re doing anymore, there’s so much going on. And that
does affect digestion. So just focus on your meal. One of the things that can help improve digestion
is drinking ginger tea with your meal, possibly with some lemon in it. If your digestion is
really sluggish, like you’re getting a lot of burping and gas and things just feel kind
of backed up, one of the old-school ways is using herbal bitters. It’s also known as Swedish
bitters. You can get them at pretty much almost any health food store. Have a little bit of
those before you eat, and those will stimulate digestion. They’ll actually stimulate hydrochloric
acid, which is what I’m mentioning here. If it’s really bad, we’ll use Betaine HCl
capsules with meals. If there’s a lot of gas and bloating and burping after meals, that
will really help to digest food, especially if someone is severely hypothyroid. If you
have hypothyroidism, you’ll also have low hydrochloric acid levels and that will affect
digestion. Then sometimes we’ll use just straight-up digestive enzymes. A lot of these are pancreatic
enzymes like lipase, amylase, protease, all the things that break down protein, carbs
and fats. So these strategies will usually go a long way in improving digestive function
and healing the gut. The third thing that we’ll talk about is making
sure there aren’t any infections in the intestine. If there is an infection, it’s very difficult
to heal the leaky gut because the infection causes continuous inflammation and it really
breaks down the immune system. So what we do is a stool analysis, and the
stool analysis identifies any types of infections that may be in the intestine. We’re looking
for parasites like worms, amoebas, things like that. It will also tell us if there are
any bacterial infections. It will tell you specifically what they are, like if it’s H.
pylori or if it’s E. coli, et cetera, and it’ll also look at the fungi. So you’ll see
Candida albicans or black mold, various types of different fungi that show up in the intestine. If somebody has one of these, it’s cool because
the lab does a sensitivity on the infection, it will test a bunch of different herbal medicines
to see what actually kills the infection, and you’ll get a printout of what works and
what doesn’t. For some people it might say oil of oregano, some people it might say wormwood
or black walnut or caprylic acid or goldenseal, you just never know what will come back. So
then we’ll know exactly what to use to wipe out the infection. If there is a yeast, sometimes we’ll use what’s
called saccharomyces boulardii, and saccharomyces boulardii is actually a beneficial yeast.
It lines the gut barrier and it strengthens the immune system, and it actually will crowd
out bad yeast. It’s cool because sometimes a lot of people will just go after the yeast
trying to kill it, but saccharomyces is a little bit more delicate, a less aggressive
approach that works by strengthening the immune system and just kind of pushing out the bad
yeast, and sometimes that works really well for certain people. All of these have been shown to directly heal
the intestinal barrier, and the real big one that we’re talking about is glutamine. Glutamine
is an amino acid and it’s the main fuel source for the cells that line the gut. We use all
the way up to 20 to 30 grams a day. What we’ll do is we’ll have the patient mix the powder
and water and sip on it all day so it’s kind of bathing the intestine the whole day, or
we’ll have them mix it with a protein shake if they have a protein deficiency. Now, we’re not going to get into a lot of
detail about that, but protein deficiency, the gut barrier needs good protein to heal,
and that’s a whole other thing that we focus on. I do have a video, I think it’s called
‘Protein Power’ on YouTube where you can learn all about that. DGL is deglycyrrhizinated licorice, it works
really well for ulcers and gut healing. Aloe, also known as aloe vera, very soothing, very
reparative. Good probiotics, a good lactobacillus and bifido [bacter 19:14], these are important
for a healthy gut immune system. Zinc, we do a zinc taste test in the office.
What you do is you put a little bit of liquid zinc in the mouth and you swish it around
for about 30 seconds and if you taste like a metallic taste in the mouth, then you probably
don’t have a zinc deficiency. If you don’t taste anything, if it just tastes like water,
then that’s a good sign that you have a zinc deficiency, so we’ll use zinc for 30 to 60
days and that really helps the immune system and the gut. Slippery elm is more of an anti-inflammatory
soothing herb, same thing as marshmallow root. Marshmallow and slippery elm, these are what
we call mucilaginous herbs, meaning that they have mucus-like properties that soothe the
gut lining. MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, MSM and glucosamine
are used for cartilage repair and healthy joints, but it also works really well for
the gut barrier. Anyone who’s had okra knows that okra is a little slimy, but that’s actually
really good for the gut barrier. Quercetin is a great antioxidant. It’s actually
also antiviral, it helps to heal the gut. Quercetin works really well for allergies
or if there’s a lot of histamine in your system. It also works for chronic pain. Quercetin
is one of my favorite antioxidants. So, there are products that contain all of
these in one or most of them in one, or sometimes we’ll just use the glutamine by itself with
probiotics. The most important thing, probably just as
important as the food sensitivities, is managing stress. A lot of people have leaky gut because
their stress levels are out of control. Cortisol is a stress hormone made by the adrenal gland,
and cortisol eats away at the intestinal barrier. If someone has high cortisol levels it’s going
to be virtually impossible to heal the leaky gut, so you’ve got to get stress under control.
Adrenal adaptogens can help with cortisol imbalances, like ashwagandha or rhodiola and
eleuthero. These help your body respond to stress. Another product that works well is
called Seriphos, which is phosphorylated serine, and that basically prevents too much cortisol
production in the body. So that can be useful as well. Don’t multitask. We talked about what to do
when you’re eating. Make sure you’re taking enough time off from work, plenty of vacations.
I have a lot of patients who go on vacation and almost all of their symptoms just disappear,
so that’s an important thing to think about. Eat protein at every meal. Meditation can
be very beneficial, not only for your mood, but for your immune system. It doesn’t take
a lot, maybe 15, 20 minutes a day. And exercise, as long as you’re not overdoing it. Exercise
will help your body deal with stress and it’s also good for your immune system. So these are really key points, and all of
these things have to be in place for true healing to occur. If we miss one thing, like
if we miss an infection or we miss a food sensitivity or if there’s too much stress,
then it’s going to be very difficult to heal the leaky gut. So all pieces have to be in
play. I’ve got on this link, drhedberg.com, patient
resources, some good ebooks, downloadable documents and things like that that you can
read, talking about the alkaline diet. There’s a good podcast on there from my good friend,
Suzannah Tebbe Davis, who will help you manage stress. And then I have a free eCourse, ‘7
Steps to Burn Fat & Boost Energy’, on the bottom of the homepage. In that course we
talk about the best way to eat to burn fat and get your energy levels up, and some of
that will tie in with healing the leaky gut. So, we’re about 30 minutes in which is perfect,
that’s usually what we’re shooting for, I know everyone’s really busy. As far as questions
go, all you have to do is type your question into the chat box. If you have any questions
about any of the material that we covered, I’d be happy to answer that in the chat box.
If you type that in and press ‘send’, that should queue up here in just a minute. So, I love doing these webinars. We do them
about once a month, and we’ve covered a lot of different topics. I’m not sure what we’ll
be doing next month, but it will definitely be something with some information that you
can use to help you get better. No questions coming in so far. We’ll give
it just a few more seconds here and see if any questions come in. This presentation is being recorded. The video
will be up on YouTube and on my website sometime later in the week. Okay, great, so here’s our first question.
What would you recommend to clean the blood for blood disorders? That question is not really specific enough,
Joanne. Can you reword that? That can be a very detailed, kind of long-winded question,
so to speak, because so many things can affect the blood. Leaky gut will definitely contribute
to issues with the liver and the blood. Those three kind of are connected in their own sort
of ecosystem, the digestive system, the liver and the blood. But if you’d clarify that
a little bit more, I might be able to answer you better. Okay, here’s another good question. How long
should someone be on supplements for leaky gut? Is there a timeframe for gut healing? That’s a great question. It really depends
on the individual. The gut can heal in a relatively short period of time, just a matter of a couple
weeks if everything is done right. It depends on the individual. Sometimes a few weeks,
sometimes a few months, sometimes a year, year and a half. So, it really depends on
the person. Okay, a lot of great questions coming in.
How do you work with people who are down to a few foods? Bone broth, green veggies, salmon,
raw milk? So that’s an extremely restricted diet. The
key with that is figuring out what has been missed up to this point, and it usually means
that something has been overlooked, whether it be a gut infection or something going on
in the patient’s life. A lot of endocrine issues, like adrenal problems, blood sugar,
hypothyroidism, et cetera, often go undiagnosed and overlooked, so usually we’re able to pinpoint
the one or two things that’s really driving the person’s health problems, and that’s really
what we’re focused on. Whenever you see something like leaky gut, it’s not something that you
just directly automatically go after because it’s there for a reason, and that’s why we
have to do the detective work to find out why. Okay, next question. What length of time is
appropriate to supplement with adaptogens? I just stay on them almost all the time, because
we all have stress. Adaptogens are a part of different cultures on a regular basis,
like in China, ginseng is consumed virtually every day just as a regular part of the day
because adaptogens have so many benefits. If you watch my webinar on YouTube called
‘Herbal Medicines for Fatigue’, I go into detail on all the adaptogens as far as how
much to take and for how long. Next question, do you also advocate doing
a detox at the same time? No, I don’t do detoxification. That’s sort
of a misnomer, it’s sort of an antiquated way of looking at the body. It’s very popular
in the alternative medicine world, so-called detoxes and cleanses, and that’s really a
lack of understanding of how the body does detoxify. The main reason why people feel
better on so-called detoxes or cleanses, number one, they remove all the most common food
allergens. So right off the bat, they’re going to start feeling better because they eliminate
gluten, dairy, sugar, all the bad foods, and they start eating better. The second reason
they feel better on detoxes and cleanses is because they’re eating more protein, and the
protein powders that are used, all the detox powders that are out there, have really good
protein in them. Your body is able to detox very efficiently, and it’s detoxing right
now. I’m detoxifying right now, you’re detoxifying right now, and when you get the body healthy,
it will remove what doesn’t need to be there. So, no, we don’t do detoxes or cleanses. So, next question, the immune system is in
the gut, what would you recommend to strengthen the immune system for leukemia? I have no experience with leukemia. That’s
something that you would want to discuss with your oncologist. Next question, do you see a connection between
the timeframe that GMO foods have been out, the rise in Vitamin D deficiency, and leaky
gut? No, that’s not a connection that I’ve ever
looked into. The rise in Vitamin D deficiency however, that is published in the literature.
The first is the more body fat you have, the greater the chances of a Vitamin D deficiency.
And of course, Americans are getting fatter and fatter, so obesity, weight gain, that
causes a Vitamin D deficiency. That’s really the main reason. The second reason is inflammation.
If there’s inflammation anywhere in the body, then that will also contribute to a Vitamin
D deficiency. Next question, does leaky gut contribute to
fructose malabsorption? It seems like every third person has this condition. Do you have
an opinion why? Fructose malabsorption is going to tie in
with pretty much any malabsorptive syndrome, and we’re talking about fat malabsorption,
cholesterol malabsorption, pretty much any kind of malabsorption. Leaky gut, when you
ask does it contribute, that’s kind of the chicken or the egg. Again, you’re trying to
figure out what caused the leaky gut, and malabsorption can be turned around relatively
quickly with the high doses of L-glutamine that I talked about before as well as working
on all these other things. So the blood/brain barrier, that can completely
heal in about two weeks. So can the gut. Usually the gut takes a little bit longer, but that
is something to be aware of. A lot of great questions. If you have any
more questions, type them into the chat window, and I’ll do my best to answer them. Okay. Well, that’s it for tonight. Thanks,
everyone, for joining us. Again, this is recorded. It will be up on YouTube and on my blog very
soon. Thanks, everyone, for joining, and I’ll see you at our next webinar. Take care.

99 thoughts on “How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

  1. hi doctor. i heard the glutamin is an excitory amino acid, even though it can help the gut, but it may simulate the adrenal gland and the brain, so when you have a adrenal fatigue and leaky gut at the same time. glutamin is not a good choice??

  2. Great information Doc!! Have you had any success in reversing gluten allergy?  I have the allergic response and effects my breathing for a minute or two.  I am trying to heal the gut with bone broth and have seen improvement in my ibs.  I am based in NC too 🙂 

  3. Thanks for the webinar! How do you differentiate between leaky gut and IBS? For instance,  I was lumped into the IBS category because my doctor had ruled out celiac and crohn's disease by blood testing and an endoscopy. Yet, no matter what I eat or change in diet I am left with persistent gas all day and at times is very rancid.  I'm looking for a place to start: food allergies,  leaky gut, parasites,  candida overgrowth,  etc.  Is lab testing primarily the only way to go about this, and which do you recommend?

  4. Where can I find the proper stool test to test for infection in my intestine? Can my gastro dr order this test?

  5. Thank you for the above Video, Awesome!  Have a Amazing Day, sincerely, Diana.  I suffer from a Leaky Gut, Inflammation, I get a Muffin Top,

  6. I've used this lab and others..done about 6 stool samples…they always say there is nothing there…. I've had horrible gut infection for 20 years..perfect gluten free diet…do you think my dental cavitations infections can keep the gut infection…?

  7. Dr Hedberg thanks for this video. I'm a certified Fdn health consultant and I also run labs on clients and frequently help people with leaky gut.

    The stool pathogen test I recommend is usually the biohealth 401h. That's a really great test but I am intrigued by the stool pathogen test that you mentioned BC they actually test to see what natural herbals will kill the specific infections they find. Can you tell me what lab you use?

  8. Drink fresh organic green juice everyday.
    Eat lots of organic green vegetables. Here is information on Why To Choose Organic.
    Use organic turmeric (Simply Organic brand) on everything I eat and drink.
    Take a daily walk or do yoga. Don’t run or do aggressive activity.
    Steer clear of all sugars and alcohol.
    Avoid fermented soy products, limit beans and dried fruits and fried foods.
    Take probiotics DAILY. I take Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics and Jarrow Probiotics (Jarrow is only taken for my IGA deficiency) every day. 
     Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Saccharomyces boulardii are a few probiotic strands that helped me.
    Drink organic dandelion root, fennel, chamomile and licorice root teas.
    Canned coconut milk and coconut oil are very healing to your gut. Coconut Oil is loaded with a source of fuel for your cells and inhibits the growth of viruses and yeast. Add it to your hot cereal or stir-fry meals. Here is a stir-fry recipe you can enjoy.
    Ghee, which is clarified butter helps balance the immune cells in your gut and can help heal your leaky gut.
    I take 2 Tbsp. glutamine daily and it has helped tremendously. Glutamine is an amino acid that’s critical for healing leaky gut syndrome because it is the most important food for the cells that line the intestines.
    I eat gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and sugar-free.
    I have an intolerance to egg yolks, therefore I use egg substitutes in many recipes.
    I limit the grains I eat because my stomach still cannot digest grains.
    Add fresh ginger to foods and beverages.
    Drink aloe vera juice in the morning and evening mixed into water with fresh lemon.
    Avoid coffee, excess caffeine and any other foods that bother you.
    Try to get acupuncture weekly.
    I took Oil of Oregano and Grapefruit Seed Extract Capsules daily to kill off the bad bacteria and yeast (Candida) in my digestive tract.
    Try lymphatic drainage massage.
    Drink fresh water with organic lemon throughout the day.
    Ferment your own vegetables.

  9. When you suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome it’s important to place emphasis on nourishing your body. By supplying your gut with all of the nutrients that it needs, it will have all the necessary building blocks to repair the cells that line your intestinal wall.

  10. Dr, i am getting extreme brain fog, been checkd out by specialist who didnt find much. i did stop eating gluten and had a signigicant remission of symptoms which plateaued or have wained now. and i am looking at other food allergys or leaky gut. does anything come to mind as to what this is ?

  11. Hi Nikolas ! I live in Europe, And Buy Certified organic soy And corn Produkts ! Do you think i should still avoid them
    ? Thx

  12. Hi I'm currently taking Acidophilus which states its preferable with meals. I am also keen on adding l-glutamine in tablet form to my diet. Is it to safe to take both one after the other? 

  13. Stop taking pain killers such as ibuprofen and any other NSAIDs. Stop smoking and do not drink any alcohol products.

  14. excellent video, I was wondering what products contain these ingredents all in one. so I can save money and get the benefit? thanks so much!

  15. What you call "Conventional Medicine" is really Alternative medicine because it is the new kid on the block compared to the tried and true medicine of 1000s of years !!

  16. Dr Hedberg I consumed a lot of coconut oil trying to follow the paleo diet while ignoring that fact my body did not like it now I have a damaged gut. Do you have any advice for this kind of damage?

  17. I have dysautonomia therefore my body is always in flight frieght mode, i am concerned about adrenal exaust and I also was diagnosed with gastric dumping, Im guessing from the neuropathy from dysautonimia.  I am doing everything I can to research and heal my body however, I cant control the dysautonomia.  I dont really know the cause other than I get  flares during hormonal states in my life.  I am in perimenopause now and hope to go back into remission after menopause.  I would be so grateful for your thoughts.  Thankyou

  18. pretty sure spelt has a different type of gluten than wheat which is better for you. also oats don't' contain gluten.

  19. My 11 year old daughter has been diagnosed with eczema.  Rather than continuing to use topical steroid creams on her indefinitely, I need to treat the cause.  From all the information regarding leaky gut syndrome I have come across, I believe this may be a good place to start in solving this recurring ailment.  Do you recommend getting a skin test to find possible allergens? I have read that the incidence of false positive results is very high.  

  20. Are there any side effects to be concerned about when taking l-glutamine? I just started yesterday. I took 1 tsp. As directed, using the scoop provided and noticed last night that my swallowing was slightly different.

  21. Thank you for this great information. I have Sjogren's Syndrome and purchased a bottle of L Glutamine. No instructions on how to take it. So, through Google I found your very informative presentation.

  22. How many grams of L-Glutamine would you suggest taking a day for someone with leaky gut? Should it all be taken at once or spread through the day? On an empty stomach or not? etc..

  23. Yeah healing acne is no simple and cheap process. 
    My horrible acne started after eating a predominant fruit, vegan diet. I also think my acne started because the antibiotics the dermatologist prescribed, got rid of my good bacteria. 

  24. @Dr. Nikolas Hedberg thank you for your video I having this symptoms for long time food allergies almost everything I had a test camera in my stomach they said everything is normal but I feel stress can't eat the food I love please anyway I can contact you I need your help?? Also I'm going to the pharmacy to get a l glutamine what about it? Thank you again

  25. Great video — very educational. One question, though: How does eating a certain food everyday, like corn or eggs, cause a sensitivity or intolerance to that food? I'm just wondering because it seems like things like corn or wheat have been staples for several thousand years. Were people having problems back then, too? 

  26. You said detoxing is antiquated… There's a lot lately about how maybe 60% of people could have a gene mutation (MTHFR gene) in which folate- B9 is not absorbed, and the person has difficulty detoxing naturally. I think this could be a missing component as the gene mutation is also linked to many ailments and disease.

  27. What do you think of laminine? I just learned about it today on another webpage… it seems that it could address all the symptoms you are talking about here. But does it really work? I will have to try it for myself like I usually do.

  28. that sound that keeps interrupting your video is quite annoying but very informative talk. Thank you! Wish there were more doctors like you.

  29. Nice Video clip! Sorry for butting in, I would love your thoughts. Have you heard about – Franaar Strong Immunity Formula (do a search on google)? It is an awesome exclusive product for Curing Leaky Gut Syndrome minus the headache. Ive heard some awesome things about it and my best friend Jordan  got amazing results with it.

  30. Excellent video content! Forgive me for chiming in, I would appreciate your opinion. Have you considered – Franaar Strong Immunity Formula (search on google)? It is an awesome one off guide for Curing Leaky Gut Syndrome minus the hard work. Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my m8 at last got great results with it.

  31. Excellent Video! Apologies for chiming in, I would appreciate your initial thoughts. Have you considered – Franaar Strong Immunity Formula (should be on google have a look)? It is a good one off guide for Curing Leaky Gut Syndrome without the normal expense. Ive heard some incredible things about it and my work buddy finally got astronomical results with it.

  32. great informative video, appreciate it. I have had Hasimotos for over 20 years and NO one ever told me to be gluten free! MY TSH level is 426 (yes that is correct) and I am asymptomatic. Can loose weight easily, I have tons of energy, not fat, not cold etc. But my cholesterol is high (but my good cholesterol is 106)..lastly my liver enzymes are very high 86, do I'm hoping a change of diet will do this.

  33. Hi, thanks for your webinar on leaky gut. I have recently developedHashimotos thyroid and I noticed a tremendous amount of water retention. Especially around my calves and belly. Is there anything you could recommend to help with this?

  34. I so much lucky for watch your video. Your advice is so much Important for all. So i advice all for watch this video.

  35. Very informative thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!
    You have no idea how informed i feel at this time.
    Im excited to try some of these suggestions. Lastly its impressive that people like yourself are wiling to assist and help with world with making videos like such
    Kind Regards.

  36. Should I stop taking my protein powder , because it's made of whey and has sugar in it plus some additives ?

  37. I live in the bathroom. If I go out I have to look for a bathroom. My gut leak all day long. I do not know what to do. I am sick of this.

  38. Dr. Hedberg – I really enjoyed the video.  I had two questions from what I heard.  1.  Are there certain people (including age of the person) who should not take L glutamine because of their medical conditions – both body or brain? 2. In the video you mentioned healing the blood brain barrier – what do you recommend in your practice for doing this.

  39. Thank you so much for this informative and life changing webinar.
    I started taking about 10g or more l-glutamine a day (half a teaspoon with every cup of water/coffee I had), and the effects were great. My energy levels went up, and I felt energized as I haven't been in years. Then I tapered down the amount of l-glutamine out of laziness and bcs I was running out of it, and started feeling fatigued again. 🙁
    I am wondering, will I have to take l-glutamine at high doses for the rest of my life?…

  40. I have been tested for leaky gut and it was positive, my question is Why do probiotics relieve my symptoms (such as brain fog and fatigue) so much?

  41. I get gut pain sometimes accompanying what feels like a bulging disc…I can barely f$cking move…no energy, no libido, no happiness…it's an endless cycle

  42. I did coffee enemas for 8yrs and stopped last years when I was diagnosed with gallbladder polyps (cholesterol), a month ago I was diagnose with fatty liver, I was wondering whether the coffee enemas were protecting me from fatty liver?
    Im concerned that the coffee enemas may have cotributed to my gallbladder polyps formation and food allergies too, at the end of thoe 8yrs the area of liver/gallbladder/duodenum/small intestine that whole area was sensitive and ached and so I assume I did too many coffee enemas and may have damaged the villi or small intestine wall, the coffee doesnt reach the small intestine I believe but it creates a kind of vacuum, maybe this wouldnt damage the small intestine but I wondering whether my adrenals were ffected by the coffee hence stimulating cortisol release and this could have damaged my small intestine wall??
    For about 2 yrs now I have noticed that I can't eat gluten/dairy/soy if I do I sneeze my brains out, runny nose, night sweats, red itchy eyes etc, this was before any gallbladder pain aand diagnosis.
    I have Gilberts syndrome which means my liver detox phase II is a bit sluggish and I thought the coffee enemas would speed that up, it could be that I stimulated my liver to dump bile into my gallbadder and saturating it (Im confused though cause I thought the coffee enemas stumilate bile and then it is sent out of the colon via the portal vein or hepatic vein?? nd so the Gallbladder isnt involved in this detox? Im not sure about this)
    I have been taking Prilosec and Paxil for 20yrs and since fatt liver diagnosis I have tapered down and want to stop completed, I do suffer from a lot of stress and coming off Paxil the stress goes up and so I should do meditation and exercise.
    Im taking L-Glutamine powder but not those huge amounts but the label says maximum dose is 7gms, the solgar brand. Need to start meditation, but what does one eat? I tried keto type diet and made me feel sick, probably cause protein and fat is hard to digest with low stomach acid (I take ppi cause I have hiatal hernia/GERD) I found the Mcdougal type diet works better (Vegan, no oil).
    A natural doc advised me to eat a kind of low carb diet with some good fats but wasn't sure, seems that my foods that I can eat are getting smaller and smaller.
    Also recently been having arthritic type aches in my left hip and knee, now I dont know if this ties into the leaky gut.gallbladder/liver situation and in the kind of diet I consume and stress even?
    Any advise or dieas would be much appreciated.

    I think Ginseng cannot be taken everyday, it is taken for a while then stopped and taken again and then you have to know what type of person you are, some will take a very Yang type of Ginseng and they are Yang themselves and end up getting nose bleeds etc

  43. Hi Dr. Hedberg, thank you for sharing the info your video. Would you happen to know any physicians located in South Florida that follow these methods? I'd like to get the blood work and stool analysis done properly, they way you mention in your video.

  44. I have leaky gut and need to find my sensitivies. I heard the ALCAT test is inaccurate for blood test. Will it show up easier/more accurate with Leaky gut sensitives? Also have you heard of the MRT blood test? Idk my food sensitives 🙁

  45. Great Viedeo DR………I have Leaky Gut 🙁 i have widespread fascicultions non stop twichting now over 2 Years…can this a conecction?….i have fear now about 2 years cause first signs of ALS….i have read a study that mice a study recognize, that there is a conecction TO ALS ………i have Cramping on my legs brain frog….headache…problem with breathing…..now i want to heal this leky gut…can i use MSM?, cononut Oil?, zeolith?, Baking Soda?, Probiotic…..magnesium chloride, vuitamin C, pancreatic enzymes? I notice if i eat some stuffs of pasta or bread the sysmptoms getting worse…and fasciculations are getting crappp……pls help….i have candida too……and herpes zoster……its scaryy, Thank you!!!!

  46. I have had flare ups that normally last week's leave in hours! I've seen a drastic, DRASTIC change in inflammation in my body, losing weight and my skin is crystal clear…all from drinking 1 glassful in the morning for a total of 6 days! I read that it takes 2 weeks to see results.

  47. Does anyone have the info for the lab that does the tests the doctor is talking about. I have found a few online but not one that tests everything and also tells you what to take to get rid of it. Thanks

  48. here's a few tips for lessening leaky gutEat a whole food, nutrient-rich diet that avoids foods that irritate the gutMake sure your digestion is working: You can follow a perfect diet, but if you aren’t digesting food appropriately, it is not going to help. Discover and eliminate underlying food sensitivities – eliminate a suspected food for a period of time Find ways to reduce and eliminate stress:eg Prayer, meditation, moderate exercise, adequate sleep, and regular massage Eat gut healing foods and nutrientsBalance the gut flora using appropriate amounts of fermented foods in your diet each day. Find and eliminate gastrointestinal infections Try the use of gut-irritating medications: Lessen exposure to environmental toxinsGet enough sleep and avoid overtraining which are a form of stress to the body. (I discovered these and why they work from Richala remedy system website )

  49. HI , thx for the video. So I have hashimoto's and went 100% gluten free for 4 months . I felt no different and my antibodies barely changed. I am going to try dairy and soy free now but do you think I should continue the omit gluten from my diet?

  50. I love your video, very helpful. Do you know of doctors / places where we can get the food sensitivity tests done in Illinois?

  51. We're good information doctor I have no gallbladder I've been constipated diarrhea can hold my stool sometimes belly aches in the morning time is that sound like a leaky gut? Thank you for the information

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