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I have a leaky gut

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I have a leaky gut that I am trying to heal. I drink bone broth every day and have eliminated all grains from my diet except a little white rice. I am only eating meat, including grass-fed beef and chicken, non-starchy vegetables, low glycemic index fruits and a little rice. So, here's my question: I think I am still having digestive issues after eating meat that is grain-fed (chicken), is that weird? I also have a fatty liver that is non-alcoholic induced. Any suggestions?

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on November 03, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Sounds like classic iron deficiency. Have you had that checked? You don't need a specialist for that.

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on September 30, 2012
at 12:17 PM

It's the GMOs, soy, and sad conditions that I am concerned with in chicken. Of course, you've already noticed it may be causing problems for you. Nightshades, nuts, and eggs were things I had to eliminate for several months due to leaky gut issues, on top of the already Paleo diet. It was very helpful, though it sure felt limiting in the beginning.

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on September 30, 2012
at 01:58 AM

I also have very low energy, and I can't concentrate, which is making my last few semester at school very difficult. I just want to feel better. I'm a poor college student that doesn't have money to go see a specialist

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on September 30, 2012
at 01:56 AM

I thought I had chrohn's for a while, and then candida. I've advised doctor's who just tell me I have IBS, but I know it is something else. I have not gotten an official diagnosis, but all of my nutrition professors think I have leaky gut based on my symptoms and the foods that make me sick. It started with gluten and wheat, then corn, potato and other starchy veggies, and quinoa started making me sick. I will vomit, have diarrhea, major stomach cramping, and I have multiple vitamin deficiencies. As long as I stay away from theses foods and take probiotics, I feel ok.

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on September 30, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I'm sorry goat kefir is not an option, it's disgusting!

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at 01:46 AM

I understand that chickens are grain-fed. That's why I was asking the question in the first place; because I am grain-free otherwise, except for rice, which apparently is bad for me too

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on September 30, 2012
at 01:44 AM

no, never been overweight in my life.

Ac558431372da0cd798054a19623167d

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on September 30, 2012
at 01:43 AM

I've been thinking about doing that and yes, I have looked into the SCD. Thanks

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on September 29, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Good advice. I would also advice the OP to eat more fish and shellfish, along sea vegetables, more fermented foods, and IF he can tolerate it, home-made goat kefir. Goat kefir was what helped me with my digestive issues a lot (which is more potent than SCD's yogurt).

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on September 29, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Before we can advise you: what has led you to conclude you have leaky gut? Was that an actual diagnosis someone gave you following tests, i.e a hydrogen breath test for SIBO? Digestive issues including IBS do not necessarily mean you have leaky gut - it is a distinct diagnosis. It's hard to advise without knowing more detail. Also, what are you symptoms?

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on September 29, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Before we can advised you: what has led you to conclude you have leaky gut? Was that an actual diagnosis someone gave you following tests, i.e a hydrogen breath test for SIBO? Digestive issues including IBS do not necessarily mean you have leaky gut - it is a distinct diagnosis. It's hard to advise without knowing more detail. Also, what are you symptoms?

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on September 29, 2012
at 07:22 PM

i would cut out the rice.

also, have you thought of following the intro diet to SCD? it's way more strict than paleo, but might help you with your leaky gut.

Ac558431372da0cd798054a19623167d

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on September 30, 2012
at 01:43 AM

I've been thinking about doing that and yes, I have looked into the SCD. Thanks

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on September 30, 2012
at 03:17 AM

Part of my healing protocol included eliminating nightshades, taking a prescription anti-fungal (for candida), using a healing supplement for several months (G.I. Benefits by FoodScience of Vermont) and of course probiotics (Primal Defense Ultra by Garden of Life). Recently I also did a round of anti-viral, anti-parasitic supplements and herbs.

Going paleo helped immensely but those other things helped me get over the hump. My doctor gave me a study showing that folks taking l-glutamine (in the supplement I listed above) saw small, initial improvement, then plateaued for a couple of months, then after 90 days dramatic improvement. He gave me the study to encourage me to stick with it for at least 3 months.

I don't know if "a little rice" could hurt, that is so individual it seems, but if I were in your shoes I'd cut it out too, just in case. Good luck!

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on September 29, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Renee is right. It's very hard to make meaningful suggestions without specifics.

I also agree with Joanna about the rice.

One thing to remember with chicken is that chickens are most often fed feeds that can be heavy on corn and soy, and very likely GMO grains at that. Chickens aren't grass-eating creatures, nor are they vegetarians. Most of what we see in the stores is highly questionable in my opinion. Really good chicken is far more expensive than beef per serving where I live, central California. Maybe less chicken would not be such a bad idea for you.

Ac558431372da0cd798054a19623167d

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on September 30, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I'm sorry goat kefir is not an option, it's disgusting!

Ac558431372da0cd798054a19623167d

(20)

on September 30, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I understand that chickens are grain-fed. That's why I was asking the question in the first place; because I am grain-free otherwise, except for rice, which apparently is bad for me too

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on September 29, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Good advice. I would also advice the OP to eat more fish and shellfish, along sea vegetables, more fermented foods, and IF he can tolerate it, home-made goat kefir. Goat kefir was what helped me with my digestive issues a lot (which is more potent than SCD's yogurt).

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on September 30, 2012
at 12:17 PM

It's the GMOs, soy, and sad conditions that I am concerned with in chicken. Of course, you've already noticed it may be causing problems for you. Nightshades, nuts, and eggs were things I had to eliminate for several months due to leaky gut issues, on top of the already Paleo diet. It was very helpful, though it sure felt limiting in the beginning.

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on September 29, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Are you overweight?

Ac558431372da0cd798054a19623167d

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on September 30, 2012
at 01:44 AM

no, never been overweight in my life.

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121a16aded2bed8dca492d3c9662ef4c

on November 03, 2012
at 04:51 PM

The weakness and difficulty concentrating sound like classic iron deficiency. Have you had that checked? You don't need a specialist for that.

How do you know for sure that you have fatty liver? What do your liver function tests look like? If you are not or have never been overweight, a fatty liver is exceedingly unlikely.

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