5 Foods That Will Heal Your Gut In A Hurry

by admin on April 9, 2015

If you have leaky gut, Crohn’s disease, IBS, inflammatory bowel disease or any other gut disorder, your first priority is healing your gut. Due to our modern environment, more people than ever are dealing with severe gut issues. Every other person I talk to seems to bring up a digestive issue at some point during a conversation. Since I have had some pretty severe gut issues in my past, I will share the foods that I benefited the most from while healing my gut.

–Gelatin– Gelatin is a pure protein harvested from beef or pork. What makes it unique is that it is pure connective tissue, often called collagen. I have written about using gelatin to regenerate your skin and joints. Fortunately, gelatin acts to regenerate the gut lining as well. The regeneration of the gut is priority numero uno for those with serious gut issues. This is especially true for leaky gut syndrome.

Glutamine is a common supplement used to regenerate the gut lining. I recommend gelatin over glutamine. Why? Because taking isolated amino acids like glutamine leads to amino acid imbalances. In the case of glutamine, supplementation also leads to excitotoxicity (neuro toxic).

Instead of glutamine, take gelatin, which contains glutamine. Gelatin also contains glycine, which protects your brain cells from the excitotoxic effects of glutamine. Every nutrient works better and is safest in its whole food form.

When you consume gelatin, it coats your intestinal lining and acts as a temporary barrier to allergenic food particles, preventing the inflammatory cascade of damage to your gut. In this way, gelatin is a temporary cure for leaky gut. When taken before every meal, gelatin will eventually allow the gut lining to heal itself in this preventative fashion.

5 Foods That Will Heal Your Gut

Chia Seeds

–Chia Seeds– Chia seeds, when hydrated in water, form a gel coating due to their unusually high content of solube fiber. When consumed, this soluble fiber gel coats and soothes the intestinal lining which curbs allergic inflammatory reactions to problem foods. When hydrated chia seeds are eaten before meals, digestion will immediately improve.

Ground chia seeds are best to eat, soak them in 9 parts water to 1 part chia seed powder. Once the gel forms in about 10 minutes, eat a spoonful before meals and store the rest in the fridge for up to a week.

–Fermented Food– This should be first on the list for anyone who has taken antibiotics. Err, everybody I guess. Probiotics have been studied to change the expression of hundreds of different genes in your body. Many probiotic strains down regulate pro inflammatory genes in your body. This exerts powerful healing effects in the gut and is necessary for the reversal of leaky gut and inflammatory bowel disorders.

Fermented foods also fight off and crowd out the pathogens in your gut which produce toxic byproducts. You feel better when your gut is no longer a toxic factory!

Water kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha are a few good fermented foods to try out.

Foods That Will Heal Your Gut–Bromelain– A protein digesting enzyme derived from pineapples, bromelain is a powerful digestive aid. When taken with meals, bromelain breaks down allergenic proteins like gluten or casein before they can cause severe gastric and systemic inflammation.

I typically avoid any gluten or casein, but when I indulge on rare cheat meals containing an allergen, I take a capsule of bromelain before and after the meal. With this strategy my digestion remains largely unaffected by meals that used to make me destroy bathrooms. Everyone with gut issues is suffering from different causes, but if your gut issues were anything like mine, bromelain will help.

–Bovine Colostrum– The queen of all gut healers, colostrum literally was designed by nature to (re)generate a healthy gut lining in mammals. Colostrum contains 86 unique growth factors which rapidly generate healthy intestinal lining.

Foods That Will Heal Your Gut

Colostrum Powder

Simultaneously, proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) in colostrum shut down the bodies production of harmful allergenic TH2 cytokines while keeping healthy white blood cell production high.

The combination of growth factors and PRPs make bovine colostrum the most valuble food for anyone whose digestion is even slightly ailing. Those with severe gut issues should use colostrum as their base tool for disease reversal.

Summary

These are 5 powerful foods that will 1.) protect your gut lining from allergic immune reaction and 2.) regenerate your intestinal lining to prevent leaky gut and the development of food sensitivities. Though they were written in no order, colostrum is the most powerful for gut health followed by gelatin, fermented foods, bromelain and chia seeds.

I’ve had so many people ask where to get these supplements I decided to edit the links in here.

Here is where I purchase each supplement for myself:

Surthrival Bone Broth Gelatin
Great Lakes Gelatin
RAW 6-Hr Colostrum
Bromelain
Chia Seeds

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

admin April 9, 2015 at 10:43 pm

Turmeric extract is high on the list guys! Should have made a number 6. 🙁

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Shelly April 10, 2015 at 4:51 am

Tumeric is a good anti-inflammatory but not good for salicylate sensitive people.

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admin April 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Thanks for the tip Shelly.

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Isabeau April 10, 2015 at 8:23 am

Thanks for the tip about the gelatin; because I have oral allergy syndrome, pineapple is a no go (it’s associated with latex allergy, which I acquired in the workplace). As for fermented foods, I’ve been able to find a great locally made organic sauerkraut and it’s always in my fridge! With regard to the bovine colostrum…if someone is sensitive to cow’s milk, can they still use this? Thanks for your answer!

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admin April 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Hey Isabeau! Dairy allergic individuals can use bovine colostrum. I used to be very sensitive to casein but after a year and a half of colostrum supplementation I can consume cow dairy without reaction, though I still avoid it. Colostrum inhibits allergic response.

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Julia April 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Could you maybe add how much and how often to take these and in what form? I totally want to try this but have no idea about how much gelatin and in what form etc. I bought some of that good quality grass fed yada yada gelatin awhile ago thinking I’d make elderberry chews for my kids but I’d love to know more. My Naturopathic MD recommended the Glutamine a long time ago. I just couldn’t get it down it tasted so badly.

Thanks for the info!

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admin April 10, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Hey Julia! I gelatin hydrolysate linked in my description of gelatin in the article. The hydrolysate is enzymatically broken down into a fine powder that dissolves into any drink or food. I take a spoon full of it with every meal and a tablespoon before bed. Sounds like you have gelatin granules which don’t mix well into foods but can be cooked into ‘gummy bear’ type snacks. The gelatin should have instructions on how to make “jello” type snacks with it. If you make those, try eating a small handful of the gummies before each meal.
With the fermented food, go to a healthfood store and find some sauerkraut, or kimchi, they usually have probiotic soda drinks that are great. Just try to eat/drink a few servings of probiotics per week.
I have a link to bromelain capsules in the article take one with every meal and wash it down with a drink.
I also inserted a link to high quality colostrum powder, you can take a half teaspoon or more, or 2+ capsules with each meal. If you use the powder, it can be stirred into many foods but it shines best when added to blender smoothies. Feel free to let me know if you need more information about something more specific, thanks for reading!

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Pambi April 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Are you suggesting that the gelatin and chia seeds and Bromelain all be taken before each meal daily or to pick one?? Or do you recommend that we should try them all out with the goal of finding what one works best?

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admin April 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm

It is more of a “here are 5 superfoods I have used to heal my gut, pick the ones that you think will work best for you”. Of course if you incorporate all of them, you will get the best results, that is if your body can tolerate all of them. But even if you get on just one, it will help greatly. Thanks for reading Pambi

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janet April 11, 2015 at 5:17 am

Hi just a personal question if you don’t mind? What gut problem did your or have you got? Or had?
Thank you
Great article BTW

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admin April 11, 2015 at 2:16 pm

A few years ago what I believe started as mild leaky gut cascaded into severe food allergies and general IBS. Since I didn’t get a handle on it, it grew like a chain reaction. Dairy and oats were the most nuclear foods but nothing was digesting well, it was all being pushed straight through me. I was losing muscle and knew it was my number 1 priority. About a year and a half later, I am back at about 95% gut function and still improving. Everything is coming out solid and timely and I have learned a whole lot. Thanks for reading Janet!

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Dennis April 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm

While all these foods are good for you, some will aid in digestion and help with upset, bloated tummys.. none will cure or heal, your Crohn’s Disase, IBS, Ulcers, Acid Reflux ect. Help yes, cure?… no

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admin April 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Hey Dennis, I am always weary of absolutes. I believe it is wrong to say that anyone with any gut disease will absolutely never achieve reversal of disease through natural methods. If you study 1,000 people with these diseases, and they all aggressively treat their conditions, using all the natural methods available to them, we are going to see a certain percentage of these people experience complete or partial remission of their disease symptoms. Even if less than half of people improved their symptoms in such a study, it would still be worth the effort. Even a certain (small) percentage of people who are not applying any natural healing methods, will experience natural disease reversal, whatever the cause may have been. So I encourage all to give their best efforts, and believe that they can beat their diseases, for without belief and hope, our chances are slim. Thank you for reading

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Karin Radburnd April 15, 2015 at 3:33 am

I don’t know if you have the time to even look into this but it could help an enormous amount of people if this would help. I suffer from CES. cauda equina syndrome. It’s a very cruel invisible virtually permanent ,injury. All CES sufferer’s really struggle with bowl problems due to nerve damage. Would any of these supplements you mention help? Just asking your opinion. Cheers.

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admin April 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Hey Karin, this sounds like a really tough problem. Is your nerve damage is caused by trauma or an inflammatory condition? I have some experience in neural regeneration, I wrote about these 3 supplements which increase nerve growth factor in your body. These will be your best bet, in the long term, for regenerating damaged nerve tissue. If it is extremely severe, you may not be able to completely reverse your nervous damage symptoms. Aggressive supplementation to increase your nerve growth factor is my suggestion. Of course the first priority is to make sure you are not STILL sustaining nerve damage! If an inflammatory condition is causing nerve damage, I just wrote an article about these two herbs which significantly reverse autoimmune inflammation in the body. These may provide relief.

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Joanna April 30, 2015 at 7:56 pm

I was just diagnosed with autoimmune disorder leaky gut. I may finally have answers to my infertility thyroid issues, early menopause, and including lots of things I suffered from as a child. I can’t wait to start feeling better! All this info is very overwhelming, but I am ready and willing!

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Michelle June 7, 2015 at 8:41 pm

I’m actually really glad I found your article, because I’m going through exactly what you did a year and a half ago. Terrible food allergies/leaky gut and just feeling like complete crap on a daily basis.. It’s gotten so much worse for me over the past couple of months, and at this point I’m desperate. I just recently bought some of the supplements you’ve mentioned, however I was wondering if you could advise me on what type of diet you did while taking these? Or what helped cure your gut? I really don’t know what to do at this point.. Especially considering the number of foods that I’m having reactions to is increasing rapidly.. Thanks!

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Jen July 5, 2015 at 6:16 am

Hi Michelle, I was just posting about my recovery at a Facebook group, so I’ll copy and paste what I shared there: Juicing (most often carrot/ginger/celery), meal spacing, Norm Robillard’s Fast Tract Diet, Swedish Bitters, HCL/pepsin, probiotics, colostrum, glutamine. Everything helped, but I think colostrum and glutamine (I take them close together) are super healing for the gut. I take them in powder form, about one and a half tablespoons each, 2X a day. I mix the glutamine in water and drink it right down. I dump the colostrum in my mouth and just suck on it until it’s liquefied. Then I swallow, of course. 🙂 Hope this helps!

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Jen July 5, 2015 at 6:34 am

By the way Admin, with respect, I don’t agree that glutamine leads to excitotoxicity.
I know Russell Blaylock says this, and I don’t understand his reasoning. He seems to equate glutamine with MSG. If that was true, glutamine would not be so widely used (successfully) by bodybuilders, for example.

I used gelatin previously but I am now concerned about the fluoride content, as it is from animal bones, and fluoride concentrates in the bones.

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admin July 22, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Hey Jen, it’s the glutamate in MSG that causes its excito-toxicity. Glutamine, in its nature, is stimulating to neurons. This is not harmful as long as glutamine is taken in with other amino acids as as a whole protein. Glycine, the most abundant amino in gelatin, is the most powerful excito-toxicity inhibitor in the amino acid family.
As to fluoride in bone derived gelatin, great lakes gelatin (which I recommend) is extracted from grass-fed cow hydes only. I agree that fluoride accumulation in bones is an issue since most cows drink nothing BUT fluoridated water.

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Anne September 5, 2015 at 11:19 am

Should this help with celiac disease?

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Rebecca Provinse September 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Dear FatBurningMan AKA Abel James, I’ve lost so much weight since January 2015, 30 lbs. in 3 months, and now about 5 lbs. more, that I am way past needing to slow down. The weight loss was catabolic, burning not only fat, but also too much muscle. I enjoy my daily buttered / bulletproof coffee, grass fed beef and organic chicken (allergic to rice, fish, seafood, shellfish, eggs, lecithin, soy, wheat, spinach, tomatoes, chocolate, limited coconut, etc., etc.). Definitely can’t tolerate fermented foods; causes indigestion, too much heartburn, gas. any ideas to slow down the weight loss? FYI: I was not trying to lose weight this fast. At 142 lbs. I was advised to level out, but now I’m at 136 to 138 lbs.

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Rebecca Provinse September 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Dear FatBurningMan AKA Abel James,
I’m sorry, but my E-mail address in the above comment submission was incorrect. It left off the “e” off of “Provinse”. Should be “Provinse@swbell.net”; or even “Provinse7@gmail.com”

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Hansini December 30, 2015 at 8:53 pm

I have been suffering from psoriasis for the past 7 years. I suffer from infertility issues, weight gain and lack of self confidence. I am really hoping to incorporate the Paleo diet daily and improve my health. Here’s hoping 2016 will be the year I am healthier than ever, and able to become a mommy, finally!

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Kelly September 11, 2016 at 8:43 pm

My 10 year old daughter has just been diagnosed with enthesitis related juvenile arthritis. I’m pretty sure she has gone undiagnosed for close to 5 years.

I’m so happy to have come across this, as well as many others.
I’m hoping a drastic change in diet, and vitamins or suppliments
Will be more beneficial to her than the chemical cocktail they want to inject my child with

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