Natural MD Radio: How to Heal Leaky Gut

Last week, I talked about what Leaky Gut is, what causes it, and what problems it can lead to. We know that what goes on in your gut doesn’t just stay in your gut, but communicates with your immune system and even your brain. Leaky Gut can trigger chronic low-level inflammatory reactions responsible for depression, anxiety, autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s, allergies and food intolerances, weight gain, brain fog, and more.

Healing your gut is not hard to do, and it is the most important first step in treating most chronic conditions. To simplify the process, I teach my patients the 4R program. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, it can take from about 4-6 weeks to 6 months to fully heal. Symptom improvement is your best guide to resolution.

Listen here to learn how to get started healing your gut today. If you prefer to read, here's my article with the steps you can take.

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“We know that what goes on in your gut doesn’t just stay in your gut.” – Aviva Romm

Show Notes:

  • The problems that leaky gut can cause
  • Why leaky gut is so common
  • The four R’s of gut healing: removing, replacing, reinoculating, and repairing
  • How to remove your triggers
  • Why you might try an elimination diet

“The association between what’s going on in our gut and what’s going on in our mood is clear.” – Aviva Romm

  • How to replace digestive enzymes
  • Why we need stomach acid
  • The importance of eating green vegetables
  • How to reinoculate your gut flora
  • What supplements can help reinoculate your gut
  • How to adjust doses for kids

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Dr. Aviva, Does Goat's Rue have Berberibe? I know it is Anti-Bacterial (can find this on Pubmed), but my issue is Yeast & Candida, would A. Goat's Rue being Anti-Bacterial help with that or would B. Berberine help with that?

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Nelda, Goats Rue does not contain berberine and I don't know that I would use it strictly as a replacement for bitter herbs. Warm wishes, Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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Dear Dr. Aviva: As you said the mood is closely tied with the gut, what is your opinion on products such as ProBioMood, Probiotics that claim to maintain healthy Cortisol levels? Would love to know if you feel it works.

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Petunia, This is Megan from Dr. Aviva's team. Aviva is not familiar with that product so she can't comment. Thank you for your question though!! Warmly, Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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Amitha Kalaichandran

Great podcast Dr. Romm! I enjoyed the overview and treatment suggestions around intestinal hyperpermeability.

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Leaky gut is a condition that causes many health problems, yet it's rarely talked about in the media or in doctors’ offices. Essential oils can help improve the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Glutamine, also known as L-glutamine, is an amazing amino acid that has the ability to heal soft tissue like the lining of your intestines. It is very good for improving the health and integrity of your gut.

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This podcast is very thorough and accessible! There is one thing I was hoping you could clarify. Is each of the "R's" a separate stage that you progress through in order, or do you simultaneously Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, and Repair? Thank you!

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Aislinn, You can do them all together! Did you by chance get to listen into the free call Aviva did a few weeks ago on healing a leaky gut? Warmly, Megan- Aviva Romm's executive assistant and online nutritionist

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Hi, I'm looking for help finding an herbal supplement containing goldenseal, garlic, and essential oils of thyme, oregano and sage to kill off the bad bugs. I'm following the plan in your book and have tried finding something like that in the resources you list as well as through your full script store, but I can't find it! Thanks for your help! I love your book and website and your heart for helping women live vibrant, healthy lives. :)

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    Aviva Romm

    You can check out the Replenish Formulary:

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Hi there! I’ve purchased and am in process of reading your ‘adrenal thryiod revolution’ book, Is the week 1 sample daily meal plan on page 162&163 jus ideas or do I have to stick to just them meals? Thanks !

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    Tracy Romm

    Hi Emma, They are just suggestions to help with your meal planning. By the way, the publisher made some mistakes in the Week 1 menu. If you go to this page, you'll find an updated meal plan for Week 1 and lots of other resources that complement the book. Thanks for your support.