The Leaky Gut Protocol

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The Leaky Gut Protocol:

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition that is characterized by too many microorganisms in the small intestine.  These can be a combination of both good (progenic) and bad (pathogenic) microorganisms.  SIBO damages the intestinal lining and creates a state of mild-severe leaky gut syndrome and resulting food intolerances and chronic inflammatory processes.  Beat SIBO with the leaky gut protocol put together by Dr Jockers.

SIBO Symptoms and Conditions:

Individual with SIBO will often experience abdominal pain, nausea, gas, bloating, belching, flatulence, chronic constipation or diarrhea.   The sheer amount of microorganisms and the metabolic waste they produce through their life cycle can be very challenging to the body.  As the metabolic waste is released it causes the build-up of methane and sulfur based gases that produce the bloating, gas and flatulence.

Many physicians now believe that Irritable Bowel Syndrome which has always had a loose definition is now better understood as SIBO.  SIBO is also known to be associated with Celiac disease, fibromyalgia, all auto-immune conditions, rosacea, liver problems, gallstones and gastritis.  SIBO may not be the major driving factor in 100% of these conditions but it is almost always present in individuals suffering from these disorders.  The leaky gut protocol is very effective at helping individuals suffering with these health problems.

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Parasites Steal Valuable Nutrients:

The pathogenic organisms steal valuable nutrients that cause dysfunction in the body.  These parasites consume massive amounts of iron and vitamin B12 which leads to differing forms of anemia.  They also affect fat absorption by deconjugating bile which leads to fatty stools and poor absorption of essential fats and fat soluble nutrients such as vitamin A, D, E & K.

The parasites also create inflammatory metabolites and excite the immune system to create an inflammatory response.  Because the dysfunctional microenvironment persists over time it creates a chronic inflammatory process that damages the gut lining creating open gap junctions and leaky gut syndrome.  Large food particles and microorganisms cross through the gaps in the gut and get into the bloodstream creating a whole body inflammatory response that can affect the joints, organs, brain, cardiovascular system, etc.

SIBO Healing Protocol:

This is a three phase protocol that includes a fasting period to regulate and minimize the amount of microbes in the gut.  Then comes a re-innoculation period to bring in healthy microbes in abundance.  Finally, comes the probiotic lifestyle that becomes the foundation for the individuals daily lifestyle.  After three to six months they may have a vacation meal or a few vacation days but it is best to stay as close to the probiotic lifestyle as possible for 350 of the 365 days out of the year.

How To Begin the Process:

The leaky gut protocol begins with a 3-7 day fasting cleanse.   During the fasting period the individual should consume organic broths with garlic and onions.   Bone broth provides a megadose of critical nutrients like gelatin and key amino acids that support the rapidly growing cells in the gut and soothe inflammation and scarring of the gut lining.  Garlic and onions are powerful anti-microbials that help regulate the microenvironment.

Fiber should be minimized as it is a fuel source for all types of microbes.  Someone with SIBO will react poorly with a lot of fiber in their diet.  They will notice more bloating and gas when they consume beans, nuts and veggies.  These individuals need to go through a fasting period to regulate the gut microbes and then they begin adding in fermented veggies and fermented chia, etc. as healthy fiber sources that are also probiotic carriers.

Fasting/De-Inflaming Period:

During the fasting period of the leaky gut protocol it is key for the individuals to consume organic acids and fluids so using apple cider vinegar and/or lemon in water is especially useful.  Also, Beyond Organic Terrain liquid herbals are by far and away a superior way of battling against parasites.

I use the Oregano Terrain as it is the most potent natural anti-parasitic superfood product. Oregano contains carvacrol and rosmarinic acid which have a very powerful anti-microbial effect.  Take the Oregano terrain throughout the day – 1-2 tsp per 8 ounces of water.  Organic herbal teas and lemon water are also good during this fasting period.

Re-Inoculation and ReBuilding Period: 

After the fasting period you move into the re-innoculation period where you consume lots of good fats and fermented foods.  This period lasts for seven to ten days.  The best fermented foods to consume during this period include Beyond Organic Amasai and Raw Cheese.  Both of these are loaded with key nutrients, enzymes and probiotics.

Fermented veggies such as sauerkraut, kichii and fermented beet kvass are all great inclusions.  Fermented chia seeds are extremely beneficial especially the Beyond Organic Terrain Omega product.  The Terrain Omega is chia fermented in an organic acid base with fermented turmeric, milk thistle and holy basil.  These powerful fermented herbs are incredible for reducing inflammation and enhancing detoxification.

The only foods consumed on this part of the plan are fermented dairy and fermented veggies and drinks.  Beyond Organic SueroGold is a fermented whey beverage that is light on the system but loaded with probiotics, enzymes and organic acids to help the gut.  This drink is also full of potassium to help the body purge toxins out of the cells and colon.

Terrain Oregano should still be used – 1 tsp in 8oz of water every 2-3 hours.

Meal Plan:

8am – SueroGold

10 am – SueroGold

12pm – Plain Amasai with Terrain Omega

3 pm – Sauerkraut, Kimchii and/or Beet Kvass and juiced veggies

5pm – SueroGold

6pm – Plain Amasai or big hunk of raw cheese with Terrain Omega

Probiotic Lifestyle and Recoding Phase:   

Intermittent fasting strategies should be used to where the individual restricts themselves to a 4-8 hour eating window.  This would mean eating all the food for the day between the hours of 3-7pm (4 hour window) or 11am – 7pm (8 hour window) as an example.

Example Meal Plan:

First Meal – 11am – Plain Amasai and berries with non-denatured, grass-fed whey protein and coconut flakes

Second Meal –3pm:  Raw cheese, big salad and Terrain Omega

Third Meal – 6pm – Grass-fed beef, sauerkraut, big salad or steamed/sautéed veggies.  EV Olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon and herbs all over everything.

Or you could do 2 meals in a 4 hour window for a more advanced version of a cleansing lifestyle.   Be sure to use high quality probiotic supplements as well.  I recommend 200 billion + CFU’s daily for the most powerful effect.

Sources For This Article Include:

http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/07/modifying-paleo-small-intestinal.html

http://gopaleo.com/blog/2011/12/28/10-ways-to-win-the-battle-against-sibo-2.html

http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/02/18/healing-foods-bone-broth/

http://blog.scratchmenot.com/leaky-gut-eczema/

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  1. Liz May 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Good information! My dad, 79 yrs of age, has been battling the above for two years now. He has lost a considerable amount of weight, has watery, uncontrollable diarrhea and has had so many expensive tests run. He took 4 rounds of Remicade – each round making his condition worse.

    When he was up at Johns Hopkins, they found an intestinal parasite. This didn’t surprise any of us as my parents have been serving overseas as missionaries in West Africa for 30 plus years. They gave him a round of antibiotics and basically said, “There ya go!” (Still fighting this just as strongly as before.)

    It is my understanding that parasites don’t leave that quickly – and if there’s one, there are others. Reading the above diet, I can’t see my dad, at his age, able to go on such a severe diet. Is there another option to restore his gut flora and provide him relief?

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