Dr. Oz: Foods to Remove to Fix Leaky Gut
Dr. Oz has been talking to Cathy, a woman suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. He introduced her to Dr. Mark Hyman, who has a plan to fix a leaky gut. It’s a three-prong approach to remove, replace, and repair.
The first step is removal. This plan is a two-week plan. For the first week, get rid of foods that are hard to digest, irritating, or sources of common food allergens. In the second week, you add them back in and see which ones are bothering you.
The foods to get rid of are dairy, grains (like corn), gluten, peanuts, eggs, beans, and soy. Dr. Oz called this a new approach, but this is actually a fairly common suggestion for treating a leaky gut.
Dr. Oz: Reintroducing Foods to Repair Leaky Gut
In the second week, you’ll need to reintroduce these foods. Add dairy back on the first day to see how you react. If you start to feel bad, keep it out. On the second day, add gluten back, then grains on the third day, soy on the fourth, beans on the fifth, eggs on the sixth, and finally peanuts on the last day. Once again, if a new food makes you feel bad, keep it out for the long term. This will help you fix your gut.
Dr. Oz: Probtioics & Prebiotics
So what do we replace these foods with? One important thing is probiotics, which can be found in miso. Make sure to get the gluten-free miso. Sauerkraut and kimchi are also good sources.
Prebiotics are also important to be eaten along with the probtioics. Prebiotics are found in dandelion greens, as well as other fibrous foods. These function as fertilizer for the good bacteria and can really help the good bacteria grow.
Dr. Oz: Repair Your Leaky Gut
The final step is repairing. The lining of the gut is hurt by drugs and a bad diet, so it’s important to repair it. First, it’s important to get your Omega 3s. You can get these in sardines or a supplement. Glutamine is also great, found in meat and animal products, as well as cabbage.
Tumeric is an anti-inflammatory and a wonderful spice to add. Coconut oil is great for cooking and for salad, which is an antifungal to get the bad bugs and it has great fats to keep the good bacteria healthy. Pumpkin seeds are full of zinc, great for the immune system and particularly important for Cathy, who had low zinc levels.