Cleansing the intestines and the digestive system is one of the most essential things you can do to improve your heath. No matter where you are on your health journey, performing an easy intestinal cleanse is going to help you to see results, which is how Easy Intestinal Cleanse- Heal Leaky Gut was born.
As you have learned through reading and following my Easy Intestinal Cleanse Part I, without an efficient and well working digestive system, you are unable to reach the level of health you deserve. This is because the intestines and digestive system are in charge of changing food into forms that can be absorbed and put to use, giving you the building blocks for all that is necessary in life – energy, focus, physical strength, clear vision, strong bones, hair and nails, radiant skin, a lean, fertile and strong body, and a calm yet motivated disposition. This all comes from the food that you eat, and the ability to properly digest it.
I designed the Easy Intestinal Cleanse Part I as a starting point for fully cleansing, detoxifying and clearing the digestive system and intestines of allergens, old waste products and toxins. This provides the space for the body to start working as it was intended. For many people, following the Easy Intestinal Cleanse Part I is all that is needed to get the digestive system back on tract. But for those of you who are facing more serious and more complicated disorders, there is a need to go further, which is why I designed a part II, the Easy Intestinal Cleanse: Heal Leaky Gut
In cases where the intestinal lining has been compromised and intestinal permeability has occurred, there is a great need to heal and repair the lining. This condition is often referred to as “leaky gut syndrome.”
Leaky gut is a syndrome where the intestinal lining has been damaged, leading to an increase in the permeability of the intestinal mucosa. This permeability is like having little holes in the intestine, allowing undigested food particles, microbes (bad guys) and toxins to get through the intestine and into the bloodstream. In a healthy intestine, the intestinal lining works as a barrier, keeping larger particles out, and only allowing smaller, broken down particles (like digested food) to enter. When this barrier is compromised and larger particles pass through, an immune reaction occurs (this is the body trying to “fight” these “bad” unwanted particles). This causes the health of the body to be compromised, leading to a wide range of issues.
The goal is to use the Easy Intestinal Cleanse: Heal Leaky Gut to decrease permeability and to restore strength to the intestine.
I had leaky gut syndrome, and I understand the pain and frustration that it causes. It is grossly under diagnosed, and it is hard to identify. The symptoms can mimic many other issues, causing it to be missed. I personally suffered from leaky gut due to a long history of chronic stress (parent’s divorce, bad relationships) and a parasitic infection. Over time this led to a laundry list of food sensitivities (there was almost no food that did not upset my digestion), hives, foggy brain, fatigue, poor sleep, under development muscles, and irritable bowel syndrome (constant roller coaster of constipation and diarrhea, triggered by multiple foods such as dairy and fat). Suffice to say, life was a struggle. This is why I have created this cleanse.
This Easy Intestinal Cleanse: Heal Leaky Gut is for you. It has been created to help you climb out of this life-altering, extremely depressing condition that seems to have no answer. Because I did it, and so can you. I did heal, I did overcome leaky gut syndrome, and I now live without the debilitating symptoms. And you can to. This cleanse is not hard, it is not terribly restricting, and it can be your path to getting your life back on track.
What causes Intestinal Permeability or Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Numerous events alter the permeability of the intestine, causing a malfunction in the physical barrier of the intestinal wall. They include the following:
- Poor Diet (esp. dairy, GMOs, sugar, gluten, unsprouted grains, processed and fried foods)
- High Toxic Load
- Poor intestinal motility (constipation)
- Medications (including NSAIDs)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Chron’s disease
- Pancreatic dysfunction
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Celiac disease
- Food Allergies/Sensitivities
- Atopic Eczema
- Parasitic Infection
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Inflammatory Bowel disease
- Bacterial Imbalance
Symptoms Associated with Increased Intestinal Permeability
- Abdominal distention/bloating
- Abdominal pain/cramps
- Joint pain
- Foggy brain, poor concentration and memory
- Fevers (unknown origin)
- Food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies
- Muscle pain
- Poor exercise tolerance
- Shortness of breath
- Skin disorders (rashes, hives, eczema, psoriasis)
- Nutritional deficiency
Diseases Associated with Increased Intestinal Permeability
- Celiac disease
- Childhood hyperactivity
- Dermatitis (itchy, bumpy skin)
- Liver damage
- Chemical sensitivities
- Poor pancreatic function
As you can see the integrity of the intestines and digestive system is deeply rooted in the overall health of the body. Poor digestive health, a leaky gut, and increased intestinal permeability all lead to health issues, which is why we must heal and repair the system. This will help you to get rid of chronic digestive issues, food sensitivities, fatigue, skin disorders and weight issues. By following the Easy Intestinal Cleanse: Heal Leaky Gut plan, we are going to do just that.
If you’ve not completed the Easy Intestinal Cleanse Part I, then please start there. It is essential that the intestines and digestive tract have been cleansed, eliminating pathogenic (bad) bacteria, viruses, fungi, allergens and toxins, before focusing on repairing. It is also vital that a healthy diet has been put into place, removing all inflammatory, irritating and toxic foods, which you will have started with the Easy Intestinal Cleanse Part I. Failure to follow these steps makes intestine permeability (leaky gut) repair virtually impossible, since toxic foods may further feed the bad pathogens and provoke immune responses, which are at the root of the problem in the first place.
Now that we’ve got all the grunt work taken care of, and we’ve decided that this cleanse is for us, let’s dive in. As the name promises, this is an easy cleanse. This is a cleanse that everyone can follow and can be successful at. You do not have to drastically change your life, starve yourself, or go into an emotional crisis in order to come out of this cleanse a winner.
Easy Intestinal Cleanse: Heal Leaky Gut
protocol for 1 month
Afternoon: 6-8 ounces Bone Broth, homemade *if you are vegetarian, you can skip this step
Water: Drink half your weight in ounces of filtered water a day. Water is essential for flushing toxins, transporting nutrients and providing an environment for healing.
For the morning drink, it is best to make a large batch ahead, 1-3 days ahead, to allow the ginger to soak. This will increase its healing capabilities. If you are unable to do so, you can make it the morning of and skip the ginger.
To Purchase Cleanse:
The following food plan is intended to minimize digestive stress, and to reduce the overall toxic load of the intestinal tract. Therefore, we will be eliminating foods that are hard to digest, foods that typically cause immune reactions in the body, and foods that cause mucus build up.
In order to promote the normal movement of bowels, clearance of toxic waste and the proper absorption of food, we will be incorporating foods that are naturally cleansing and easy to digest. These foods will provide the necessary nutrients for healthy digestion, which include probiotics, fiber, healthy oils/fats and trace minerals. Finally, we will consume one probiotic-rich food a day, called fermented foods, in order to promote the reintroduction of healthy bacteria into the intestine.
Foods to Include:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables (not canned, or processed) – raw or lightly steamed is best
- Cleansing herbs, fresh (parsley, cilantro)
- Gluten-free grains (rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, teff) and pasta
- Raw nuts and seeds – sprouted is best
- Beans – soaked and sprouted is best
- Healthy fats (avocado, olives, olive oil, coconut)
- Organic eggs
- Wild-caught salmon
- Nut/seed crackers, breads (raw is best)
- Kale Chips
- Natural sweeteners (raw honey, molasses, Grade B or #2 maple syrup, dates, figs, coconut sugar)
- Almond and coconut flour
- Nut Milk and “dairy” products – almond, cashew, coconut (milk, ice cream, yogurt)
- Superfoods (maca, hemp, chia, chlorella, blue-green algae, cacao, mulberries)
- Organic protein powders (brown rice, hemp, grass-fed whey, cranberry, coconut)
- Fermented foods (sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, kombucha, organic and raw kefir and yogurt, tempeh and kimchi) – choose 1 daily
- Fresh fruit and vegetable juice (no sugar or preservatives added)
- Foods rich in Vitamin A (supports healthy intestinal mucosa and lowers inflammation) – sweet potato, carrots, spinach, kale, collard greens, winter squash – choose 1 daily
- Foods rich in zinc (supports cell turnover, key in maintaining integrity of intestinal lining) – sesame seeds (tahini), pumpkin seeds (pepitas), lentils, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), cashews – choose 1 daily
- Foods rich in quercetin (an antioxidant known to enhance intestinal barrier functions, and to control intestinal inflammation) – citrus fruits, apples, onions, parsley, olive oil, grapes, dark cherries, blueberries and blackberries.
Foods to Exclude:
- Red Meat and Pork
- Soy (organic, fermented soy okay – tempeh, miso and nama shoyu 1-2x/week)
- Gluten [wheat (spelt, kamut, farro, bulgur, semolina, durum), barley, and rye – in any form]
- Dairy and dairy products (organic, raw, fermented dairy okay only if not lactose intolerant – kefir, yogurt 2-3x/week)
- White Flour (pastries, crackers, bread, cakes, donuts, cookies)
- Fried Foods
- Frozen Dinners
- Packaged, processed foods
- White Sugar
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (look for on ingredient list)
- Trans Fatty Acids (aka mono or polyunsaturated fats, hydrogenated fat/oil)
*Note: In order to reap the greatest benefits from the cleanse, please follow the diet. With that being said, if it is not possible, you will still see some improvements in your intestinal health with the use of the cleansing supplements.
A closer look into the nutrients:
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics
One cause of leaky gut/intestinal permeability is bacterial imbalance, the overgrowth of “bad” bacteria/flora. This occurs due to stress, the use of antibiotics (kill healthy good bacteria in the gut), parasites, poor diet, food poisoning, and inflammatory bowl conditions, to name a few. To help restore optimal permeability to the intestine and gut integrity, it is necessary to balance this bacteria. We are going to do this through the supplementation of helpful “good” bacteria, also known as probiotics. The particular probiotic bacterial strains we are looking for are bifidobacteria, lactobacilli and streptococci.
Another way to restore bacterial balance and to improve permeability is the supplementation of prebiotics, which are nutrients that act as fuel or food for the good bacteria. The probiotic supplement by Dr. Ohhira has the highest quality blend of both protbiotics and prebiotics. It contains fermented vegetables and mushrooms that nourish the probiotics, pH balancing organic acids along with naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids to support the healing process. Unlike many other probiotics on the market, this version is created over a 3-year time period encouraging the survival of the strongest healthy bacteria/probiotics. In addition, each capsule contains superior non-dairy, non-GMO, bovine-free natural ingredients without any artificial additives, chemicals, preservatives, coloring, flavoring or animal by-products. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are not used, ensuring a safe, and extremely effective product. In cases such as leaky gut and intestinal permeability, it is the only probiotic I use.
Digestive Enzymes Ultra
Good digestion is a essential for normal gastrointestinal function and overall health. When we are unable to adequately digest our food, due to a deficiency in digestive enzymes, the food is not broken down. This leads to irritability, inflammation and the creation of toxins in the gut. In addition, the undigested food is able to leak through the intestinal lining and into the blood, further exacerbating the symptoms of leaky gut, in addition to causing it in the first place. This cascade of events contributes to the malabsorption of nutrients, food intolerance, food allergy, autoimmune conditions, bacterial overgrowth, and signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort.
To help heal leaky gut and to remedy its associated symptoms, supplementation with digestive enzymes is necessary. I personally love using the supplement, Digestive Enzymes Ultra. It contains an all-encompassing profile of vegetarian digestive enzymes needed to properly digest food. This includes proteases, for the normal breakdown of proteins and di- and tri-peptides, lipase for breaking down lipids (fats), and both amylase and glucoamylase to breakdown carbohydrates (starch and glycogen). In addition, invertase and lactase are included to support the digestion of dairy. This formula also offers numerous enzymes to support fiber breakdown, including cellulase, hemicellulase, beta-glucanase and phytase. Additionally, alpha-galactosidase promotes the breakdown of certain complex carbohydrates, such as raffinose and stachyose, found in some vegetables, grains and legumes–helping to relieve occasional bloating or gas.
We will be taking this enzyme with each meal to help the breakdown and absorption of the food consumed. It should help immediately with digestive discomfort associated with eating, along with improving elimination.
G.I. Integrity is one of my favorite comprehensive formulas for promoting healing in intestinal permeability and leaky gut. It is a blend of the key nutritional players, glutamine, glucosamine, gamma oryzanol and aloe, proven to promote healing in the intestine.
l-Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body, promotes healthy everyday tissue repair. In the gut, it maintains intestinal integrity by supporting the protective mucosal lining and intestinal functioning. This helps to ensure proper nutrient utilization while limiting the amount of toxins that pass through the intestinal barrier and into the bloodstream. Glutamine is also the preferred fuel or food for the cells in the small intestine, improving immunity, decreasing the spread of infection and increasing the number and strength of the intestinal cells. As a result of these functions, a generous supply of glutamine will help repair and maintain a healthy small intestinal lining, making it one of the most important nutrients in improving the state of leaky gut syndrome.
N-acetyl-d-glucosamine (NAG) is a nutrient needed for the glycosaminoglycans and glycoproteins that comprise the gut’s mucosal surface, maintaining healthy intestinal tissue. NAG is also essential for the secretion of the mucous that protects the cells lining the intestines from bad bacteria, antigens and toxins. Studies have shown that NAG blocks the adherence of Candida albicans to the gastrointestinal mucosa and stimulates the growth of beneficial probiotic Bifidobacteria.
Gamma oryzanol, a naturally occurring component of rice bran oil provides beneficial support for gastric health and comfort. It is a well-documented antioxidant that provides intestinal support for permeability-related conditions. Several of its components, including ferulic acid and its blend of phytosterols are thought to be attributed to its therapeutic effects.
Aloe is a well-researched therapeutic agent utilized for intestinal health. Through its polysaccharides (healing sugars) it acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory, maintaining healthy prostaglandin metabolism, especially in the gut. In addition to aiding in the healing of the intestinal lining, aloe also stimulates the immune system and acts as an antimicrobial, protecting against harmful bacteria and fungus, which may be at the root of the leaky gut syndrome.
Tri-EFA is my favorite essential fatty acid blend for therapeutic use in leaky gut and intestinal permeability. It is comprised of the omega-3 fatty acids alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and EPA/DHA, as well as omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Its oils are derived from flax and borage seed oil, and cold water fish. Including ample healthy fats such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 is an important step in healing leaky gut and intestinal permeability. EPA and GLA are nutrient gateways for the body’s manufacturing of immune-related substances, specifically related to intestinal inflammatory disease. They have been found to be key in decreasing inflammation, improving intestinal function and supporting the healing process of the intestines.
These essential fatty acids have also shown to promote normal permeability and barrier integrity in the intestine, as well as to reduce permeability defects caused by inflammation. While these fats can be found in certain foods, supplementation is necessary to reach the therapeutic amounts we are looking for to promote expedited healing.
Finally we come to bone broth. Homemade bone broth is an excellent healing food for leaky gut and intestinal permeability. One of the main reasons is its natural source of collagen. Collagen has been found to help to restore the integrity of the gut, and to help promote the healing of the intestinal lining. Collagen contains the key nutrients glycine and proline, which are needed to repair of the intestinal lining. In addition, collagen is also abundant in minerals, which expedite the healing process of the body and help to restore health overall.
I would highly suggest that you make your own bone broth at home, or find a local butcher, health cafe like Brodo, or health food store that makes it fresh. The nutrients are often lost in boxed bone broth, thereby minimizing its healing properties.
What to Expect?
This easy intestinal cleanse is focused on healing and repairing the gut, not detoxing per se, so you should feel pretty great during this cleanse. If you are making great dietary changes, especially by eliminating addictive-like foods such as sugar, gluten and alcohol, then you may experience slight withdrawal symptoms. This may manifest as fatigue, food cravings and a headache, but do not worry, it will pass.
Can I continue with my daily life while doing this easy intestinal cleanse?
Absolutely. Since this cleanse does not require great dietary restrictions, you should be able to go about your normal daily routine with ease. Just remember to prepare for social engagements and situations that involve food and alcohol. If you are attending a party or going to a restaurant, make sure to plan ahead. Find out what the menu is, and make sure there is something cleanse approved to eat. And do not hesitate to ask for menu modifications. Most all restaurants are fine with making a couple veggie sides your meal, or to leave out any heavy sauces. If there are not any good options, eat beforehand or perhaps take a rain check. As for drinking, just remember that the success of this cleanse is only as good as the effort that is put into it. I know that we all love to let loose with alcohol, but alcohol greatly hinders the healing process. You will be able to have a glass of wine or cocktail again, so drum up that determination and pass for now.
What if I forgot my supplements, should I take them when I remember?
The digestive enzymes must be taken with a meal, so if you miss them at a certain meal time, then you do not need to make up that dosage. Just continue with the supplement plan as it is listed. If you miss the probiotics in the morning, wait to take them until the evening, or when you have an empty stomach. As for the G.I. Integrity and the Tri-EFA, these should be taken with food, so just take the missed dosage at your next meal.
I missed a few days of the supplements and diet, what should I do?
If you took a cleanse vacation for a few days, then I would urge you to add those days onto the cleanse. The body takes time to heal and therefore requires you to complete the cleanse to the full duration.
Does it only take 1 month to heal?
This cleanse has been set for one month’s time, but this is an average time for healing. Some people may require a longer period of time on this cleanse to see ultimate results. If you have finished the one month’s time period but are feeling great, and feel like you want to continue, then please do. It can only help to continue the cleanse.
I have a diagnosed condition, is this cleanse safe for me?
If you have been diagnosed with a condition, or are using pharmaceutical medications, it is necessary for you to consult with your prescribing physician before starting this cleanse.
I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Is this cleanse safe for me?
Please consult with your physician before starting this cleanse.
Can I use other brands of the supplements recommended?
I recommend only using the brands of products I suggest, because I can personally vouch for their quality and effectiveness. They are free of excipients, additives and toxic preservatives, and have been designed in the dosages needed for healing. If you find that a certain recommended supplement cannot be shipped to your area, please email me directly for an alternative.
Are there any adjunct therapies I can include to improve the efficacy of this cleanse?
Absolutely. In order to help with the healing process, I would recommend incorporating therapies for reducing stress. Stress is a leading cause of the development of leaky gut, so minimizing stress is essential for the ultimate healing of the gut. I would suggest incorporating meditation, yoga, and evening baths with this relaxation mineral soak called Resurrection. Another very effective way to minimize emotional stress is the use of Bach Flower Remedies. I have found these to be one of the best ways to address emotional stress because they are so fast acting, and far reaching in their abilities to heal. Simply use Rescue Remedy by Bach Flower daily.
Finally, take the time to relax and to sleep. The only way for the body to completely heal is by resting, so give yourself permission to sleep in late and to get into bed way too early. Your body needs it.
I am feeling super constipated, is there anything I can do?
If you are suffering from constipation, I would suggest using a product called Triphala by Organic India. Triphala is a herbal combination from the Ayurvedic tradition that is extremely gentle and effective in normalizing bowels. This supplement does not cause massive and stressful releases like laxatives do, but rather promote the normal movement of the bowels.
Best of luck and I hope to hear about your progress in the comments below. The more we share our experiences, the more determination, hope and success we will all have on this cleanse. Don’t be shy, we are all here for healing.