How to heal a leaky gut

by Ann Marie Michaels on December 16, 2007

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I am reading about how to heal Seth’s leaky gut.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride writes:

Gut Dysbiosis compromises the roots of your health and well being.

For example, two major body systems, The Digestive System and The Immune System, cannot function effectively. The damaged gut wall becomes “Leaky” affecting food uptake and bowel action.

It is no coincidence that susceptibility to allergy, illnesses such as IBS and Autism, and intolerance to certain foods is related to this condition.


The suggested diet is:

No processed foods
No gluten
No dairy
No soy
No sugar

What is left to eat?

Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends the following (her diet is specifically aimed toward autistic children with leaky guts but it should work the same for adults):

Meat, fish, poultry, organ meats, and eggs, raw if possible
Fresh vegetables and fruit, raw if possible
Nuts and seeds (properly soaked) — where to buy nuts and seeds
Lots of garlic and onion
Lots of cold pressed virgin olive oil and coconut oil — where to buy virgin olive oil and coconut oil
Some whole grains: buckwheat, millet, and quinoa (once or twice a week, properly soaked) — where to buy grains

She also recommends 1-2 teaspoons of cod liver oil daily. Cod liver oil is supposed to help heal the gut lining. Many people are concerned about overdosing on vitamin A but Dr. Campbell-McBride says it would take 4 teaspoons per day for an adult to overdose.

In addition, probiotics are recommended. We are using Threelac now but will switch to Campbell-McBride’s Bio-Kult.

She also recommends certain things you can do to help detoxify the body of the heavy metals and toxins (this is often what causes leaky gut):

Stop using chemical soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and laundry detergent.
Wash hair with an egg yolk and rinse with Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Organic Raw — 32 fl oz.
Take detoxifying baths daily alternating with apple cider vinegar and Epsom salts.
Eat foods with nitrilosides: buckwheat, millet, apricot kernels, peach kernels, grape seeds, apple seeds, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, bean sprouts, Lima beans, macadamia nuts
Juicing – lots of freshly juiced fruits and vegetables help the body detoxify — minimum of 2 cups per day

Campbell-McBride on juicing:

A combination of pineapple, carrot and a little bit of beetroot in the morning will prepare your child’s digestive system for the coming meals, stimulate stomach acid production and pancreatic enzymes production. A mixture of carrot, apple, celery and beetroot has a wonderful liver cleansing ability. Green juices from leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, parsley, dill, carrot and beet tops) with some tomato and lemon are a great source of magnesium and iron and good chelators of heavy metals. Cabbage, apple and celery juice stimulates digestive enzymes production and is a great kidney cleanser.

They say it takes 1-2 years to really heal. I am going to order Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” (available only on the Amazon UK site:

We are going to start in the new year.


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Laurie Ledbetter December 28, 2007 at 7:57 PM

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride now has a distributor in the USA for her book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” and her formulated Probiotic Bio-Kult. They can be reached at


Katy January 23, 2008 at 11:52 AM

You can also purchase the the book at (a US distributor for her book and probiotic) and at the Grain and Salt Society website: I heard Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride speak at the Weston A. Price Foundation conference in November and she was excellent. I am now using her book and probiotic to help heal my children’s guts and hope to resolve their allergies. I started a yahoogroup for parents to support one another through this process:


cheeseslave January 23, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Hi, Katy, yes I joined that group when you started it — I’m inasnit on that list — Ann Marie.

I just got the book last week — am reading it and we will officially start the diet when I am done (although we are largely doing it).

I also bought the Biokult and we are on it now.


Nicole January 29, 2008 at 9:05 AM

I have just started reading about GAP. I was able to purchase the probiotic (Bio-Kult) from a U.S. company for less than buying it from the U.K. The website is They mostly sell products for special needs children. Compared to the other sites I looked at, they were very reasonably priced.


cheeseslave January 29, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Thank you, Nicole!


carol February 18, 2008 at 9:29 AM

I am just learning about the GAPS diet/program and am searching for more info and support (the book has been ordered but hasn’t yet arrived. . . ). Unfortunately, I found out too late about the site that has the Bio-Kult for less than the site (plus unanswered calls/emails for a week doesn’t impress me as good customer service). So for now, all I have are questions, questions, and more questions! This site has so far had the most info in regards to diet, which has helped, but until the probiotics are started, no change for me. True for anyone else with IBS????


cheeseslave February 19, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Hi, Carol, I don’t know if you are on any of the Yahoo lists but I am on one called HealingLeakyGut. All of the folks on this list are doing GAPS or SCD.

Here’s the link:

You probably won’t see a change until you start on the probiotics. And then it may take some time. Also you may experience a healing crisis, i.e., get worse before you get better.

Ann Marie


Jenny February 27, 2008 at 11:25 AM

I thought I would add to Carol’s post. I am also using the Bio-Kult and I purchased my first bottle from GutHealth. They were terrible. My product took a very long time to be received and I could never get a response to my question. They also told me they were the only distributor in the USA which was a lie. I now purchase from Nutrivene and I have not had any problems. Nutrivene told me they will also be getting the GAPs book in soon. This company is already in the special needs market (primarily Down syndrome) so they are able to answer a lot of questions in other areas in addition to the products.

I am using the Bio-Kult to treat my own yeast issues. Are most of the people using this for Autism?


Donna March 11, 2008 at 9:38 AM

From the bottom of this link –

“When Natasha wrote her Gut and Psychology book she did not know of Donna Gates and her Body Ecology Diet . In her GAPS book, Natasha does recommend the SCD diet; this does contradict what she is saying in her her lectures of today. Natasha recommends the Body Ecology Diet.”

The Donna Gates Body Ecology site has autism stories about healing –


Nicole March 18, 2008 at 7:04 AM

There are many similarities between the GAPS and Body Ecology diets, but there are also differences. After having read both books, I would recommend purchasing “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”. I think Dr. Campbell-McBride is technical without being above the head of your average person. Her book is excellent for anyone with digestive issues.


JaneS March 28, 2008 at 7:32 AM

Your information is incorrect here about cod liver oil toxicity… McBride’s book says on pg. 190: “For an adult that is 20 teaspoons over a period of weeks or years.”

McBride subscribes to Weston Price levels of vitamin A/cod liver oil supplementation.

Dr. Mary Megson’s work on ASD and vitamin A deficiency is also a must read… showing that a deficient body needs much more to recover than a regular daily dosage designed for healthy people.


cheeseslave March 28, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Jane, what are you referring to? You mean where I said to take 1 to 2 tsp per day?

And in the book on page 190, are you saying 20 tsps over a period of weeks or years — or 20 tsp per day?

I have the book but I don’t have it in front of me…

If we should be taking more than 1-2 tsp of cod liver oil per day, how much more should we be taking? How do we find out?

Thanks – Ann Marie


Nicole April 8, 2008 at 8:52 AM

This is a response to Donna’s quote from the Bedrok site. When asked about this quote, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride said that it is completely untrue. The body ecology diet is based on the macrobiotic diet and has very little to do with the GAPS diet. She said people need to read her book to understand that.


Anne April 8, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Does anyone know the dosage of Bio-Kult for a six-month old? Or if anyone has considered this for a six-month old? Since it is a pill, I don’t yet know how to use it for a baby this age.



cheeseslave April 8, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Hi, Anne, if you are breast feeding, you can take it yourself, and the baby will get it via your breast milk. You can also just open up the capsule and sprinkle the powder on your breasts. I would probably do both.

If you are giving formula, you can open the capsule and put the powder in the formula.


Nicole April 14, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Does anyone know…

“if you are breast feeding, you can take it yourself, and the baby will get it via your breast milk” -Cheeseslave

If the mother has candida, will the baby also get the “die-off” yeast? I have read that it is believed that the mother can pass yeast through the breast milk, but I have never seen anything about “die-off”.


cheeseslave April 14, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Just go very slowly. You and your baby will recover together. :-)

You will know if you are going too fast if you or the baby exhibits any “die off” symptoms like diarrhea or skin rashes or flu-like symptoms. Just go slow.


Nicole May 15, 2008 at 11:17 AM

In response to dosing of Bio-kult for infants, the manufacturer says,
“Probiotics are safe at any age. New born children get their first dose as they emerge through the vaginal canal and further innoculations from sticking dirty fingers into their mouth. The dose needed is basically enough to get through the stomach – so 1 or 2 capsules daily is probably enough in most cases. You can’t overdose – you just won’t get any extra benefit from giving more than is needed and it will cost more!”


cheeseslave May 15, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Thanks, Nicole!


Brandon June 11, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Has anyone looked at It seems to have a lot of good information on how to start the diet. I was having a lot of die-off symptoms but now I know I was moving through the diet too fast. Interesting stuff for any other newby.


Adam June 30, 2008 at 4:01 AM teaches volumes about how to gain this bacteria everyone is taking about.


howihealed December 9, 2008 at 6:53 PM

I’ve heard great things about Iodine in regards to detoxing all the cells in your body. I have recently tried to incorporate some raw dairy back into my diet.. i’m giving it 24/ hours and seeing how it goes… i would love to hear other success recovery stories..



Alisue July 4, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I learn so much from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride…thank you for sharing…


LeahS July 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Thank you for all you have done for getting people more information about leaky gut!


Erica July 10, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Hi Ann Marie,

The GAPS diet does in include raw dairy, just not raw milk itself.


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