I was diagnosed with leaky gut syndome in 2010. Started eating gluten-free in March 2011 - but my health continued to decline. I was mostly bed-ridden and homebound in 2012-13 and felt like I could possibly die from leaky gut. I could hardly eat anything, had dangerous weight loss, constantly fatigued, migraines, headaches, always terrible stomach pain, alternating constipationa & diarrhea, gas, bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn, low blood pressure, and extreme rapid heart beat.
I finally ordered the book "Gut & Psychology Syndome" by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and started following the GAPS introductory diet on May 7, 2013. In only 2 months my improvement has been practically miraculous. I am now able to eat full-size meals, I have no problems with digestion, have normal bowel movements, headaches are infrequent and I feel energetic and alive again. I am no longer losing weight, my heart rhythm has normalized, and no more problems with gas.
The GAPS diet is indeed difficult and very time consuming, requires total committment and is expensive to adhere to. That said, anything that helps me heal from this awful disorder is definitely worth the investment in energy, time and money.
The focus of the diet is using food as medicine. I was taking massive amounts of supplements and various other remedies for leaky gut - I now take only 1 probiotic (Bio-Kult); the food I eat does the healing work.
For anyone suffering from leaky gut syndrome I cannot recommend the GAPS diet enough. The book is very informative, interesting, and easy to follow. I am living proof that the diet works and that there is hope for a better life.