Leaky Gut Syndrome Remedies

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Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 09/14/2011

Hi Sylviag; I'm delighted to see that you are finding remedies here that help. So many people have been able to heal themselves with ACV used in a large variety of ways, and it still amazes me. I take coconut oil internally in my morning smoothie. I also put it on my skin, but it does absorb so quickly, that I mostly use castor oil as I tend to have dry skin. I also use fresh aloe gel sometimes internally and externally. I have a couple of plants in the house that I snip. I just love that these remedies are fairly easy to find, and I wish that I didn't have to be so technical about this B12 business, but it's because of my own struggles with absorption that lead me to suggest a specific form of it that is easier for the body to use. And even though I began taking the methyl-B12 lozenges nearly 4 years ago, I also had to learn that I needed to take it every day, and that I need a fairly large amount that is fairly specific.

My symptoms were frightening, and although I try to be objective when I read other peoples' posts, it's still difficult not to feel it. The Methyl-B12 will eventually help with the formation of serotonin and melatonin for sleep, but it takes time, and that is the hard part. Meanwhile, a sublingual melatonin supplement may be helpful. I take a 2.5 mg one. Some people find they need more or less of it. 5htp with B6 is also good, as well as niacinamide. Transdermal magnesium, either as an epsom salts bath or magnesium oil is also relaxing. Potassium is also effective for insomnia.

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca) on 09/14/2011

Dear Connie-

Interesting about the coconut oil--when I bought it I thought-WOW-this is a big jar--but if I can use it internally too--even better---so I just went and had about a tsp. of it--how much of it can I use per day and how exactly does that help?

I think the main thing for me is the inflammation on my face and calming that down-- because I'm still working-and my job is stressful-it is tough to cover and is very painful--almost like a shingles pain--itchy, red raised oval spots.

And- It would almost be easier for me to just NOT eat--rather than eating something that would be a problem. I made mashed potatoes( white and sweet) on Sunday with salmon and a big salad--thought I was doing well and then read that sweet potatoes are NOT good! What about tofu--for candida, leaky gut, inflammation diet?

I just found this site a week or two ago and have only made a few posts but reading lots and am adding what I can to my regime --how do you contact Ted and/or does HE read everyones and comment on where he thinks he can help?--because I would appreciate his input as well... Thanks so much! Sylviag

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Posted by Had (White River Jct, Vermont) on 06/02/2012

connie, for the dry skin, put EVC in small wide mouth jar, add raw shea butter, and/or calandula oil. Put hot water in your sink, (cover jar tightly) put in jar of mix and in about 10-20 min you will have a melted mixture that is great for moisturizing. Also, I have dry skin, I found to pump this up for 'longer' moisture, put it on at the end of your shower, BEFORE you dry off. Then just 'blot' or air dry (you can do this just w/ EVC as well). you also may want to read remedies on this site for low thyroid, the dry skin is a symptom of this, pay attention to the iodine info--the best for long term results.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 09/14/2011

Hi Sylviag ; What is there to eat? It's such a hot button to press when everything is inflamed. Ted has an address that can be found by clicking the Donate tab at the top of this page. He accepts donations, deservedly, but he is extraordinarily busy, so it may take time. There is also a "latest questions" tab that he also responds to when he can. Generally, Ted recommends a diet of 80% vegetables and fish, with an avoidance of sugars, even fruits. Avoid wheat, oils, other than coconut oil, etc. certain chemicals, such as MSG are most prohibited.

Bill from the Philippines has also made some wise dietary suggestions here. Debbie from Melbourne makes some very sensible suggestions as well. Using the search box here, you can enter their names and consider their posts. I understand that this transition can be most confusing, and that it is difficult to trust our food, but if we can continue to observe what may or may not "sit well", we'll improve with this.

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca) on 09/14/2011

Hello Connie--I actually do eat very sensibly-- have been juicing the past yr or two--where I'd put all kinds of fruits and vegs in the Vitamix with yogurt and protein powder and have that for breakfast and lunch-and then have a regular dinner. So maybe I was getting too much sugar right there--while I thought I was being Oh-SO healthy and not stopping for a burger and fries! I will have to work on the % of veg to protein---what do you think of healthy choice fudgecicles--that was my guilty pleasure every night--I've given them up now! We used to enjoy some wine every night and cosmos on the weekend--I knew the wine was causing a problem--and haven't had any alcohol for 8 weeks which I think bothers my husband more than me-its a social thing.

Don't know if you have read all of my posts but I had started on oracea (40 mgs-in the cycline family)--I still have one more week of the month that I had filled and I'm worried that this is causing me not to be able to heal the leaky gut this time--so maybe I should not take the last week of it while I'm taking bio-K (liquid probiotics-50 billion)and all of the ACV, lemon juice and coconut oil and aloe vera caps--am I making sense? I've never taken meds for this before so just thinking that maybe I should stop them.


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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 09/15/2011

Sylvia, be careful with the sugar in the fruit juices. I have stopped taking them!

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca) on 09/15/2011

Thanks--I think you are right--I'm going to stick with a banana and blueberries in my yogurt--unless somebody thinks that I should do no dairy- but I think I'm ok with a little yogurt, cottage cheese?

I have never read anything regarding antihistamines and whether or not to use them?

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca Usa) on 10/06/2011

Well--as some have posted before--yesterday was pretty good--last night actually--and then woke up at 4 am with my chin on "FIRE"--all swollen and red-itchy and painful at the same time. Had to do a catered lunch yesterday at noon --so ate a small portion of beans/rice and chicken --and a few tortilla chips--no salsa or burrito-- dinner was a piece of stew beef (no gravy), a few carrots and some brown rice which seems to not bother me. Snack was plain and flavored yogurt-ralphs brand. I did find out my husband had put a few bouillon cubes in the very large casserole dish and they contain MSG--so it might be the culprit cause it certainly saturates the meat? Or the mexican meal?

I am really just about at my wits end--I put ice packs on and finally went back to sleep for about 1 1/2 hrs and it is still on fire--trying everything I can think of--what about hydrogen peroxide ingested? And again--this is supposedly perioral derm--caused by possible leaky gut/candida overgrowth.. Thanks for you help anyone, please!

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Posted by Jess (Killeen, Texas) on 10/06/2011

Hi, I have been suffering from Perioral Dermatitis since I was fifteen. Many doctor visits with failed diagnoses. Many medications and lotions which provided minor help and when gone it came back being worse. It burned, itched and it looked like a diaper rash in the face. I had it from ear to ear, under my nose down to my chin.

I finally went to a different doctor. She diagnosed it and gave me a specific kind of antibiotics to take for three months. I had to stay out of sunlight which is hard here in Texas but I was willing to try anything. After about a month I started seeing a difference. After two months it was gone. I continued the antibiotics until finished as prescibed. My doctor also advised me to stay away from anything with fragrance. Perfume, soap, shower gel, make-up, lotion, anything with fragrance. It came down to a complete turnaround of my hygiene products.

I am now 34 years old and find myself having it under control. Its been three years since the three month treatment of antibiotics and I have only used plain water to wash my face, spray body spray on my clothes once pulled over my head (I don't let the spray touch my skin at all), and only use pure mineral make-up. At times I get small patches on the side of my nose or under my chin and notice that they come in times of stress or if I eat certain foods. Almost twenty years of misery and all it took was the right doc. What mine told me worked. I hope this helps. :) Just know your not alone.

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca Usa) on 10/07/2011

Dear Jess,

Thank you so much for your post --it is a wonderful thing that so many people are willing to share their stories!

I too have taken antibiotics but this time I only took them for 3 weeks (oracea) out of the 3 month supply because I'm taking alot of probiotics and thought it might be defeating the purpose. Do you recall what you took--the allergist said that the oracea was the new kid on the block--

My rash is supposedly a manifestation of the leaky gut and probably candida too--so my Dr thinks--and she is pretty homeopathic in her practice so we talk about how these meds and steroid creams can help at first but then when you stop... Who knows?

At my age (62)--I think it just takes longer to heal than it used to and I'm under considerable stress from my job--so I'm trying to relax and work on me for a change. Thanks again and I hope yours "stays" gone!


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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca, Usa) on 10/17/2011

Reread my recent post and wanted to add--what is confusing for me--since there is so much information--I really get confused as to what to try and the strength and what you have to take with it to compliment or make it work efficently. So--it is the hydrogen peroxide or, iodine or borax specifically that I'm thinking about adding but do not know how much or with what--thanks--just wanted to clarify that!

I appreciate the feedback--I know compared to some people's trouble this doesn't seem like a big deal but it has about destroyed my self esteem to have my face look and feel so bad.. many blessings to you all.

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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Usa) on 10/18/2011 2063 posts

Sylviag, as for the healing of the leaky gut, I use DGL and Allantoin with favorable results.

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca, Usa) on 10/18/2011

Hello Timh, Thanks-I am not familiar with those two items but will research them and find out. I spend hours everyday reading old and new posts by TED and everyone else and when my eyes begin to glaze over--I know I've had enough information.

This morning I found an old post from Ted that suggested 1/4 tsp borax, 1 capful of (3%) hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 tsp sea salt in 1 liter of water--drink thru out the day---that I can do--when it starts getting too tech -or mag this, cal that--I start getting confused---thanks for your input--how long ago did you have candida and how did you know when you were RID of it---and the leaky gut?

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca) on 11/02/2011

Hello all--have been working very hard at healing and getting back to my old self. Had a question about iodine as I have wanted to add things as I go along and did purchase some decolorized iodine at my local market and think I maybe should have just order the lugol's from Amazon.

This is potassium oxide (225 mcg) and says to take two drops in 8 oz of water. Yesterday was my first day and I thought I felt terrific---also applying with a q-tip to area around mouth and chin that still have inflammation-- not pimples as some have described their perioral derm--not red raised anymore--just the whole area is red and smooth and still is flaking due to the heat--then using Vit E.

I'm doing the borax/sea salt/peroxide 5 days on -2 days off and also still doing Ted's alkalizing formula am and pm.

The question is --is one form of the iodine better than another--should I use this and then switch to the 2% or 5% lugol's?

I am striving for "progress" not "perfection" as someone once told me---but this time has been a real struggle.. thanks for anyone's thoughts in advance.

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Posted by Jen (Bozeman, Mt, Us) on 11/03/2011

The compound that you have purchased is actually not iodine at all. It is potassium and oxygen. I don't know much about it but I believe it is a fertilizer of some sort. I would purchase lugol's from amazon if I were you. It has iodine and iodide in it. Our bodies need both forms for different organs and tissues. The form of iodine you will find in the medical section of your grocery store (betadine or iodine) should not be ingested as it has ingredients that are not meant to be ingested. This form of iodine has been used for wounds for many years but the FDA has "stabilizer's" put in it so that we do not consume it. You can apply it to your skin for transdermal absorption but it has alcohol in it and may cause some drying if you apply it to your face. I apply it to my thyroid when I have been forgetful with my iodorol (which is the pill form of lugol's). I prefer taking iodorol to lugol's for convenience reason's but I give my children the liquid form of lugol's and purchase it from amazon. You can take as many as 100 mg (some say as much as 200 mg)of lugol's/ iodorol per day if you want. I take 12.5 to 50 mg dailey. Here is a helpful website that shows some studies on dosage etc..


If you take 12.5 mg per day you should reach iodine sufficiency within a year.

If you take 50 mg you should reach iodine sufficiency within 3 months.

If you take 100 mg you should reach iodine sufficiency in under 7 weeks..

At sufficiency you can then use a maintanance dose of 6.25 to 12.5 mg daily. Or you can continue taking large doses as your body excretes any unused iodine through your kidneys though it is possibly a waste of money to do so.

Just be forwarned that the more you take the more severe the detox of bromide and flouride may be in the beginning. I became fairly ill when taking 100 mg and ended up taking 50 mg along with Vit c (1500 mg) Magnesium (400 mg) and Selenium (400 mcg) to keep the detox symptoms at bay. You should always take these three along with iodine to keep from causing an imbalance in these three vital nutrients. Omega 3's should be taken with iodine as well if you do not consume enough fish and/or flax regularly.

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca, Usa) on 11/03/2011

Regarding my post from 11/02--I bought potassium IODIDE -not OXIDE- sorry--that brain fog is still present!

Today will be my third day to take 2 drops in 8 oz of water and was hoping to hear that this was OK--have also read many past posts to give your body a rest--maybe 4-5 days on and then 2 days off? This was regarding the alkalzing formula and also the hydrogen peroxide---is it always a good thing to give your body a day or two OFF--no matter what you are treating?

With the candida--I know I cannot let up on the dietary plan--but was wondering about the supplements?

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Posted by Had (White River Jct, Vermont) on 06/02/2012

Sylviag from Vista, Ca, oil of oregano is a systemic candida killer. take 1-2 caps a day for a month and no wheat/gluten, sugar, starches as they feed the candida.

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca) on 09/13/2011

Hello Connie--thanks for that recommendation--I am currently taking a b-complex but will be needing to buy more soon so will look into what you suggested. Purchased coconut oil today and have just applied it and think it feels wonderful--but does get "sucked" up quickly--my skin is red and very hot so put ice packs on to try to cool it down and it does look somewhat better. Also started on the baking soda--1/2 tsp. In 4 oz water 2x a day to see what that does. Headaches are subsiding and fingers/cuticles are clear which I hope means I'm gaining on this. Itchy, flaking ear canals are improving with a swab of ACV 2-3 times a day. I'm not sleeping well -2-3 hours at a time and would like some tips on this..?

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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 09/14/2011

Sylviag, I am not sleeping well at the moment either. Like you I only sleep a few hours at a time, still last night I slept a lot better! The first thing for me is that I have been under a lot of strain, which affects one's sleep hugely. I am also going through the menopause, not good either and it seems that Candida affects your sleep as well but I am taking care of that, I am going to start taking a supplement called Wormwood and am slowly adapting my diet to the Anti-Candida diet. Moreover I started taking a Magnesium B vitamins complex yesterday. It is known that Magnesium helps with insomnia. Reading for a bit or waching a bit of TV helps me go back to sleep. I intend to read a couple of book about sleep problems soon which I will review here! Sleep tight...

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca) on 09/22/2011

Hello--Have just seen your post on getting a good nights sleep and found it intriguing... I don't fully understand how to use this site and missed your post--will try it tonight...thanks!

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca) on 09/12/2011

Have been dx with leaky gut, seem sensitive to sugars and have been getting terrible rash around mouth and found your sight when serching the internet again. This has been gonig on for over 10 yrs but particularly bad this time. Concerned about the ACV and negative things I read about that associated with the candida-- but have had relief on face --what to do?

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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 09/13/2011

Hi, could you maybe post a review on that book you just read on the book review page? It will be easier to find it in case someone is interested in reading it! I might be if you tell me a bit more about what the book is all about..... By the way, I have just read a book about Candida and the author says: no choucroute (Saurkraut).... Funny how they all give different advice.... I am about to start a diet but I am going to take bits and pieces out of several books!

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca, Usa) on 10/08/2011

Thank you for your post Maria--My husband just left for the store to get me some milk thistle--I have heard that was good for the liver--I'm also going to try a product I used before--it is an orange flavored powder-you mix with water--I think you can do just that for a few days or supplement to your "diet". It is supposed to repair your intestines. I never dreamed that I could be doing something bad for my body by juicing everyday--I'd use banana, strawberries, blueberries, orange, carrot, spinach, kale-whatever I had either fresh or frozen--added protein powder or yogurt and made a blender FULL and had it all day--I loved it. I have had a rash before and it wasn't just on my face--it showed up on my inner thigh and also on my arms--but this has just localized on my chin and throat and now involves my lips.... my Dr wants to "try" prednizone" --but I resisted--she is talking about writing me off work for a few weeks--I may do it.

I'm exhausted from the pain and itch and trying to keep up with all of the remedies--and then most of the time I don't know what to eat. Was going to have oatmeal (old fashioned kind you cook) but the box said it is processed in a facility with wheat and I don't know if I should try to stay gluten free or not. My son-in-law has celiacs and my daughter has been very helpful about what is or is no gluten free. Thanks again for the suggestions! Sylvia

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Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 10/09/2011

Hello again, Regarding juicing, what we ended up doing was taking barley grass or wheat grass powder mixed into 1/2 glass water followed by a glass of water as a chaser, 2x a day. I would buy a tub of one then the next time the other so as to get the benefits of both. We are about to start having some barley grass again. Anyway, I'll leave you to digest all the sugestions you have received. You will find your answers as you keep searching and trying things out. All the best, Maria

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Posted by Sylviag (Vista, Ca Usa) on 10/10/2011

Hello --and thanks for the tip on how to navigate the pages--worked like a charm! I did not realize that I was missing some of the posts either and I also responded to Maria but it was Debbie re the orange powder--Ha--I'll get better at this I'm sure!

Anyway--have had sort of a break thru--have been thinking I was doing real well by eating yogurt with my frozen blueberries at night (instead of ice cream) and picked up Deepak Chopra's book last night to see if he says anything re oil pulling and I saw a reference to yogurt --so I thought I'd read what he had to say and yogurt is absolutely "OUT" for a Pitta personality--which supposedly I am---so no more yogurt. I am trying a colon cleanse and not eating bread or pasta and sticking with the brown rice/fish/chicken/veggies and one or two fruits a day and lots of water. I am off of work for a few weeks and trying to relax and I think if I can venture out tomorrow--will get the iodine-- I understand you can get the iodine that doesn't stain and to dab with a q-tip onto my chin (sounds horrendous--worse than the ACV! ) but how /how much to ingest if I were to try that?

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Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 10/11/2011

Silvia, re the iodine you can get lugols online.. it is safe to take internally. Also for iodine you need the companion nutrients to have with it. Magnesium, selenium (brazil nuts), and vitamin c.

I use magnesium chloride in a bath or epsom salts. It's a better way to get magnesium into the body. I take 2 brazil nuts per day and between 1-3 gram vitamin c (sodium ascorbate)

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