Anti-inflammatory Diet Dramatically Reduces Leaky Gut Syndrome

September 3, 2014

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Anti-inflammatory Diet - Leaky Gut SyndromeHow does an Anti-inflammatory Diet reduce Leaky Gut Syndrome?

My last blog talked about the connection between inflammation, autoimmune disease, digestion and leaky gut syndrome.

  • I explained that leaky gut syndrome is commonly misunderstood and undiagnosed. It allows your body to absorb undigested food and bacterial toxins into the circulatory system.
  • Leaky gut can lead to most auto-immune diseases if not corrected. It is a well known fact that inflammation can also lead to rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, cancer and even obesity.
  • The best way to correct auto-immune disease is to reduce inflammation in your body. Poor digestion can often be a cause of inflammation.

Anti-Inflammatory - LeakyGut-DigestionMy last blog mentioned the fact that your body naturally slows production of natural hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes as you age.

  • Other contributing factors are:
  • Overeating, especially certain foods like sugar and too many heavy carbs or fatty foods.
  • Overcooked or foods cooked over high heat destroys the natural enzymes in the food. This puts an extra burden on proper digestion.
  • Overuse of antacids – popular antacids are Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids and Tums. They may give immediate relief from indigestion. However in the long run antacids will cause more damage to your natural digestive process.
  • Failure to chew food thoroughly – how often do you find yourself rushing through your meals? Relax when eating!
  • Too many carbonated drinks – how many carbonated drinks do you drink each day? Carbonated drinks decrease your stomach’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid. Even iced drinks of any kind slow natural digestion.
  • Too much hot coffee or even tea – hot drinks can damage the esophagus and slow digestion. Room temperature or luke warm drinks are best.
  • Use supplementation of hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes to:
  • Reduce belching, bloating and gas
  • Help reduce inflammation
  • Decrease allergic responses to foods
  • Support lactose (dairy) sensitivity
  • Support complete digestion
  • Assist in balancing blood sugar

Eat an anti-inflammatory diet

  • Avoid
  • Refined sugars and flours – foods high in sugar can trigger inflammation – please note that can include eating too much fruit
  • Highly refined vegetable oils
  • These oils can cause inflammation by damaging blood vessels
  • Rancid fats
  • These are oils or fats that have oxidized from age, air, excess heat or light
  • These fats can cause oxidation of your cells thus inflammation can develop from oxidized cells in your body
  • Consume
  • Antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables – those with rich colored flesh – reds, deep greens, oranges, yellows, blues and purples – at least 9 servings per day
  • Dark green veggies are rich in vitamin E which protects against inflammation. Spinach, kale, broccoli and collard greens are in this group of veggies
  • Colorful peppers and tomatoes are night shade veggies. They can trigger inflammation in some people. Try eliminating them from your diet 1 at a time for at least 3 weeks. Listen to your body… if no differences, you can probably eat them with no problems
  • Hot peppers like chili and cayenne are rich in capsaicin. Capsaicin is known to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Tomatoes are rich in lycopene. Lycopene can reduce inflammation. Cooked tomatoes have more lycopene than raw. Beware of catsup or canned tomato sauces. They may be loaded with sugar.
  • Beets aid digestion as well as reduce inflammation. Beets are a great source of fiber and vitamin C.
  • Berries of all kinds, especially blueberries, raspberries and strawberries have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Tart cherries – a 2012 presentation by Oregon Health & Science University suggests that tart cherries have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food. Notice, I said tart, not sweet!
  • Have gout? Eliminate sugar from your diet but add tart cherries!
  • Balanced, complete protein – most meats have the 9 essential amino acids. Meat from grass fed or free range animals have the best anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Healthy fats and oils like olive oil, coconut oil and even butter in moderation are anti-inflammation fighters.
  • Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines have healthy omega-3s.
  • Consume these omega-3s several times a week. Supplementation daily is the best way to guarantee adequate intake.
  • A 2009 study from University of Hawaii showed that men who ate baked fish cut their risk of heart disease by 23%.
  • Essential fatty acids (omega-3s) with ALA, DHA, and EPA are not made in your body so you need to get them from your diet
  • It has been proven that omega-3s from your diet reduce the risk of inflammation
  • Various types of nuts reduce inflammation, but raw almonds are best.
  • Legumes (best to soak for at least 10 hours and drain prior to cooking)
  • Eat grains and potatoes in moderation.
  • Whole grains are a good source of fiber. Fiber reduces levels of C-reactive protein, the marker of inflammation in the blood.
  • Whole grains also have less sugar than processed grains.
  • Potatoes are a night shade vegetable so could cause more inflammation.
  • Soy – a 2007 animal study published in ‘The Journal of Inflammation’ showed that isoflavones found in soy helps reduce the negative effects of inflammation in bone and heart health.
  • Avoid heavily processed soy as well as GMO soy.
  • Soy has received a bad rap in recent years yet it has been a staple food and safely consumed for centuries. January 2011 ‘Recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommend the consumption of soy-based products as part of a healthy diet.
  • Allium veggies like garlic and onion help shut down pathways that lead to inflammation.
  • Get some sunshine daily and/or supplement with Vitamin D3. (I try to do both)
  • Deficiency of Vitamin D3 has been associated with inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Vitamin D3 is necessary for healthy digestion.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet - Leaky Gut - BacteriaYou have heard of probiotics, have you heard of prebiotics or cobiotics?
  • A prebiotic is a non-digestible food that acts as a fertilizer for probiotics. Raw foods like bananas, agave, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes and onions are prebiotics.
  • Supplementation with aloe vera derived from the ‘gel’ of the aloe plant also works as a prebiotic. It provides healing for the entire digestive tract from top to bottom.
  • A girl who had severe anorexia was refusing all food. She finally accepted a banana. Within 48 hours she was on her way to recovery.
  • A cobiotic is a food that encourages the growth of good bacteria (probiotics) in the intestines. Emerging research is pointing to the polyphenols in berries as a beneficial cobiotic.
  • A targeted probiotic that actually reaches the intestines can help reestablish healthy bacteria. It is necessary to protect probiotic supplements from the natural stomach acids as they pass through the digestive tract to the intestines. This is the reason eating yogurt does very little to restore those good guys in your intestines.
  • Probiotic foods like yogurt, buttermilk, kefir and cheese can be healthy to eat. However in the case of needing to restore healthy bacteria to the intestines enteric coated supplements will do the best job.
  • Do you know the job of your appendix? Your appendix job is to produce good bacteria and keep it balanced. Unfortunately when I was 12 years old I lost my appendix to surgery. That means I need to supplement with a good probiotic.
  • Probiotic supplements are big business. They are not all created equal. Educate yourself or trust your supplier.
  • Last but not least, water is important for inflammation. Stay hydrated!

Yes, an anti-inflammatory diet can dramatically reduce ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome.’

Yes, an anti-inflammatory diet and supplementation with quality supplements is excellent risk-management as well as healing for ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome.’

What are you doing to reduce your risk of developing ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome?’

Do you have auto-immune disease or any symptoms of ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome?’ (See my blog on ‘Leaky Gut and You’ for a list of leaky gut diseases.)

Contact me for a targeted supplement program to start reversing your symptoms.


The 20 year old granddaughter of one of my clients spent 6 months doing mission work in Africa. She came home with bad gas, diarrhea and an upset digestive tract. She took NeoLife Betagest, Enzymes and Acidophilus Plus for 2 months… her problem was gone. For good measure she continued to take the supplements for a 3rd month.

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  • Inflammation associated with arthritis and ulcerative colitis
  • Free radical damage associated with heart disease and cancer

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1 Mindy Koch September 7, 2014 at 1:51 am

Very interesting. I wonder if I have leaky gut. The doctor says I have gastritis and I am not sure how different that is from leaky gut. All I know is my stomach burns several times a week when I eat.

I really need to eat an antiinflammatory diet – whatever my issue is. I know I drink too much soda. Got to get off that blasted stuff. I love fruits and veggies and proteins. I should just get rid of all the junk and eat for health.


2 Pat Moon September 7, 2014 at 8:25 am

Hi Mindy,

Gastritis is certainly a digestive issue you should address. Yes, it would be a very good thing to wean yourself off soda as it can be a major aggrevator. Gastritis can certainly be a precursor to leaky gut. It can also lead to stomach cancer so I highly suggest you take steps to heal it and prevent it from coming back. Some prescription or over the counter drugs as well as alcohol can also cause gastritis. I highly suggest that you drink Aloe Vera Plus and take our BetaGest and Enzmye Digestive aids. The BetaGest and Enzmyes will provide the proper tools for your system to digest food properly. The Aloe Vera Plus will help with the healing process. What has your doctor suggested?

Yes, eating for good health is one of the best things you can do however you more than likely need some other natural assistance with digestion. These products, especially the BetaGest and Enzmyes were what introduced us to NeoLife 29 years ago. They made a huge difference in my husbands digestive problems.

Contact me for additional help or you can order by following the links in the above article.

Take care of your health.



3 Debbie September 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I love your artcle.  I enjoy learnng about nutrition.  When I am achey from eating sugar,  I eat cherries and pineapple and also, take Turmeric.  All 3 take down swelling.  Love your article.


4 Pat Moon September 6, 2014 at 8:07 am

Hi Debbie,

Its so nice to have you as a reader. Yes, sugar can cause so much pain. So many people do not realize how sugar and autoimmune diseases just simply do not mix well. I’m glad you have realized that and have found replacement foods to assist your body in reducing the pain and swelling.

Thanks for sharing. I’ll look forward to seeing you again.

Take care of yourself.



5 Katrina September 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Fantastic article on foods and what you should and shouldn't eat. I learned a lot from this post. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion for helping others to a healthier life. 


6 Pat Moon September 6, 2014 at 8:01 am

Hi Katrina,

Welcome back! As you know I love sharing the things I have learned about the relationship between diet and health. What we eat definitely is reflected in our health.

Thanks for reading and your nice comment.



7 tina September 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm

What a wonderful post this is, Pat. It is so full of information that it helpful to me. I had never heard of a leaky gut and now I feel as if I know a little bit about it. I will certainly be more careful in the future because of this blog.


8 Pat Moon September 6, 2014 at 7:58 am

Hi Tina,

Like I mentioned to Alexandra, I believe big pharma does not want even the medical people to truly understand ‘leaky gut’. They make too much money on antacids and other digestion related medications. Unfortunately many of those medications just make people’s digestion worse which leads to the major problems associated with ‘leaky gut.’ Poor digestion is the cause of many, many serious health issues.

An example: my husband lost his galbladder due to poor digestion – people who have lost their galbladder are much more suspectible to cardiovascular disease because the galbladder is no longer there to do its job of processing fat. Doctors will not tell you this when they remove galbladders. Now my husband’s heart is not working as it should. He is still able to do amazing things physically because of eating better and our NeoLife supplements. We are so thankful for them.

I’m so happy this blog has provided you with helpful information.

Take care, Pat.


9 Alexandra McAllister September 3, 2014 at 6:01 pm

This is such an informative post, Pat.  I know that our diet is very important and it can either help us get healthier or make us sick.  I learned that the hard way.  It's never too late to change our eating habits for the better.  I hadn't heard of leaky gut but now I know what it is.  Good to know that one can heal and improve with the things you've listed in this post. Thank you so much for sharing.


10 Pat Moon September 6, 2014 at 7:41 am

Hi Alexandra,

I believe ‘leaky gut’ has been kept out of main stream because of big pharma. They make too much money from people who have health problems. You can track most illnesses back to poor digestion. One doctor who was into nutrition made the statement that if he only had one supplement to practice medicine he would want NeoLife BetaGest – our natural form of hydrocloric acid. Right off hand I do not recall that doctor’s name but that is so true. It was the very first product my husband used and how we were introduced to NeoLife 29 years ago.

A better diet helps tremendously but supplementation enhances the great diet.

Thanks for reading and commenting. 

Blessings to you, Pat


11 Beverley Golden September 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

This idea is so popular now and for me, Pat, is the kind of diet that has always worked best for a very long time. If only I would have known when I was much younger, when no-one talked about food and digestive issues. So many years of trail and error. Now understanding the relationship that inflammation plays in so many illnesses, people have new options to explore for themselves.  Thanks for all the detailed information to clearly explain the whys and hows.  


12 Pat Moon September 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

Yes, Beverley, I can also say I wish I would have know more about the relationship between diet and overall health. I have actually done pretty well because of my foundation of true country living. I regret that I did not give my children a better health foundation even though I thought I was doing quite well with planning meals, etc. My husband’s health would be better today had we eaten healthier when we were raising our family. Many regrets but I did not know what I know now. I am so thankful we found NeoLife when we did and had our eyes opened to what good nutrition really is. I would hate to think where my health would be today at age 71 if I would not have started educating myself and taking the absolute best supplements in the world. That was 29 years ago this month.

Blessings, Pat


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