Foods To Avoid On Leaky Gut Diet


Greetings. It’s Eric Bakker, naturopath from
New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of a range of products called Canxida.
Thanks for checking out this video. I’ve got a question here from a guy on YouTube called
Pro Chess Player. I think his name is Josh and Josh is asking me “Eric, can you please
do a video on foods to avoid for Leaky Gut syndrome?” Josh, one thing you and I have
got in common. I think I’ve checked out your site. You love playing chess. So do I, but
I keep getting beaten by my teenage son, which is really annoying for me. One thing I don’t
get beaten by is questions for Candida, so we’re going to address that right now.
What are some foods to avoid with leaky gut? Well, I’ve just spent a little bit of time
on the internet looking at a lot of sites on leaky gut syndrome to get a feel for what
the general consensus is out there. Here’s quite a well-known website from a very well-known
doctor in America who will remain nameless and this doctor is saying, “Foods that cause
leaky gut, gluten, cow’s products, sugar, unsprouted grains, and GMO.” Very true, doctor,
but there are a lot of things that you’re missing out on. I’m going to go into some
detail with this video. Grains, I’ve got another site, in fact, I just went to Google and typed
in foods to avoid with leaky gut, and the paleodiet.com came up. Grains, legumes, dairy,
sugar, unhealthy oils, alcohol, caffeine, excessive carbohydrate consumption. This is
a bit closer to the mark. But when you’ve got leaky gut, basically,
a good advice for you with foods to avoid in general is processed foods. Processed foods,
in general. So when you go shopping, I’ve said this before in videos, if you do shop
at a supermarket, buy your foods only from the outside perimeter. Meats, vegetables,
perishable products because these are less likely to cause problems with leaky gut. It
is true that alcohol and caffeine do cause leaky gut. Alcohol, to me, is the top of the
“no” tree when it comes to leaky gut. If you would say to me, “What food is most associated
with leaky gut?” I would say alcohol. What out of everything I know is associated
with leaky gut is antibiotics. That’s really the top of the biggest tree is antibiotics
or all kinds of pharmaceutical medications, anti-inflammatories, steroids, anti-depressants,
sleeping pills, any kind of a drug, for blocking stomach acid or reducing pain. All of these
drugs are involved in leaky gut. Including Tylenol, paracetamol, any of these kind of
drugs. Birth control pills, all involved with leaky gut. But antibiotics are the top of
the tree. But when we look at foods and beverages, alcohol
is right at the top, so don’t even think about drinking alcohol if you’re worried about leaky
gut. And even if your gut is healthy like mine, drinking alcohol occasionally will predispose
you to leaky gut. You will make your gut increasingly leaky by drinking. Every drink you take increases
your likelihood of making the gut leakier and leakier. And then on top of that if you
put antibiotics and high stress in there, you’re a sitting duck for a serious leaky
gut problem. Grains, yes and no. I believe that most people
can tolerate small amounts of gluten in their diet when they’re healthy like me. I don’t
eat bread or flour products. I much prefer to have brown rice in my diet and grains like
quinoa or millet. But I do have a piece of bread every now and then and I really enjoy
a nice piece of toast with some tahini or an organic peanut butter. And I really enjoy
the taste, the texture, the smell, and I’m sure most people do. I would not eat a piece
of bread every single day with peanut butter on it. I wouldn’t do that. It’s just every
now and then; these things are fine. Grains in general. You need to be careful
of refined flours, white flour, donuts, cookies, these sorts of foods. Every time I go to the
airport and fly out, I see the donut stand and you see all the big large people sitting
there buying donuts with all these sugar toppings. That’s crap. That’s the sort of stuff you
want to avoid. Ice cream, refined carbohydrates, these sorts of foods. That’s the sugars. Chocolate
bars full of sugar, candy, confectionary, lollies, licorice, all these sorts of things.
These really help to breed lots of bacteria and lower immunity and really help to increase
the leakiness of the gut there as well. Coming back to grains. Everything’s Paleo
today. I don’t really believe in the Paleo diet myself as such any more than I subscribe
to any one particular religion. Because to me diets today are like religious beliefs.
We’ve got the Muslims, the Catholics, Protestants, the Bahai, and Mormons. So we’ve got the Paleo
people, the vegan people, and we’ve got the similar kind. They’re all belief systems.
It’s up to you to believe what you want to believe. To me, a healthy diet is a balanced
diet that includes a lot of these different belief systems. And you need to work out what
the right belief system is for you in terms of your gut. Perhaps spiritually as well.
What am I trying to say? I’m trying to say that healthy people can tolerate small amounts
of wheat and gluten quite okay. And if you’re very sick and you’ve got serious gut problems,
you probably need to avoid most grains until you improve your gut flora to a degree where
you can tolerate small amounts. I think psychologically it’s good to have small amounts of different
kinds of grains in your diet. Legumes, in many cases, are fine with leaky gut providing
again you don’t go overboard with legumes. And there are many different kinds of legumes
and beans that you can eat. Sprouted legumes are probably the best ones to have in your
diet. I like sprouts. I make sprouts up all the time.
Dairy products definitely a problem, cow dairy with people in terms of if they’ve got leaky
gut to make it worse, but also stimulating the production of leaky gut when consumed
in conjunction with alcohol and antibiotics and things like that. The better dairy products
to have would be mozzarella cheese; goat’s cheese is usually okay. Mozzarella, I think,
is one of the better cheeses to have, but drinking lots of cow’s milk is not a good
idea because it leaves you wide open to stimulating the gut to become leaky. Even healthy people,
I believe, should avoid cow’s milk. Even if it’s like organic, certified organic or non-pasteurized,
non-homogenized, or milk with modified beta casein in it. I’m not a big fan of these kind
of foods. Sugars are certainly something you need to
avoid if you want to avoid the risk of leaky gut. Most kinds of sugars. I don’t put honey
in that realm. Honey does contain sugar, but honey has a different effect on the gut than
refined sugars do a completely different effect. Again, they’re best avoided for people with
leaky gut until they recover the gut function. But I’m also talking about artificial sugars,
which I think belong in the toxic realm. Unhealthy oils, I’m definitely for this. Avoiding
corn oil, vegetable oil, soybean oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, so these are really crappy
oils. And hydrogenated fats, fats that become hard at room temperature to increase the shelf
life of different processed foods. So the better oils really would be organic sunflower
oil, macadamia oil, nut oils are beautiful oils, walnut oil, high quality extra virgin
olive oil, very good. There are many different kinds of very healthy oils you can have, but
they should be kept cool or refrigerated in sealed dark bottles away from light to stop
oxidation. Coconut oil, of course, if it’s a good fermented coconut oil, a good quality
one, is not going to create a leaky gut problem. I’ve already spoken about alcohol. The biggest
contributor of all is regular alcohol consumption. Caffeine. I don’t think caffeine is a no-no.
I think one cup of coffee a day for most people is perfectly acceptable if they can tolerate
caffeine. So one cup in the morning is usually fine and it makes you feel good. A lot of
people like the aroma and taste of coffee. Avoiding all these things entirely from your
diet because some Paleo person says so, I think, can be quite difficult for a lot of
people to swallow. Excessive carb consumption. Well, that goes
without saying. But remember there’s carbs in a lot of foods. You don’t avoid all carbs.
You just avoid the refined carbs. I hope that gives you some information, Josh, about foods
to avoid if you’ve got leaky gut or to stop the development of leaky gut. Processed foods.
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64 Replies to “Foods To Avoid On Leaky Gut Diet

  1. I made an earlier comment about drinking 'distilled'(bad idea) water, what I meant to say was 'filtered' water. Dr. Mercola(just one ex) also sells shower filters as well, that specifically remove chlorine including other toxins. I've read and seen videos showing that fluoride and chlorine both have adverse effects on the gut. Not surprised considering they ARE toxic, as are the pesticides and glyphosates found in commercial fruits and veggies, along with GMO's. Unfortunately, at this point I can no longer handle legumes. They give me rotten egg sulphuric smelling burps, stomach & digestive problems, which then leads to vomiting and diarrhea every single time…Weather it's peanuts, chick peas, you name it.Also, what I'd like to know is. What is the deal with some of these vegan doctors saying "NO OIL"…..Coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and even palm oil are supposed to be healthy aren't they? Dr. Michael Greger says that Coconut oil raises bad cholesterol, yet I've seen other less biased doctors refute this….There's something about him I do not trust, seems like he has an agenda.

  2. Would you discourage anyone from eating around an hour before bed time? Regardless of what food it is. Or is it fine?

  3. If one has a serious candida infection and leaky gut syndrome, and they need to stay away from fruits, starchy vegetables, and grains, what carbohydrate sources should they eat? And how long should they do this? When I don't have carbs.- either grains, some starchy vegetables, or fruit, I'm constantly hungry and my energy is very low. It also affects my mood. How many carbohydrates do you recommend per day? And how much fat is enough? I know the answer varies from person to person, but I'm wondering if there are some generalities you can make or suggestions you have.

  4. What makes things so hard is that there are so many contradictory information on the internet, oh my god it's driving me crazy

  5. Hi Eric!
    So in your videos about candida and leaky gut, a big take away that I'm gathering is avoiding alcohol as it is a large contributor to both of those conditions. I am currently treating candida and leaky gut with diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes. In another video I believe you mentioned at least waiting 6 months before having alcohol again.

    After that time period, however, and let's say that your gut has been healed. Is there a safely recommended limit of alcohol consumption? Should you rarely if ever have it again? Is it okay to occasionally indulge in a couple of drinks socially or will this only so immediately bring back your gut/candida problems? Any advice would be greatly appreciated !
    Thank you!

  6. I eat a lot of buckwheat, quinoa and brown/red/black/wild rice just about every day and they never leave me feeling bloated or with any kind of discomfort despite my leaky gut.

  7. Do I need to avoid all dairy? I really love milk and cottage cheese, I'm bodybuilder, so are these two products (milk and cottage cheese) should be eliminated from my diet completely?

  8. Hi Eric, Im Yuven. Leaky gut is also a common syndrome in Asian countries I think, mostly because of antibiotics being subscribed by the allopathic practitioners like mad. Back then 15 years ago when I was in Malaysia I was under heavy antibiotics due to common colds, and now I am paying the price. Now I live in Netherlands and Its a surprise for me to find out that antibiotics are hardly prescribed here in Netherlands for common colds.

    My question is do you recommend organic peanut butter at all for your patients who suffer Candida? Thanks.

  9. How do u know if your digestion can tolerate it? Whatever I eat, I immediately start to burp repeatedly and gave a tendency of bloating?

  10. I am currently treating candida and adrenal dysfunction with good knowledge had problems for 20. years. question. since starting diet severe bloating and can't lose wieght around middle.

  11. Wouldn't it be best to simply avoid all food while the gut is healing… why risk anything damaging the gut? Reactions and inflammation come things leaking into the gut… no food no problem?

  12. Thank you Erick! I love your videos, i just bought the canxida treatment so im waiting happily about that! I wanted to ask you a question about coffee and corn meal with leaky gut/candida, are they o.k ocassionally? Many thanks!

  13. Can i get irregular heartbeat with candida? When i wake up in the morning i get irregular heartbeat? What about taking intraconzole and then doing the diet after?

  14. I used Gi revive and batipnal medcine from IMI of Hong Kong. I found my nervous system was inflammation, brain fog, leaky gut, aging, hormone imbalance, bipolar assertive disorder and stress on adrenal.

  15. What if I eat a very small portion of white rice a fat? I fast throughout the whole day I usually only eat one or two meals a day. I like to have a little bit of carbohydrates since I workout, are carbohydrates bad in general for leaky gut since it causes inflammation

  16. Hello Dr. Eric can I use the Spelt whole grain bread ,or red corn bread for Leaky Gut and Candida Diet ? Thank You

  17. WHY cant american Doctors be like this guy! American doctors want to keep you sick…This guy really knows his stuff😝

  18. Dairy–>what about kefir ? Beans–>what about Japanese natto, Chinese fermeted soft tofu ? Rice–>some folks like Dr.Mundy say we should avoid brown rice

  19. I have always been a healthy eater. I had a few iboprufen in 2011 and not long after put on ppis. I KNOW my leaky gut and candida originated from that. There could have been no other reason.

  20. Alcohol combine with cocaine is a garrantee that you'll be screwed with terrible leaky gut and it dont take that long to do both together before being grounded with debilitating leaky gut.

  21. Thank you Doctor for info been a blessing God bless you for helping people.
    Remember Jesus is the only way truth and life.

  22. I don’t do well with cows milk but I do love milk. I’ve found that I like rice milk (Rice Dream) better than other alternative milks. I’ve heard that rice milk is unhealthy because of how it is processed. Do you know if this is the case?

  23. Hi Eric,

    I made a Skype consultation with you for Sep 12. I’m currently going to crazy anxious lost anxiety feelings, can you see if you can possibly take me in sooner for the consultation I’d appreciate it. By the way I’ve watched all your videos maybe 2 times each :👍🏼 good stuff

  24. How can I contact you and do you make online consultations? I have bad acne condition for like 13 years and two years ago I started connecting the dots between my skin and my gut. I removed all the junk food and balanced my diet (I am working as a personal fitness coach) and got pretty good results but I get would like to consult with you on this topic. I am from Bulgaria so it must be online. Thanks for the information 🙂

  25. Thank you Dr. What about coconut sugar ? And also 'gur' – pure sugar cane , sold in Brown blocks in the indo pak subcontinent? Its what our Indian ancestors used as sweetener.

  26. What causes the horrid odor which is everywhere – my clothes, bedding, skin, breath, everything smells the same – all the food I eat tastes the same. Driving me nuts. Even the smell & taste of raw garlic is the same – like sour yeast. Increases just after I eat & esp during a bath & once in bed for the nite.

  27. What do you personally eat for breakfast out of interest? I find that to be the most difficult meal to master

  28. Thank you so much… You're really helping so many people like me. I
    have a question, I am suffering from Nail Psoriasis and I am on 7.5mg
    weekly injection at the same time I am taking supplements (L-Glutamine,
    Collagen Powder, Slippery Elm Powder, Digestive Enzymes, HCL betain,
    Keir, Probiotics etc.) on a daily basis to heal my gut issues. Are there
    any interaction between Methotrexate and these above supplements? In
    addition, Methotrexate is a very hard medicine with many side effects
    and conventional doctors will never give any proper advise.

  29. Your website says raw milk might not be an issue, but you say it should be avoided in the video. I would appreciate some clarification, please.

  30. Question: I think I may have leaky gut and I switched my wholegrains bread for gluten free bread. Is that okay or is it better if I quit the gluten free bread as well?

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