Dr. Vikki Petersen, a Doctor of Chiropractic and Certified Clinical Nutritionist, is founder of the renowned HealthNOW Medical Center in Sunnyvale, California.
She is co-author of “The Gluten Effect,” a bestselling book that has been celebrated by leading experts as an epic leap forward in gluten sensitivity diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Vikki herself is acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of gluten sensitivity. Featured in an exclusive interview on CNN Headline News, Dr Vikki is also endorsed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America for her contributions to gluten awareness in our country.
Hi Dr. Vikki,
How does one allow a leaky gut to heal when they are universally reactive to ALL foods? Would you recommend a paleo diet or one more focused on veg with a side of meat?
I’ve been juicing leafy greens, about 4 cups worth, with ginger and garlic. I’m trying to give my stomach a break because it hurts whenever I eat anything solid so I actually only eat one small meal a day comprised of meat and very few veg and then I do a berry smoothie with coconut oil, protein powder, chia seed, almond milk, hemp seed, cinnamon. Is this helping or harming?
Your question of how does a gut heal when one is reactive to ALL foods is a bit like the chicken or the egg question. Typically the reason one would be reactive to ALL foods is due to a leaky gut. The leakiness is allowing partially digested food to leave the gut and get out into the bloodstream’s immune system where the immune system reacts to it as if it were a toxin.
We have had several patients such as yourself and the key to healing the gut and reducing the reactive foods was to:
- Diagnose and remove the major contributors, food-wise. e.g. dairy, gluten, corn, soy – the big allergens.
- Implement a rotation diet with the rest of the foods so as to not let the immune system “see” them too often and thereby lessen the reaction.
- Do a stool test and find out what pathogens were present and then treat them. This is a BIG part of healing the gut.
- Utilize dietary supplements and sometimes food based protein powders to reduce inflammation and aid in healing.
I think juicing is a good idea and greens are very nourishing. Hemp is a possible cross-reactive food with gluten so perhaps best to avoid that one.
Eating one small meal a day is not enough nutrition. I do appreciate the your stomach hurts and I’m not insensitive to that. I do encourage you to try to get some help with the recommendations I made above and of course know that you’re always welcome to come to see us.
Lastly, I cannot state an opinion as regards “harming or helping” because that would be diagnosing you which I am unable to do without seeing you physically.
I hope this was of some help!
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