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Jo, since I posted last night I’ve been thinking specifically about your pre-and-probiotics. Which one are you taking now and at what total count? You really need to take one with the DDS-1 strain as often as possible.
Believe me, I know that this can turn into an expensive journey; at one point I was taking 300 billion CFU’s a day of probiotics plus the other necessary supplements and making kefir every 4 or 5 days. So I know that it can definitely dig into your income.
I can tell you what will and will not cure your leaky gut.
Taking higher and higher doses of probiotics can cure it, but kefir is one of the major players in this. Have you tried to make water kefir since you’re sensitive to the other types? Needless to say, the prebiotics are just as important as the probiotics.
Greek yogurt, unless it’s homemade, plays a minor role because it just doesn’t contain enough bacteria.
Something to think about: Since you stopped taking the NSAID medications, you will probably see a faster recovery factor come into play; these were probably holding back your progress as far as healing leaky gut was concerned.
The more I research L-Glutamine in association with a leaky gut caused by a Candida overgrowth, the more I believe that the use of this supplement would be more beneficial when the Candida population has been reduced by a large degree. Until that point, you’re not going to heal your leaky gut anyway no matter what supplements you use, other than pre-probiotics, plus there’s some evidence that L-Glutamine offers at least a partial benefit to the Candida production of ammonia. If money is an object as it is with most people, you just might be wasting your money on L-Glutamine at this point.
An anti-inflammatory diet won’t cure your leaky gut directly, but it will help to bring the Candida overgrowth under control and therefore, indirectly, the leaky gut. Meanwhile, it should help a good deal with some of the problems stemming from leaky gut.
Please keep us up to date on your decisions, Jo.