Leaky gut and the Autoimmune Protocol Diet: advice?

About 10 days ago, I went gluten free following advice I received here on a previous post. I have already felt the benefits! The psoarisis on my feet - which I had been trying to treat for the past year - has disappeared and I feel I overall better. This then led me to research further on diets for those with Hashimoto's, and I found many links discussing leaky gut and the benefits of following an Autoimmune Protocol Diet. I therefore would like to ask members here: do people with our condition really suffer from a leaky gut? Would anyone have more information on this? And has anyone ever followed the Autoimmune Protocol Diet? Is there a scientific basis for it? It is something I should consider following?

I appreciate the advice! Thanks!

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First, I am glad you have had a very positive outcome with going gluten free.

I think most of us, whether with hypo or hashi's (Autoimmune Thyroid Disease) that our stomach can be affected. With hypo for instance, everything slows down and also our stomach acid can also be low which can cause problems. Most doctors prescribe antacids as symptoms of both high and low acid are so similar.

We have found that taking digestive enzymes with meals, or Betaine/pepsin tablets can assist enormously, i.e. in that we feel much better.

I complained to doctor who prescribed a tablet and I was in even more severe stomach pain particularly in the middle of the night. I stopped and switched to Betaine/pepsin and have had no pain since. I haven't kept to a specific diet which is good anyway although I do eat cakes/chocolate (not every day :) )

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This is a link which might be helpful and other members will respond.

thyroidpharmacist.com/about...

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Ive been following the AIP paleo diet for about 3 years and it has really helped me.

I used to get really upset 'insides' (stomach & bowel etc) from things like melon, apples and mushrooms, and after several months on the diet I found that I could eat them without problem.

I'm sure that this means that 'something' must be happier in my gut.

As I understand it, the thing about leaky gut is that because particles of your food 'leak' out of your intestines into your body, your body starts having a reaction to things that are completely safe/unharmful. But if you give your gut the chance to heal, then it can start reacting normally again.

The idea with the AIP is that you remove all the things that cause or widen the gaps in your gut, and eat more of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to heal.

I'd recommend that you try it, for say a month and see if you feel any better - I wasn't helped by gluten free or dairy free diets until I went dairy, gluten, soy, seed, nut, nightshade free all at the same time.

Go and visit 'paleo mom' and 'Phoenix helix' for some more advice/help and recipes. They both have really great blogs (and books)

Amy

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Also, autoimmunewellness.com

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I found the low carb on AIP detrimental to my health. First symptoms really decreased then it backfired. Don't forget that carbs too are essential for our health and especially normal thyroid function.

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Oh, I'm actually keto at the moment and find that helps too. You just have to make sure that you eat enough fat.

Also, AIP isn't supposed to be low carb - it's just low in refined carbs like bread and pasta. It encourages you to eat lots of vegetables including sweet potato, parsnips, even plantain and taro which are very high in carbs.

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I just couldn't get enough carbs and it all resulted in hypoglycemia and hypothyroidism. Here a link that may interest you.

raypeat.com/articles/articl...

I think also the high protien and oils put my metabolism in wrong gear. But we are all different. For me the ketogenic diet would probably have been a disaster.

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