A number of diets and treatment programs can help to repair a leaky gut and many include probiotics, which are thought to help protect the gut wall. Doc Gut suggests beginning your healing with this simple but very important program:
- Begin the Rest and Repair Diet for about three weeks, eliminating things that are difficult to digest and may disrupt the microbiome such as gluten, dairy and sugar (consult your doctor before beginning any new diet)
- Take bone broth (for meat eaters) or kitchari (for vegetarians) two or three times a day to help rest and repair the gut wall
- After three weeks, gradually reintroduce grains and milk products into your diet and carefully monitor their effect on your body and mind
- Take a probiotic, either directly as food or in capsule form (see DocGut’s Probiotics Rating)
- Determine your Gut/Brain type and follow the diet recommendations according to your Gut/Brain type
GUT CRISIS discusses each of these steps in great detail. (See Chapter 33 for Ayurveda treatment programs.) It also reviews and compares the different programs of leading alternative experts like Dr. Perlmutter, Dr. Mercola, Dr. Axe, Dr. Gundry, and Ayurveda experts Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary and Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar.
YOUR HEALTHY GUT is an online course, offered by Maharishi University of Management, which carefully guides you through the detailed steps of the REST and REPAIR DIET and connects you with others who are also on the diet. It also provides menu plans and recommends specific Ayurvedic supplements.