Signs/Symptoms With Pictures
Docs Visit and Test Results
So there I was, with some answers and guidance, tons of supplements and digestive aids and a list of dietary recommendations to aid in the healing process. By this point I was now paleo, grain free, gluten free, soy free, nut free, caffeine free, dairy free, alcohol free, FODmaps free, as well as that list of allergy foods that were now off limits. Unfortunately I also began to have reactions to several fruits and nearly all vegetables, most likely due to the insoluble fiber. So those were now off the menu as well and I was basically limited to protein and fat. And no, I didn't lose any weight because of this, which confirmed what I’ve always thought about weight loss: It's a lot more complicated than calories in/calories out. On top of my digestive aids and elimination-of-everything diet, I was also making sure to get in plenty of omega 3's, fermented foods, collagen and homemade bone broth, which is known for it’s gut healing properties.
I was just about to start an AIP approach (I was nearly following it by this point anyway) when my friend contacted me and introduced me to the idea of supplementing with Colostrum. I immediately started to do some research on it. What did I find? Absolutely nothing at first. My usual Google approach of “insert topic + blogger I follow" yielded nothing on colostrum for the treatment of leaky gut. So I dismissed it and didn't look any further, thinking it wasn’t likely going to help if the trusted experts I follow had not recommended it. However, after the 3rd time of my friend calling me (I mean, who actually calls anyone these days? Clearly it was something he believed in) I purchased some colostrum capsules and decided to dive in.
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"We have found the swiftest approach, however, to be the use of Colostrum. Professor Playford of Imperial College and Hammersmith Hospital conducted trials on indomethacin-induced gut hyperpermeability, and noted that Colostrum healed leaky gut even while the gut was being attacked by this NSAID.6 A key growth factor in Colostrum is Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), a polypeptide that stimulates growth and repair of epithelial tissue that is widely distributed in the body. Purified EGF has been shown to heal ulceration of the small intestine. He noted that the growth factors contained in Colostrum, including EGF, repaired damage to the gut, and should also work to improve inflammatory and ulcerative conditions of the gut. Colostrum also contains Secretory IgA, which is essential to the maintenance of the integrity of the mucosal lining of the gut."
"Douglas A. Wyatt, Founder of the Center for Nutritional Research, strongly encourages anyone suffering with allergies, gastrointestinal ailments, or other autoimmune diseases to consider supplementing with bovine colostrum. Halting and reversing autoimmune diseases depends on healing the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Colostrum is the only substance that can close the holes in the intestinal lining."
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I intend to write a follow up blog post that's all about colostrum, but in case you're wondering, this is the brand I currently use.