By the time people find their way to my Crohn’s, colitis and diverticulitis treatments, their bacterial flora is usually unbalanced throughout their gastrointestinal tract. The repeated use of antibiotics (often since childhood) and the invasive medical diagnostic tests alone have destroyed much of the “good” (protective) bacteria in their small and large intestines. When the good, protective bacteria are depleted, then disease-causing organisms like yeast (Candida albicans), viruses, parasites, and bad bacteria flourish.

If you get too much ‘bad’ bacteria and Candida yeast in your gut and not enough ‘good’ bacteria, these pathogens will degrade the mucosal lining and even penetrate through the intestinal wall. NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and alcohol also degrade the mucosal lining. This causes undigested particles of food to pass directly into the bloodstream, where they are perceived as allergens and trigger an immune response.

This excess of disease-causing microorganisms causes inflammation and damage to the mucosal lining, resulting in IBS, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and leaky gut syndrome. The undigested food particles and bacteria that seep into the bloodstream can also trigger allergic reactions and infection in other places in the body, like the joints, skin, eyes, etc.

Natural Treatment for Leaky Gut Syndrome

The cornerstone treatment for healing the mucosal lining and creating a protective, healthy gut microbiome is to kill the pathogenic microorganisms (yeast, bad bacteria) and re-populate the gut with beneficial bacteria. While you’re doing this, you can simultaneously take supplements and drink organic or pasture-raised bone broth to heal the intestinal tissue and restore the mucosal lining.

  1. Kill off the Candida yeast and bad bacteria – Use either wild oregano oil or olive leaf extract (both well tolerated for IBD) to bring down the overgrowth of these pathogenic microorganisms. See my book, Jini’s Healing Guide: Natural Treatments for Gut Infection, or, use Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol, contained in most of my other books to accomplish this.
  1. Re-populate with good bacteria – Ingesting good bacteria improves digestion, absorption and elimination of food. Certain strains of bacteria help produce digestive enzymes, peptides, amino acids and B vitamins for your body’s use. They also inhibit or eliminate pathogenic microorganisms, like yeast, fungus, parasites, and bad bacteria.Do not take the probiotics in capsule form if you are having more than 3 bowel movement per day as the transit time through the gut is too fast and the capsule may not have a chance to dissolve and disperse properly.

    Ideally, and for fastest relief, start with Jini’s Probiotic Retention Enema. Then follow with oral supplementation.

  1. Use bone broths to heal the intestinal lining – the high levels of gelatin in properly prepared bone broth from organic or pasture-raised animals is extremely healing for the gut. Here’s more info on the health benefits of bone broth, and a recipe to get you started.
  1. Use targeted supplements like N-acetyl glucosamine, slippery elm, marshmallow root, licorice etc to heal the gut lining (take on an empty stomach), or use MucosaHeal – which has all of them combined.

If your symptoms are severe – especially if you experience intestinal ulceration or bleeding, then The IBD Remission Diet may be the best way to heal the gut.

The IBD Remission Diet is a comprehensive bowel rest healing program that utilizes an elemental diet for the backbone of the program, but there are also other components included that are absolutely vital for healing the gut and inducing disease remission.

So we combine an elemental diet with targeted supplements, homemade broths, and natural anti-pathogens:

  1. An elemental diet – the elemental diet shakes provide the majority of the nutrients and calories, whilst providing bowel rest. The shakes must be 100% natural and elemental, or semi-elemental in nature; this means the nutrients are pre-digested and so much of the work of digestion and absorption are already done for the body. A sufficient number of calories per day must be consumed, to address malnutrition, fuel wound healing and promote growth in children.
  1. Targeted supplementation – a number of specifically chosen supplements must be added to the shakes on a daily basis. These supplements help to heal the mucosal lining of the intestine, reduce inflammation, repair tissue damage, support enzyme production and hormonal pathways, facilitate optimal cellular function, and balance the immune system.
  1. Homemade broths – Those of you who have my book, The IBD Remission Diet, know that bone broths (which contain very high levels of gelatin) are a crucial component of the Diet and contribute to healing the gut and the whole body.

    Sally Euclaire Osborne MS writes this about gelatin:

    “Scientific studies dating back to the turn of the century suggest that gelatin improves the digestion of grains, beans, meat and dairy products and that it can normalize cases of hydrochloric acid deficiency. In addition, gelatin can soothe, protect and nourish the intestinal lining. As Erich Cohn of the Medical Polyclinic of the University of Bonn wrote back in 1905, “Gelatin lines the mucous membrane of the intestinal tract and guards against further injurious action on the part of the ingesta.”

    Further support of gelatin came in 1937 when Francis Pottenger noted, “Even foods to which individuals may be definitely sensitive, as proven by the leucopenic index and elimination diets, frequently may be tolerated with slight discomfort or none at all if gelatin is made part of the diet.”

    Note: When you’re finished the IBD Remission Diet, you can continue to drink the broths straight, or use them as a soup base for wide variety of noodle and vegetable soups, or meat and vegetable stews. Use them as a base for sauces and gravy. Or cook rice or quinoa in broth rather than water. Work them in wherever you can as you can never eat too much of this rejuvenating food.

    If you have my books, then you will have some good recipes for bone broths there, or you can also use these recipes by Sally Fallon – from her Nourishing Traditions cookbook.

  1. Anti-pathogen protocol – you need to improve the bacterial flora in your gut. You can do this by either just taking probiotics, or better yet, by doing Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol, followed by probiotics.

*Remember that your gut is also affected and degraded by emotional pain, anger, trauma, etc. So also pursue mind/body healing modalities like craniosacral (Level 2 or higher), EFT Tapping or hypnotherapy.

Here’s a 30-Minute Free Guided Healing Meditation – For the Gut & Whole Body to get you started:

Natural Remedies for Leaky Gut Syndrome

16 thoughts on “Natural Remedies for Leaky Gut Syndrome

  • Whatever can you do if oregano oil and olive leaf extract causes extreme die-off and is thus impossible to tolerate? How can someone like that get well?

    1. Hi Motherfish,

      Thanks for reaching out. Die-off effect are normal and they rarely last long but if you’re already sick and having extreme die-off then it will be difficult to function that is why it’s a good idea to start with lower amounts or lowered frequency and then build up over time. For example, start with half the dosage of wild oregano oil (3-5 drops, 3x/day, then gradually build up, or take once or twice per day to start, establish tolerance and then increase to full frequency and dosage (10 drops, 3x/day). Also note that Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol is NOT just wild oregano – the combination (and timing) WITH the probiotics is key.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B,
      Customer Care

  • Die-off may be normal but I and my family experience die-off which is extremely long and challenging. 3 drops of oregano oil 3x/day would cause me to start vomiting constantly in a couple weeks when the die-off built up. Even one drop a day is intolerable for several members of our family. There are not years left in our lives to work up as slowly as we would need to go to get through the die-off. Please let us know if you know of any way to lessen or treat die-off or another way to overcome the bacteria in our guts.

    1. Hi Motherfish,

      You can replace it with 2 capsules of olive leaf extract if you can’t tolerate wild oregano oil.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

    2. Hello motherfish,

      I couldn’t tolerate even 1 drop of whatever – wild oregano oil, GSE, olive leaf extract. I did this following trick. You have to soak up the toxins in the gut in order to be able to increase your dosage.

      I took charcoal a lot. The charcoal was without any additives (no sugars and whatever they put in it). You could take pure medical charcoal. I took charcoal for horses with digestive issues (in England – Gastro Kalm). One cup with a tablespoon should alleviate your issues. I drank a few cups a day. In this way I was able to tolerate up to 50 drops of wild oregano oil in a several weeks.

      If you hate charcoal – charcoal soaks up everything – supplements, minerals and medications. It was only a temporary solution for me. Try Terramin Clay. It soaks up not even the toxins but the bacteria itself too. I take several cups a day. Drink lots of water if possible.

      At that time I started only with 1 drop in the following manner. After taking a cup of charcoal, I waited for at least 10 minutes ’til it cleared the terrain so to speak and then killed with one drop. You have to play with it a bit. In two days you might able to kill with 2 drops. If it’s too much – take either charcoal or terramin clay immediately not to overburden your system. It was the only way I could come out of that.

      The other very important thing – you mustn’t feed the gram-negative microorganisms. I don’t know what you eat. The sugar and the carbohydrates (esp. white flour) are the worst. The gram negative microorganisms can literally grow 2x within 20 minutes if you give them sugar. All bacteria, fungi and parasites love sugar and carbohydrates (carbohydrates will be converted to sugar in the liver).

      Good luck

      1. And you can definitely use zeolite too (pure and of good quality!), liquid zeolite is also fine – with a terramine clay. I mix those all the time – 1 measuring spoon of terramine, one measuring spoon of zeolite mixed in 500 ml of filtered (warm) water. The water is necessary to flush out the toxins.

  • one more thing – always start with a low dosage and increase gradually. Some very toxic people cannot even tolerate half a teaspoon of zeolite/terramine or charcoal.
    Just listen to your body what it wants.

    1. Thanks so much Sonja for your great suggestions and detailed response! I have used both charcoal and Terramin. Taking Terramin causes its own detox reactions over time, so I limit it. I have never taken so much charcoal as that, so that is an interesting option. I also would be concerned that the charcoal would absorb the oregano oil taken within 10 minutes of each other. But you found that the oregano still works with the charcoal? I have also not tried zeolite, so I will look into that.

      My family and I have been on SCD, GAPS, Keto diets over the last 15 years, and now Plant Paradox with resistant starches included. No sugar, no white products, and no improvement. 🙁

      We feel that the problem is a bacteria that must be killed, but it is very hard.

      But thanks so much for your suggestions; it gives me some new possibilities to try. If you’re willing to share, can you tell me what has happened with you? Did you become cured of Crohn’s disease through this oregano oil protocol? Or just an improvement?

    1. Hi Kristin,

      Yes, George Aloe Vera Juice instead of water is good esp. if you have issues with water absorption plus a really good supplement to stop the bleeding as well.

      Cris B
      Customer Care

  • I heard an expert in essential oil saying that to treat the gut, the oil of oregano must be taking in a enteric coated capsule. What is your thinking on that question.

    1. Hi F.B

      Thanks for reaching out! If you aren’t able to tolerate taking the oil in liquid form (i.e. too spicy, you’re completely intolerant of any liquid oils or just not keen on the liquid) then you can certainly use capsules instead but it would certainly not be better.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

  • I attempted to heal my leaky gut by going on the Simple Carbohydrate with also a Candida focus. This did Wonders for me, as my arthritis, IBS, anxiety all disappeared. However, I believe I created a yeast problem because I began to have rectal itching so bad that I ended up going off the diet. I used monistat and it’s given me relief and I would like to get back on the SCD/Candida Diet, but want to know if I can better prepare myself for a yeast overgrowth/reaction this time. Will any of your products help with that?

    1. Hi KatieR,

      Welcome to LTYG! A good place to start if you want to learn about Jini’s treatment for Candida Yeast Infection naturally is at Jini’s symptom section at the link below:

      In Jini’s IBD Remission Diet, the healing often has to occur in layers, because you just can’t treat everything at once – the body can’t handle it. So, compared to intestinal bleeding, malnutrition and malabsorption, continual pain, etc. Candida is definitely a ‘lesser stage’ problem and can be dealt with after the more serious symptoms are resolved.

      The wild oregano oil and probiotics combined should be sufficient to keep Candida in check whilst on the elemental diet or whichever diet you decide to follow – for some it is even enough to resolve the Candida issue.

      If it doesn’t resolve the Candida issue, then this issue can be fully addressed after completing the diet. Jini’s recent teleseminar with Dr. Carolyn Dean (Candida, Detox & More!) gives you exact instructions on how to accomplish this. Link below:

      Here’s the link to download Jini’s ‘What you need to know about Oregano’ below:

      We wish you all the best and please write us back if you have any additional questions or concerns.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

  • Can the oregano oil and probiotic supplement be taken at the same time? Also, have you, or have you known anyone to have success with a silver product such as Sovereign Silver, which I am taking now for gram negative bacteria overgrowth in the colon?

    1. Hi Janet,

      Thank you for reaching out. Both can be taken on the same day, but make sure they’re not interfering with each other. Probiotics needs to be taken completely on its own 2 hours before and after any supplements. Oregano on empty stomach – 20 mins before food and 2 hours after. You can download this daily supplement schedule that Jini developed for people on The IBD Remission Diet, since it gives you a specific break-down of how to work in all the shakes and supplements throughout the day:

      Sorry, but we have not tested Sovereign Silver and have no information available.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer care

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