Healing The GutHealing the gut begins with Hippocrates’ concept of “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Hippocrates, the Greek physician in 400 BC, also stated: “All diseases begin in the gut”.

The concept has definitely been around for a while, so food is the first place to start when trying to heal the gut!

Healing the gut is a multi-faceted approach consisting of:

  • Dietary and lifestyle changes
  • Incorporating the right nutritional supplements
  • Eating good fats
  • Searching for foods specific for gut healing
  • Eliminating food allergies and food sensitivities
  • Taking enzymes to improve digestion
  • Supplementing prebiotics and probiotics to increase gut flora

Diet 101

Sometimes more than one diet is necessary, especially if your child has autism spectrum disorder.

Even if your child does not show a significant amount of improvement on a particular diet, then try another diet.

Keeping the gut clean and not continually having your child eat foods with toxins and chemical preservatives will help facilitate healing the gastrointestinal tract more efficiently.

Sometimes changes are subtle and on a deeper biochemical level that are not always visible to parent.

Remember that good quality foods to which your child is not sensitive are very healing to the gut.

List of Healing Diets

Here are some of the more common healing diets to help children recover from symptoms of autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, mood disorders, autoimmune disorders, eczema and other chronic health conditions:

List of Healing Foods

Remember to go organic as much as possible!

Here are basic healing foods to include in your diet; items may or may not be excluded depending on which specialized healing diet you’re following:

  • Fermented vegetables and foods:
  • Kefir yogurts (preferably coconut-based): http://bodyecology.com/articles/mcoconutkefir.php
  • Bone broth (can be chicken, turkey or red meat bones): http://recipes.mercola.com/bone-broth-recipe.aspx
  • Good quality fats:
    • Avocados
    • Nuts and seeds (nut butters – no peanuts)
    • Dark chocolate
    • Eggs, butter or ghee
    • Wild fatty fish from salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines and albacore tuna)
    • Turkey bacon
    • All coconut products
    • Cold-pressed olive oil
    • Chicken soup with chicken fat
    • Olives
  • Algae and seaweeds:
    • Wakame
    • Dulse
    • Kombu
    • Chlorella (fresh water)
    • Spirulina
  • Leafy green veggies:
    • Kale
    • Mustard greens
    • Arugula
    • Watercress
    • Beet tops
    • Collard greens
    • Mesculan salad
    • Dandelion
    • Parsley
    • Escarole
    • Endive
  • Cruciferous veggies:
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Broccoli rabe
  • Root veggies and squashes:
    • Rutabaga
    • Turnips
    • Summer squash
    • Winter squash
    • Onions
    • Sweet potatoes

List of Nutritional Supplements That Help Heal the Gut

  • Glutamine heals the leaky gut. Do not use glutamine if your child has high glutamates or a glutamate sensitivity because glutamine converts to glutamate and is an excitotoxin.
  • Slippery elm coats and soothes any inflammation of damaged gut lining
  • Aloe vera heals leaky gut and coats the intestines and starts healing process
  • Butyric cal-mag (butyrate) heals the gut lining
  • Licorice DGL balances cortisol levels and maintains mucosal lining
  • Quercetin improves gut barrier and reduces histamine release
  • N-Acetyl-Glucosamine (NAG) helps stop gastrointestinal irritation and keep
  • BiCarb by Klaire Labs can relieve symptoms of reflux, gas and acid indigestion
  • Betaine hydrochloric acid increases stomach acid. Zinc and salt also help create HCI in the body.

List of Nutritional Supplements That Help Intestinal Mucosa Stay Strong and Intact

  • MSM methylsulfonyl-methane improves allergies, gut permeability, aids in detox and helps with constipation
  • Zinc rebuilds intestinal lining and aids in growth and healing
  • Essential fatty acids are good fats for the gut
    • EPA
    • Omega3s and 6s
    • DHA
    • Omega 7
    • Cod liver oil

List of Probiotics and Prebiotics That Can Help with Gut Healing


  • Klaire Labs-Therabiotic Complete
  • Kirkman Labs-Probio Gold
  • VSL#3
  • Custom Probiotics D-Lactate
  • Dr. Ohhira Professional Formula
  • Culturelle
  • Renew Life Ultima Flora
  • Jarrow
  • Gut Pro
  • Genestra
  • Allergy Research Group
  • Pure Encapsulations
  • Douglas Labs
  • Sidona
  • Metagenics
  • DaVinci Labs
  • FloraEnergetix
  • Thorne Research
  • Cardiovascular Research

Prebiotics are fruto-oligosaccharides (FOS) that can help feed and grow probiotics in the body:

  • Klaire Labs (Biotagen)
  • Jarrow
  • Vital Nutrients
  • Pure Encapsulations
  • Genestra

List of Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes – depending on the type – can help lower food sensitivities, relieve gastrointestinal symptoms and eliminate biofilm.

Here is a list of different kinds of enzymes:

  • DPPIV enzymes are used to help with gluten and casein sensitivities:
    • Vital-zymes Complete by Klaire Labs
    • TriEnza by Houston Nutriceuticals
    • DPPIV Forte by Kirkman Labs
    • DPPIV by Enzymatica
    • Similase by Integrated Therapeutics
  • Proteolytic enzymes for inflammation
    • Wobenzyme
    • Pancreatic Enzymes by Vital Nutrients
    • Serrapeptase by Klaire Labs
  • Enzymes to help with phenol sensitivities
    • No Fenol by Houston Nutriceuticals
    • Phenol Assist by Kirkman Labs
  • Enzymes to help with fat digestion:
    • Lipo by Enzymatica
    • Lipase by Integrative Therapeutics
  • Enzymes that help with protein digestion:
    • Theragest by Klaire Labs
  • Enzymes that help eliminate biofilm (encapsulated microbial cells):
    • Interfase and Interfase Plus by Klaire Labs,
    • Bio Film Defense by Kirkman Labs
  • Bromelaine can ease inflammatory conditions if taken between meals and can help with digestive problems if taken with meals

List of Testing Laboratories for Food Allergies and Sensitivities

These laboratories can help you eliminate food sensitivities and food intolerances.

  • LRA Lymphocyte Response Assay by ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies. LRA is delayed hypersensitivity testing looking directly at lymphocytes to detect delayed food and chemical hypersensitivities up to 504 items. http://www.elisaact.com/
  • Food and Chemical Sensitivity Testing by ALCAT. ALCAT tests over 450 substances to determine which food and other substances trigger chronic inflammation. https://cellsciencesystems.com/
  • Allergy and Immunology Overview by ALLETESS Medical Laboratory. Testing environmental allergens, food allergies, yeast and mold allergies and gut immunity. http://foodallergy.com/
  • IgG Food Allergy Test and Candida by Great Plains Laboratory. 93 foods are tested with Candida. Candida increases and produces toxins that create holes in the intestinal lining leading to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Once in the blood, it causes an inflammatory immune system response. http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/igg-food-allergy-test/
  • Bloodprint Test (IgG) Airborne and Food Allergy Test (IgE) by Immunolabs. Bloodprint delayed food reactivity test also comes with a nutritional program. The Airborne and Food Allergy Test is the immediate reactivity test for IgE. http://www.immunolabs.com/patients/
  • The Bloodspot IgG4 Food Antibody Profile by Genova Diagnostics measures levels of IgG4 antibodies specific to 30 commonly offending foods clearly identifying foods causing patient reactions. https://www.gdx.net/
  • Multiple Test Arrays and Food Reactivity Screens by Cyrex Labs. Cyrex offers a large variety of different tests pertaining to food and chemical sensitivities. http://www.cyrexlabs.com/CyrexTestsArrays
  • A – 95 Food Panel by Meridian Valley Laboratory. This basic food allergy test panel which is a combined IgG4 and IgE by ELISA Method consists of 95 commonly eaten foods and includes a free Candida screening. http://meridianvalleylab.com/E-95