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After medications failed to treat my autoimmune disease, I turned to nutrition to address my symptoms naturally. I want to empower your health with the same steps I used to heal with food.

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  1. While some may find relief with the dietary protocols you mention in your excellent article, it is worth pointing out that the FODMAPS diet is superb for remedying digestive issues. For me, it is the most effective approach.

  2. Hi just wanted to tell you colostrum is very healing too.look it up online plus we use it and have seen a lot of success. My Hubby’s biceps get bigger (a bonus). Be sure to buy high quality organic and nondefatted and look at the ingredients cause some are mixed with skim milk:-)

  3. Lauren, It is so odd that you had this post today because I was just diagnosed with Leaky Gut and a yeast infection in my gut. I have a swollen upper lip, which is what started it all and to find out the yeast is going through my system and I am breathing out the yeast and this is why my upper lip is swollen…..all from my leaky gut. Go figure …. after 7 doctors I was finally diagnosed by a holistic MD.!!!

    Cindy in Florida

    • Yah for Holistic MD’s and alternative health practitioners who just “get it”. I’ve also been to several doctors for candida & leaky gut issues, only to be told I should go on antidepressants because it was all in my head and not a ‘real’ condition. Ugh. It’s always been a Naturopathic Doctor who has steered me in the right direction when no one else would listen and do the necessary investigations.

      Thanks Lauren, for shedding light on these important health issues that are impacting so many of us these days.
      ~ Krista Goncalves, RNC @

  4. Hi, Lauren,
    I’m 70 and still learning! Thank you for your website and all the good information. I gave up gluten a few years ago because my husband was diagnosed with diabetes and I wanted to encourage him. Well it did ME a world of good!

  5. I love your blog and esp love some of your recipes! I have had leaky gut for over 10 years but this is one of the better descriptions/ explanations that i have heard! Wish i had more info 10 years ago when i was first diagnosed but working on healing now!

  6. Thank you , thank you , thank you
    For sharing your walk w these health
    Issues w others . I am so new to this
    My recent Diagnosis of
    H.Pylori & Adrenal Fatigue Stage 3 .
    There is so much to read , ask questions
    & learn .
    May God bless you as all of us are
    Being bless with your knowledge !

  7. Hi Lauren
    I have severe food allergies and intolerances and have been under an allergy specialist for years. However, your article was excellent as I did not realize that you should allow 3 months for leaky gut to really heal. I often break my fresh food only diet after a month, so this keeps putting me right back to the beginning of my healing process again.
    Thank You !

  8. My eyes are crossing after reading about probiotics. I was all set to order the Prescript-Assist, but now I see people with candida issues may not tolerate it well. Can anyone advise? Of course, I am almost out of my usual Klaire Labs Vital-Zymes, but I wanted to change, I go away soon and not sure if I should mess with my system. Perhaps I should try the Bio-Kult?? I do see another kind (Jarrow Formulas Sacharomyces Boulardii & MOS, Provides Enhanced Support to the Intestinal Tract,). I will keep searching you site (love it) but if anyone can offer advise, please do!

  9. Hi Lauren. Sorry about your Dad’s diagnosis but it could be a blessing in disguise (albeit a nasty disguise). If this gets him used to eating right, it will help him live a longer, healthier life. I’m glad they supported you in your quest for health, and now you can return the favor. I endorse everything you’ve suggested, paleo, probiotics, etc., I would only add, for a little more benefit, slippery elm. I’ve found it to be a great way to aid in facilitating a bit more support for calming the intestinal lining, also with no side effects. My best to you and to him and my wishes for a speedy change in direction for his health.

  10. I enjoyed this! However I feel disappointed we have to change up our meals. I have been eating the same thing for breakfast daily because it is simple and it doesn’t hurt my stomach. Also I want the probiotics from the sauerkraut. I would like to know if there is a leaky gut test so you know if you have it?

  11. My question is: does leaky gut show up on dianostic tests there by a gastroenterologist would mention leaky gut I have only heard this by alternative practitioners. Is it because they can’t treat a patient with pharmaceuticals.

  12. Hey beautiful,

    I was wondering if you already have a blog post about which supplements to take while transitioning or how to choose the right ones? I totally believe that it is not a long term solution but it clearly helps at the beginning so I just wanted to ask you for your opinion especially on digestive enzymes and probiotics.

    Thanks soon much for everything.


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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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