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Best Foods To Eat On Leaky Gut Diet

August 20, 2019

Greetings. It’s New Zealand naturopath Eric
Bakker, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements.
Thanks for checking out the video today. I’ve got a request from a person on YouTube called
Pro Chess Player. I’m not quite sure if this is a man or a lady. The person is called Pro
Chess Player and Pro Chess Player has posed a question to me, “Eric, can you talk about
foods to eat with leaky gut syndrome? What are the best foods to eat with leaky gut?
And also how does a leaky gut diet differ from a Candida diet?”
Let’s talk about that now. Most people with Candida have got leaky gut syndrome. I’m not
going to go into a great deal on this video about what leaky gut is because you can see
that on some of my other videos, but leaky gut is basically a term we use for intestinal
permeability. It’s when the small intestine becomes more permeable, particularly to different
kinds of proteins in our diet and they can affect the immune system on the other side
in particularly systemically. So these things don’t necessarily follow the normal pathway
of digestion and absorption. They bypass that and they can seriously affect the immune function.
Lots of people in the western world have got leaky gut. Before we go into foods to eat
for leaky gut, first let’s say what you shouldn’t really eat or drink with leaky gut. The top
of the tree, in my opinion, is alcohol. Alcohol really affects leaky gut. There is no way
around this. Cutting out all forms of alcohol for several months is a clever move if you
want to heal the lining of the gut. All kind of pharmaceutical medications, especially
antibiotics, but also anti-inflammatories or any anti kind of drug is going to create
a situation particularly long term where you get serious intestinal permeability. Pharmaceutical
medications, alcohol, also take-away food, processed food, junk food; stress also helps
to bring leaky gut to the foreground. All kind of chemicals in our diet, fluoride in
water, chlorine, heavy metals that come through different ways into our diet, these are all
ways we can get leaky gut and exacerbate it if we have got it.
Good foods to eat with leaky gut are foods that really allow the healing of the lining
of the gut. So you’ve got this membrane inside the small valve called the brush border. It’s
basically a mucous rich membrane that allows beneficial bacteria to grow in there and effectively
seals off the junctions between the cells to stop the gut from becoming permeable. So
it’s all about building the lining of the gut. That’s what we want to do. Think about
foods that are going to really achieve this. I’ve got a couple lists here of foods I’ve
written down. Besides, of course, the obvious fermented and cultured foods like kefir, yogurt,
sauerkraut, kimchi, and there are various other ones you can consume that are going
to really do this. They’re going to really benefit leaky gut. A big caution here. If
you’re not used to eating these kind of foods, please go slowly into these cultured and fermented
foods. Also, the foods I’m going to read out now go easy on them.
Fructooligosaccharides and galactooligosaccharide foods. Prebiotic rich foods really encourage
the gut to heal. Jerusalem artichokes, yacon tubers, burdock roots, chicory roots, dandelion
roots, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, globe artichokes. That’s the FOS foods. Now the
GOS foods. Legumes, brassicas, fresh beans, beetroots, rice sourdough, if you can tolerate
it, sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds, and linseed sunflower arine mix, which is my favorite.
Here are some good vegetables for you to eat with leaky gut. Purple carrots, dark carrots
are quite good because they’re high in polyphenols. Polyphenols are nutritional substances that
really help to heal various parts of the body, especially the gut. Red cabbage, spinach,
red onions, broccoli, red lettuce, black rice or red rice, whole grain sourdough rye bread,
of course, and black olives. Notice how I mention black or dark? Notice also how I mention
carrots? Carrots aren’t necessarily bad for people with Candida. Unless they’ve got a
serious yeast infection, they should not have to avoid carrots. Corn is different, however.
Corn and pumpkin and squash. You need to be careful with those kind of foods sometimes
with leaky gut and also bad Candida. If you’ve got bad leaky gut and also in conjunction
with brain fog, then you might need to be careful with some of these foods like carrots.
If you find these foods exacerbate your brain fog, then back off and go more for the green
vegetables. Leaky gut responds very well to my product
called Canxida Restore. It’s an enzyme probiotic especially formulated for people with yeast
infection, but also very good for leaky gut syndrome. And again, most people with leaky
gut will have some kind of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO along with Candida.
I’ve performed many, many thousands of stool tests and found that most all cases of people
with Candida, in fact, especially bad Candida, have got leaky gut. Not just on the stool
tests. I’ve also done permeability tests alongside these to confirm that. And a lot of these
people have got bad bacteria and they’ll have parasites and low levels of beneficial bacteria.
This is why a product like the Canxida Restore will work very well for these people. And
the Canxida Remove is my antifungal/anti-bacterial. They work beautiful in conjunction. You can
get those at Don’t forget to do my quiz at
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videos to come. Thanks for tuning in. And I hope that answers your question Mr. or Mrs.
or Ms. Pro Chess Player. Thank you.


  • Reply Restraining Dylan October 11, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Hey candida crusher what is your thoughts no lemon juice because there was a Dr who claimed he used it religiously to cure cancer and he said he wasnt making lots of money out of it he just wanted to help people he was famous apparently but i cant remember his name .

    also what are your thoughts on plant phenols .

  • Reply Adam Devine October 11, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Eric I'm an 18 year old who has been struggling with candida for about a year now and I was wondering if you can do a video about facial acne and candida I never thought they could be related but I'm convinced they are my senior year Of highschool I was into alcohol a lot and smoking marijuana I'd realize that the more I did these activities the more I'd break out with acne typically on the forehead or around eyebrows and when I quit smoking and drinking right away while I was taking canxida remove everything went away after a few weeks

  • Reply zwerina56 October 11, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Eric, I have commented previously to other of your videos and thanks for your replies. I have been suffering with thyroid disease for over fifteen years and had radioactive iodine treatment 3 years ago. I held out for 12 years before I relented to this treatment after my blood pressure and colesterol went through the roof and was told that if I didn't take the drugs or the r.i.t. I had 98% chance of heart attack. Worst decission I ever made…I feel worse than ever and my thyroid does not respond to any meds. ( not producing t3 with big pharma thyroxine so on compounding meds-also not working) Worst side effect is constipation and anxiety. I have two naturopaths and homeopath in tow as endocrinologists are a joke. Nothing is working for me but the best treatment so far has been colonics (close to one hundred in last 10 months at twice per week)
    Candida had taken over and still comming out (old colonies) by the cup fulls at every session. Put on 23kg but lost only 2 in 10 months! Diet and supplements are just not enough even colonics are taking too long. It is all old colonies in there but not producing new ones due to probiotics. I have ordered your restore (not received yet but ordered weeks ago?) as your remove is still not available for me to try-when? I could not have come this far with diet alone-colonics saved my life. Just wondering why you don't recommend them as I certainly can testify to their benefits. Thanks for your videos and advice.

  • Reply Zoya October 11, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Raw or cooked?

  • Reply ProChessPlayer October 12, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Thank you so much for this comprehensive video, I thought you will never do the video. If there were more people like you we wouldn't be sick anymore. My family and I are thankful that you do these great educational videos.

    Are you also going to do a video on "Foods To Avoid During Candida Diet?" that will go really well with this video and I will share it with my friends.

    Thanks for doing the video for us. My name is Josh. I will look forward to your foods to avoid video.

    10/10 video on leaky gut. People share Dr. Axe videos everywhere but they should be sharing your insightful and HONEST videos. You deserve more attention.

  • Reply NaturalHI October 12, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Thank you for helping us. Great video.

  • Reply TheManWithNoName October 12, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Hi Eric. As a naturally lean person I'm worried about the weight loss in the candida diet which I'm about the begin soon with your supplements, I will probably buy the book too as soon as I can. I wonder if you have any tips when it comes to actually increasing weight when you have that kind of problem? I know about oils, but I suspect that gluten gives me problems so I have been avoiding it just like yeast. I can't seem to regain weight currently and I can't afford to lose any either.

  • Reply Edward Candle October 13, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I have a leaky gut, but what if I can't have FOS and GOS ? Whenever I eat them I get a lot of gas and bloating because I also have SIBO. Should I eat them or does that mean I should avoid them?

  • Reply Edward Candle October 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    What do you think about supplementing with Betaine HCl ?

  • Reply vegangirl October 16, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Hello Eric,

    This year I suffered from an H. pylori infection which I believe has caused leaky gut & possibly candida. I am at the point that I can barely eat anything but a few types of fruit & lettuce without some sort of inflammatory reaction in my gut and severe constipation all the time. I have tried eating the foods that you have mentioned in the video but I can't seem to handle them. I am also vegan (since 2008) and its been hard trying to find a regime that isn't based around animal proteins & fats. Will eating a mostly fruit based diet (low acid fruits like cantaloupe, bananas, apples) still aid in healing my leaky gut? I have seen so many different views out there on this and its quite confusing, but at this point its all my body can handle. Do you think its a better idea to commit to the foods you mentioned in your video even if they seem to agitate my gut? I have been taking extremely high doses of magnesium supplements to help the constipation because I am so desperate, but even that doesn't help that much. About two weeks ago my stool test was negative for H. pylori, which is a relief, but I don't know how to reverse the damage it has done to my body. Thank you for your time!


  • Reply Kale Mussel October 25, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Where is the video about foods to avoid on leaky gut? I cannot find it anywhere on your channel or youtube. Please share the link i really need it

  • Reply Kasey July 16, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Most say grains and high lectin foods should be avoided healing leaky gut, but is brown rice still okay?

  • Reply Kasey July 18, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    What is the difference between yeast in bread that is cooked vs mushrooms being okay? Is probiotic rich sauerkraut much better and more populated than a supplement? Think i'll spend my money on that rather than all the supplements i've been thinking on getting.
    Does bread have much more carbs vs soba noodles, etc?

  • Reply Kasey July 19, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    So is any baker's yeast bad in general even without sugars, what about nutritional yeast? People say yeast love fermented foods like bread and cheese but dont really get it since it isnt necessarily sugar.
    Can someone have dijon mustard, etc? I knkw some say vinegar is a no but some argue it kills candida like acv does. And is all cheese fermented with mold? I know some say dairy is moistening and should be avoided but does cheese really need to be cut out. If one has a sensitivity to dairy, is yogurt ok but cheese not, or just depends? I cant tell what i react to. I had brown rice last night, and it was 1 cup, and i had burping later. It was not organic, though

  • Reply Susannah Silver August 18, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Do antidepressants also exacerbate leaky gut? I am on Sertraline and it is hard on my stomach – have had gastric bleed on a high dose and also oesophageal thrush – treated – a few diverticula identified? Now halved dose of Sertraline But gut pain still flaring up after stress and irregular meals of dubious quality. brain feels woozy all the time. I've been blaming Sertraline and depression but is it gut?

  • Reply SoularPlex August 31, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    So i'm curious… if i have been taking the product Candigone by Renewlife, which say's i can take for up to 3 months ive been taking for the past 3 1/2 weeks now. id possible like to stop and try your product line recomended.
    should i space out time between starting your product or is ok to stop and switch over and begin the Canxida. Im at a stand still point with helpful products in this recovery journey and feel as if the Candigone is just not doing it. also is apple cider vinegar ok to take?

  • Reply Trupti Sharma September 18, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I stay in London where no one has heard about dandelion or chicory… I found that it's available on amazon as tea…

    how do you suggest I take it?

  • Reply Dan Logan September 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Greetings Doc! For someone who is just starting the first stage of the diet and taking antifungals, when do you introduce the sauerkraut? In the beginning or to wait for a week or two? To introduce it before good quality probiotic supplement or after? Can you give us a tip, thank you

  • Reply Helena Timberg October 28, 2016 at 7:12 am

    What if i have leaky gut but i absolutley have to take antibiotics for 10 day. 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening, so they are pretty strong. What can you do????

  • Reply Cecilia Hurezan December 2, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Canxida restore can be used for kids? (aboout 4 years old)?

  • Reply patrick mwangi March 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

    can I use allopurinol to lower uric acid,i have a severe leaky gut

  • Reply onlyAbdallah May 25, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Dr I was wondering if I need to stop using minoxidil which has alcohol in it (but no propylene glycol) should I Stop using it before I go on a proper "diet" to heal my leaky gut/ eczema?

  • Reply Radost Dinkova May 26, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Do you recomend taking MSM for leaking gut?

  • Reply Ray Subrata July 31, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    I havnt hear you explain about meat, red meat, poultry or fish and seafood. Is it good, neutral or bad?
    I always feel better when i have animal protein into my diet. My blood sugar become steady and brain fog reduce alot.
    I got more problem on vegan diet, even healthy whole food vegan diet.

  • Reply some guy September 19, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    That light behind you head iii

  • Reply Christopher Antonio November 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    What water do you recommend we drink? I got really sick from drinking reverse osmosis water. I got heart burn and began to feel very dehydrated and dizzy. I hear that bottled water is no good either. I am in a binds

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm

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  • Reply Theara Sreng January 26, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Is there a cure for leaky gut?

  • Reply Sue Davies January 27, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Thanks for another excellent video Eric. I have been taking all three of your Canxida products for some three weeks now. My question is about the Rebuild product. The pills stick together in the bottle and then break up when I try to unstick them! Is there something I might be doing wrong – perhaps they need to be refrigerated or something similar. I would be grateful if you could let me know.

  • Reply anik khan February 8, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    hello doctor…is green banana a good prebiotic?

  • Reply Bubble Shack Productions April 26, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Fresh beans should be okay to eat? What about certain fruits? I feel like I get low blood sugar sometimes. Would cinnamon be okay to consume?

  • Reply Bubble Shack Productions April 26, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Also are Brussels sprouts okay to consume as well?

  • Reply Erouda Iyer May 8, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    wow, it seems to be impossible to become your patient online, just visited your website and there are no available appointments for a very very long time. My questions is what is the best advise for treating Leaky Gut combined with Blasto the natural way? As blasto is best on a no gluten diet. My MD prescribed anti-fungal meds and I would prefer to stay away from that…and would love to discuss a condition that seems to puzzling doctors for the last three years with my now 5 year old, but would prefer to discuss that more on a private forum, but with no appoints available, I am assuming you won't be taking new patients?

  • Reply Bring-A-Game October 1, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    I hope that you can post a video on how to heal leaky gut when I am allergic to many foods such as fish, chicken, beef, and pork broth. major types of spices including cinnamon and black pepper. the only protein that i have found is tofu and soy beans that i'm not allergic to.

  • Reply ed mora December 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    How long does it take to heal leaky gut?

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