A website about leaky gut that I found
I previously posted that my body odor was reduced a lot by continuing to follow a mix between a low-fodmap diet and anti-candida diet with foods that work for me (I also cheat on both of the diets occasionally), and taking 1-2 beatin hcl pills (the ones with pepsin in them) before medium-large size meals. As I said before, these pills aren't for everyone and should only be taken if you have low stomach acid and all precautions and directions for taking the pills should be followed. Drink baking soda in water if you take too many. Anyway, they helped me, but I still have moments and sometimes almost full days where the BO is still a problem. I'm still trying to incorporate probiotics, ginger, cinnamon, small amounts of garlic, small amounts of coconut oil, chia and flax seeds, iodized salt and Sea Salt
, turmeric, and beets/other veggies- sometimes fermented- into my diet or through supplements. I've recently started taking 1 or more digestive enzymes pill(s) before most meals and a few other supplements to support my liver and help my body deal with stress. Of course, I eat other foods too and try to stay hydrated (not over-hydrated) with water, water with lemon or lime squeezed in it, ginger, chamomile, or green, tea, and coconut milk (and coffee too, but I try not to have too many cups a day). Everyone has different food tolerances and issues, so these foods won't work for everyone. I also do yoga a few times a week, and take a few deep breaths before I eat to relax. On weekends, I started taking a 'leaky gut' powder supplement, which among other ingredients also has digestive enzymes and probiotics. I don't take it during the week, because it can make my odor worse. I ran across this website which goes over a few reasons why your leaky gut still isn't healed. To be honest, I'm not positive I have a leaky gut, but I do have a lot of the symptoms. I'm not going to follow all of the advice on there (I've found that right now meat doesn't agree with me, so I've only been having a little bit of powdered bone broth and try to get my protein from other sources (almond butter, etc.) or eat just a little bit of meat at a time, but I did find some of the information useful for me. I hope its useful for someone else too.
Also, here's info from another site going over the benefits of hcl and digestive enzymes and the risks of taking them for too long or taking too many at once:
'How Long is too Long?
It varies from person to person, but generally, it takes several months of consistent use. And yes, stopping the supplements can allow the body to come back from vacation, rested and refreshed to restart their normal function.
What is too High a Dose?
That would be way, way beyond the label recommendations. But I have seen it done where proteolytic enzymes were used to lower inflammation, but the person used so much that she disturbed the gut microbiota’s beneficial biofilms. The person took horrendously high doses (five times the label recommendation three times a day for three months before realizing she needed to stop. It took 60 days of remedial effort to resolve.
So our prudence and judgment criteria recognize that there is an upper limit to both amount and time for supplementation. But generally, a person would have to work really hard and incur some significant expense to push those limits. Judicious use of enzymes is a terrific therapy.'
'How to Know when Enough is Enough?
Simple enough. Digestive symptoms abate and remain gone after supplementation stops.
What’s the Bottom Line?
Digestive enzymes are wonderful supplements. Periodic programs are very beneficial. Everyone should have some around for times of need. Prudence and judgment means to use enzymes as means to beneficial ends, but always endeavor to correct the cause and support your body to function well on its own.'