Foods to Avoid for Leaky Gut

It has been clearly established that the Leaky Gut Syndrome is a digestive malady so it goes without saying that we should be careful of the foods that we eat or the beverages that we drink. In fact, avoiding food items that have been known to exacerbate the Leaky Gut Syndrome is essential to jumpstart the healing process.

There’s no better way to go about this but to make a list. Read through it and you might be surprised to know that some of the foods that you thought are healthy or worse, some of the things that you like to pig out on are on the list. The truth is inconvenient but hey, we need to be aware of the stuff that ails us. We have to educate ourselves to better deal with a debilitating yet perfectly curable medical condition like the leaky gut. Prevention is better than cure and when it comes to health, no stone should be left unturned.

Foods to Avoid

  • Wine and fermented cheeses
  • Mushroom and other fungi
  • Alcoholic drinks in excessive amounts have been known to obstruct the healing process and weaken the digestive and immune systems.
  • Sea food that contains toxic levels of mercury (e.g. clams, oysters, lobsters, swordfish, mackerel, tuna etc.) as well as farm-raised fish contaminated with Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs).
  • Sodium nitrate found in processed foods like bacon, hotdogs, canned goods etc.
  • Food items that trigger allergies such as soy products, gluten in wheat bread, peanuts and casein in dairy products among other things. The triggers differ from one person to another so it’s important to know which foods you’re allergic to and which ones are not.
  • Foods that contain artificial color, flavor and preservatives.
  • Trans fat commonly found in deep-fried foods, junk and fast food just to name a few.
  • Pickled foods
  • Refined carbohydrates and sugars as well as artificial sweeteners.
  • Too much caffeine. Drinking moderate amounts of coffee is actually good for you but too much of it can cause diarrhea, constipation and insomnia.
  • Ice cream and soy milk (in some cases) particularly those that contain the seaweed extract known as carrageenan.


The food items listed above are just some of the few that you need to avoid with or without the Leaky Gut Syndrome. However, going ‘cold turkey’ on them may work for some and may not for others. It’s a case by case basis really. The key is moderation. Take baby steps and go from there. Don’t wait for the Leaky Gut Syndrome to latch onto your system, onto your body, onto your life. Preemptive action should be taken now! After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.