I’ve been taking L-Glutamine for about 18 months. It was one of the first supplements that I read about when I first got really ill, and having started to treat myself for Candida overgrowth in the first few days of being bedridden, I decided to chuck down a few 1000mg L-Glut tablets a day to help to heal my gut lining – just like it said to on ‘the internet’. I waited patiently. I didn’t get any better.
Going through 3 different health practitioners, I got varying advice on the efficacy and use of the supplement, and spent the following year taking it here and there, depending on the current focus of my treatment (bacteria extermination; leaky gut healing; addressing nutritional deficiency; stimulating acid production etc). I was confused and a bit defeated when it came to the gut healing protocol I wanted to be on.
Many people being treated for gastrointestinal problems will have come across L-Glutamine. It’s an amino acid that is produced in the body, but extra supplementation is sometimes needed when things are going a bit wrong. L-Glutamine can help to restore the gut lining if it has been damaged or been worn thin – it’s often used by athletes, as constant training can thin the gut lining, just as is the case for those of us with gastro problems like dysbiosis, low/ high acid and gastritis/ ulcers.
I’ve come to realise that for the last 18 months my gut healing protocol was a bit of guess work glued together by a few articles and snippets of conversations with doctors. I thought I’d looked everywhere for an answer, and then, by pure magical miraculous accident, whilst Googling the recipe for SCD Diet pearsauce, I came across it.
This L-Glutamine Protocol is used by athletic trainers and gastro experts, and promises to heal up leaky gut in almost miraculous time (days to weeks – say what now? Really? After all this time searching – wow!) Time to share? Why not!
So, if you have any form of dysbiosis, inflammation, Leaky Gut Syndrome (and food allergies which are usually due to leaky gut syndrome), blood sugar regulation problems or cravings (especially for sugar or alcohol) L-Glutamine can really help. There are plenty of articles and detailed studies on its medical use online, have a search and see if it’s worth trying for your own situation.
The protocol is by Charles Poliquin, a respected Canadian athletic trainer, and a man I would like to hug if I were ever in his vicinity… it is simply as follows:
Stage 1: take 80g of L-Glutamine powder for 5 days – 10g at a time spaced through the day.
Stage 2: reduce the dose to between 10-20g a day as a maintenance dose for a few months.
Stage 3: reintroduce some foods (one at a time) that you were previously ‘allergic’ to or experience reactions to and see if the gut lining has healed sufficiently to be able to now digest those foods.
L-Glutamine is available as a powder, tablets and as part of gut-healing complexes like Perm-A-Vite. For this protocol it’s best to use a pure, good brand of powdered L-Glutamine. I use Lamberts, which comes in 500g tubs for around £25. Source Naturals also do a good powdered supplement, but it’s not widely available in the UK. Supplements in powder or liquid form are always a better option for those with digestive distress in the first stages of treatment, as there is less digesting necessary to process the supplement.
Please note that this protocol is best undertaken under medical supervision, and in conjunction with gut-healing diet and lifestyle changes. If you take the L-Glutamine and wash it down with sandwiches and beer, it would be a pretty expensive waste!
Until now I had been taking between 5-10g a day, and I had seen a tiny bit of progress, but knowing now the huge under-supplementation I was carrying out its no wonder my progress was stunted. I’m on day 3 of the 80g super-dose now: standby for reports on the results – I’m feeling super positive about it! The amount of stories that I’ve read since finding this protocol that praise it for healing leaky gut and food intolerances like that to diary and nuts are a massive inspiration and proof at last that this supplement has a high success rate when used correctly.
The first part of my miracle recovery is underway (positive thinking people, nothing like it…!) I will be back to report on its success – I will!
UPDATE: 7 days after starting the L-Glutamine protocol I have seen a progressive and sustained improvement in my symptoms. This is incredible – I’ve been under treatment and on SCD/ GAPs diets and others for over 18 months with no seismic shifts in my symptoms since first starting the SCD diet, but in just one week my hypoglacemia is a bit better, energy is more stable, and stomach reactions less. I am also taking Pepzin GI (Zinc Carnosine), and drinking licorice and ginger teas, all in aid of stomach healing. Its working. At last! I highly recommend this protocol, but under the guidance of a medical practitioner.
Has anyone else had experience of taking L-Glutamine with any success/ disasters for digestive issues? Tell us all!