Solving Leaky Gut Success Story: How One Supplement Tweak Answered Yael Hana’s Prayers (and Saved Her Life)

by Jordan Reasoner

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We share success stories for one very specific reason… and it’s probably not what you think.

In fact, we have an entire system inside our company to gather success stories and encourage our community to share their stories with others just like them.

It’s one of the most important things we do.

Not because it “toots our own horn.”

Or because we think it’ll get us traffic from Google.

It’s because if I didn’t read numerous online success stories back in 2008 I never would’ve tried the SCD Diet. I may not have healed my gut. I may not have ever started SCD Lifestyle with Steve.

Success stories were the spark that changed my life forever.

And we relentlessly share as many as we can in hopes that it does the same for thousands of other people going through the same struggle I did.

Without success stories, this would be just another blog. Instead, we have a thriving community of incredible people taking control of their health.

Today, I’m so happy to share Yael Hana’s story…

Why?

Because, if you’re reading this…

You’re Likely One or Two Tweaks Away from Feeling Better

(Just like our case study Yael Hana.)

Your body needs a custom diet or you won’t get better. End of story.

But don’t worry, it’s much simpler than it sounds. In fact, anyone can do it if they are willing to listen closely…

We call these little changes “tweaks” – and most people struggling on Paleo, GAPS, or SCD are only 2-3 tweaks away from feeling amazing…

And being able to make the right diet and supplement tweaks means you must understand what your body is trying to tell you. There are everyday tips that you can learn, and once you begin using them you’ll never look at symptoms the same. It’s like putting on a special pair of glasses to see the secret code that was there all along.

The best part?

Anyone can be easily learn them, so that your symptoms disappear fast – and we show you how inside our Solving Leaky Gut community.

Look, we’ve been there – making mistake after mistake, carefully trying new foods or getting “stuck” eating the same five foods over and over again… or spending money on supplements that don’t even matter. (All while desperately hoping to feel better.)

Unfortunately, it took us a long time to realize that the answers we wanted were actually coming from inside of us. They were right there the whole time telling us exactly what to do, but we weren’t listening!

It might sound funny but we couldn’t see it, the whole time we were frustrated thinking that natural diets might not work for us…

That’s why I so appreciate Yael Hana for opening her heart for all of us to be inspired by. And I hope that you, the reader, are inspired to be next – next to tell your story, next to start the hard work, and next to learn what it’s like to get your energy and health back.

We’d love to feature your story, as we have done for so many others we’ve been fortunate to help troubleshoot their way to newfound health.

We believe in your success, because we’ve seen it time and time again. It’s darkest right before dawn… if you’re beginning to lose hope and it feels like nothing makes sense anymore, we are here for you.

Will you be next? (click here for a free Solving Leaky Gut webinar)

[Now let’s get to Yael Hana’s story…]

I’m sure that you hear tales of desperation all of the time. Mine is one of them!

I Said a Heartfelt Prayer for Help

On the last Monday night in July, in despair, I said a heartfelt prayer for help. I was so confused and desperate, not knowing which way to turn.

For six months, I had not been able to eat.

I had been so ill with digestive problems, nauseated all of the time, that my weight had dropped to 66 pounds (I’m usually 95).

I was feeling scared.

And I knew that if I were to even see a doctor, they were going to want to put me in the hospital with a feeding tube.

The Next Day, I was Drawn to Your Email (About Solving Leaky Gut)

So, I went to your website, started doing some research and I knew then, without a doubt, I had been led to you.

Everything was suddenly making sense, as I read your information online. I have dealt with Ankylosing spondylitis for 40 years, been severely disabled by it (and the cane that comes with it). I also dealt with an Ulcerative colitis diagnosis in the past.

I had just had a scope and the gastroenterologist said it was GERD, which didn’t make sense to me. Two years prior to that, my gallbladder had been removed because of the same digestive symptoms that had returned.

I was truly feeling desperate then. I was nothing but bones. My husband’s comment was that I looked like a skeleton. And if I gathered up the courage to look in the mirror without clothing on, I had to admit he was correct.

So, I Wrote You Back and Joined Solving Leaky Gut

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And I’m so grateful I emailed you and that your team took the time to read it. Thank you for all of the work you are all doing. Thank you with all my heart for saving my life. I don’t mean this metaphorically, but literally. I’m so drawn to you and the wonderful work you’re doing.

I joined Solving Leaky Gut about six months ago, and things didn’t seem to be helping much. About six weeks ago, I got really scared. My energy took a complete nose dive. I could barely walk across the room. I truly felt that I had entered the downhill slope – that if something didn’t change, I could very easily lose my life.

I began to pray hard and asked for help. It was my spiritual guidance that brought me to your program and it was the same guidance that guided me to a breakthrough.

I Finally Had My Breakthrough

At that time, I chose to listen to one of your bonus recordings, on which you spoke about Enzymedica Digest Gold digestive enzymes. I decided to buy some – they were available here locally – and began to take them.

Finally, I had my breakthrough.

Over the last six weeks, everything has begun to shift. With the enzymes, I am able to eat some new things (other than the one safe meal I had been eating around the clock for months.) Slowly, my energy has come back and, though not there yet, I am beginning to feel like myself again.

The important thing I want to share with you though, other than my gratitude, is that I tried other brands of digestive enzymes. They didn’t work – they gave me unbearable stomach pain and sickness that kept building up and getting worse.

I had to stop.

If I had not heard your talk and tried the Digest Gold, I don’t even want to think about where I would be now. I have the beginnings of an ulcer (called a “pre-ulcer” by the gastroenterologist).

Not everyone can take the same enzymes, so I recommend that everyone try more than one kind, if the first one doesn’t work.

I Have a Much Different Outlook on Life Now

I am severely disabled and in a lot of pain. My spine is very disfigured. I have a lot of challenges, but I also have not had this kind of hope and excitement in a very long time!

(I have tried many many diets, and healing paths, as you can imagine…)

Steve and Jordan, I want you to know how much it means to me that you have both “been there” in terms of your own health. I can feel your compassion and awareness and especially your willingness to be flexible and truly engaged with your clients.

I never feel like you are “talking at” me, but rather that you are sharing in my journey. It makes a huge difference. It also makes a huge difference knowing that you are willing to explore what works.

Once again, I thank you with all my heart for everything you have given, for this exceptional program that you put together and for your continued support.

In gratitude,

Yael Hana P.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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About the author

Jordan Reasoner Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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Christina February 16, 2016 at 4:23 pm

I also take these exact enzymes and they work really well for me especially when I’m eating trouble foods. After over 20 years of weight loss, weight gain, antidepressants, colonoscopies, hospitalization, and some terrible terrible symptoms I am finally better. What worked for me was eating chai seeds every. Single. Day. I didn’t see a difference for 3 to 4 days. I didn’t stop though and now it has completely normalized my system. I didn’t even know it was possible to feel better again. I still take a medical grade probiotic, enzymes, apple cider vinegar, olive leaf, turmeric, zinc, glutamine, b vitamin complex, cranberry support, gelatin, soluble fiber, and magnesium daily but the root of the problem is fixed. All of the other supplements and dietary changes are very important but they were not the root of the problem. The chai seeds (which I soak overnight in coconut milk) stabilizes my entire digestive tract and helped everything MOVE.

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Deborah February 27, 2016 at 6:12 am

Would you please tell us how much she chia seeds you eat and why you soak them and how?

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Elaine4Hope February 16, 2016 at 11:52 pm

Hi, Christina,

Do you mean chia seeds? If so, what amount of seeds to what amount of coconut milk?

Thanks for posting your experience for okie benefit!

Elaine

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Beverly February 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm

My guess is she typed chia and autocorrect changed it to chai. I can’t imagine someone eating chia seeds everyday and not knowing what they are called.

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Kathy Lute February 17, 2016 at 5:46 pm

I read Yael,s story and I to have tried different enzymes and eliminated the four foods, dairy, eggs,nuts, and too much fructose but I feel I am at a standstill. I live in Australia and would like to know if I can get into Enzymedica Digest Gold or the equivalent inAustralia. I have Crohns and H pilori. I would love to get these supplements from America but the changeover rate would make it unaffordable as the Austrian dollar is well down.Im still taking 1 Tblspn Glutamine twice daily, Dr Sandra Cabot brand, and her Tyrosine powder also, 1 Tblsp 3 times daily for Adrenal fatigue. I also take Dr Cabots Adrenal Natural Glandular, 4 daily. I would like to know if her products are what I’m needing.? And my Dr says my liver is struggling. Can you help please? Please ignor the website information.

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Mariel Heiss February 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Hi Kathy – we’re sorry you’re struggling right now.

We know this supplement is available on Amazon, but we’re not positive if it can ship to exactly where you live or what the exchange rate would be. We aren’t familiar with the brand of supplements you’re using.

You can see some of the brands and supplements we recommend here: http://scdlifestyle.com/recommended-products/

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Nick Earl March 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm

How do I get support for your products? I’ve been waiting for nearly 2 weeks already now..

Sorry to post here, but it’s getting a little frustrating..

Thanks,

Nick

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Mariel Heiss March 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm
Mike Alexander February 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

For me it turned out to be excess serotonin an the foods that create serotonin plus there was high iron and low thiamin also excess sodium an low potassium as well.

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nico March 1, 2016 at 2:33 am

Which foods raise serotonin? Thx

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Fran9450 February 22, 2016 at 10:52 am

I have suffered for years with leaky gut symptoms. It is so much better through the usual clean-up of my diet. But I have now been diagnosed with Lyme complex. This has been the start of truly getting better. So make sure you have some testing before you accept you ONLY have leaky gut. Dealing with your gut is the right start but if you cannot clear all your symptoms, find a good, understanding, responsive doctor to explore your symptoms further. By being wrongly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 15 years ago, just dealing with my leaky gut was not enough. If you do not have a good doctor who listens and responds, CHANGE YOUR DOCTOR! With sympathy, Frances

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Kim March 3, 2016 at 11:29 am

Hi guys! I’ve been lurking for the better part of a year, reading posts, watching videos, all the while trying to find a functional medicine doctor.

Have you ever helped someone with a history of gastric bypass surgery? That was 20 years ago, and I’m convinced it was the beginning of the end (of my health). Since then, I’ve had a seizure disorder, positive Rh tests, several mineral deficiencies, and spent weeks in a coma, undergoing 8 different intestinal resection surgeries to correct some “fluke” twisting of my intestine around a major artery, after which I contracted gangrene among several other complications which almost killed me.

Most recently, I’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and my hormones are completely out of whack.

I know that the root of ALL of this is in my gut. Did I just do this to myself by making that terrible choice so many years ago to lose weight?

I’ve tried L-Glutamine, Betaine HCL, Digestive Enzymes, I’m currently GF and seeing some improvement without gluten but overall I’m just losing hope about really turning this around.

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Mariel Heiss March 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Hi Kim -we’re so sorry to hear what you’re going though.

Our program wasn’t designed for those who’ve had gastric bypass. That being said – our plan is based on nutritionally-dense foods, which is what someone who has been through a surgery like GB needs to focus on.

It sounds like you’re on the right path with the supplements and going gluten free with some improvements so far. We hope you’ll join us for a free webinar to learn more about the next steps for healing: http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live-qva/

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Kim March 3, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Thank you, Mariel.

I signed up & attended the last webinar.

It was fascinating and I highly recommend it! I loved what Steve said about our bodies “having our backs”. That really resonated with me.

But – I haven’t seen any more info regarding the program since then.

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Mariel Heiss March 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm
Katie June 30, 2016 at 8:19 pm

I have had digestive troubles since having my gallbladder removed 2 years ago. Any recommendations for someone without a gallbladder?

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Mariel Heiss July 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

Hi Katie – thanks for reaching out!

Digestive enzymes, Betaine HCL, and ox bile supplements can all support your digestion if you’ve had your gallbladder removed.

We also recommend eating more frequent, smaller meals and subbing coconut oil for some of the other fats you use – coconut oil is digested differently than other fats and is easier for many people without gallbladders to digest.

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