Today I have 6 supplements after SIBO antibiotics to share with you.
These days I believe that less is more so when my doctor told me how well I was doing, I said,
Then let’s only do the things I need to keep me thriving and continue healing this SIBO for good.
Less is more…..and he agreed.
So here are the exact supplements after SIBO antibiotics (ended at the end of June, 2018) I am doing.
6 Supplements After SIBO Antibiotics
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(Clicking on each one will take you directly to the exact supplement/brand I’m currently using.)
I have been taking this one for a very long time now. The doctor and I both agreed that in order to keep gaining on the stomach acidity, this one is critical for long-term SIBO recovery. Part of my issue with relapse is that my stomach acid is low. I start feeling so great after the antibiotics that I get lazy with taking the HCL with Pepsin and ultimately, I relapse.
In order to keep healing, I need to take this, consistently, with higher-protein meals. The amount I take is different than what you might take. You can learn more about stomach acidity and how to tell if yours is low via: 33 Ways to Tell if You Have Low Stomach Acid and How to Test at Home for Low Stomach Acid.
I take these before most meals; not snacks, meals (unless the snack is pretty complex and/or larger). Enzymes aid in breaking food down. Over the years people have said that “you shouldn’t rely on them, blah, blah.”
Well guess what? Those people were not doctors and I’ve never had a doctor tell me they aren’t effective and/or helpful for continued healing. I do not rely on them by any means, but I believe they help the digestive process so food breaks down appropriately to pass through the digestive tract without any hang ups.
This is a brand new one for me. He wants me to take a dose twice per day, and he mentioned that when doing this, I don’t have to “double up” with L-Glutamine (though, I could take a little L-Glutamine, if desired).
The supplement features features 3 key ingredients—glutamine, deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), and aloe vera gel, and its purpose is to support the intestinal lining for healthy digestion, healthy immune function, and overall health.
This is the supplement I can use once per day in place of LDN. WholeMune is formulated with Wellmune WGP®, the most well-researched, single beta-glucan, proven in clinical trials to prepare and protect the immune system from repeated and ongoing stressors. Its purpose is for a strong immune system and overall health and wellbeing. I have not started it yet but will as soon as my current LDN bottle is finished. I’ll give it a one month test period, and then re-evaluate.
Updated in 2021 to add: I never stopped taking the LDN. I actually took both the WholeMune and LDN at the same time (for different reasons; with success).
According to my doctor, a lot of people take this as “maintenance” for post-SIBO antibiotics to help ensure SIBO keeps at bay. It supports gut healing, microbiome health, and the immune system. He told me if I’m feeling perfect to not take it, but if I even feel a little off, to take it for one week, then have three weeks off. Rinse and repeat as needed.
Updated in 2021: I swear by this one!
Probiotics, both during and after SIBO antibiotics, are highly controversial. What’s the answer? There isn’t AN answer because everyone responds differently to them, depending on their own situation. For me personally, when I’m in a flare and/or on SIBO antibiotics, I do not take them. They only exacerbate any current symptom I have. In the past, I have always avoided them after SIBO antibiotics as well because I thought they were inducing symptoms again.
I now believe this is because I needed a probiotic that didn’t contain prebiotics which is why I use the Just Thrive Probiotic now. And I love it! (p.s. If you enter in code AGUTSYGIRL at the Just Thrive checkout HERE, you’ll always save 15%!)
And that’s it. Keeping it as simple as possible.
Hope this helps direct you in asking questions to your own doctors. Write down the supplements above that you’re curious about and note them in your 90-day gut healing journal for your next appointment.
By the way, if you want a minimalist approach to supplements, check THIS out.
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