Today I have 6 supplements after SIBO antibiotics to share with you.
I have an entire list of Recommended Supplements on my blog because every single day someone asks me for a recommendation on one or several.
Let me be very clear. I have never taken all of these at one time (there is more than one probiotic on the list and clearly I don’t take several probiotics daily). In fact, at any given moment these days, I am not taking that many period.
However, over the past 10 years, I have tried and experimented with so many, so that list is simply to share my favorites from what I have taken.
These days I believe that less is more so when my doctor told me last week just 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 Y’all…..and he agreed.
So here are the exactly supplements after SIBO antibiotics (ended at the end of June, 2018) I am doing.
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.)
- HCL with Pepsin. 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.
- Digestive Enzymes. 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.
- Glutagenics. 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 it’s purpose is to support the intestinal lining for healthy digestion, healthy immune function, and overall health.
- WholeMune. This is the supplement I will use once per day in place of LDN. If you remember from 9 Signs Your Gut is Unhealthy, I mentioned one major thing we are trying to take out of my healing protocol – this is it – 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.
- Dysbiocide. 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. So for full transparency, I have not started taking this yet because I have SIBO signs and symptoms zero currently.
- Probiotics. 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!
And that’s it. Keeping it as simple as possible. Hope this helps direct some of you to ask questions to your own doctors.
By the way, if you want a minimalist approach to supplements, check THIS out.
You will heal. I will help.