Ready for this post I’m about to share about how I healed SIBO long term?
Of course you are. You’ve been ready since I wrote out my Master List of SIBO Healing Tools.
Every single person is different, so just because this is what worked for me, doesn’t mean it will for you. This is because healing SIBO is dependent upon healing the root cause of it in the first place.
But here is why I think you’ll be able to extract a lot of goods from what I’m about to share with you — I’m feeling 100%, just had a perfect blood count test done, and I have never gone a day feeling miserable since I got well. (On the flip side, Y’all know the Instagrammers and bloggers who say they have “healed their gut” one day; the next, showing “real life bloated pictures.” Catch my drift?!)
Alright, after battling this for over 4 years now, I am 98% confident that the root to my SIBO evils was:
- Years of chronic dieting that lead to
- Low stomach acid and enzyme levels and then
- Deeply rooted stress and anxiety that I never admitted to having
The threesome got me sick and then kept me sick.
How I Healed SIBO Long Term
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Today I’m ready to share how I am thriving, and how I got well – I believe, for good. I’m just going to go right in order; giving it straight to you, starting from the SIBO medications.
- June 1 – 28, 2018: 4 weeks of Rifaximin and 2 weeks of Neomycin. You can read everything in detail for those 28 days HERE.
- July, 2018. I had a Colonoscopy and Endoscopy. It was all clear and normal. At first I thought that I perhaps was misdiagnosed with Colitis in 2008, but others have suggested to me that it could have healed so much that it no longer shows up! I don’t care which it is. The report was lovely. Immediately after the SIBO antibiotics I did do super low carb and low FODMAP (this time it was sane Low FODMAP!), but not for long. In fact, at the end of July I ate all the things while in Italy. Other things as noted HERE: No hard workouts, lower back focus, massages, and chilling the f@#$ out. Even by July, the inflammation weight started to shed. I also kept the supplements fairly minimal: daily L-Glutamine, enzymes, and HCL. Here and there for everything else.
- August, 2018. By August, I was definitely eating all the things; no restrictions (except I’ll always be nearly gluten free and mostly dairy free). I also started intermittent fasting and meal spacing sometime around August.
- September, 2018. Nothing changed, but I started to become very aware of the fact that if I didn’t get years of stress and anxiety under control, I would have a SIBO relapse.
- October, 2018. I saw a doctor for this anxiety for the first time in my entire life. She listened to me, and was able to catch onto things most had missed over the years. That day, I did two things:
- Got on anxiety medication, and
- Set up an appointment with a therapist
- November, 2018 – February, 2019. Nothing changed from a diet or supplement standpoint, except that I started eating far less meat. However, I worked on everything internal: forgiving (others and myself), leaving stressful situations, attaching to only the things that bring me pure joy. Also, for all of fall through the end of the year, I did no to light workouts only. There was nothing intense or hard core, and making this decision was one of my best yet (from a healing standpoint).
- March – present, 2019. Everything same as before, except that in March I began using the Just Thrive Probiotic. I really didn’t use a probiotic for several months, and the only way I would have changed that is had I found Just Thrive earlier.
My Personalized SIBO Diet, Medication, Supplements, Lifestyle
Okay, now if you want it listed out, item-by-item from the master list yesterday, here are all the things I’ve done since last June.
- No “diet,” and what I mean by that is there isn’t a name for the way in which I eat. i.e. Paleo, GAPS, Vegan, etc.
- Mostly Vegetarian, though
- Usually no gluten (but sometimes now)
- Rarely dairy
- Anxiety medication (not for SIBO, but to help address underlying reasons for repeated prior relapses)
- Dysbiocide (on and off)
- Some other minimal supplements here and there
- Therapy (1 – 2 times per month)
- Intermittent Fasting
- Meal Spacing
- Meditation (I try at least a few minutes, several times per week – hey, it’s a start)
- Massage (once per month)
And some other things people ask about:
I drink alcohol, but rarely (like maybe a drink or two per month). And I also drink coffee, daily; looks like this.
My workouts are slim-to-none compared to what they used to be, and I’ve made peace with that. On the days I’ve had at least 8-9 hours of sleep, I’ll workout fairly hard for a super short duration. Then, I eat a ton afterwards and rest and recover until my body says, “Okay, we are good to go again.” Guess what? Sometimes that means several days to a week. (If you want more on this, read “What I think About Workouts and Gut Healing.”)
When I say, “no diet,” I also mean, “Variety.” These days, I’m working on eating as many different things in a day as possible. Less of more vs. more of less. <—- This is also a concept I’ve been researching and studying for helping the microbiome thrive. When I was scared of food or healing my gut incorrectly, I ate probably ten things or less and a lot of them. My approach is the opposite these days.
Finally, I journal, read the Bible, and say mantras as often as possible, “I am healed, and I no longer have SIBO.”
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Wouldn’t I love to tell you that I’m healed forever? But I can’t predict the future. What I can tell you is that I am 100% confident the way I went about healing this past time was my secret key.
That secret key barely had anything to do with diet, and instead had everything to do with the combination of un-diet, supplements, medication, and lifestyle.
I had to take my head out of it with all the “this is how I should heal” thoughts, and for once just listen to what I NEEDED.
Today I am grateful for all the research I do to help you identify the right tools for your own toolkit, but I’m also grateful that I figured out the right ones for my personal journey.
If there is one thing I want you to take from what I learned, it would be this: If you’re already doing all the “right” things from a diet and supplement standpoint, maybe you haven’t dug deep enough. Ask yourself, “How is this working for me?” And if the answer is, “I’m still feeling miserable,” then ask yourself, “What could be something underlying that I don’t want to address?” Start there, go with it; you might be surprised where you end up.
Don’t be afraid of new diet changes (ahem, less restriction), supplements, and a whole new lifestyle. And please if you need medication, whether it’s Rifaximin, LDN, or something for another outstanding problem, do not shame yourself. I’m incredibly serious. This is your life, and I promise that you’re the only one who knows exactly what you need.
I’m going to keep on healing for now……and with the energy and inspiration, sharing every last thing I can to help you heal, too.
Questions? Leave them in the comments below.
You will heal. I will help.