How to Repair Your Gut After Antibiotics

by Sarah Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & Child, Natural RemediesComments: 95

Repair from antibiotics

Antibiotics are truly a wonder of modern medicine.

Beginning with the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, the pure magic of antibiotics with their rapid resolution of bacterial infections of all kinds caused many in the medical profession to become completely enamored with the drug based approach to illness. By 1940, antibiotics had come into widespread use causing both doctors and people to gradually forget about tried and true techniques for preventing illness such as the age old remedy cod liver oil.

This change in the medical paradigm has led in recent decades to abuse of these magical meds and the growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains. It has also caused in an epidemic of people with compromised gut function due to an imbalanced intestinal environment resulting from excessive exposure to antibiotics via industrially produced foods, medicine, and more recently, groundwater contamination.

While antibiotics clearly have their place in treating life threatening bacterial infections, their overuse has led to a plethora of modern day health challenges and autoimmune disease.

While complete avoidance of all antibiotic exposure would be the ideal, it is simply not practical in the majority of cases. Sometimes, antibiotics are necessary and when such a situation arises, it is imperative to protect the gastrointestinal tract from fungal or yeast overgrowth during treatment and to replenish beneficial gut bacteria when the course of antibiotics is complete.

While antibiotics effectively kill both pathogenic and beneficial bacterial strains with the exception of antibiotic-resistant species of streptococcus and other strains, they do not affect the many forms of yeast such as Candida albicans naturally found in the body in a nondominant role.

As beneficial bacteria lining the gut wall are eliminated, yeasts like Candida albicans have the opportunity to overgrow and become dominant by attaching to the gut wall. Once attached to the gut wall, yeast has the ability to create lesions in the cell membranes. This can lead to the syndrome referred to as “leaky gut”, which increases the likelihood of foreign proteins entering the bloodstream resulting in inflammation, food intolerances, a myriad of digestive problems, autoimmune disease, and other associated imbalances.

If you or a loved one find yourself in a situation where antibiotics are critically necessary and cannot be avoided with holistic therapies, the following recommendations for support during and after antibiotic treatment can help minimize the damage to the gut environment and quickly rebuild gut flora at the conclusion of treatment.

These recommendations are provided to patients of the clinic Biodynamic Wellness which specializes in helping people recover and maintain optimal balance of the intestinal environment to encourage vibrant health free of chronic disease stemming from a compromised gut. The owner of Biodynamic Wellness, Kim Schuette CN, generously gave permission to share the recommendations listed below.

Please note that these recommendations are helpful whether the antibiotic treatment came from oral medication or IV treatment. Even IV antibiotics damage gut flora despite the fact that the medication does not make its way directly through the intestinal environment like oral meds do.

Diet During and After Antibiotics

  • Include generous servings of lacto-fermented dairy and cultured vegetables during and after antibiotics whether oral or from an IV treatment. One tablespoon to half a cup of yogurt, kefir, kim-chi, sauerkraut, beet kvaas, etc. two to three times daily is advisable.
  • Include gelatin rich foods such as homemade meat stocks and bone broths daily along with abundant vegetables, animal fats, coconut oil and skate or cod liver oil after antibiotics are complete. A gelatin supplement can also be used to add further gelatin to homemade soups and sauces.
  •  Avoid all refined carbohydrates and fruit juices.

Supplemental Support During Antibiotics

  • Saccharomyces boulardii: one capsule twice daily to discourage yeast overgrowth during antibiotic treatment when beneficial gut flora are being compromised.

Supplemental Support After Antibiotics

  • Saccharomyces boulardii: one capsule twice daily to discourage yeast overgrowth during the gut flora recovery phase after antibiotics – be sure to continue for 30 days.
  • Note that not all beneficial bacteria are created equal for repairing the gut. Be sure to match the specific strain to the specific function you wish it to perform. This article discusses this topic in detail with a list of common gut issues post antibiotics and which strains address them the best.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

 

Sources and More Information

Are Antibiotics Always Necessary for Strep Throat?

The 11 Best Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them

Why Antibiotics Today Could Threaten Your Life Tomorrow

How to Kick Strep Throat Faster and Better Without Antibiotics

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Comments (95)

  • Gina

    Hello
    There are many “broad” probiotics out there which claim to be all you need to take; such as Progressive Labs “Broad Spectrum Probiotic” Is there another broad probiotic (wide range) that you would highly suggest?

    I thank you for your wonderful website. I follow you on Facebook, and find it to be a wonderful resource for me to share with my clients.

    Thank you
    Gina

    December 14th, 2015 11:56 am Reply
  • Maria

    Hi! Thank you for the very helpful recommendations, they were very handy to us a year ago with a kid with pneumonia. I came back to this post now, since our 7 month old had to take antibiotics due to a ruptured eardrum. We had just started introducing egg yolk as her first food when this happened. I only tried once more while she was still sick, but she vomitted big time(projectile) and I haven’t tried since then. Since it’ s proven that even a single round of antibiotics can cause a leaky gut, I’m wondering whether the baby might became intolerant to the newly introduced foods. And since we have a history of autoimmune diseases in our family, I’m pretty worried. So for the time being I’m only breastfeeding her, till I figure out what the best thing to do would be. What would you recommend? Thank you very much

    June 8th, 2015 7:14 am Reply
  • Josi

    Hi. Is the Saccharomyces Boulardii ok to give children? My two year old was hospitalized with a bad case of pneumonia. He’s doing much better and I’m doing probiotics and lots of bone broth and home made gellatin snacks but I wondered if the Saccharomyces Boulardii would good for him also. Thank you!

    March 14th, 2015 1:34 pm Reply
    • Fay

      Yes. Florastor for kids is a sacchromyces boulardii probiotic.

      April 9th, 2016 7:13 pm Reply
  • mommom

    Wondered about the best way to do this, thank you for the specific suggestions.

    February 26th, 2015 4:03 pm Reply
  • Kelly Garrard Smith via Facebook

    I cringe to think back on my annual consumption of a Z-Pak when I used to get such horrible respiratory infections.

    October 30th, 2014 10:16 am Reply
  • Michelle Kosciuk VerBurg via Facebook

    I took lots of antibiotics as a teen for acne and at the time, it seemed like the only thing to do. Now I am paying for it.

    October 29th, 2014 11:23 am Reply
  • Brush with Bamboo via Facebook

    We found avoiding antibiotics lead to healthier kids :) Breastfeeding is a better solution.

    October 29th, 2014 11:05 am Reply
  • Michelle Mitchell via Facebook

    I have found Colloidal Silver is a much better substitute to antibiotics.

    October 29th, 2014 10:23 am Reply
  • John Wilson via Facebook

    Thanks for sharing this important info! Probiotics are so vital to our immune systems, and Anitbiotics are just one of many things that attack them!

    October 29th, 2014 10:11 am Reply
  • Debbie Robert-Moraal via Facebook

    I have had what I thought looked like white spots on my throat without a positive strep swab result. It would of been awesome to of had that singer gotten a swab done while right there at the doctors to confirm it was strep. Viral sore throat can hurt badly for days as well. When I get true strep it comes on HARD and super fast…. it doesn’t gradually get worse over a couple days and my throat swells so bad I can barely get water down it’s scary. I would try to do these things to fight it off but I think it would be a little scary.

    October 29th, 2014 7:21 am Reply
  • Diana Pringle Martin via Facebook

    Does it matter if you take the probiotics at a meal time or not?

    October 29th, 2014 6:05 am Reply
  • Tyra Droegemullr via Facebook

    Everyone should read this!

    October 29th, 2014 1:45 am Reply
  • Mariah

    My husband had brain surgery and was required to do a round to prevent infection. It was only two days, thank goodness, it could have been much longer! I have been doing some reading about recovering the gut. I was wondering why you never recommend Garden of life supplements. I found online that there is some question as to if a soil based probiotic is indeed healthy to our systems. Garden of life is pretty expensive at 55 dollars per bottle (90 pills). What is your reason for Bio-Kult verses Garden of life?

    August 14th, 2014 12:12 am Reply
  • Jenni

    Glad my friend showed me this site. Would GREATLY appreciate any tips/ suggestions on my condition. I have been dealing with health issues for almost a year and a half now and I am only 25. It all started with intense stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. After going to the doc one of the first things they diagnosed me with was hypothyroidism. They thought it was an intestinal infection so I was put on 2 different kinds of antibiotics, not knowing the consequences. CAT scan showed inflammation that looked like colitis or crohns, but 2 scopes later my results are more or less normal. I have been “diagnosed” with IBS post infection, chronic gastritis, GERD, and dumping syndrome. I have also developed more autoimmune/neuro type symotoms such as brain fog, migraines, tingling/crawling sensation throughout my body, involuntary muscle spasms, and floaters in both my eyes. I am very against takings meds since nothing has helped. All I take daily is my thyroid med, birth control, probiotic (Florajen), and 2 caps of Miralax nightly. Recommendations on drs or products/foods to take?? I live near Milwaukee, WI.

    July 22nd, 2014 1:55 pm Reply
    • Ellena

      Hi. I am studying nutritional medicine and would like to offer some recommendations based on my studies. Let me know and I can private message you.

      July 23rd, 2014 2:51 am Reply
      • elena

        I am curious to know where you are and what you do>

        August 21st, 2014 9:48 am Reply
    • Ligia

      Were you ever tested for Lyme disease? Your symptoms are the perfect match for that.

      January 21st, 2015 5:25 pm Reply
      • Linda

        I also recommend being tested for Lyme disease.

        October 20th, 2015 11:31 am Reply
  • Tiffany

    Today I was prescribed Ciprofloxacin 500mg twice daily for a UTI that had spread to my kidney. This was after attempting multiple home remedies over the last 2 days to treat the UTI including D-Mannose, cranberry extract, apple cider vinegar, raw garlic, sarsparilla and a few others.
    The infection moved very quickly and at the end of the second day of symptoms I was so miserable with the back and side pain from my kidneys aching, as well as the normal urgency and burning from UTI, that I was desperate enough to consider taking antibiotics, which I have not done in years.
    I was hospitalized for a severe kidney infection as a small child, and was given daily antibiotics for about 5 years after, to which I attribute the majority of my gut issues as an adult. I definitely do not take antibiotics lightly, but remembering how sick I was as a child made me afraid enough to get a prescription.
    Now upon coming home from the pharmacy, I took my first dose right away as instructed by my doctor, after reading the information included. Then I did a little research.
    Apparently Cipro and other antibiotics in that class contain fluoride. Cipro and these other antibiotics can also cause severe reactions including blindness, psychosis, and central nervous system damage in a large percentage of people. This damage is known as fluoroquinolone toxicity.
    Frankly, even though I have only taken one dose, I’m a little terrified and more than a little upset that my doctor not only prescribed me this, but did not warn me of any of these potential side effects.
    I’m not sure I feel comfortable continuing to take this medication, but I don’t want my kidney infection to get worse.
    My doctor said to call back if I was feeling worse or did not start feeling better in 2 days, and she would prescribe something else. I’m just wondering if Sarah or anyone else here knows any more about this antibiotic, has taken it, or has any advice for me.

    July 15th, 2014 8:12 pm Reply
    • Mikki

      I too have had to take Cipro for stubborn, painful UTI’s that don’t respond to holistic approaches and it was noticeably different than any other type of antibiotic I have been given over the years. At age 65, I can look back on antibiotics, the different types and how my body felt. With Cipro, I felt mentally very strange and it really ripped my gut up. I have sworn with the next UTI to ask for an “old fashioned” antibiotic, the type you took for 7-10 days. I still recall as a child needing antibiotics for an infection being given a shot of penicillin and then a week of pills. Times have changed, but I think the new stronger, shorter doses are even worse for our bodies than the old types. Anyone else have experience with these too. I really felt psychotic on Cipro! Oh, I have been UTI free since discovering D-mannose with Cranactin. I take one a day, plus lots of homemade yogurt and other lacto-fermented foods.

      July 22nd, 2014 9:17 am Reply
      • pamela stinnett

        i use a otc called azo yeast for yeast infections.. they put me on cepolactin or however you spell iit. i ended up with yeast infection in mouth and down south. i had a remarkable on day 3. only itching left was in my mouth and it was just light

        February 8th, 2015 6:12 pm Reply
  • pam

    Hi there,
    Do you have specific recommendations for how to repair the gut following 2 rounds of antibiotics (flagyl) to fight c diff?
    Thanks,
    -Pam

    May 12th, 2014 9:45 am Reply
  • Katie R.

    This is perfect timing as I just came off some antibiotics a few weeks ago and haven’t been feeling myself lately. I forgot about taking probiotic pills for some reason so thanks for the reminder! Hopefully it doesn’t take too long to feel back to normal.

    May 10th, 2014 7:00 pm Reply
  • Amelia

    Sarah, I have been diagnosed with SIBO, which you probably know about. I have been to a couple different doctors including an integrative medicine guy and they all recommended antibiotics. I did a round, reluctantly, but it did nothing to change my condition. They want me to do another round but I don’t know what to do. Is there another way. Please help me. My symptoms are so embarrassing and it’s ruining my life!

    May 9th, 2014 12:33 am Reply
    • meme

      @ Amelia…SIBO is caused by slowed digestion due to hypothyroidism. Try eating a raw grated carrot made into a salad with apple cider vinegar, salt and coconut oil or MCT oil EVERY DAY. It sweeps bad bacteria out of you small intestine.

      May 12th, 2014 7:43 pm Reply
    • Stephanie

      I took enteric coated oregano oil and mine eventually went away. I was in a lot of pain before I tried the vitamins . They work like anti biotics.

      March 24th, 2015 12:05 am Reply
  • Mary Bloomer via Facebook

    This is a very helpful article. I’m surprised to see some of the supplements being sold on Amazon, like Klaire Labs. They are usually only sold to healthcare professionals. How does Amazon do that?

    May 8th, 2014 3:56 pm Reply
  • David Fyhrie

    A great way to clear out the wrong pathogens and clear the slate for the good bacteria is to take Immunoglobulin Y which is the antibodies found in chicken egg yolk. While fighting off pathogens a hen’s immune system generates millions of antibodies and also puts them into the developing egg yolk for the chick to have when it’s born. Chicks obviously don’t breastfed and need an aggressive defense right away. The antibodies are also effective for roughly 450 different human related pathogens. This is another reason why eggs are good for you. However when eaten with the rest of the egg most of the antibodies are digested in the stomach.
    There is a unique and new consumer product available which is capsule of purified Immunoglobulin Y, it’s called Vector450 made by IGY Immune Technologies & Life Sciences. Because it’s in a capsule and not combined with the rest of the egg components, when taken on an empty stomach the capsule passes quickly to the small intestine and the antibodies go to work binding to and eliminating pathogens. You can take probiotics with it since the antibodies will not bind to the good bacteria!

    May 8th, 2014 11:01 am Reply
  • Jagrati

    Crikeys! My doc just had me on 2 of these pacs, then had to take a 3rd stronger anti bee as I was still so sick. So 3 lots of gut killing stuff in a row, plus about 3 loads last year. I have to fix this. Sarah, I love your blog. Thanks. I believe that one pack of anti bees made shut down my cat’s health too and then led to her death shortly afterwards from sudden onset of thyroid and kidney disorder. I believe it was routine anti bees that did her in, and I’m not blaming the vet, but vets just shake their head when I bring this up…

    May 7th, 2014 7:04 pm Reply
  • Gwen

    Have you tried GUTPRO from Organic3? I just ordered it online and wondering whether this is a good probiotic.

    May 7th, 2014 5:08 pm Reply
  • Debbie Eisa via Facebook

    Yoshi!

    May 7th, 2014 3:42 pm Reply
  • Elene Murray via Facebook

    she also needs to be concerned with sustaining or rebuilding her bladder lining in my experience… Ashley Deason

    May 7th, 2014 2:42 pm Reply
  • Christina Alves Jacobs via Facebook

    Are children able to take this probiotic?

    May 7th, 2014 2:28 pm Reply
  • Ashley Krout via Facebook

    Diane, perfect timing :)

    May 7th, 2014 1:55 pm Reply
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    May 7th, 2014 1:19 pm Reply
  • Liz Walsh Smalley via Facebook

    Thought of you, Colleen Marie

    May 7th, 2014 12:22 pm Reply
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    May 7th, 2014 12:19 pm Reply
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    May 7th, 2014 12:09 pm Reply
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    May 7th, 2014 12:03 pm Reply
  • Astrid Fox via Facebook

    Love your dragon “Vanna White”

    May 7th, 2014 11:51 am Reply
  • Mildred Antoinette Cameron via Facebook

    Interesting

    May 7th, 2014 11:27 am Reply
  • cee

    Can you take Florastor (s boulardi lyo) if your allergy test for yeast is positive?

    May 7th, 2014 10:38 am Reply
  • Linda

    My elderly mother had repeated bouts of C.Diff…a particularly nasty and potentially deadly overgrowth that’s typically hospital-acquired. She’s now quite debilitated and has moved into my home where we care for her. She’s been taking ‘Florastor” for a year – Saccharomyces boulardii lyo, a friendly yeast found naturally on the skin of tropical fruits lychee and mangosteen This is the pro-biotic her doctors prescribed in the nursing home and now we are buying over-the-counter. It’s managed to keep her free of C-diff, which is no small feat and a great boon to our lives. Not positively sure we can attribute this entirely to Florastor but it is the only probiotic she takes (because it was paid by insurance)

    I read a lot of natural-health blogs and websites. Never has Florastor is been mentioned among the helpful probiotics. Does anyone know why?

    March 11th, 2014 4:46 am Reply
    • Brook

      I attended a probiotic symposium hosted by Klaire Labs. I asked them if Florastor was a good quality probiotic and they said that it was, but said that not all s.boulardii supplements are high quality. Florastor does not mention anything about any of the other ingredients in the product though. The dose is also in mg not CFUs.

      March 11th, 2014 1:33 pm Reply
    • Ellena

      Try incorporating Oil of Oregano and diatomaceous earth into her supplement regime. Google to find out more about them.

      July 23rd, 2014 3:00 am Reply
  • Lisa DaPolito via Facebook

    Never a reason for antibiotics, colloidal/ ionic silver is the best!

    February 1st, 2014 9:22 pm Reply
    • mommom

      Unfortunately, colloidal silver doesn’t work for everything. I’ve tried it for more chronic or serious situations and it didn’t work. It may have helped some, but in the end, I had to try the antibiotics. I am so glad we have them, although they are overused and we do need to remediate their effects.

      February 26th, 2015 4:10 pm Reply
  • Keri Hessel via Facebook

    Doesn’t it take a year or so for your gut to recover? I remember Chris Kessler had an article on that ….

    February 1st, 2014 8:04 pm Reply
  • Lauren Bryant Riley via Facebook

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    February 1st, 2014 2:44 pm Reply
  • Mariah Baseman via Facebook

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    February 1st, 2014 1:19 pm Reply
  • Robin Koloms via Facebook

    colds and flus are viruses, and antibiotics are of no use against them

    February 1st, 2014 11:30 am Reply
  • RosalindaL

    I am required to get a Flu Shot, which I haven’t ever, ever in my life had, because of school. They will not let me proceed without the shot. How do I protect my body before during and after? I’m afraid. Seriously! (I live in Colorado) Thank you for any advice. Monday is the day.

    February 1st, 2014 10:46 am Reply
    • Laura Hayes

      Rosalinda,

      Nothing is more important than your health, including school. Just one flu shot could change your entire life on a dime, for the worse (read the chapter by Lisa Marks Smith in the book Vaccine Epidemic). CO has a personal beliefs exemption to vaccination. Why won’t your school accept this? I am going to assume that you are in college, and possibly pre-med, and are being told you need the flu shot to do your in-hospital training. I am guessing that it is the hospital that is requiring the flu shot since the school would accept the PBE. You can find sample letters online for nurses to use when challenging the vaccine requirements of hospitals. There is also a FB page for nurses who oppose mandatory vaccines with regards to their employment. Perhaps you can find a doctor who will write a medical exemption for you. You should NEVER be forced to accept any medical treatment or procedure. Many are changing their career goals due to ever-increasing vaccine requirements in certain fields. Perhaps that should be considered, or, be the one who challenges the system! Maybe you can find a lawyer, with the help of NVIC, who would take your case pro-bono should you want to challenge these tyrannical and barbaric vaccine requirements.

      Should you choose to allow yourself to be injected with the flu vaccine, look up Dr. Russell Blaylock’s protocol for what to do pre and post-vaccination to reduce the side effects.

      I will be praying that you find a safe solution for your situation.

      May 7th, 2014 12:12 pm Reply
  • Larissa Katriina Lee via Facebook

    The rear time I had to take antibiotics i do this, although Saccharomyces boulardii capsule is new to me. I will remember it. The recovery from illness was always fast in this way you recommend. This is kind of like best of both worlds. Illness doesn’t have a change.

    February 1st, 2014 10:44 am Reply
  • Betul Karakus via Facebook

    i can not read your article from my mobile Sarah, lovelink.us trying to upload something to the app center..

    February 1st, 2014 10:44 am Reply
  • Shelby Snorek via Facebook

    Drugs just mask the symptoms, you still have the cold or flu.

    February 1st, 2014 10:41 am Reply
  • Linda DuBois

    This is a great article.

    How do we help a leaky gut to heal? I know my colitis developed after a round a strong antibiotics, then a terrible yeast infection.

    What is the protocol for healing a leaky gut?

    November 18th, 2013 10:15 am Reply
    • Linda DuBois

      I also have extreme food intolerance now…can only eat 6 foods!

      Thanks!

      November 18th, 2013 10:16 am Reply
  • Diana

    Do you think it is possible overcome the damage done by 10 years of continuous use of antibiotics and prednisone, laxatives, tranquillizers and anti diarrhoea medication as a child (I am a Münchhausen by proxy survivor). I’m at a loss on how to become healthier. I’ve been eating WAPF for about 10 years now. It helped a bit. In that time I have done GAPS and Body Ecology and other protocols, without any change. Changing to WAPF has had the biggest effect. I have seen many health care professionals over the last 25 years. Mainly alternative, as my digestive issues are not recognised by conventional health care professionals.

    November 18th, 2013 4:02 am Reply
    • Beth

      You might want to consider a fecal transplant. See posts on this by Sarah and others.

      Also check out homeopathics that can boost GAPS healing. See Joette Calabrese’s website for this.

      November 26th, 2013 1:13 pm Reply
      • Diana

        I have been looking into a fecal transplant. It is on my wishlist, but unfortunately it seems only available in the US for the moment and i do not live there. I will check out Joette Calabrese’s website.

        May 7th, 2014 10:26 am Reply
    • Tracy

      Diana, I am so sorry you had to endure all that. I can’t answer your question, but I will pray for your god health and that you can find something to undo at least some of that damage and that you will see progress.

      May 7th, 2014 12:54 pm Reply
  • Holly

    Hi Sarah,
    What would you recommend for a breastfeeding newborn & mom who were given antibiotics in the hospital? Should anything be given straight to the newborn, or should it all come from mom’s diet via the breast milk? My 2 month old is suffering from sleep disturbances (restless, wakes up after just a few minutes of napping), very gassy, cries for no apparent reason. Thanks!

    October 5th, 2013 2:03 pm Reply
    • Stephen

      Thoughts for your Consideration…

      Pre & Probiotic Blend Before / During & After Antibiotics.

      It takes 10 Days for Stool to regain normalcy after Anti’s.

      Probiotics direct to Newborn as well ..and will receive extra Immune help via Mother’s Milk

      2 Yr Old ..

      If Mother is genetically predisposed to Allergy / Asthma ..
      sounds like early GI Issues caused by Allergy March .. typically early Symptom of Allergy March is a reaction to Cow Milk.

      Use of Anti’s in Mother / Child w/o Pre & Probiotic increase likelihood of Allergy to Asthma incidence.

      Unfortunately, the only way to Stop progression of Allergy to possible Asthma is Sublingual Immunotherapy

      To Confirm presence of Allergy March in Infant ..
      suggest ImmuneTech Home IgE Heel Stick Blood Test for Top 10 Allergy Troublemaker’s ( 3 Food & 7 Enviro ) .. Test is $65 ..

      And the Only FDA IgE Allergy Blood Test that can be Purchased Without a Dr’s Prescription.

      Then once IgE Confirms presence of Allergy MARCH .. show Dr and because it is FDA Approved.. must take Seriously and he / she must take further .. if Allergist .. find an Allergist that does Sublingual Immuno-Allergy Drops based on IgE Blood Test .. not Skin !

      Do not allow Infant’s Symptoms to be Masked by Pharma ..
      You must Stop & Melt Allergy March SnowBall before it Rolls Bigger / Faster to possibly Allergic Asthma.

      Be on Allergy Alert to further Signs of Allergy MARCH.

      Do not be Fooled into believing that your Child will Out Grow early FOOD Allergy Signs of Allergy March .. some do .. others not … the OutGrow is typically that the progression of Allergy March has Re-Invented itself from early Food Allergy to Respiratory on its way to possibly Allergic Asthma.

      Allergy is Cumulative, progressive, LifeTime, Chronic Disease that begins in the Womb.. and sets into motion a LifeTime Slippery Slope of Multi Diseases and compromised Quality of Life.

      ALLERGIES are Nothing to Sneeze At !

      October 6th, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • Julie

    We have a young child who has been on long term antibiotics. How can we best support her while on them and between use? When should she take her probiotic in relation to the antibiotic. I struggle with the timing of everything.

    October 3rd, 2013 10:33 pm Reply
  • Celeste Hunt

    What is the protocol when having to take an anti-fungal antibiotic like Diflucan?

    October 2nd, 2013 11:03 pm Reply
  • Danny Scollan

    I believe there are many so called “life threatening” situations where antibiotics are not necessary or warranted. I can’t remember the name of the book I read, but it gives an actual account of a woman from the civil war era who had intestinal surgery in some of the nastiest conditions, after her body was ravaged by starvation for months, and she survived and went on to live a healthy life. More and more doctors and surgeons are administering antibiotics for minor surgeries and procedures, b/c of hospital protocol initiated for liability reasons. On occasion you might be able to persuade a doctor, say if your doing a procedure such as a DNC, to forego antibiotics. I would discuss this with the doctor far in advance of course. Not sure how long this will last however as it seems the cases I run across are fewer and fewer.

    September 30th, 2013 8:11 pm Reply
  • Belinda

    I had surgery a few weeks ago and they put me on an antibiotic (Keflex I think). Daily I’ve been taking FCLO with homemade raw kefir already for several months. I then went on vacation to NYC/Boston with my husband where every meal there was plenty of white bread and dessert after. Didn’t have my kefir so have drank a little Synergy Kombucha to hopefully help while away from home. Then I found the Lindt store. Bad news. I rarely eat any sweets at all but I found myself indulging a little too much on the chocolate and now I’m paying for it. Lots of regrets at this moment. I also suffer from an overgrowth of candida and have been maintaining my symptoms with kefir for the time being. Whole family of 6 has issues and have felt too overwhelmed to get on the right diet at the moment. Was preparing for GAPS a few months back and truly believe it could help but just prepping for it caused major issues within my family so I’ve unfortunately had to let it go.

    Anyway, b/c of the last few weeks I now have a UTI which normally I’ve been able to kick with topically applying DoTerra Geranium EO. For some reason it didn’t work this time. I was flying back home and couldn’t get any EO until later in the day so thinking I didn’t catch it soon enough to stay on top of it even after using several times in the first couple of days. Anyway, went to the health store and they suggested a Solar Ray probiotic with 30 bill CFU and CranActin with D-Mannose. After a few days (which seems like forever when having a UTI) still no relief. So after talking with an osteopathic doctor who understands gut health (and is even familiar with GAPS)) he said Macrobid is one antibiotic they’re not afraid to use because it doesn’t effect the gut like other antibiotics (skips the intestinal tract maybe?). I’ve been under a lot of stress and didn’t feel like mentally I could fight this naturally any longer so I caved and got it. I know it’s a temporary fix but that’s what I need at the moment to keep going. In survival mode with my life right now.

    Back to the health food store. They said stay off sugar of any kind natural or not b/c yeast will feed off of it regardless (also no starches, anything refined, etc.) They even included staying off ALL dairy fermented or not b/c of the high sugar content. B/c I’ve seen the positive effects of raw kefir that’s been so hard for me to accept. I know their perspective on good health is different from mine so I’ve been questioning their info since but at the same time I wondered if they were right. I noticed on the suggested regimen here fermented dairy was a go. Why the differing perspectives? Why is sugar in dairy acceptable?

    After starting Macrobid a couple days ago I decided to get back on my kefir. I was starving trying to follow the no sugar from anywhere mindset and just couldn’t do it anymore regardless of it being harmful or not. So that’s where I’m at for better or worse but would love thoughts.

    Also while I’m here mine as well ask if you have any thoughts on the Dr. Whitings Oxy Aloe Flush recommended as a detox for candida. Again I understand GAPS is going to be the first choice for gut issues but I just can’t do it in my situation so looking for alternatives. Thank you so much for all of the amazing info shared on this site. I’ve come along way in my understanding real health and appreciate the support offered here!

    September 29th, 2013 12:36 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    I have read that honey can also get rid of candida. May have been manuka, or maybe just any honey.

    September 28th, 2013 9:10 am Reply
  • Leah G

    We are a very fermented family. I also supplement with Klaire Labs Therbiotic when I feel its needed. We take our FCLO, drink raw dairy, eat very clean, dont vax. The whole nine yards so to speak. It does happen that once in a blue moon one will get quite ill. We have used a product called Pleo Not. While not perfect in every way it seems pretty decent. Does anyone have any opinions on Pleo Not?

    September 28th, 2013 8:04 am Reply
  • Craig Ballantyne

    The problem is with antibiotics the slightest thing wrong with someone and the doctors prescribe antibiotics when they could of just let them fight the less serious things off them selves. This then leads to antibiotics been useless against many viruses now its our own doing.

    September 28th, 2013 3:12 am Reply
  • bunny

    Dear Monica,
    Have you ever tried kefir? I’ve had digestive problems for so long, intestinal spazzing, constant diarrhea… crying a lot because the struggles i go through and no one sees or understands why I am SO careful about what I eat. Ironically I was also vegetarian. Kefir always helps me, I switch brands every once in a while to get a different probiotic profile. It stops the spazzing almost immediately.

    September 27th, 2013 9:33 pm Reply
  • monica

    I could use help. I have been very very sick for almost a year now-cant work anymore:( It first began with nausea every day-it didnt matter what I ate. Then I was diagnosed with IBS constipation and was given a stomach spasm medication which actually helped. Then I got off the medication and began having allergies to food. Anything I put in my mouth I couldn’t breath, couldn’t move, became very tired, depressed, and emotional. I then began getting dizzy and having brain fog for hours at a time every day. I was then diagnosed with leaky gut and heavy metals. I did an all natural heavy metal detox which made me worse. I was crazy in my head and I thought of suicide often (I am a very very happy person and this is unlike me in every way). Then I thought the severe brain fog, depression, etc would go away if I stopped the detox but it didn’t. I was reacting to everything I put in my mouth. Some days it is normal allergy stuff, but more and more it is brain fog every day for hours. I only get relief once I pee, poop, or cry. I do A LOT of crying. I was then diagnosed with Lyme disease where they put me on antibiotics for 5 weeks. Then my internal dr found that I had histamine intolerance and the only thing to do is have a low-histamine diet. I lost 35 lbs due to the lyme, but have gained back about 15 (which is much needed). During my lyme treatment they found candida and another form of yeast in my gut. I have been on meds for almost two weeks now. I feel a little bit different but it is still there. It is very hard because everything is a double-edge sword. For my histamine intolerance I have to do low protein and only certain foods and then for candida I am supposed to do high protein and no sugar, grains, dairy, etc. I only eat a few things right now-meat and about 3 veggies and two fruits. I have been allergy tested and am IGE allergic to the majority of fruits and vegetables. Pretty ironic that I was a vegetarian for 15 years and now HAVE to eat meat. Does anyone have any ideas? I have yet to find a dr who can figure me out. Every morning after my bowel movements I instantly go into brain fog for about 3 hours-I either cry or sleep to feel relief. Has anyone ever heard of this? I feel so helpless. I know if I went to a hospital the would send me packing. But all of this is very real. Yesterday I at grapes and was ok. Today I ate a handful and my stomach is crampy (every day this happens), I want to throw up, im severely depressed and crying, and I am in brain fog. It is terrible and the majority of the day I spend praying to God because I feel like I am being tortured. Any advice? Anyone know of a goo gut dr in Florida? Thank you!

    September 27th, 2013 9:09 pm Reply
    • Shani

      Sara has several guest posts from a chiropractor in Florida that she seems to think knows what he’s doing. Might want to search this site for that Dr. & start from there. Also a good naturopathic doctor (ND as opposed to MD) would help.

      September 28th, 2013 3:08 am Reply
    • sumi

      Hey Monica, sorry to hear about your condition. If you can look out for MDs who practice functional medicine in your area, they could be of good help. Log onto the Institute for Functional Medicine website or google Dr.Mark Hyman. Hope this helps.

      September 30th, 2013 8:46 am Reply
    • celeste

      Just read another article (at the link below) before reading your post and someones response sounds pretty much like what you are describing, maybe?

      http://healthyawareness.com/thread-natural-or-prescription-antifungals

      October 2nd, 2013 11:17 pm Reply
    • Summer Abdelghani

      Monica, if I were you, I would get lots of broth from the meat you can eat, that will probably help sooth things, maybe with the veggies you can eat. I would transition to GAPS as you started being able to eat more foods (perhaps even give the intro diet a try, you’re almost there anyway), and at the same time see an NAET practitioner. http://www.naet.com/subscribers/drnamerica.html
      I’ve heard really good things from people who have tried it (there was a young girl in a similar situation to yours, allergic to the whole beech tree family which included many stone fruits and things you would never think of, now she can eat it all, and two or three other success stories from support groups. It takes a long time, though), and it seems like a good solution for the vast number of allergies you have.

      November 18th, 2013 7:51 pm Reply
    • Beth

      Dr. Kim Nguyen, naturopath in Tampa.

      May 7th, 2014 10:31 am Reply
    • Meme

      monica…have your thyroid checked and read everything you can by Dr. Ray Peat.

      May 12th, 2014 8:04 pm Reply
  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    NOW brand is a good brand that I have used in the past, but if you have another brand you prefer for that particular strain, that is fine too I’m sure.

    September 27th, 2013 8:32 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Sarah,

    Is the source for s. boulardii you link in the blog post one a brand that you recommend?

    Thank you!
    Beth

    September 27th, 2013 8:03 pm Reply
  • Lynne

    *Sigh*…wish I’d known all of this the middle of August when I came home from having emergency surgery for a acute appendicities (perforated appendix). Lots of antibiotics, yup. I went on an all raw organic vegs/fruits/nuts/seeds for 30 days and am still trying to still with it as much as possible. In the last couple of weeks I have added small amounts of lean grassfed organic beef/goat and a little wild caught salmon. And now some organic plain yogurt (I was staying off all dairy) with cut up organic green apple and some cinnamon in it. Nice for a late afternoon snack. I *did* take some good probiotics once I got home (every day for a month, till the bottle ran out) and some enzymes. And some homemade sauerkraut every day or two.

    September 27th, 2013 1:10 pm Reply
  • herro

    My husband grew up with a father who is Doctor who gave him antibiotics several times a year for all kinds of things that don’t even require antibiotics. His dad would give it to him for EVERYTHING!! Even to this day his dad still tries to give him antibiotics for everything. Last time they were visiting my husband had a little rash on his arm and his dad says “Let’s just give you a routine broad-spectrum course of antibiotics, it might clear it up”. It drives me crazy! Because of all the antibiotic use in his life he has a severe leaky-gut issue which has caused mental problems and fecal-body odor! I used to think he didn’t shower properly. And the fecal body odor has caused many problems in our marriage not to mention the mental issues he has. He is now on GAPS diet and his mental issues are gone and his body odor has 90% cleared up. If he ever cheats and eats wheat or sugar right away there is an odor that comes out of his pores on his body, it’s horrible, and a few days later he will have mental issues. The antibiotics have done so much damage in his life. But we are slowly healing him. It just so clear about the gut-brain connection…and gut- everything connection. I am serious, his face will smell like fecal odor the second he goes off or cheats on the GAPS diet. It’s actually good that he has cheated on it here and there just to prove that the GUT is the problem and it has made him more motivated to stick with the diet and believe in it. He will never take antibiotics again unless there is a life threatening reason.

    September 27th, 2013 12:16 pm Reply
    • Summer Abdelghani

      I’m so glad you mentioned that body odor! I smell it on certain people, and since the majority of people I smelled it on were from a certain demographic, I just assumed that our genetic markers were incompatible or something, that I was the only one that smelled it. Now at least I know what can be done about it, even if I can’t tell them they smell like crap!

      November 18th, 2013 7:14 pm Reply
  • Chere

    Hi Sara,

    I just stopped by to say thank you SO much for this post! I just went on antibiotics yesterday for strep throat and my first question was…what should i be doing while I take these and after to maintain my health. And voila! In pops this post! Brilliant! :)

    September 27th, 2013 11:15 am Reply
    • watchmom3

      Chere, Sarah has a great post on strep throat! Just fyi!

      September 27th, 2013 2:02 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      You are welcome Chere! I’m glad the post came at such a good time for you :)

      September 27th, 2013 4:55 pm Reply
  • Stephen GOO

    Do not Forget about our DOGs …

    Connect the DOTs of Canine Allergy to Leaky Gut

    85% of our Paw Chewing, Itchy, Gunky Ear / Eye DOGs = Allergy to the Same Pollens, Dust Mites & Molds that We Suffer From.

    Canine Allergy = Itching > Open Wounds / Hot Spots > Infection due to Itch & Immune Suppress Pharma > Antibiotic Use > Path Dominated GUT > Leaky Gut / Compromised Health & Quality of Life for Your Dog.

    Recognizing that Harmful Pathogenic Bacteria will Re-Occupy / Re-Establish Dominance in Human & Canine GUT’s following Antibiotic Use…

    Which not only impairs Daily GUT Functionality, but over time begins to compromise the Integrity of the GUT Lining itself…

    To address this suffering population, Healthy GOO under the DVM DACVD Leadership of Dr. Kristin has recently Launched > GOO Gut Rescue.

    GOO Gut Rescue’s formulation has been selected to RESCUE > Your Animal’s MicroBiome from Pathogenic BAD Bacteria Dominance / ReStore > Your Animal’s GUT to MicroBiome Health / Flora Balance / Functionality / RETAIN > And Preserves a Healthy & Balanced GUT / GI MicroFlora supporting correct Functionality…

    But also to….
    REPAIR > Permeability / Porosity of GUT Lining caused by the persistent presence of Pathogenic Bacteria. Restores Integrity of your Animal’s GUT Lining.

    As an added Health Focus, GOO Gut Rescue also Sublingually ReSolve > Health / GI Tolerance to 7 everyday FOODs, which often cause Health Issues / Provocations prompted by GUT ImBalance / DysBiosis.

    GUT Medicated Immunity is Critical to System Immunity.

    Heal the GUT / Seal the GUT / Replenish the GUT .. In Us and our Canine Friends..

    http://www.GooGutRescue.com

    September 27th, 2013 11:13 am Reply
    • Marly

      Are there any good Probiotics for cats too? My kitty has all those allergy symptoms. They put her on an antibiotic & prednisone. It helped her wounds for awhile, but she’s still itching, scratching, biting. Thanks!

      September 27th, 2013 6:35 pm Reply
    • sunny

      Thank you for the info – my puppy Duke thanks you too!

      October 7th, 2013 7:43 pm Reply
  • brook

    Sarah- What is the reasoning behind taking the probiotics twice daily? Why not take at the same time? Also….when is the best time to take the probiotics (I have heard evening before bed)? Is it better to take on an empty stomach or with food? Thanks!

    September 27th, 2013 11:01 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      The reason as I’ve had it described to me by some clinicians is to keep the infusion of probiotics into the gut steady throughout the day as much as possible. Use the probiotic as directed .. whether it says with food or without.

      September 27th, 2013 11:05 am Reply
  • Mary

    Sarah, are supplements warranted if you have a minor yeast/fungal infection being treated with an OTC ointment (Lotrimin)?

    September 27th, 2013 10:26 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Fungal/yeast infections elsewhere in the body originated in the gut. So it would be wise to also make efforts to regain intestinal health which was the source of the external yeast issue to begin with. The guidelines in this article would be a good place to start, but professional advice would also probably be a good idea as these things can be a bit tricky to deal with if they’ve been going on for some time.

      September 27th, 2013 10:36 am Reply

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