Those of us in the functional nutrition and medicine world view antibiotics as the plague…but in certain scenarios, they are actually appropriate. If you come down with a severe infection that needs attention now antibiotics can be life saving. And more and more research is showing the efficacy of using Rifaximin for SIBO treatment (with the right probiotic regimen, too, of course — see below).
The main problem with antibiotics is they not only can wipe out the bad bacteria, they can also wipe out your good bacteria that your gut absolutely needs in order to digest food and to crowd out future infections. Another issue with antibiotics, which most of my clients understand well, is they don’t always work because of biofilms. I’ll save the longer description of these for another day, but essentially a biofilm is a protective layer that things like bacteria, viruses, and parasites create to protect themselves from antibiotics and immune cells, effectively deflecting them away so they can survive.
This can render antibiotics completely useless…and redirect them at your good bacteria. That’s even worse news for your poor lil’ microbiome!
As with anything, it’s all about finding a balance and making the right decision at the moment for your health. In acute, serious cases, antibiotics can save your life. But in many more cases, it’s an over-prescribed medication that does more harm than good.
So, if you do have to take antibiotics for something, how can you protect your gut to be sure it doesn’t also wipe out all of your beneficial bacteria?
Last week I traveled to San Diego, California for a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) conference (one of the many schools I went to) and learned about a new antibiotic protocol from my favorite probiotic company, Microbiome Labs (the makers of Megasporebiotic!)
They gave me permission to publish their antibiotic protocol so everyone can have it. Below is the protocol:
Step 1: Take (1) Restorflora and (1) HU58 with Breakfast
Step 2: Take (2) Megaspore Biotic with Lunch
Step 3: Take (1) Restorflora and (1) HU58 with dinner
Take this protocol during and then 21-30 days after completing the antibiotic protocol to protect your gut.
(You’ll need to create an account, so use the patient direct code thrivebyfood when signing up.)
The combination of these three potent probiotics provides your gut with a powerful boost of the “good guys”. This can protect your microbiome from wipeout and rebuild it from any damage.
I’ve made an exciting change to my signature Love Your Gut program! Now there is a digital-only version you can buy (for 60% off the cost of the VIP program!) as well as the VIP plan that gets you testing and one-on-one support.
I wanted to make learning about gut health accessible to all. So, if you’re not yet ready for testing and really just want to understand what’s going on inside your poor bloated belly, start with the digital program. (You will still get dedicated Facebook support)! Later on, if you want to add on lab testing and one-on-one sessions, you absolutely can!
Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.
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