If you're one of the many millions of people suffering from SIBO, a question that comes up regularly is whether fermented foods can, or should be eaten.
Depending on the type of bacteria growing in the small intestine, some people can add in fermented foods while they treat SIBO. It’s easier however to initially avoid it until the bacteria has been eliminated.
Once that happens, the process to repopulate with good bacteria should be slow, which we’ll review below. Indeed, fermented foods and probiotic bacteria like bacillus, bifidus and S. boulardii tremendously help support the recovery from SIBO. They strengthen the gut barrier, soothe away inflammation, and minimize the production of gas.
And it’s important to remember that SIBO is often the sign of a problem... not the problem itself. Slow motility is one key issue with SIBO – the bacteria set up communities and continue to grow – resulting in gas, bloating, cramping, chronic constipation and intestinal pain.
Slower motility is linked to:
* Leaky gut
* Opioid drug use and prescription painkillers
* Stress, otherwise known as the fight-or-flight response
So what’s the goal then? Eliminate bacteria in the small intestine and keep it free of bacterial overgrowth, which helps improve motility - and introduce the right fermented foods to help the recovery process.
Here’s how we can achieve this goal in a step-by-step process:
1: Get rid of bad bacteria by adding in bacteriophages: Bacteriophages have been around since the early 1900’s, and haven’t received the attention they deserve mainly due to antibiotic use. Now with so much antibiotic resistance, research has been showing promising results from the use of phages for gut health. The phages travel into the small intestine and immediately recognize any pathogenic bacteria living where it's not supposed to be, and it attacks. It attaches itself to the cell wall of the bad bacteria, leaving the good flora and cells alone.
Research suggests that this can happen fairly quickly too (1). Phages also help increase motility - an important step in the process of moving waste through the small intestines.
Our new bacteriophages product, EcoPhage, helps motility, and even takes things one step further – by not only targeting the bacteria, it also injects its DNA into archaea. Archaea feed off of hydrogen. Hydrogen is a by-product of the fermentation that occurs when unabsorbed carbohydrates ferment before they can be broken down. Methane is a by-product created by the archaea when they feed off of hydrogen – this is where flatulence, constipation and bloating can come into play.
Note: Archaea also can't be destroyed by an antibiotic. They simply don't work on archaea…but EcoPhage does.
2: Add in specific probiotics: While killing the bad guys, you'll also eventually need to beef up the good bacteria in order to keep the small intestine free of bacterial overgrowth.
The beneficial bifidus, is important for the colon and the bacillus and S. boulardii are imperative for the small intestine. These also help support a healthy immune system, which your body needs to fight the bacteria and prevent it from re-growing. It also helps to use something not based on how many CFUs it has, but something that has the right bacteria as mentioned that will reach the gut and not be wiped out before hand (our bacillus reaches the gut with 100% survivability!).
Note: Bifidus can be added in when you start to destroy the bacteria. It also magnifies the effects of the phages!
3: Add in the right probiotic-rich foods, at the right time:
If you have SIBO, or if you're experiencing a reaction to high histamine foods, you'll want to initially avoid fermented foods, because they're high in lactic acid and histamine. But only avoid them for a certain period of time, just until the bad bacteria are gone.
How do you know when the bad bacteria are gone? Usually when the pain is under control. And remember, you can add in bifidus and phages to your protocol immediately when you start to treat. Phages only magnify bifidus!
Once the bacteria have been eliminated, the first fermented foods to add back in are fermented vegetables made with a culture starter containing bacteria that will be the least offensive for your gut. Lactobacillus plantarum (contained in our culture starter) is a powerful antiviral that degrades histamine, eats oxalates, is resistant to most antibiotics.
Additionally, the average person may have up to 10 pounds or more of non-eliminated waste in the large intestine! So an enema followed up with an implant is another way we recommend to get those pathogens fully out of the small intestine and colon, which in turn can make a person feel better in the event a new elimination diet creates "die-off" from the yeast and pathogens that are being starved. Please note to consult with a nutritional genomics practitioner and/or functional medicine doctor before doing an enema depending on the condition(s) you have.
But basically, this is how you restore the gut. Slowly.
And we know how much of a trying process it is when it comes to treating digestive issues, so we decided to make things a lot easier for you by creating a SIBO Package that is 25% off! Between (1) EcoPhage + (2) Probiotic Protein Shake (over a 30 day supply) + (1) Bifidus Power Blend Probiotic, you get everything needed to eliminate bad pathogens, assist motility, repopulate the digestive system with the best probiotics needed to create a flourishing microbiome and even prevent any additional overgrowth.
How to get started?
Again, the key is to start slowly taking one EcoPhage with the two largest meals of the day and 1-3 Bifidus with or without meals. The phages help magnify the bifidus! At the same time, you can add the delicious and creamy Probiotic Protein Shake. Start with half a scoop, see how you do, and eventually graduate to a full scoop. Enjoy it as a hot protein tea or shake it up with 8 ounces of water! It makes a great morning meal or afternoon snack. And remember, we made it easy for you to purchase the SIBO bundle that has all of these products at 25% off. We love hearing from our amazing customers, so please don't forget to contact us to let us know how this powerful trio works for you!
- Stephen T Abedon, Sarah J Kuhl, Bob G Blasdel, and Elizabeth Martin Kutter. Phage treatment of human infections. Bacteriophage. 2011 Mar-Apr; 1(2): 66-85.
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