Sluggish digestion and constipation have greatly diminished the quality of my life over two years. Green juice like spinach and kale help very much, but I would like to get to the bottom of this finally. Doctor says it's dysbiosis and prescribes antibiotics that I will take only if I find no other solution. Probiotics? Fasting? Herbs? (Diet = high protein/fat, zero carb, medium fiber, and nutrient-dense)

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55 · September 01, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Have you heard of the GAPs diet? I would highly recommend it.

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11648 · September 01, 2012 at 08:37 PM

As others said, to fix your gut you will need home-made bone broth and a lot of fermented foods: sauerkraut, kimchi, and home-made goat kefir (ferment it for 30 hours). Also add offal, sea veggies, more shellfish, and more raw veggies/fruits.

3663 · September 01, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Have you tried small to moderate servings of fermented foods like raw sauerkraut on a daily basis?

623 · September 01, 2012 at 02:00 PM

How long have you been doing your high protein/high fat diet? I know it can take a long time to see success in some, but I would also second the use of fermented foods. I eat kimchi about once or twice a week. Prior to starting the Paleo lifestyle, I was taking heartburn pills like they were candy and doing cycles of immodium and maalox. It was awful. I had been on the standard high fiber diet they recommend for IBS. I still eat a good amount of veggies, but I make sure to include those that have good gut flora. It turned out for me, though, I was majorly grain sensitive. I would also skip the antibiotics. If it IS dysbiosis, it can be exacerbated by further antibiotic use, especially depending on the type of antibiotics used.

2401 · November 08, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Dr Ohhiras works for me pretty well. Also 2x a year I take powerful oregano and clove oil for a few weeks to "clean out". Fermented foods are good too, but not very powerful.

10878 · November 08, 2012 at 09:35 AM

Gaps/ SCD or Robb Wolf's autoimmune protocol plus anerobically fermented foods (Caldwells delivers and makes a good product and in the East coast you can get a brand called "Real Pickles") then there's BioKult and PrescriptAssist that work great. I also personally think the soil based organisms in Primal Defense Ultra by Garden of Life are pretty good too. T

7185 · November 08, 2012 at 02:07 PM

Lots of people recommend VLS#3. I've tried that and also some that my doctor recommended, and haven't noticed an improvement. They all contain mostly the lactic acid bacteria, bacteroidetes.

The brand I take, because it's the only one I've tried where I feel a difference, is Prescript Assist. It contains a lot of soil bacteria.

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