Have severe B12 deficiency that built up for awhile. Also have anemia. (These are apparently very common with SIBO. Going to hopefully get tested in the next day or two.)
Just tried garlic soaked in water for at least 15 minutes. 2 pieces caused lots of burping and decrease in consistently bloated stomach, and generally feeling less bloated or foggy, so it's likely working.
This link mentions garlic + water/oil/alcohol can bring out its active constituents and act like a broad-spectrum antibiotic and antimicrobial.
I've been reading a lot about how every person's natural gut flora can be quite diverse and never really recover its diversity and wide range of capabilities and use... if antibiotics are used, and they're killed off.
I've also read about relapse being common without actively encouraging good gut flora (such as through a probiotic. But, my concern is that though I'd be taking a high quality probiotic (Syontix) and probiotic foods, my gut flora will never regain its native diversity because the probiotics will only contain some of the more common, generic Bifido and Lacto strains.
My symptoms have been quite severe, and they've been over the course of a few years to 8. B12/MTHF, D3/K2, magnesium, zinc, and C supplementation has been helping tremendously. But, I still have some bloating and odd digestion.
I am going to stop the garlic until I obtain my prebiotics and probiotics so I can actively supplement with "good" bacteria. But I am still worried about losing my gut flora diversity.
Is there some other way to encourage the "beneficial" bacteria to overcome the "bad" bacteria and come back into balance? Can I kill off the bad bacteria while maintaining gut flora diversity? (either by leaving them alive or allowing them to repopulate after the bad bacteria are sufficiently suppressed)
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Bacteria seem to be specific for different conditions. Check out Dr. Dahlman's video (if you have money to spend on a supplement protocol). Also, Chris Kresser reports very good results with Prescript-Assist, which has a lot of soil-based bacteria.
Continue (if you haven't started) to go on a starch-free diet for a month before introducing starchy tubers or rice back into your diet.