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Gut Care

Gut Care

I’ve had quite the gut health journey because of Chronic Lyme (SIBO x 2, Candida x 2, and now MCAS ). I’ve gotten some questions about gut care, so I wanted to share the things that have helped me the most. I hope this will be useful in your convos with your providers. Ask me anything.💗

🥬I believe good health begins and ends in the gut. One of the largest International gut microbiome studies recently found that people who eat 30 different plant-based foods/week have more diverse gut bacteria. Gut diversity is like having insurance on your body, because it helps it manage insults (diet, antibiotics, stress, illness). I’ve found smoothies are the easiest way to max out on plant foods.


Restore – soil-derived supplement that promotes an optimal gut environment (think of it as fertilizer for your gut). I take this before meals and at bedtime. My October GI MAP revealed my leaky gut healed, and is no longer an issue.

PGX Daily Fiber Granules – soluble fiber supplement I take nightly. I’m not thrilled about the xanthum gum, but my gut loves this 3 ingredient fiber. It’s free of artificial preservatives‚ colors, sweeteners, dairy‚ gluten‚ wheat, and yeast.


This combo of probiotics is undefeated. I’ve tried dozens of probiotics, and it’s been these 2 that have helped my body weather the storm this past year:

Smidge Infant Probiotic – is a super gentle probiotic I take nightly. It contains 7 clinically-proven probiotic strains. It’s free of strains or prebiotics that can cause histamine intolerance, d-lactic acidosis, etc.

Lactoprime Plus – I’ve been taking this probiotic nightly for 5 years. I have no doubt that it’s part of what helped me heal from SIBO/keep it at bay. This broad-spectrum probiotic contains a 12-strain blend of 7 Lactobacillus and 5 Bifidobacterium species. It’s free of milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, gluten, soybeans, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

Kirkman Labs Hypoallergenic Vitamin D3 – My vitamin D was 25 ng/ml when I was diagnosed with SIBO 5 years ago. Happy to report it’s now 55. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system. I plan to take this indefinitely.

Cooking with the following oils to protect the gut, brain, heart, and reduce inflammation:

Cold-pressed avocado oil

Extra virgin olive oil

Extra virgin coconut oil

Pasture-raised ghee*




*THIS BLOG/ASSOCIATED IG ACCOUNT DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. Reliance on any information provided herein is solely at your own risk. Consult a physician for any health concerns you may have.**
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