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More Natural Remedies for Bacterial Overgrowth

The last post on Bacterial Overgrowth did not include my top two natural supplements for treating bacterial overgrowth and keeping it away.  I prefer these two brands and they seem to work the best.

  • Candida Support by now.  Candida Support is a combination of traditional herbal ingredients (Pau D’Arco, Black Walnut and Oregano Oil), Biotin (a B-complex vitamin) and Caprylic Acid (a naturally occurring fatty acid derived from plant oils) that may help to support a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria. Although Candida Support is not meant to clear Candida albicans from the gut, it can help to support a healthy balance of intestinal flora
  • PB 8 Probiotics by Nutrition Now.PB8 PRO-Biotic Acidophilus contains specially selected bacteria that are protected from destructive stomach acids by a special coating applied during its unique production method. The capsules need no refrigeration and contain eight strains of friendly bacteria.As a dietary supplement, two capsules contain: 100% Natural Cultures of Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarun, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus casei, S.thermophilus, Bifodobacterium bifidum, S. faecium, Bifidobacterium 1000 mg.
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Natural Remedies for Bacterial Overgrowth

If you suffer from Gastroparesis then you most likely will encounter Hydrogen Producing Bacterial Overgrowth of the small intestines.  The test for Hydrogen Bacteria is very time consuming – it takes around fours hours and you have to breath into  a device every half hour or so then wait for the results to be read from a lab which can take a week.  Doctors treatments are harsh antibiotics.  We have discovered that the best way to keep Bacterial Overgrowth away is to follow some natural remedies.  Also, limit your sugar intake!

My top two natural supplements for treating bacterial overgrowth and keeping it away are Candida Support by now and PB 8 Probiotics by Nutrition Now.  You can read about the supplement facts of these two products by visiting this post.

There are three parts to the natural treatment of bacterial overgrowth:

  • Diet – Low carbohydrate diet
  • Eradicate unfriendly bacteria in the small intestine using herbs such as peppermint oil.
  • Replace – Bacterial overgrowth impairs friendly bacteria (“probiotics”) and digestive enzymes.

Herbs

The most studied natural treatment for bacterial overgrowth is enteric coated peppermint oil, which is peppermint oil that has an edible, hard shell around it so that the capsule doesn’t open until it is in the small intestine. It kills bacteria in the small intestine.

The course of treatment is usually 1 to 6 months. A typical dose of enteric-coated peppermint oil is one to two capsules three times a day, taken in between meals with a glass of water. Side effects can include heartburn, rectal burning, and minty burping.

Other herbal antimicrobials used to treat bacterial overgrowth are:

  • Grapefruit seed extract – for people who don’t like taking capsules, grapefruit seed extract can be found in liquid form. Add a few drops to a glass of water and drink in between meals.
  • Oregano oil capsules
  • Garlic
  • Berberine – goldenseal, oregon grape
  • Olive leaf extract
  • Pau d’arco
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Gastroparesis Causes

There are many different causes of Gastroparesis, although the connection between disorders is not completely apparent in many scenarios.

Complications from Abdominal surgery such as nissen fundoplication, gastric bypass surgery, and/or gallbladder removal. Surgery may injure the vagus nerve which is responsible for causing the stomach muscles to contract, pushing food out of the stomach. If the vagus nerve is damaged, it becomes paralyzed and is unable to perform this function. In some instances, post-surgical gastroparesis is temporary and the stomach returns to normal after healing but in many situations if the vagus nerve is badly damaged then the gastroparesis remains long term.

Diabetes is another cause of Gastroparesis. Other causes include some disorders of the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and some medicines, such as tricyclic antidepressants, calcium channel blockers, and opiate pain relievers.  Sometimes people get idiopathic gastroparesis for no known reason.

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Gastroparesis Facts

Gastroparesis Facts from the Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization

Gastroparesis is a condition characterized by impaired transit of food from the stomach. There may also be a total loss of nerve and muscle movement in the stomach and intestines; therefore gravity continues the path for the food through the gastrointestinal organs. Patients may also be diagnosed with a more rare form of Gastroparesis called- Idiopathic Gastroparesis in which there is no known cause.

Gastroparesis is most commonly caused by diabetes, but can also be hereditary or occur as a result of surgery on the stomach or vagus nerve, viral infections, food poisoning, medications that slow contractions in the intestines such as anticholinergics and narcotics, gastric bypass, lapband, gastric sleeve surgery, smooth muscle disorders, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, metabolic disorders, autoimmune disorders, chemo/radiation therapy, Bells Palsy syndrome, Ramsey Hunt syndrome, Mitochondrial disease, Scleroderma, MS/Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease, stroke, Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia.

Many people have what is called Idiopathic Gastroparesis, meaning the cause is unknown and cannot be found.

“GP Facts from the Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization” Click to Read More

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Organic or Not?

Woke up early today and my first thoughts were on breakfast and if there was anything I could think of to feed my husband that won’t make him sick.  It ended up not mattering what I thought or worried about because upon waking up he sat on the couch and was immediately sick.  Sick before a drop of water even entered his mouth.  Sick before the morning coffee was even drank. Sick before food was even an option.  Feeling helpless as usual and very broke as well I concentrated now on the expense of all of the organic dairy products I have been buying hoping it helps his stomach.  Truth is nothing does.  Organic doesn’t make a bit of a difference – even though I like the taste better.  The only Dairy product that is even a little tolerable is Lactaid Milk (yicky to me but I’ll force myself to drink it).  For some reason he is lactose intolerant now that he has GP.  No Dr. or Nutritionist knows why.  It’s just the way it is.  So, for now on we’ll be saving money not buying organic.  If only they made a lactose free creamer.

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