SIBO, Adrenal Fatigue and Autoimmune Update

Someone reaches out and asks me about my healing progress almost daily. So I put together my SIBO, Adrenal Fatigue and Autoimmune update for you today.

It has been a little over 1 month since I ended Rifaximin, the SIBO antibiotic. I continue to heal. I continue to thrive.

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Here’s how:

  1. I cut fruit. I cut it completely for a few weeks, and then I added in one piece every few days. This past week I’ve had more than usual, and my stomach can tell it. I’ll cut back again. Fruit is subjective for everyone on any journey at any moment. I have learned so much about it these past several months. For the most part, keeping it out helps me thrive.
  2. Greens times a million. I eat over a pound of greens per day. This has been critical to my healing, I believe. I don’t eat all greens (i.e. broccoli), but I do drown my system in greens (like Asian greens) daily.
  3. L-Glutamine. L-Glutamine helps repair the gut lining, while also helping to preserve muscle mass. It’s doing a double bonus for me, and I am careful to take it 2 times per day (I incorporate it into my gut-healing chia seed pudding).
  4. Fish. While I love my grass-fed beef, these days I’m eating much more fish like salmon and trout. I eat red meat only about 1-2 times per week typically.
  5. HCL. My stomach acid is still low. How do I know this? Because I am still taking 6 HCL about 3 x’s per day (with heavy protein meals). HCL has been critical.
  6. Dr. Schweig Supplements. My regimen is still grueling. I still have to take way too many supplements, but I am consistent with them and I believe they have been instrumental to my healing.
  7. I quit caffeine. I wrote about this. Here is how I quit caffeine.
  8. Minimal workouts. I told myself for a very long time, “But working out a ton helps me release stress.” Turns out, it was only causing me more stress – stress on my mind, body and soul and dangerously affecting my gut and healing. I quit running and have returned to lifting primarily. I am currently almost at the end of (Phase 2) Nia Shank’s 15-week Muscle Sculpting Program, and I am totally loving it. Simple. Sane. Effective.
  9. Understanding of all food properties. My background has equipped me for this. I understand all food properties/categories (FODMAPs, starches, sugars, fat, nightshades, etc.). Because of this, I am able to easily navigate the everyday food options.

I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m nervous.

I’m nervous for a SIBO relapse. Most people, research has shown, relapse as soon as a month after the antibiotic is finished. For this reason, I am doing everything I can to avoid a relapse.

I have only had a couple days where I’ve felt off, but during those couple of days, I have felt very uncertain about what might happen next.

I will see my doctor again within the next couple of months, and I’m guessing we will be retesting levels soon to know more about where I’m currently at.

For today, though?

I feel grateful to be in such a wonderful place, in remission.

Xox,
SKH

p.s. You can now hire me to “pick my brain.”

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