So while I don't have SIBO or a serious such bacterial overgrowth, I did have a high count for just one strain of bad bacteria: Enterobacter Cloacae, on my Geneva Diagnostics comprehensive digestive and stool analysis test that I had done a while ago. I asked a question about how to get rid of the bad bacteria, and whether antibiotics were necessary or a good idea, given that my naturopath had wanted me to use them, but since then I injured my leg and had to have less-powerful antibiotics to combat an infection I got in the wound(I had to have 21 stitches, so it was a pretty damn big rip out of my leg).
I had to take them for 2 weeks, and since then my digestion has gone to shit, and I'm noticeably carrying more bodyfat, which I assume has to do with how antibiotics affect your healthy gut flora that regulate metabolism and process different macronutrients, etc etc. Anyway, my question is really to do with starch consumption: Should I avoid starch while I'm trying to get rid of the EC using a blend of powerful probiotics and herbal supplements?(oil of oregano, peppermint, uva-ursi)
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Have a look at this - an online experiment to see if resistant starch (potato) helps gut flora: http://freetheanimal.com/2013/08/resistant-starch-content-of-foods-other-anecdote-and-miscellania.html#comment-535136
"Here's what resistant starch looks like, feeding your colonic gut bacteria (and how probiotics can actually survive the stomach & small intestine to get to where they're supposed to be)."
Avoid Starch. Add FOS. From WIKI: "...FOS serves as a substrate for microflora in the large intestine, increasing the overall gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract) health. It has also been touted as a supplement for preventing yeast infections..."
The question is not how to get rid of the bacteria, the question is if the test itself is legitimate. Genova has a history of fraudulent reporting according to Quackwatch.
It is really tough to force a rebalancing of gut flora. I had bad IBS and found going on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) to be extremely helpful. Unfortunately using fruit as the primary carbohydrate source did zap my energy in the long term. But now my gut is healthy-ish , eating some starches, and I feel great.
I might suggest you choose starches that have a high glycemic index. Hopefully this would mean the starches would absorb quickly rather than linger in your gut.