Methanogen Treatment

Answered on July 24, 2017
Created January 31, 2017 at 8:05 PM

Hi everybody, I recently got diagnosed with candida, but I also got a sibo test done and it showed I have a methane producer present (8ppm). My naturopath told me to take probiotics (2 capsules of 15 billion each day and 5 billion s. boullardi) and oil of oregano/berberine to address both the candida and the methanogen, but he only sent me the candida diet to follow. I've been following that diet, but found that my bloating and reflux is getting worse in the upper abdomen area. I was wondering, is this a good diet to follow while taking this protocol? And is taking probiotics during methanogen treatment a good idea? Thank you!

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on July 24, 2017
at 03:23 PM


I don't know if the candida diet would be the best for SIBO. There are a few really good diets for people with SIBO symptoms like low-fodmap, scd, or lower fermentation diet. I think it's always best to include as much variety as possible in your diet as well as you don't want to be too limited if you don't have to be. Also, I would make sure that you actually have candida and did testing for that because a lot of times people think they have "candida" but it is really just SIBO. Methane producing bugs are hard to treat and you might need more than just one herbal antibiotic. Treatments like the elemental diet, a 3 herbal antibiotic protocol for 4 weeks, and pharmaceutical antibiotics would probably work much better. Also, be aware that with probiotics there is not sufficient research shown that they are helpful for SIBO yet. Some people find that they help but a lot of people find that probiotics make SIBO worse. I think you are best trying a few special probiotics that people with SIBO have been able to tolerate. At the end of the day each person is different and you might need to test different strains and see if they help you at all or not. If you're interested in learning more about SIBO and how to treat and prevent it check out the website I create SIBO Survivor. You can just google the brand name and it should pop up. I have worked with a few top doctors and studied the research and am trying to create an awesome resource for people! Best of luck.

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