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How to increase gut motility?

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Created January 22, 2013 at 9:23 PM

I was thinking that SIBO is best addressed when gut motility is restored.

Gut motility is the real issue. Last time I was taking antibiotics I killed the bacteria, but it came back because my gut motility is impaired.

I looked up everything on gut motility and found the following:

  1. I need to drink more water (and I do)

  2. I need to eat more fiber (and I cannot - my bacteria thrives on fiber)

  3. I need to move after meals.

I am currently taking a prokinetic as well as tons of ginger, but I can feel that my gut is still not working well.

Any suggestions on how to improve gut motility? Acupuncture is out of the question (price) and I am not even sure how helpful it would be.

Any thoughts/ideas on this subject? Any natural prokinetics?

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

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on January 23, 2013
at 09:52 PM

I take about 1 gram a day... spread out. I also have acid reflux and it helps me.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 23, 2013
at 09:47 PM

Nope. Will check into it, thanks!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 08:15 PM

FODMAPS... Have you ever had a SIBO breath test? You might have it - because of fruit and veg intolerance.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 23, 2013
at 08:15 PM

A lot of people who get reactions with coconut oil get no reaction with refined coconut oil. Here's a link to the one I use. http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/expeller-pressed_coconut_oil.htm Also, yes, if I were you I would try the raw, solid carrot.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:56 PM

Glycinate is fine. Citrate has a more laxative effect, which is why I take it. Magnesium is relaxing, which is why I take it before bed. I have to avoid most fruit & veg due to FODMAPS.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 06:48 PM

I am taking itoprid as well as ginger. Once in a while I eat mandarin oranges - I am not suppose to but... I want to.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 06:45 PM

I meant carrot juice.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 06:44 PM

I drink carrot every single day. Maybe I should try this salad instead. But I just cannot stand coconut oil. Sometimes it is fine, and sometimes I get a reaction from it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 06:43 PM

I meant for answering!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 23, 2013
at 06:43 PM

Thanks for asking! I am taking magnesium glycinate - 200 mg with each meal. I got a bit scared when I took 600 mg before bed. Do you think I should stop having it with each meal and take it before bed instead? Is magnesium citrate a better form? I am taking them for constipation.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 23, 2013
at 04:42 PM

I can't do potatoes either, and don't like rice. Some fruits work well for me, especially very-well strained home-squeezed OJ. If I don't strain it well, I have discomfort.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 23, 2013
at 04:41 PM

Have you heard of the potato protein soup? Basically, you extract the protein from a potato to not eat the starch. http://www.raypeatforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=428

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on January 23, 2013
at 03:40 PM

How much l-glutamine do you take? I believe SIBO is causing me mild yet persistent acid reflux. But it sounds like l-glutamine is more helpful with problems more downstream the digestive tract, no? I thinking that my problem might be what others have suggested to VB: a wonky thyroid. My TSH is running over 5.0, which is surely less than optimal.

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

(1649)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:59 PM

I just noticed you already do broths. But you cant eat any carbs.. that is a problem. You need carbs for motility. If you have already read the PHD constipation article and those steps dont work for you I would really start working on the gut repair. You are driving yourself into a corner it seems.

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:44 PM

What prokinetic are you taking? Do you know if there is a functional issue causing the impaired gut motility? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9068484

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 03:57 AM

I cannot do the PHD - my body absolutely hates carbs. I cannot do rice or potatoes AT ALL.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

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on January 22, 2013
at 10:55 PM

Coconut oil is also pro thyroid. If you're allergic, try refined coconut oil. You can use it to cook it or just down a few spoons. If the taste changes after a while, next time put it on an ice cubicle to keep it better.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:45 PM

Some people, such as Jaminet, consider carbohydrates good for hypothyroidism. But you need to know first how your thyroid is doing. Maybe it's great! http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/08/carbohydrates-and-the-thyroid/

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:43 PM

I got my TSH down from 3.2 to 1.7 in 6 months of not consuming significant sources of polyunsaturated fats and other foods, such as soy or raw cabbage, that are deemed bad for the thyroid. About 7 symptoms I was having went away as well (palpitations at night, discomfort after eating certain things, and others).

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:43 PM

No dairy, no potatoes, I only eat meat and zucchini and egg yolks. I eat bone broth on a regular basis and got tired of liver. I cannot eat cabbage with SIBO. Seems like a never-ending cycle.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:41 PM

You can measure thyroid function in many ways. Some use pulse, temperature after they wake up. Others use the TSH value of a blood lab. Although doctors say a TSH of up to even 5 is OK, many natural practitioners have noted that a person with TSH higher than 2 is rarely healthy.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:40 PM

Gelatin is more beneficial for the thyroid than muscle meats, so you might want to eat shanks, bone broth, oxtail-soup. Do you consume dairy or potatoes?

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:38 PM

Some vegetables are anti-thyroid if eaten row, for example, cabbage. You'll have to google the vegetables you eat with the word thyroid to see how they relate.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:36 PM

How do I improve the thyroid function? I am already on a diet of grass-fed meat and zucchini. Thanks for the tip, though. No more nuts for me.

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4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:26 PM

Improve thyroid function. One way to do that is eliminating significant sources of polyunsaturated fats from the diet. Google hypothyroidism and SIBO. Hypothyroid people are significantly more likely to have SIBO.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 22, 2013
at 10:55 PM

Coconut oil is also pro thyroid. If you're allergic, try refined coconut oil. You can use it to cook it or just down a few spoons. If the taste changes after a while, next time put it on an ice cubicle to keep it better.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:38 PM

Some vegetables are anti-thyroid if eaten row, for example, cabbage. You'll have to google the vegetables you eat with the word thyroid to see how they relate.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 23, 2013
at 04:42 PM

I can't do potatoes either, and don't like rice. Some fruits work well for me, especially very-well strained home-squeezed OJ. If I don't strain it well, I have discomfort.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:40 PM

Gelatin is more beneficial for the thyroid than muscle meats, so you might want to eat shanks, bone broth, oxtail-soup. Do you consume dairy or potatoes?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:36 PM

How do I improve the thyroid function? I am already on a diet of grass-fed meat and zucchini. Thanks for the tip, though. No more nuts for me.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 06:48 PM

I am taking itoprid as well as ginger. Once in a while I eat mandarin oranges - I am not suppose to but... I want to.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:41 PM

You can measure thyroid function in many ways. Some use pulse, temperature after they wake up. Others use the TSH value of a blood lab. Although doctors say a TSH of up to even 5 is OK, many natural practitioners have noted that a person with TSH higher than 2 is rarely healthy.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 03:57 AM

I cannot do the PHD - my body absolutely hates carbs. I cannot do rice or potatoes AT ALL.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:43 PM

I got my TSH down from 3.2 to 1.7 in 6 months of not consuming significant sources of polyunsaturated fats and other foods, such as soy or raw cabbage, that are deemed bad for the thyroid. About 7 symptoms I was having went away as well (palpitations at night, discomfort after eating certain things, and others).

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:45 PM

Some people, such as Jaminet, consider carbohydrates good for hypothyroidism. But you need to know first how your thyroid is doing. Maybe it's great! http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/08/carbohydrates-and-the-thyroid/

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:43 PM

No dairy, no potatoes, I only eat meat and zucchini and egg yolks. I eat bone broth on a regular basis and got tired of liver. I cannot eat cabbage with SIBO. Seems like a never-ending cycle.

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:44 PM

What prokinetic are you taking? Do you know if there is a functional issue causing the impaired gut motility? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9068484

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 23, 2013
at 04:41 PM

Have you heard of the potato protein soup? Basically, you extract the protein from a potato to not eat the starch. http://www.raypeatforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=428

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06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

on January 23, 2013
at 01:56 PM

You need to heal the gut in order to improve motility. This can be an arduous process. I would recommend l-glutamine or a supp that includes it. l-glut restores the gut lining and in turn allows more mucous production which is helpful for motility. Also, Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice root. You can likely find supps with both.

I would lay off probiotics because they are often more of a problem when the gut is damaged.. you want to wait until the gut is repaired to introduce more bacteria. Taking probiotics with a damaged gut is like building a mansion in the ghetto.. it just doesnt make sense.

For live bacteria I would instead eat fermented foods like kimchi, real sauerkraut, kefir, full fat yogurt... There are tons more strains of bacteria in those foods and they are more bio available bc they are guaranteed to be still alive when you ingest.. as opposed to probiotics.. which often are not.

Lastly, gelatin. Make broths which joint and cartilage bones or if you dont have time supp great lake gelatin. You can google around for that.. I know some danny roddy followers do that sort of thing.

Oh.. and dont start eliminating foods willy nilly.. that will just drive you crazy. Continue to eat like you do and just begin healing the gut. You will notice changes immediately. If you start supp l-glut you will get stomach pains for the first few goes.. do not be discouraged. I would give it at least a month. When I started I noticed changes in motility and just overall gastric well being in about 3 days.

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

(1649)

on January 23, 2013
at 09:52 PM

I take about 1 gram a day... spread out. I also have acid reflux and it helps me.

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

(2506)

on January 23, 2013
at 03:40 PM

How much l-glutamine do you take? I believe SIBO is causing me mild yet persistent acid reflux. But it sounds like l-glutamine is more helpful with problems more downstream the digestive tract, no? I thinking that my problem might be what others have suggested to VB: a wonky thyroid. My TSH is running over 5.0, which is surely less than optimal.

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

(1649)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:59 PM

I just noticed you already do broths. But you cant eat any carbs.. that is a problem. You need carbs for motility. If you have already read the PHD constipation article and those steps dont work for you I would really start working on the gut repair. You are driving yourself into a corner it seems.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 23, 2013
at 05:13 PM

Magnesium may be helpful. Do you supplement? I take 400 mg of Magnesium Citrate before bed.

Here's one pertinent study:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1412875/

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 23, 2013
at 09:47 PM

Nope. Will check into it, thanks!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 08:15 PM

FODMAPS... Have you ever had a SIBO breath test? You might have it - because of fruit and veg intolerance.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 06:43 PM

Thanks for asking! I am taking magnesium glycinate - 200 mg with each meal. I got a bit scared when I took 600 mg before bed. Do you think I should stop having it with each meal and take it before bed instead? Is magnesium citrate a better form? I am taking them for constipation.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 06:43 PM

I meant for answering!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 23, 2013
at 07:56 PM

Glycinate is fine. Citrate has a more laxative effect, which is why I take it. Magnesium is relaxing, which is why I take it before bed. I have to avoid most fruit & veg due to FODMAPS.

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4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 23, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Have you tried the raw carrot salad? Grate a raw carrot longitudinally. Then you can add salt, coconut oil, olive oil, and/or vinegar. It provides bulk, and its fiber is a lot less likely to feed bacteria, because it contains germicidals.

It's better to do this on an empty stomach, otherwise it might interfere with the absorption of nutrients.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 06:45 PM

I meant carrot juice.

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on January 23, 2013
at 08:15 PM

A lot of people who get reactions with coconut oil get no reaction with refined coconut oil. Here's a link to the one I use. http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/expeller-pressed_coconut_oil.htm Also, yes, if I were you I would try the raw, solid carrot.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 06:44 PM

I drink carrot every single day. Maybe I should try this salad instead. But I just cannot stand coconut oil. Sometimes it is fine, and sometimes I get a reaction from it.

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on July 21, 2016
at 06:57 PM

Excellent recommendations!!

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on June 19, 2014
at 12:11 PM

Try to maintain 1:1 omega-3 fatty acid ratio in your diet, which will definitely help in healing the gut and reducing the inflammation. Consuming fermented foods can help in replenishing gut microflora. Consuming bone broth in soups stock made from duck, beef fish chicken etc can help as they contains nutrients helping in building integrity for digestive tract. As they are rich source of glycine and proline they help in regulating digestion.

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on June 15, 2014
at 05:04 PM

Never snack! The cleaning wave is designed to occur every 90 minutes, when we are not eating.

Another natural remedy : more fats, especially clarified butter if you can do it.

I just finished reading "A New IBS solution" by Mark Pimentel, he prone the use of drugs to restore the normal function of the cleansing waves of small intestine (the "Migrating Motor Complex", which is most of time impaired in SIBO) for at least 3 months after the SIBO is cured, so this is not a "natural" solution but you know... In some cases drugs can help if you use them smartly (antibiotics saved my life when I was a kid). Apparently these drugs are quite safe at the dosage levels he recommends them. I would consider it seriously if you have recurrent SIBO.

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47cbd166d262925037bc6f9a9265eb20

(55)

on June 15, 2014
at 02:51 PM

The Essential Oil of Eucalyptus tereticornis and its Constituents, α - and β -Pinene, Show Accelerative Properties on Rat Gastrointestinal Transit

http://lib.kums.ac.ir/documents/10129/71369/57.pdf

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47cbd166d262925037bc6f9a9265eb20

(55)

on June 12, 2014
at 01:08 PM

Ginger is prokinetic, I'm not sure about the dose but you can check that. I hope it's not too late, but even if it is, please inform the progress.

Hope this helps, I'm trying to recover from SIBO currently also, I couldn't have guessed those jerusalem artichokes could do that.

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