white pillsHow do you figure out when to take all your different supplements – especially when some of them need to be consumed on an empty stomach. And what do you do if some of your supplements are not compatible with each other?

Here are some tips to help you figure out your supplement schedule:

* Take the supplements that are absorbed the fastest, first.

* If a supplement does not specify that it needs to be consumed on an empty stomach, then it’s probably okay to take it together with other substances.

* If a supplement is recommended to be taken on an empty stomach, is it because the empty stomach is a pre-requisite for adequate absorption? Or, is it because it’s a substance that needs to have a clear surface to apply it’s healing properties? Supplements like slippery elm, aloe vera juice, and marshmallow root fit into the latter category and therefore can easily be taken together – since they’re all trying to accomplish the same thing.

The trickiest supplements for everyone to schedule are probiotics vs. anti-pathogen agents like wild oregano oil. Here are the shortcut rules to keep in mind for these two substances:

1. Probiotics have to be taken completely on their own – 2 hours away from any antibiotic or anti-pathogen (this includes wild oregano, potentized garlic, olive leaf, etc) and 20 minutes before food, or 2 hours after food.

2. Wild oregano oil is best taken on an empty stomach, but can be combined with any healing type of substance that also requires an empty stomach – like aloe vera, MucosaHeal, slippery elm, marshmallow root etc. It needs to be taken 20 minutes before food, or 2 hours after food.

Note: Immune booster herbs like astragalus and maitake are best on an empty stomach, but away from probiotics. They can be taken together with wild oregano, aloe vera, MucosaHeal, etc. And they don’t NEED to be on an empty stomach, they are just more potent that way.

You can also download this daily supplement schedule I developed for people on The IBD Remission Diet, since it gives you a specific break-down of how to work in all the shakes and supplements throughout the day.

Read on to see how these guidelines are applied to a real-life situation. This correspondence between myself and one of my readers also demonstrates how sometimes you have to experiment to determine the best schedule to achieve maximum potency and effectiveness from your supplements….

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Hi Jini,

I Need some help, I’m confused. Perhaps you could share your schedule of how you took or take your supplements. How far apart (time limit) should the following be taken from each other?

1. Natren’s probiotics and Psyllium?
2. Natren’s probiotocs and DGL?
3. Natren’s probiotics and L. Glutamine, NAG &
Slippery Elm( these 3 taken together) ?
4. Natren’s probiotics and George’s Aloe Vera Juice?
5. Psyllium and vitamins & minerals?

The problem I am experiencing is that I take:

1. Natren’s 3 time a day (A.M, NOON & P.M-bedtime)
2. Psyllium twice a day (AM & NOON best if taken before meals??)
3. DGL before or after each meal
4. L. Glutamine, NAG & Slippery Elm 3 times a day on empty stomach
5. Aloe Vera Juice juice before retiring for the night
6. Vitamins & minerals three times a day

My concern is that Natren’s states on their bottle that any herbs (DGL, Slippery Elm, aloe vera juice) should be taken at least 2 hours apart from their probiotics. I can only assume that herbs may kill the good bacteria in Natrens.

I hope that you can see my dilemma. I follow the Minimize Gas & Bloating Diet and it will be one year in Sept. that I am Colitis free. I’ve improved my bones from osteoporosis to osteopena. Your book “Listen to Your Gut” has been a God send. Any input you
can pass along will be greatly appreciated. Thanks Jini for all you do for us.

Warm Wishes,
K.B. Canada

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Dear K.,

Congratulations on your wonderful progress! I think you’ll also see some really good results from Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol. Also, you can speed up your bone-building even faster if you use nanoparticle-sized minerals – my whole family takes these now and for your condition you would definitely benefit from both the Trace Minerals and the Bone Support. Here are my suggestions in response to your questions:

Keep in mind that our food can contain many natural antibacterials (like garlic, onions, etc.) and Natren has had to set a time limit that applies to a wide variety of substances at all strengths/potencies. For example, if you’re taking Wild Oregano Oil or Olive Leaf, then you definitely cannot consume the probiotics sooner than 2 hours as you’d be wasting your money, however, other supplements (and foods) are far less potent against bacteria. Therefore, you may be okay to implement the following schedule:

Before a meal:
take the Natren Probiotics
wait 20 minutes
then take the NAG, L-Glutamine, Slippery elm and psyllium (in that order – you’re taking the most rapidly absorbed substances first) after the meal take the DGL

Before bed:
take the Natren probiotics
wait 20 minutes
then take the George’s aloe vera juice

OR

You may want to try this schedule:

Before each meal:
take the NAG, L-Glutamine, George’s aloe vera juice, Slippery elm and psyllium (in that order – you’re taking the most rapidly absorbed substances first) after the meal take the DGL (or in this case, you can also take it before the meal, if you prefer, since you’re not consuming the probiotics at this time)

Before bed:
Take 1 – 2 teaspoons of each Natren probiotic (Megadophilus, Bifido Factor, Bulgaricus)

Perhaps you may want to experiment with both schedules and see which one gives you better results. The Natren probiotics may work better for you in multiple doses and may not be affected much by the other supplements, or, they may work better taken on their own in a large dose. A good way is to test both and see which one works best.

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Hi Jini,

Thank you for the two schedule suggestions, this clears up my confusion. I’m confident that I’ll have better results from my supplements now that I have a clear understanding of how to take them. I tell my husband I have two Bibles, one to save my soul and one to save my gut. Thanks for your wonderful support, God Bless.

Regards, K.
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Make Sure You’re Not Ingesting Harmful Supplements

One last thing to watch out for is that you’re not ingesting drugs (or sometimes even natural supplements) that are damaging or aggravating the body at the same time. If you suspect this is the case, check that your supplements do NOT contain:

  • Betaine HCL
  • MSM (although topical – transdermal – application should be fine)
  • FOS (fructooligosaccharides)
  • Inulin

All of these natural substances are seriously aggravating for people with IBS and IBD. This same caution applies to food allergies. If you are periodically ingesting some food or drink item that creates inflammation (due to allergy or intolerance), then each time you are sabotaging the foundational healing of your body and setting yourself back.

And remember, the top supplements that cause diarrhea in susceptible people are:

  • Magnesium (unless in nanoparticle or transdermal form)
  • Any herb that promotes a “cleansing” action – for this reason you need to be very careful with combination remedies, or Chinese, or Ayurvedic remedies
  • Xylitol, erythritol, sorbitol and any other sugar alcohols
  • Liver support herbs – because the liver is going to cleanse toxins through the bowels. So don’t use if you have severe diarrhea, for mild diarrhea, you may be okay to use these in combination with a stool bulking agent (which is also an intestinal “broom”) like 1 tbsp. sprouted flax and chia powder (available locally and online at various sites; you may have to purchase the two powders separately) along with 1/2 tsp. bentonite clay. NOTE: You cannot use these remedies if you are on an exclusively elemental diet – only if you are combining Absorb Plus with regular foods..

Also, read the list of ‘side-effects’ for any drugs you’re taking (including drugs you’re taking for other problems) and make sure your symptom(s) is not listed as a drug ‘side effect’.

Visit our LTYG Holistic Health Shoppe to find out which supplements I recommend and to learn more about them – you don’t need to order from there, just use it as a resource to find out which brands I recommend and why, then you can write them down and have your local health store order them in for you.

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Jini Patel Thompson’s books on natural healing for digestive diseases have sold in over 40 different countries. Her health articles have been published in journals and magazines in the U.S., Australia and U.K. www.ListenToYourGut.com

Confusing Supplement Schedule?
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  • Hi Jini and friends,

    I recently started taking a very small dose of Oreganol…and I think it might be too strong for my system…a lot of burning in my stomach, and heat, and very severe die off. Have you found Olive leaf to be a little gentler on the stomach? or is there a supplement that you have found makes taking either herbs easier to take? I am testing as needing both supplements but I am trying to figure out a way to take one or the other….for the inital die-off phase. And to find one that I can take consistently. I was also taking probiotics away from the antimicrobials……but even that seems to be irritating me now….

    thank you

  • Thank you Jini;

    one more question for you…did you find it was necessary to prepare your system with any supplements before doing the detox? I am finding the die off so strong for me and so stressful on my systems, and I am wondering if its because I am already depleted b/c of having been so sick for years prior…..are there any supplements you recommend…..to set the body up for the detox process?

    thanks so much for your time….

  • Well, first of all, we don’t do detox unless we are at a decent weight where we could lose a few pounds and still be okay. Then, people with IBD or other chronic illness need to detox VERY slowly – to avoid triggering flares. So you would cut back the dosage to as low as possible and just go very slowly, increasing very gradually, over a period of time.

  • Jini,
    My apologies for asking this question here, but can’t find any other way to send this to you.

    Can you tell me if the probiotic powders have a taste? The reason I ask, without going into a ton of detail, is that my elderly mother is recovering from C-diff and wants to try them, but said she would prefer the capsules because she doesn’t think she’ll be able to stand the taste of the powder. I think the powder will be more beneficial to her, because she still has some diarrhea unless she’s taking an over the counter medicine to keep it in control (but she tests negative for C-diff).

    Also, if you can suggest the dosage, that would be great. I’ve been through your book, but C-diff isn’t really addressed.

    Thanks so much.

  • Hi Clare, the dairy-based powders taste like powdery skim milk when mixed in water. When mixed in yoghurt or raw milk, they are indetectable. The non-dairy-based powders have a stronger taste (chick pea base) so they might not work for her.

    You can get the powdered probiotics encased in capsules and as they are only veggie caps, they MAY dissolve quickly enough for her to derive some benefit. But definitely do not use the Healthy Trinity capsules with diarrhea.

    You use the same “high dose” dosage: 1 tsp of each species, 3x/day

    Nicole Paull (my old assistant and still writes for our Infoletter) used the Natren probiotics this way to clear up her mother’s C. difficile infection.

  • Thank you so much! Is the probiotic regime indefinite, or should she take it for say 3 months or so??? And can she take them with other meds (she takes 3 different types of high blood pressure medicine in the morning, calcium and vitamins and niaspin for cholesterol at noon, and calcium and mevicore for cholesterol and an 81 gram aspirin in the evening) when should she take the probitics? At the same time or before or after the above dosing?

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the help – it’s been a long 6 months for her!

  • Hi Jini,

    Because of recently watching a few Dr. Oz clips on his website and connecting with the issues talked about, I have decided to take the following:

    1.) Omega 7 (Sea Buckthorn)
    2.) Glucomannan
    3.) Raw Probiotics
    4.) Enzymes (to aide in digesting gluten and dairy)

    Like some people, I read and re-read the bottles and still have trouble figuring out the optimal time to take these, I am sure you can help.

    Mahalo,

    Dawn

  • Omega 7, enzymes should be taken with food.

    Glucomannan on an empty stomach.

    not sure what you mean by “raw” probiotics – if they are a fermented food, then you can likely take them either with food or together with glucomannan – follow the direction on the package.

  • I purchased the raw probiotics (kept in frig) at a health food store. The brand is Garden of Life. It is for women “50 & wiser” and contains 85 billion live cultures and 33 strains.

    The Omega 7 directions say to take on an empty stomach. You suggest with food. Which should I do? If taken on an empty stomach, can I take with the Glucomannan and probiotics or avoid taking together?

    This is where I get confused.

  • That’s different – usually omega supps (fish oil, flax, etc.) are best taken with food.

    So I would follow their directions.

    As I say in the post above, traditional probiotics should be taken 2 hours away from any other supplement – but the Garden of Life may contain soil organisms, in which case, you can probably take them anytime (not that I like soil organisms!) but…

    so it looks like you can take the glucomannan and omega 7 together and then follow directions for the GOL.

    I only know the dosing/intake details for the products I recommend – but you can always call each of the companies to get more details.

  • Hi there,
    I wrote to the service email of the holistic health shoppe and was told to try submitting a question here.
    My problem is not anything to do with IBS and the like, however it it very close to the descriptions of the symptoms and problems.

    I am suffering from a bad bout of Graft versus Host Disease(GVHD), following a bone marrow transplant i underwent four years ago.

    The disease has greatly affected my gut, with my absorption greatly diminished which has caused me to lose a substantial amount of weight, have acute exzema, skin tightening and thickening especially at my feet and legs, skin discoloration, joint stiffening, raw mouth(can’t eat spicy foods), extremely dry eyes with photophobia,and lately due to constipation an abcess that formed a fistula.

    I am wondering if Absorb plus is suitable for me, as i am taking immunosuppressents and steroids in low doses to cope. In addition. i am eating well with a good appetite due to the steroids, but weightwise it has made only a slight difference. I am seeking help on the diet i should take, as in how many shakes to go with my 3 to 5 meals that i am currently consuming.

    I have a lot of faith in your products and efforts, and i am simply looking for guidance. Please get back to me.

    1. Hi Andi,

      We’ve never heard of that happening to anyone from use of any of the mini-minerals products. Which product(s) are you using, specifically?

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • Thanks for responding so quickly Justin. I took the mini minerals of life (62 trace minerals) yesterday. The only reason I’m wondering about them is that it is the only thing I did differently yesterday. Every other supplement remained the same as what I’ve been doing, and all I ate was bone broth, and shakes of yogurt, brown bananas, sunwarrior protein, vital whey and udos.

    1. Hi Andi,

      I figured there was an outside chance that you had used the angstrom iron which could have potentially explained the green color. I wish I had a better answer for you but I’m afraid we haven’t heard of anyone experiencing anything like that from using the Minerals of Life. You may want to consult your physician if that symptom wasn’t just a one time thing as he or she may be able to elaborate further.

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • HI! I wanted to start taking Minerals Angstrom Nano Sized products. I have Crohn’s and I’m recovering from two surgeries in the last six months because of a ruptured small intestines. I am anemic, need calcium, magnesium and potassium and love the fact these are liquids so I can hopefully absorb them. I don’t think the pills are doing much for me. I’m not sure which of the minerals options would be best and was wondering what you would recommend I take to get my levels up. If you need a list of what I am currently taking please let me know.

    Sincerely,
    Dawn

    1. Hi Dawn, if your budget allows, I would get these products (this is what I take):
      Angstrom Iron
      Bone Support
      Mini-Minerals Magnesium
      Mini-Minerals Trace Minerals

      If money is tight, then the absolute basics you’d need are:
      Angstrom Iron
      Bone Support
      but also get the Mini-Minerals Magnesium if you can since most people are deficient in magnesium and it makes such a big difference.

      Read the JINI SAYS tab on each of these products and it will tell you exactly how/when I take them:

      http://shoppe.listentoyourgut.com/shop-by-minerals-angstrom-nano-sized

  • Do the same rules on when to take the Natren probiotic (with food or without food, etc) apply when taking the trinity capsules?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Chad,

      Yes, the same rules apply for all probiotics whether they’re normal capsules, powders, or in the oil matrix capsules which Natren uses for the Healthy Trinity.

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • How would you take slippery elm and aloe vera gel. Can you take one after the other like aloe first followed by slippery should you wait 20 minutes before aloe and slippery elm and then wait 20 more minutes before eating.

    Thanks

  • I was wondering if it is ok to drink raw milk kefir at the same time as food, and other vitamins? Raw milk kefir is full of probiotics, but I think of it as a food.

    1. Hi Barby,

      Yes, you can certainly do that. When Jini refers to probiotic supplementation, she’s talking about using large amounts of very specific strains (found in Natren products, for example) to repopulate the gut with good flora.

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • I have ulcerative proctitis.. I am currently taking oregano oil, naten probiotics, georges aloe vera, slippery elm, marshmallow, and l-glutamine… plus, I am syringing oregano oil/olive oil 3 to 1.. my question is about my supplement schedule… please advise!

  • I’ve been so confused about how I can fit all my supplements in during a day. The biggest problem I have is when to take psyllium husk and then the Natren probiotics. I have read many times that you should wait two hours before and after taking any medications or supplements. This applies to psyllium husk as well as the probiotic. The psyllium husk is supposed to interfere with the absorption of medications and supplements. So that takes 4 hours out of your day that you cannot take supplements or medications. I would like to take both psyllium husk and the probiotics more than one time daily. But I can’t figure out how I can fit in my daily supplements which I would like to take 3 times a day. Can you offer me any advice?
    Another question I have is that I am taking some herbs as well as whole food supplements. Since they’re not synthetic as many vitamins are. can these types of supplements be considered a food. If that is so That will allow me to take these supplements without waiting 2 hours before and after the psyllium and probiotic.
    I hope this question is not too confusing to you. Hope to hear from you soon. Janet Gordin

    1. Hello Janet,

      Thank you for your question. It can be confusing trying to take all of the supplements everyday. We recommend not taking anything at the same time as the probiotics. If you are unable to fit in getting them in 6 times a day between eating what you can do is take them 3 times and do the probiotic first, than the psyllium, than eat. Also you can ask your gut to see if you need both three times a day or not. If you have other supplements and medications you feel you need to take and need to take before meals we would recommend taking them with the psyllium over the probiotic. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

    2. Hi Janet, In addition to what Rachel wrote, if you’re needing to have psyllium frequently, then you could take your morning dose as Rachel advised and then take your psyllium as desired throughout the day. And then last thing before bed, take a double dose of probiotics – which will then have all night to colonize. Hope that gives you some ideas!

  • Hi,

    I’m just checking on Slippery Elm. I can’t take Mucosa Heal as I’m allergic to DGL (only thing I’m allergic to, figures : ). Anyway, I get the powder form (less additives), and it says to mix with hot water, and I just wanted to be sure that this was OK? I usually mix the Slippery Elm in the water and put in my toaster oven to heat – just wanted to be sure this didn’t actually make the SE less effective?

    Thank you!

  • Hi Mel,

    Slippery elm is often included in teas so should be fine heated. I would get slippery elm and marshmallow powder if you can. But there is also no need to heat them. If you prefer heated, then I would not heat above 100 degrees F.

  • Hi just wondering your opinion about the supplement to help my constipation listed below:
    A powder blend of Psyllium, Blue green algae, cactus fiber, organic spirullina, organic oatgrass juice powder, alfalfa leaf, organic kamut whole leaf powder, organic leaf powder, arabinogalctin, rice bran solubles, organic phenol, juice powder, Bee pollen, Pineapple natural flavour, cruciferous vegetable blend containing brocccoli powder,cabbage powder, parsley pwder, kale powder, american ginseng, probiotic blend, chlorzyme, cracked cell chlorella, kelp, broccoli sprout, lo han guo, follum cassia, lemon, vitamin c, fructose, fruits polyphenol, Galacto-oligosaccharides —->GREENZ is the brand name.

    1. Hello Ruth,

      We do not have experience or knowledge of this product and cannot comment on it. It may be a helpful product, however it does have a lot of ingredients in it, so there is a chance that it may be too many things at once or some of the ingredients not good for you if you have digestive problems and aggravate you more. In all products you try Jini recommends trying to listen to your gut what is good for your body. We would recommend consulting a doctor on the product. Jini best recommends naturopaths and functional medicine doctors.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • In the morning, after 30 minutes taking the above GREENZ Powder, I take Joy of the Mountain Wild oregano oil with George’s Aloe vera.
    After 30 minutes, I take Absorb Plus with Magnesium citrate, Potassium citrate, mixed bioflavonoids, fish oil, vit D3, kelp, vit c, cranberry & bilberry. (my breakfast is done)

    I have wild oregano oil & aloe vera in the evening (about 2 hours after dinner).

    I also take Natren Probiotics (trinity) at night (2 hours after wild oregano oil).

    Then, after half an hour having Natren Probiotics, I take mini mineral bone support and off to bed.

    Just wondering whether my regimen above ok?
    I have ordered the Potassium Iodide from your website. I suffer some internal & external haemorrhoids and possibly intestine adhesions. I am doing the colonic massage which is very good. Thank you, Jini. Your website is a blessing to me. God Bless you.

    1. Hello Ruth,

      For the Oregano Oil with the Aloe Vera Jini recommends using it either two hours after food and other supplements, or twenty minutes before. So you may want to do it before your Greenz powder or two hours after. We cannot comment on the kelp, cranberry, and bilberry with the Absorb Plus as we don’t experience using those with it, and they would not be a part of the elemental diet. We would just recommend listening to your gut on if they are things your body can handle right now. Your night time regime sounds good.
      Hope you continue to find healing in your regimes and supplements.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • I recently purchased Mucosaheal from your website. Is it ok to take the mucosaheal with the Wild oregano oil & oral intestine stricture heal protocol together?

    1. Hello Ruth,

      It is ok to take the MucosaHeal, Wild Oregano Oil and the StrictureHeal together. Just be sure to take two hours after food and vitamins, and twenty minutes before.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • What is the best time to take Angstrom Iron that i purchased from your website ? Would this cause constipation? At night, I am struggling to do topical strictureheal and then I have to take natren probiotic and MM bone support. Is it ok to take probiotics at 2 hours after dinner and then take MM bone support after 30 minutes having natren probiotics and finish off with doing topical stricturheal to sleep at night.

    1. Hello Ruth,

      Jini best recommends taking the Iron with lunch or dinner. It is ok to take any supplements or eat 20 minutes after the probiotic anytime. That sounds like the best schedule to get all of those in at night, and the timing you need away from the probiotic.

      Best wishes,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • Hello about 5 month’s ago i was diagnosed with ulceration colitis (left Sided), and so my journey of research began i excluded dairy, meat, eggs, roughage, junk food, out of my diet, started juicing, and smoothie’s, lost over 5 kg or so over 1 month’s, to compensate started taking multivitamins without the (B1 and B7), which is (Thiamin and Biotin), due to some studies showing sulfate causes hydrogen sulfide toxic gas in colon..after another batch of research i bought the following supplements

    1 * Probiotic VSL#3 = twice daily each capsule contains 120 billion becteria
    2 * Leaky Gut Defense, powder form, its a glutamine mixed with Licorice Root, Aloe Leaf, Arabinogalactan, = twice daily 10 grams daily
    3 * Prebiotin, powder form, its a oligofructose inriched inulin water soluble fiber = 2g daily

    am i on the right track ? and in what sequence i can take the supplements, and i’d like to point out even tho i was just slightly overweight, had extra fat on belly only, i lost that belly now, so i feel like if i dont improve now, ill lose my chance do it again, cuz i already lost alot of fat, please i need guidance please

    1. Hello Raffi,

      Great job on the diet change and weight loss. It sounds like you are starting to make great strives. We are unable to comment on those particular supplements as we do not have experience with them and are not medical professionals. However, I can give you some information on which similar supplements we use if you would like to research to check on the quality of what you are using.
      For probiotics, you can sign up for a free ebook in the pink box on the left hand side of this page: http://www.listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/31/abdominal-pain-and-cramping.html
      We also have this article concerning the particular one you are taking: http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/is-vsl3-a-good-probiotic-supplement/

      We also highly recommend the L-glutamine (we have it in our Absorb Plus protein powder), licorice root, and aloe vera juice. You can search the website or the shoppe for more information on these supplements as well.

      We cannot comment on the prebiotin, however if constipation is a concern you can see our recommendations for that here: http://www.listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/34/constipation.html

      You can also see our recommendations to treat ulcerative colitis here: http://www.listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/13/ulcerative-colitis.html

      You may not be able to do some of these recipes on your diet now, but near the bottom of the page there are some recommendations on some healthy fats to help you to keep the weight on: http://www.listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/57/underweight.html

      Please let us know if you have any other questions. And hope you continue to heal and feel better.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • Hello,

    I have had ulcerative colitis since 2005 and currently having an active flare with bleeding. I recently stopped taking 6MP, Lialda and mesalamine enemas (and have done rounds of prednisone as needed over the years). I was on Lialda for about 12 years and 6MP combined with Lialda for about 7 years but had to stop the 6MP due to low white blood cell count. Trying to heal nauturally and don’t want to go on a biological, which is what my GI is recommending.

    Have been doing a strict elimination diet (Clean Gut Program) for about 2 weeks. Have lost about 12 pounds but seem to be maintaining around 110 lbs which is optimal weight for me but don’t want to lose any more weight or lose muscle mass.

    I cannot currently commit to a full elemental diet as I work full time and cannot afford the expense so trying to go the route of at least one protein shake for breakfast and solid meal for lunch and/or dinner. I eat lots of pureed soups as well for veggies that are easy to digest.

    Below is my current supplement routine – can you please advise if this seems to be a good plan or if there is something I need to switch around for maximum effectiveness and to stop bleeding and ulcerations?

    AM
    On empty stomach first thing in morning:
    NAG 500mg tablet
    10 grams L- Glutamine powder
    1/4 cup aloe vera

    After at least 20 minutes:
    1 Tbs Udo’s Omega 3 oil added to pea protein vegan based shake with unsweetened almond milk and organic blueberries.

    Take with shake:
    Coenzyme Q10 
200mg
    Herbal Antimicrobial (contains Berberine Sulfate 400 mg)
    Multiple Digestive Enzymes 

    Monolaurin (600mg) (Biofilm-dissolving supplement)
    B Vitamin Complex
    Saccharomyces boulardii

    Around 10AM (on empty stomach):
    NAG 500mg tablet
    10 grams L- Glutamine powder
    1/4 cup aloe vera

    Afternoon (with lunch):
    Multiple Digestive Enzymes
    B Vitamin Complex

    PM
    20 minutes before eating:
    NAG 500mg tablet
    10 grams L- Glutamine powder
    1/4 cup aloe vera

    Take with food:
    Herbal Antimicrobial (contains Berberine Sulfate 400 mg)
    Multiple Digestive Enzymes 

    Monolaurin (600mg) (Biofilm-dissolving supplement)
    B Vitamin Complex
    Saccharomyces boulardii

    Before Bed:
    Probiotics (multi-strain capsule)
    Jini’s Healing Implant enema (1/2-1 cup retained all night)

    Considering working in but need advice:
    Full-spectrum multi-mineral/vitamin supplement
    Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol
    Jini’s Probiotic Retention 
Enema (once a month till symptoms resolve)

    – Am I combining the supplements properly and correct doses?

    – Also is it okay to be having almond milk with my shake? I know your diet guidelines suggest not using any nut milk while bleeding but been okay with it in the past.

    Sorry for the long-winded email! Thank you for any guidance or feedback you can provide!

    1. Hello Elizabeth,
      Thank you for the inquiry. That is great to hear you are trying to heal naturally instead of more medications after years of them. We are unable to comment on some of the supplements you are taking that we are not familiar with, but can on what we are.
      So, for the Clean Gut Program, Herbal Antimicrobial, Multiple Digestive Enzymes 
, Monolaurin, Saccharomyces boulardii we are not familiar with and would just caution to research ingredients and make sure that they are not going to be more harmful for your UC. Often too many things at once, especially with too many ingredients can be more harmful than good. It also makes it hard to pick out on what is helping and what is not.
      We would just recommend to listen to your body and your gut on what you are taking and eating on what you feel is best for your needs.
      How you are taking the NAG, L-Glutamine Powder, Aloe Vera, B Vitamin Complex is how we would typical recommend taking them. We just recommend that you want to be sure not to take any of them continually on going for too long once you have healed properly and decide how long your body needs of which product. Also, be sure the brands you are using are safe and good quality as well.
      As for the Jini’s Healing Implant Enema, we typically just recommend that for intestinal bleeding, so would not recommend that once you have healed that. The Jini’s Probiotic Retention Enema we however recommend up to 2-3 times a week for healing of all digestive symptoms.
      We would highly recommend a good multi vitamin if you have gotten malnourished through your illness and feel you are still not getting all of your vitamin needs from your diet yet. Also, the Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol can be very helpful in cleaning out the bad bacteria and building up a good gut flora again. It is one that we also recommend a lot and many have had great success with.
      If you feel the almond milk is not bothering you than it is something we do recommend trying in shakes after a person has gotten off our elemental diet. However, the diet program and several of the supplements you are currently taking would not be on the elemental diet we recommend, so you should be ok with it if you feel it is not bothering you. Just like with any other foods and supplements you digest we would just recommend to check on all the ingredients in it.
      Hope you are able to find your healing, and we would love to hear what you find works out for you. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • Thank you so much for the detailed reply Rachel!

    I do think I will take your advice and add a good multivitamin. Should I take the nano-minerals as well as a multivitamin in capsule form? Please let me know if you have a specific products(s) you can recommend. I know you sell some in the LTYG shop but just need guidance on which ones would be best and how/when is the best to take them.

    Thank you!
    – Elizabeth

    1. Hello Elizabeth,

      You can see the multi vitamin we recommend at the top of this page: http://shoppe.listentoyourgut.com/shop-by-vitamins/?sort=featured&page=1

      We do highly recommend the nano-minerals if you feel you are in need of those minerals. They are very easily digestible and absorb well. Each product page, and the Jini says on it can give you useful information to decide if you are in need of that particular mineral or vitamin.
      http://shoppe.listentoyourgut.com/minerals-angstrom-nano-sized/

      As everyone’s needs on vitamins are different we cannot say for certain which you may be in need of. However, you can see the different information on what we recommend for what and what each vitamin is good for from the product pages. Hope the vitamins are of help to you in continuing to heal.

      Best wishes,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • Thanks Rachel!

    I think I will just start with a multi vitamin and add minerals later if needed.

    Can I just add the vitamin capsule into my morning shake? I’m also putting Udo’s oil, CoQ10 and L-Glutamine (sometimes I drink this with water before my shake if I have time). I also take B complex with water before my shake.
    Just want to make sure there is not problem mixing the multi vitamin with these other supplements.

    thanks!

    1. Hello Elizabeth,

      Jini actually often recommends putting the vitamins in shakes. Especially if a person has any issues with intestinal bleeding or diarrhea, it is easier to digest. All of those supplements and vitamins should be ok having at the same time.

      Have a good day,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • Hello lovely people, I’m wondering if you can help me with my timing 🙂

    I just received my natren healthy start pack! 😀 and also st. Francis farm liver hepatoDR tincture and diatomaceous earth and pslliumhusk. I am looking forward to the inevitable relief from a long time of acne, yeast and UTI ! Hooray! Could you help me maximise the benefits of all this, thanks to good timing? I wouldn’t want to cancel out the probiotics with the binders or minimize the liver herbs by diluting/canceling them somehow. Thank you SO much! <3 You Rock <3! Much Love 🙂

    1. Hello Brenda,

      Thank you for the inquiry. For the Natren probiotics we recommend taking them two hours after, and twenty minutes before, any food or other supplements. We don’t recommend taking any other product at the same time as the probiotics. We would also recommend taking the Psyllium Husk two hours before and twenty after food. It should be ok to take at the same time as other supplements needed taken between meals. On the other two products, we are unable to give you a suggestion when best to take them as we are not familiar with them. We would recommend following the directions with those companies on how best to take them, just be sure not to take them with the probiotics. We would love to hear how those work out for you. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • Yes, dear ones..need help here but mine is a little different in that I need to take Oxy-Powder only at night before going to bed as it works during the night for MEGACOLON. So, my question is when do I do the Oregano Protocol combined w/Healthy Trinity capsules, combined w/daily cleansing enemas and coffee enema?

    1. Hi JoAnn,

      We aren’t familiar with Oxy-powder but it appears to be largely made up of magnesium so it’s unlikely to interfere with probiotics before bed. Thus, we recommend applying the same principles above for that particular hurdle. Regarding the cleansing and coffee enemas, you should be able to do those whenever it’s convenient but it would probably make the most sense to do them in the morning if you plan to take probiotics and other supplements throughout the day.

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

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