FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: What can I do to restore my gut microbiome after taking antibiotics (or after any other type of major perturbation)?
Answer: The standard options are probiotics and healthy, whole foods diet (which can include prebiotics). However, these options are currently extremely limited. FMT (fecal microbiota transplant) is a more complete option, but not readily available. And current evidence suggests that not even FMT may be able to restore all the damage done by antibiotics. So the most important thing is to avoid unnecessary antibiotics.
Question: What can I do generally to try and maintain or develop a healthy gut microbiome?
Answer: When targeting the gut microbiome we all have the same few options:
Nearly everything you do/ingest (including exercise and sleep) will impact the gut microbiome though, so things like herbs/supplements are of course another thing that can be experimented with. But results will vary significantly from person to person.
One such option is Serum-Derived Bovine Immunoglobulin/protein isolate. EnteraGram: http://cfsremission.com/2018/09/23/enteragam-another-medical-food/