SIBO Friendly Nut Milk

GUM or NO GUMS, that is the question for many people with SIBO. Read this post for more information on SIBO and GUMS

In my recent search for a nut milk, I was shocked by how many new options consumers have to choose from so I asked my fellow Virgo colleague what was her favorite and she told me about MALK Organics which is GUM FREE and SIBO Friendly!

And I have to say . . . it is THE BEST nut milk I have tried!  

“MALK Organics nut milks are dairy-, soy-, gluten-, GMO- and lactose-free and vegan friendly. No carrageenan. No binders. No colors or sweeteners Mother Nature wouldn’t recognize. Made with six ingredients or less, and more than one cup of sprouted organic nuts in every bottle, Cold-pressed with the latest technology to retain all the nutrients without losing any of the flavor….” 

I have to admit she told me about this product years ago and at the time I was avoiding almonds (and did . . . for years . . . because of my Cyrex Array 10 results . . .) and then I resisted due to the price ($8.49 at Lassen’s in LA) because they also offer cashew and pecan. 

In the end, I found I needed a break from nuts completely along my SIBO journey and have only recently come back around to the idea SPARKED by my desire to try Daily Harvest's smoothies.

At first I went with an unsweetened vanilla creamy almond / cashew blend by Blue Diamond because of the price (on sale for $2.50) and my goal is to rotate different non-dairy milks including nuts (cashew, almond, pecan, macademia nut, etc.)  

Since trying MALK, I must say this brand will definitely be on the list of rotation! It is worth the money to have sprouted organic nuts. And I've tried many sprouted milks, including making my own and I don't know how they've done it! MALK is incredibly smooth and creamy without all the who-knows-what?! 

While I thought I’d prefer to save some calories (Unsweetened Vanilla MALK, 130 calories, 11 grams of fat and 3 grams of fiber vs Blue Diamond's Unsweetened Vanilla Creamy Almond / Cashew Blend, 25 calories, 2 grams of fat and 0 fiber) I’ve realized at what watered down, gummed out cost? 😲

In my opinion, MALK is worth the investment on every level 💓 2 Virgo’s approved ☺️

SIBO & Ginger

SIBO & Ginger

Small intestine motility dysfunction is an issue in small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Agents that promote stomach emptying can also be helpful in treating and preventing relapse of SIBO. Ginger modulates serotonin signaling by 5-HTP4 stimulation. This is also the mechanism of action of the pro kinetic agent Resolor (Proclapride) used in preventing SIBO. Resolor promotes multiple MMC waves vs. low dose erythromycin which stimulates one MMC wave. Gingerols have been found to promote gastroduodenal emptying rate and motility in (24) healthy volunteers and the effect of a ginger rhizome extract (2 x 100 mg) was studied on fasting and postprandial gastroduodenal motility with stationary manometry.


SIBO, Autotimmunity & Food Coloring

SIBO, Autotimmunity & Food Coloring

Artificial colors are small molecule chemicals and the proper way to measure antibodies to such chemicals is by testing the chemical bound to human tissue. These chemicals and/or their metabolites can trigger inflammatory cytokines. This results in proteins that accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract and cause inflammation. This inflammation can then lead to the opening of the tight junctions and may then lead to intestinal permeability and trigger autoimmunity or relapse in SIBO.

SIBO Diet, Autoimmunity & Gums

SIBO Diet, Autoimmunity & Gums

Low FODMAP eating plan while either treating or maintaining your SIBO results often contain gums. Gums are most often used as replacement for wheat gluten and are in many gluten free products. They are also found in many processed foods in the form of emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners, food additives, glazing agents and even in fire retardant gelling agents and often act as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).