HGHY Great-In-8 FAQ Step 7

Great-in-8 Plan Contents

Healthy Gut, Healthy You

Step 7: Wean

We will be adding answers to the most commonly asked questions about Step 7 of the Great-In-8 plan along with important information for troubleshooting this step here shortly.

Please post any questions or comments regarding this step below.

Discussion

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12 thoughts on “HGHY Great-In-8 FAQ Step 7

  1. I was getting ready to purchase the Lacto-Bifido Probiotic Blend for the protocol. My question is about the inulin. I am very sensitive to this particular fodmap group, especially onions and garlic. Won’t this be bad for someone with “IBS” caused by this fodmap group? What alternative to this is recommended?

    1. Hi Erin,

      Great question! Dr. Ruscio feels that the amount of inulin is so minuscule that it doesn’t usually cause issues for people.

      Hope this helps!

  2. I was getting ready to purchase the Lacto-Bifido Probiotic Blend for the protocol. My question is about the inulin. I am very sensitive to this particular fodmap group, especially onions and garlic. Won’t this be bad for someone with “IBS” caused by this fodmap group? What alternative to this is recommended?

    1. Hi Erin,

      Great question! Dr. Ruscio feels that the amount of inulin is so minuscule that it doesn’t usually cause issues for people.

      Hope this helps!

  3. I have made it to through step 6 and am ready to start step 7. The main symptom I wanted to treat with this program was chronic constipation. I did not see improvement in this issue until month two of step 3. I was regular with the biota-clear 2a and 2b and all of step 4 with the motilpro. I had about two months of complete daily regularity for the first time in my life, which was so wonderful. Ever since step 5 (even with magnesium at night and heather’s tummy fiber added in Step 6) my regularity is gone and I am back to my same constipation issues. Is there anything else I can do to help with constipation? Can a person stay on motilpro longterm?

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Congrats on making it this far! A few ideas:
      -Check out page 289 where Dr R discusses what to do if you find yourself regressing (repeat part of step 3 or consider low-dose cyclical antimicrobial therapy).
      -If the constipation started back up in step 5, consider the idea that it could be due to a food you reintroduced that isn’t working for you. Maybe play around with removing and adding in some foods and see if you can pinpoint the culprit?
      -Add more magnesium
      -Try taking out the fiber and see if that was contributing (it doesn’t work for everyone)
      -Continue taking motilpro

      Hope this helps!

  4. I started your book primarily due to gut issues (bloating/pain, constipation). I was several months post-SIBO when I began. I was also having what I thought were hormonal issues (stubborn, unexplained weight; hair loss), so began Estro-Harmony (I had been taking a basic dose of black cohosh before this for several years). I learned the black cohosh was exacerbating my gut symptoms and discontinued (Estro-Harmony) a couple days before having a hormone panel (which showed me normal-range menopausal, which I am). Approximately two weeks ago, I began weaning from all support, including probiotics, because my digestive symptoms were/are so improved! However, my seemingly-hormone related issues persist despite my being very active and watching what I eat. I am wondering: could any residual Estro-Harmony in my system have yielded the “normal range” lab results? Should I go back and re-visit any of the steps? My thyroid panel included T3 and T4 and both were normal. I do not know if the gut is possibly still behind what I have going on, when I am otherwise “normal” according to very comprehensive bloodwork? Thank you!

    1. Hi Christine,

      I’m so glad to hear your gut symptoms have improved!

      Regarding black cohosh, if you only stopped it a couple days before your blood test, it’s possible that it was still exerting effects when you were tested.

      If you feel you were successful on the protocol and you had other symptoms improve, it’s possible that your hormone issues are not connected to the gut. Here’s an article with some ideas on balancing hormones: https://drruscio.com/balance-hormones-naturally/

      Speaking to a hormone specialist may be helpful as well.

      Good luck!

  5. I started your book primarily due to gut issues (bloating/pain, constipation). I was several months post-SIBO when I began. I was also having what I thought were hormonal issues (stubborn, unexplained weight; hair loss), so began Estro-Harmony (I had been taking a basic dose of black cohosh before this for several years). I learned the black cohosh was exacerbating my gut symptoms and discontinued (Estro-Harmony) a couple days before having a hormone panel (which showed me normal-range menopausal, which I am). Approximately two weeks ago, I began weaning from all support, including probiotics, because my digestive symptoms were/are so improved! However, my seemingly-hormone related issues persist despite my being very active and watching what I eat. I am wondering: could any residual Estro-Harmony in my system have yielded the “normal range” lab results? Should I go back and re-visit any of the steps? My thyroid panel included T3 and T4 and both were normal. I do not know if the gut is possibly still behind what I have going on, when I am otherwise “normal” according to very comprehensive bloodwork? Thank you!

    1. Hi Christine,

      I’m so glad to hear your gut symptoms have improved!

      Regarding black cohosh, if you only stopped it a couple days before your blood test, it’s possible that it was still exerting effects when you were tested.

      If you feel you were successful on the protocol and you had other symptoms improve, it’s possible that your hormone issues are not connected to the gut. Here’s an article with some ideas on balancing hormones: https://drruscio.com/balance-hormones-naturally/

      Speaking to a hormone specialist may be helpful as well.

      Good luck!

  6. I have made it to through step 6 and am ready to start step 7. The main symptom I wanted to treat with this program was chronic constipation. I did not see improvement in this issue until month two of step 3. I was regular with the biota-clear 2a and 2b and all of step 4 with the motilpro. I had about two months of complete daily regularity for the first time in my life, which was so wonderful. Ever since step 5 (even with magnesium at night and heather’s tummy fiber added in Step 6) my regularity is gone and I am back to my same constipation issues. Is there anything else I can do to help with constipation? Can a person stay on motilpro longterm?

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Congrats on making it this far! A few ideas:
      -Check out page 289 where Dr R discusses what to do if you find yourself regressing (repeat part of step 3 or consider low-dose cyclical antimicrobial therapy).
      -If the constipation started back up in step 5, consider the idea that it could be due to a food you reintroduced that isn’t working for you. Maybe play around with removing and adding in some foods and see if you can pinpoint the culprit?
      -Add more magnesium
      -Try taking out the fiber and see if that was contributing (it doesn’t work for everyone)
      -Continue taking motilpro

      Hope this helps!

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