Recommended Supplements and Gluten-free Products

These are some of the products that I recommend to my clients. As an Amazon Associate and affiliate for most of these products, I earn from qualifying purchases from links to Amazon and other manufacturers that I’m an affiliate of, so I appreciate you using my links. While I receive a small affiliate commission on them, I only recommend products here I truly believe in, have used myself or recommend to my clients. 

Supplements

Fullscript is the best place for practitioner-grade, high-quality, vetted supplements at a discount (US only). 

Fullscript

Another good source of low cost supplements is iHerb – you can get 5% off your purchase if you buy supplements through this link to iHerb* (and I also get 5%). Both deliver internationally. 

Natural Health Concepts (NHC) is also a good, low-cost option for supplements. 

I also have a virtual dispensary with one of the top functional medicine supplement companies, Designs for Health.

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Probiotics

There are 4 general types of probiotics: spore-based (bacilli species, also known as soil-based), lactobacilli- and bifodobacteria-based (food derived, similar strains to yogurt and other probiotic foods), beneficial yeast (S. Boulardii) and the newest available: Akkermansia muciniphila, an anaerobic strain and feeder on the mucous lining of the colon, important for metabolic health, Butyricum (Clostridia butyricum), another anaerobic strain butyrate producer and a multi-strain probiotic that includes Akkermansia and Butyricum and others called Pendulum Glucose Control (see links below). Then there’s Equilibrium, which is human-derived and has 115 strains of facultative aerobic bacteria from the proteobacteria phylum. This would be most appropriate for someone who was constipated or had an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria.

Do you recommend probiotics while taking antibiotics?

Newer studies have called into question the use of probiotics with or following antibiotics, if your gut was otherwise in healthy shape. Butyrate (the tributyrin form in particular) may be a safer and more effective supplement to take while and after being on antibiotics, especially if they lead to diarrhea or soft stool (typical effective dosages start around 875-1500 mg once a day and go up from there based on stool quality, backing down if it leads to pebbly stool or constipation). My preferred forms are Tributyrin-Max (my supplement), Tributyrin-X, Sunbutyrate (liquid), AuRx (powder) and Probutyrate (find last three in my Fullscript dispensary). People with Crohn’s Disease avoiding certain additives may do better with a liquid or powdered butyrate supplement. People with a history of polyps or colon cancer should avoid butyrate/tributyrin supplements.

For a diagnosis of SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) or yeast/candida overgrowth, I’d use something like Bifido Maximus or a bifido-only probiotic, a spore-based probiotic and S. Boulardii during and after treatment with antimicrobials. See my blog “Choosing the Right Probiotic?” for more illness-specific probiotic recommendations.

Seed SymbioticSeed Synbiotic is a 14-strain lacto-bifido probiotic plus polyphenol prebiotic backed by some big-name scientists (think Alessio Fasano, MD and Martin Blaser, MD). Their Daily Synbiotic is the first to include probiotic strains that synthesize folate and increase its production in the body. It also includes a dermatological health blend of four strains that were clinically-studied to promote skin health and a healthy SCORAD score (a scale for measuring atopic dermatitis). And its capsule inside a capsule delivery system ensures it gets to your colon intact. Get 15% off your first month with my affiliate discount code PARSONS15.

Pendulum Akkermansia MuciniphilaPendulum Akkermansia or Akkermansia 500 Pro or Akkermansia 100 Pro – This long-awaited anaerobic keystone species of the gut microbiome is now available in capsules. Akkermansia muciniphila is a primary mucus degrader that generates mucus-derived sugars and metabolic products like butyrate that support the growth and energy needs of other gut microbes and supports the mucus lining of the colon. Low or undetectable levels of A. muciniphila are associated with obesity and metabolic dysfunction. Also available in a formula with 4 other strains that promote metabolic health called Pendulum Metabolic Daily or Pendulum Metabolic Daily Pro or Pendulum Glucose Control Pro.

Akkermansia muciniphila Daily Probiotic with PureHMO Prebiotic

Layer Origin Akkermansia muciniphila Daily Probiotic with PureHMO Prebiotic – The newest addition to the Akkermansia market, but combined with the power of Human Milk Oliggosaccrides, the prebiotics contained in human breast milk that serve to feed the microbes in a baby’s gut, as well as resistant starch, another food for your microbiome. At 100 million CFU, this is comparable to Pendulum’s Akkermansia or Akkermanisa 100 Pro.  rate, which feeds the lining of the colon, slows motility and helps re-establish butyrate producers and an anaerobic colon environment, which is most conducive to colon hrate, which feeds the lining of the colon, slows motility and helps re-establish butyrate producers and an anaerobic colon environment, 

ButyricumPendulum Butyricum – An anaerobic strain of bacteria that produces butyrate, which feeds the lining of the colon, slows motility and helps re-establish butyrate producers and an anaerobic colon environment, which is most conducive to colon health. 

An aerobic strain of bacteria that produces butyrate, which feeds the lining of the colon, slows motility and helps re-establish butyrate producers and an anaerobic colon environment, which is most conducive to colon health. 

Equilibrium ProbioticEquilibrium Probiotic  – 115 strains of bacteria, the most available on the market, 85 found in no other probiotic. Designed from a healthy, human gut ecosystem by a scientist who did his post-doctoral work with the Human Microbiome Project. This is the next best thing to getting a fecal transplant. The company did a 200-person placebo-controlled study showing

  • 81% of participants reported a noticeable improvement in digestive function
  • 72% of participants reported a reduction in food cravings and mild weight loss
  • 54% of participants reported an increase in alertness and energy
    Use code HDH15OFF to get 15% off.

Just Thrive Just Thrive is a soil or spore-based probiotic. The endospores are resistant to stomach acid and deliver more viable probiotics to your intestines. Research has shown that spore-based probiotics can reduce serum triglyceride levels as well as bacterial endotoxins, associated with appetite disorders, chronic constipation, auto-immune disorders, cognitive decline, mood disorders, depression, type 2 diabetes, chronic pain and cardiovascular disease. chronic constipation, auto-immune disorders, cognitive decline, mood disorders, depression, type 2 diabetes, chronic pain and cardiovascular disease. cronic constipation, auto-immune disorders, co

MegaSporeBiotic

Two higher dose spore-based probiotics that I use with my clients are MegaSporeBiotic and Proflora 4R (which also has quercetin, aloe vera and marshmallow root to sooth your gut lining). Those are best purchased from my Fullscript dispensary.

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Bifido MaximusBifido Maximus – The probiotics the Dr. Grace Liu (aka the Gut Goddess) uses in all her gut healing protocols – 100 billion CFU per 1/4 tsp powder, 100 servings (capsule version now available on her web site and on Amazon). It’s the highest CFU count of these strains you can buy without a prescription. Histamine and D-Lactate free strains. And there’s a new product also available from The Gut Institute is Microbiome Mojo, (and on Amazon) which combines the 100 billion CFUs of Bifido Maximus per capsule with soil-based probiotics like the ones above. Th CFU count of thHistamine and D-Lactate free strains. ese count of thHistamine and D-Lactate free strains. ese count of thHistamin count of thHistamine and D-Lactate free strains. ese e and D-Lactate free strains. ese 

Renew Life ProbioticRenew Life Extra Care Ultimate Flora – When you’re just wanting billions of Lactobacilli and Bifido bacteria for general GI and reproductive health, this is a very affordable choice, divided evenly between the two with the most studied strains. 50 billion CFU.  cilli and Bifido bacteria for general GI and reproductive health, this is a very affordable choice, divided evenly between the two with the most studied strains.

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Jarrow S BoulardiiJarrow Formulas S. Bouldardii – Saccharomyces Boulardii or S. Bouldardii, as his friends know him, is a beneficial yeast.  It has been well studied and shown to prevent or improve antibiotic-caused and traveler’s diarrhea; abdominal pain, bloating and constipation in adults with IBS; and H. Pylori infections in conjunction with Lactobacillus and Bifido bacteria. It also helps raise your secretory IgA, or your gut immune system, which helps fight other pathogens.antibiotic-caused and traveler’s diarrhea; abdominal pain, bloating and constipation in adults with IBS; and H. Pylori infections in conjunction with Lactobacillus and Bifido bacteria.Lactobacillus and Bifido bacteria. a

Jarrow Ideal Bowel SupportIdeal Bowel Support doesn’t have the initials IBS by accident. Its known to help with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), methane-smelling gas, bloating, etc. and is well-tolerated by people with histamine intolerance. The strain is L. plantarum 299v, one strain of very effective bacteria. It’s not too expensive and I’ve found it to be concretely effective. 

Prebiotics

Layer Origin PureHMO Prebiotic Powder

Layer Origin PureHMO® Human Milk Oligosaccharide (HMO 2’FL) Super Prebiotic Powder – Derived from cows, this is the same substance that’s contained in human breast milk and serves to feed bifidobacterium infantis, the first bacteria to colonize the infant microbiome when a child is born vaginally. See episodes 94 and 38 of The Perfect Stool podcast for more information. 

Antimicrobials

My preferred antimicrobials are from Metagenetics: Candibactin AR and Candibactin BR, and they’re available from my Fullscript Dispensary for strong gut issues not resolved by more gentle means like Serum Bovine Immunoglobulins.

LauricidinLauricidin – This is a unique product developed from coconut oil that is used for preventing and treating colds, flu, swine flu, herpes, shingles, candida, chronic fatigue syndrome and other infections. It’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and basically an immune system booster. I often include this in my anti-yeast protocols. I often include this in my anti-yeast protocols.I often incluI often include this in my anti-yeast protocols.de this in my anti-yeast protocols.

Other Supplements

Tributyrin-Max

Tributyrin-Max – My very own supplement! Supplemental butyrate to help firm up stool, slow motility in the large intestine and heal a leaky colon. A great adjunct to antibiotic treatment to prevent the overgrowth of proteobacteria and subsequent gut issues. The highest dosage available in a single capsule. Also find on Amazon.

 My very own supplement! Supplemental butyrate to help firm up stool, slow motility in the large intestine and heal a leaky colon. A great adjuncment! Supplemental butyrate to help firm up stool, slow motilitment! Supplemental butyrate to help firm up stool, slow motility in the large intestine and heal a leaky colon. A great adjuncment! Supplemey in the large t to antibiotic treatment to prevent the overgrowth of proteobacteria and subsequent gut issues.

Magnesium-HP

Magnesium-HP – Magnesium Glycinate – 180 mg/pill (one of highest doses available). It’s estimated that 50% of Americans are magnesium deficient. This can the result of a medication, chronic disease or because crops and soils have become deficient in magnesium, as well as because of the prevalence of processed foods in the American diet. Get 15% off through link above. 

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Tributyrin-XTributyrin-X – If you’re looking for a lower dose butyrate/tributyrin supplement than my Tributyrin-Max, Tributyrin-X is my favorite.  Get 15% off through link above. pation, auto-immune disorders, constipation, auto-immune disorders, cstipation, auto-immune disorders, cstipation, auto-immune disorders, constipation, austipation, auto-immune diso, cstipatione disorders, cstipation, auto-immune disorders, cstipation, austipation, auto-immune diso, cstie disorders, cstipation, auto-immune disorders, cstipation, austipation, auto-immune diso, csti, auto-immune disorders, cstipation, austipation, auto-immune diso

Adapt Naturals BundleAdapt Naturals – Chris Kresser’s line of multivitamins, organ meats, mushrooms, tocotrienols (vitamin E), D3/K2 and magnesium. 15% off with my discount code “HDH”. 

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ProOmega 2000ProOmega 2000 – One of the highest dose EPA/DHA fish oil supplements you can find in one capsule (563mg EPA/438DHA).
Minami/Garden of Life Omega-3 Fish Oil – One of the highest EPA fish oil supplements you can find – particularly important for kids with ADHD.
Minami/Garden of Life Omega-3 Fish Oil – One of the highest EPA fish oil supplements you can find – particularly important for kids with ADHD.

mega-3 Fish Oil – One of the highest EPA fish oil supplements you can find – paquid – One of the highest EPA fish oil supplements in liquid form for kiements in liquid form for kids.

Kirkman Children's Chewable Multivitamin


Kirkman Children’s Chewable Multivitamin
– A well-rounded multi-vitamin for kids that won’t rot their teeth but tastes good. 

Botanicals

Image Biocidin Throat Spray and clickable linkBiocidin Throat Spray Use code HDH15 for 15% off all products. Great, broad-spectrum throat soother that supports your immune system. After a presentation at a conference by the CEO, I’m totally sold on their products’ efficacy. I’d also recommend their Biocidin lipsomal formula (LSF) + Olivirex during cold and flu season. Biocidin liquid has an established track record for supporting healthy gastrointestinal terrain. Their liposomal product (LSF) contains the same powerful formula with increased systemic absorption, which allows it to act in support of a healthy immune response and broad-spectrum microbial health. Olivirex’s main ingredient, olive leaf, is a botanical that has been utilized to support the body’s clearance of harmful microorganisms for centuries. Bio-Botanical Research has sourced the highest potency and quality olive leaf plus additional botanicals to cleanse the body. The Olivirex compliments the activity of the Biocidin Throat spray and Biocidin LSF, and together, they are my go-to for seasonal wellness. You can also purchase their products via my Fullscript dispensary.alls of their hives and protect themselve

Food

Bgreen Organic Millet Angel Hair Pasta – If you’re gluten-free, this pasta will make pasta eating great again. Or it you’re just wanting to eat less wheat or a whole grain pasta that isn’t terrible. Virtually indistinguishable from wheat pasta (in my opinion), cooks properly, doesn’t break up, etc. Just try it! It’s well worth the cost.

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Prolon Fasting Mimicking DietProlon Fasting Mimicking Diet – Research trials have shown the effectiveness of  3 cycles of a 4-day a month  fasting mimicking diet for a reduction in overall and intestinal inflammation in a mouse model of IBD. It can also be used for many other conditions for which fasting has been shown to be effective (blood sugar control, slowing aging). Options include 5-day fasting mimicking diet in 1-day trial, and 3-cycle and 4-cycle boxes, fasting shakes and fasting bars. Using links above will lead to a 20% discount at checkout.

Zero Acre Cultured Oil Zero Acre Oil – Use this link for $5 off. A revolution in oil. This oil, cultured and created by bacteria, is high in Omega 3’s yet stable for high heat cooking. It solves the problem of using up farmland for oil-crops like soybeans, sunflower and canola, while producing oils that are too high in Omega 6 fatty acids. Tastes great: neutral flavor perfect for cooking. 485 degree smoke point. 35% more monounsaturated fats than olive oil but 10 times less Omega 6 fats that avocado oil. Uses 99% less water to produce than olive oil.

35% more monounsaturated fats than olive oil but 10 times less Omega 6 fats that avocado oil. Uses 99% less water to produce than olive oil. c. Just try it! It’s well worth the cost.

Green Banana FlourGreen Banana Flour – If you’re eating paleo or just want some alternative flours with a lot of resistant starch (helps you feel full, feeds your good bacteria), and prebiotics, green banana flour is great. If you’re eating paleo or just want some alternative flours with a lot of resistant starch (helps you feel full, feeds your good bacteria), and prebiotics, green banana flour is great. If you’re eating paleo or just want some alternative flours with a lot of resistant starch (helps you feel full, feeds your good bacteria), and prebiotics, green banana flour is great. If you’re eating paleo or just want some alternative fle. It’s high in resistant starch and prebiotics and a grt

Bgreen ramen
Bgreen Gluten Free Organic Millet & Brown Rice Ramen
– Same deal as above – great alternative to straight rice noodles if you’re trying to reduce your rice intake (people who are gluten-free tend to have elevated levels of arsenic due to excessive rice consumption, as rice naturally absorbs arsenic).

BGreen Organic Millet & Brown Rice Japanese Ramen Noodles – Same deal as above – great alternative to straight rice noodles if you’re trying to reduce your rice intake (people who are gluten-free tend to have elevated levels of arsenic due to excessive rice consu & Brown Rice Japanese Ramen Noodles – Same deal as above – great alternatmption, as rice naturally ab

Xylitolxylosweet xylitol – This is my favorite sugar substitute for baking. 1/3 the calories of sugar and virtually no blood sugar effect, it’s a sugar alcohol whose most serious downside is a slight laxative effect (so don’t overdo eating things you bake with it). It substitutes 1:1 for sugar in recipes.

the calories of sugar and virtually no blood sugar effect, it’s a sugar alcohol whose most serious downside is a slight laxative effect (so don’t ovhol whose most serious downside is a slight laxative effect (so don’t overdo eating things you bake with it). It substitutes 1:1 for sugar in recipes.

Drink Wholesome Protein ShakesDrink Wholesome – Protein shakes and meal replacement powders with simple ingredients, no added sugar and healthy protein sources. Vegan options available. Use coupon code “highdeserthealth” for 10% off.

Now Real Food Xylitol – This is my favorite sugar substitute for baking. 1/3 the calories of sugar and virtually no blood sugar effect, it’s a sugar alcohol whose most serious downside is a slight laxativee calories of sugar and virtually no blood sugar effect, it’s a sugar alcohol whose most serious downside is a slight la effect (so don’t overdo eating things you n

Lakanto Maple-Flavored SyrupLakanto Maple Syrup (monk fruit and erythritol based) – If you’re trying to avoid sugar (as we all should be) but you still want that maple syrup flavor on your pancakes or want to use a non-sugar based syrup in baking, this is a great substitute. It doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste and 0 grams of sugar because it’s sweetened with monk fruit, the newest low calorie, natural sweetener on the market.avoid sugar (as we all should be) but you still want that maple syrup flavor on your pancakes or want to use a non-sugar based syrup in baking, this is a great substitute. It doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste and 0 grams of sugar because it’s sweetened with monk fruit, the newest low calorie, natural sweetener on the market.

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Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chipsenjoylife choc chips – If you’re trying to avoid gluten, dairy and soy due to autoimmune or gut issues, these are the best (and maybe only) choice in chocolate chips. Enjoy Life emi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – If you’re trying to avoid gluten, dairy and soy due to autoimmune or gut issues, these are the be

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Lily's Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Bars

Lily’s chocolate bars (and chips) are all sugar free and sweetened with erythritol (a sugar alcohol our bodies can’t really digest) and stevia. A great option if you’re trying to go totally sugar free.