Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: In a California Ghost Town
If you want to keep taking the iron make sure you never take it on an empty stomach then. Maybe you already know that though. I don't think you'll find Wildwood stuff in England. Maybe they'll have a similar product. It's like a vegan version of kefir, a drinkable yogurt. I know a concentrated liquid supplement of non-dairy live cultures is available here, but I'm not sure about the UK.
Probiotics won't help your stomach digest food though. They take up residence further along, in your small and large intestines. Healthy bowels contain many pounds of beneficial bacteria actually. You really don't need to constantly take them. Live cultures will establish themselves once the antibiotics are out of your system, and reproduce themselves.
The amino acid glutamine will help rebuild your stomach lining. Taking some at bedtime on an empty stomach will help the stomach to use the glutamine before it gets used elsewhere. Ginger will relieve stomach pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. So will peppermint, but peppermint can relax your esophageal sphincter and cause reflux, so if you know you are susceptible, stick with the ginger. Licorice is also very soothing and healing. Tea is good, but in a pinch, licorice candy will also work, as long as it contains real extract, not artificial flavor.