Hello, Maxx. Do you use turmeric in your Indian dishes? Turmeric can help ease inflammation. I use a lot of turmeric and mustard in cooking. I haven't had pouchitis or needed cipro for more than a year. I don't know if it's the turmeric or the gallons of water and broth that I drink for hydration. Try to take your antibiotic for 10 - 14 consecutive days, as Scott said, to be really effective. You need to finish the entire twomweek course to kill the bad bacteria or they can linger and "regroup" and come back with a fury. That happened to me the first time. Also, the pharmacist advised me not to take the antibiotic at the same meal as dairy or yoghurt. I replenished the good gut bacteria by taking a probiotic, and spaced this 6 hours after the antibiotic so it does not kill the probiotic. Your homemade buttermilk and yoghurt sound good.