I have been eating Paleo for about 45 days now, approx. 65% fat, 15% carbs and 20% protein, with a wide variety of foods. I've lost weight (about 12 pounds or 9% of my body weight) but I'm still not feeling more energy and there are many days where I feel completely down and have trouble getting out of bed. After doing some research on Paleo sites, I figured that I might have other issues that I need to deal with first before the Paleo diet will work for me. I have been depressed since I was a teenage (I'm not 43) and while anti-depressants help a little, they are don't fix things completely. I'm tired all of the time and have brain fog. I'm too stiff and tired to exercise. I think that I may have Candida and Pyroluria as well, both of which can cause depression and my other symptoms. There are Paleo diets geared towards depression but they seem inconsistent with the diets that fix Candida and Pyroluria. Will eating Paleo fix the Candida? Should I give Paleo more time or try to fix the Candida overgrowth and Pyroluria first?
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on March 04, 2014
at 12:28 AM
You're right about bacterial infections causing depression. It's amazing how much my mood changed for the better after fixing my sibo. I don't see why you can't fix the infections while doing paleo at the same time. I recommend that you first go to the doctor and get a diagnosis before you jump to conclusions (it's definitely an infection; all of the symptoms point to it - it's just easy to self-diagnose incorrectly). The treatment you choose for bacterial infections is up to you. Personally, I found eating strait up garlic helped a lot (although it's smelly). Antibiotics are your choice - just make sure you take probiotics after!
Sorry you're going through this - depression sucks. I'm confidant that taking care of your infection will dramatically help the depression though.