I'm a male who has been strict Paleo for the past few months in order to treat my acne. During this time I realized I had digestive issues and also developed a yeast infection.
I have been able to really fix up my acne by being Low Carb however recently I started taking Betaine HCL, drinking bone broths, eating raw sauerkraut and fermented ginger carrots, and supplementing with some coconut water kefir and renew life probiotics.
My digestion has improved significantly as I am now able to eat more carbs without it flaring up my acne. I still however suffer from a slight year infection which I disappears when I lower my carb intake.
I am not sure if what to do at this stage. Since my increase of probiotics and bone broths I no longer feel bloated and my digestion has improved, but I have lots of gas and get constipated frequently. I also have a white coating on my tongue which is yellow and thick in the back. Whenever I eat the coating turns yellowish and becomes furry and thicker.
My question is should I tough out the gas and yeast infection in hopes that it will get fixed soon by probiotics? Is what I am experiencing die off?
All advice appreciated.
I will update this post with clearer info tomorrow morning, I just wanted some guidance as far as how to continue with this.
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on October 26, 2012
at 12:48 PM
maybe you should see a doctor, but a naturopath. This sounds like thrush I think? you need to start eating anti-fungals I think. There are medically prescribed ones, like nystatin, but there are also herbal ones. http://www.herbs2000.com/disorders/thrush.htm
garlic, grapefruit seed, ginger tea.
Also, out of curiosity, what is your cholesterol? PerfectHealthDiet's Paul Jaminet did a series on cholesterol and Low Carb (or VLC which it sounds like you could be doing) and cholesterol will be very high or very low when you're fighting infections...Candida likes HDL.
Just don't forget on Low Carb the importance of fresh herbs and spices. I think that's one of the missing links, and it lets infections in.
But obviously, as you know, fighting candida starts in the mouth! GAPS says to not use toothpaste, things with SLS, use a natural toothpaste (say, baking soda + turmeric + peppermint oil) and the site above says yogurt (I would use homemade) can be used to treat thrush.
on December 08, 2012
at 02:37 AM
I agree with elf27 I strongly believe the mouth symptoms you describe are thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection itself. Some naturopaths can help if they have had experience with it. I am in my third year of healing a systemic fungal disbalance in my body. Through numerous books, a naturopath and an herbalist I have learned a lot. This is what works for me when the fungal/yeast flourishes I drink 2-3cups PauDarco Tea in the morning (it is an anti fungal) I drink Burdock Tea or Chai in the afternoon (the Burdock has inulin in it which helps prepare the GI tract for the probiotics I take throughout the day. I take probitotcs, 5-10 billion organisms per day. I cut all grain and carbs out of my diet...I allow carrots, no other startchy veggies allowed for at least a week, and no fruit. I also will take a few supplements namely caprylic acid, sensitivity free multivitamins, oregano oil are the ones I remember off the top of my head. I experience flatulence when the yeasts are flourishing, more so then when they are dying off. You will know when they are dying off because your liver will bog down a little...drink lots of water! Your joints or muscles may ache during the dye off and you may get headaches...and you will crave sugar like your life depends on it...do not give in at this point you have the yeasts where you want them. Hold steady and when possible eat as unprocessed food as possible, preferably organically grown over conventional. This process is demanding of you physically and mentally, if nutrition is not a strong suit of yours I strongly recommend working with a naturopath to make sure that everything progresses well and you do not endanger yourself. (During my process my GI tract actually shut down and basically told me "to go to hell") I regulalrly check in with my ND and have bloodwork and stool tests done to make sure that I am still on the right track. My best wishes for your health!
on December 07, 2012
at 08:05 PM
my favorite supplement for yeast problems is sacro b probiotics. that really helped me.
on November 09, 2012
at 05:00 PM
Something that really helps my gut is to eat a clove of raw garlic once per day. Really, just chomp it up and swallow it. I chase it down with red wine. Might sound a little nuts (and you have to like garlic) but it REALLY helps me.
The problem I usually have with my gut is not constipation but frequent diarrhea. Usually eating a clove of garlic fixes it almost immediately, or within 2 or 3 days, and generally improves digestion. I suspect that I have chronic yeast or candida problems in the gut, though I've never been diagnosed, and the garlic must suppress it or wipe it out. Garlic is a natural anti-fungal.
I have noticed that at times I get cravings for garlic and wonder if this is my body's way of fighting back. But it has to be really strong, raw garlic, not just like garlic flavoring or something.
on October 26, 2012
at 06:02 AM
I've had constipation since going Low Carb. Before going Low Carb I had the opposite problem - loose stools and diarrhoea. While researching I found this site - http://www.gutsense.org/fibermenace/about_fm.html
I ordered the book from Amazon but it'll take a while to get to me on the other side of the world. In the meantime I had a look at the ingredients of some of the supplements mentioned on this site. I tried taking 1000mg of Vitamin C on an empty stomach before my morning coffee. It worked! If it doesn't I take another 1000mg of Vitamin C on an empty stomach before lunch and that works. I'll learn more when I read the book.
I decided to go Low Carb after reading the book: Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes.