I have a leaky gut from candida. I react by breaking out on my face. I have been treating my candida and trying to avoid inflammation in my gut. But my reactions seem to be getting worse. I know they say it gets worse before it gets better - but I don't think it's ever going to get better. I started reacting to almonds.. I used to not react to non-soaked almonds, now I am reacting to soaked almonds. My diet is basically 2 salads a day, with protein, and some meat and steamed veggies at night. I have been doing this for seven months. is this ever going to go away? AHHH
I was taking liquid milk thistle no alcohol, and wasn't reacting. Then I tried the capsule - nothing else in it - but I reacted bad. what gives?
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on March 19, 2013
at 11:07 PM
I took an ALCAT food allergy blood test a few years back. Cut those foods out, felt MUCH better. Takes the guess work out so you can get on with it. I recommend it.
Second, veggies make it worse. Eat em once a day if you must and cook them.
Any bran or endosperm from any grain, even skins of tubers, can aggravate it.
Meat and fat, ZC for a few months, will go a long way to let your gut heal as well as your metabolism. Once fat adapted (takes a month to get going) you can get into intermittent fasting. Eating two big meals and fasting 16hrs rests the gut well and gives it time to be empty and heal.
Stand on the toilet seat and squat down on the balls of your feet, heels up, butt to heels. Elimination this way is natural and doesn't stain. Are you pushing or breathing any differently when you go to the toilet? If so, your making it worse. I the right position, it'll work itself out with no help from you.
Fermented cabbage helps, but Dr. Ohirraa (spelling?) or healthy trinity probiotics really work wonders.
Taking bentonite (but NOT the usual recommended psyllium husk) several times a day between meals for a month or so really helps to get healing started by cleaning the gut quite well.
All of the above I do/have done and have helped myself immensely.
on March 19, 2013
at 08:53 PM
I've been eliminating foods for almost four years, but kept having all kinds of symptoms until I finally went 100% strict on the autoimmune protocol for paleo. I actually figured out most of the foods to avoid on my own, but after I found the AIP, all of my experiences made sense in a mighty life-changing "AHA!!!".
on March 21, 2013
at 11:13 PM
You are probably reacting to the capsules because of the chemical makeup of the actual capsule. Oftentimes, the casings that contain supplements are made from products containing glutens, glycerin, or other allergens/chemicals. Now that you have rid your bowels of Candida, there are still big holes in the lining, which will still allow for large chain proteins to pass into the bloodstream. The body reacts to this by developing an allergy: releasing antibodies to those large proteins that are "leaking" into the bloodstream. This is likely why your reactions worsened. There was no longer Candida plugging up those holes! Bone broth provides essential nutrients, overcooking your vegetables "denatures" the protein strands. That means that it breaks them down into smaller pieces, since it's not staying in your intestines long enough for that to happen. Alternate the foods you eat by at least four days that means four days in between eating the same food, so that your body doesn't begin to form that allergic response. Keep up with the fish oils, they'll help you coat your intestines long enough to let it heal, which should take another few months. Then begin adding things back in very slowly, alternating still, with at least four days in between foods with the same ingredients.
on March 20, 2013
at 12:00 AM
Thank you all for your replies. I am blessed in that I do not suffer (yet) from any autoimmune diseases, or crohns, etc. My only issue is leaky gut (w/ candida) brought on by excessive antibiotic use over the decades for sinus infections (which are totally gone now). I have gotten rid of most of the candida as far as I can tell (via Nystatin). I'm not sure the Elemental diet would be right for me. Seems the more I try to fix my gut, the worse it gets. So I have to draw the line somewhere. I react by breaking out in red pimples, sometimes in a rash, sometimes more cystic. it's not bad, at least not anymore, because I know how to control it by avoiding foods. Even supplementing with L-Glutamine breaks me out (but bone broth is great and I eat it daily now). Perhaps the meat/fat only diet is something I should consider. I eat about 3 avocadoes a day. Can I eat avocadoes on the meat/fat diet? Is there a name for this diet? What about non-starchy veggies? I would think veggies would be ok - is it because they still contain some phytates? No trouble going to the bathroom here. No problem with stains ;) Thanks again!
on March 19, 2013
at 10:48 PM
are you willing to try the elemental diet to heal?
on March 19, 2013
at 09:18 PM
Did this cure your leaky gut? How long did it take? Actually this is what I've been doing - I found Dr. Khazarrian's website and autoimmune protocol, about six weeks ago, and have gone without the nuts - until I tested them a few days ago. I was able to clear my skin 100%, which I believe means no inflammation. But during that time I also tested various foods like S Boulardii, fermented veggies, (the milk thistle in capsules), and I break out from everything. My plan was to stop testing and just keep trying this, but I fear my LGS will never heal. I think I've removed most of the pathogens, as I have very little die-off from candida anymore. The autoimmune protocol really sucks. It's especially tough if one has to travel. I really hope they aren't saying we need to be on this forever.