I was tested with high candida (serum) levels in late 2011. I had yeast infections pretty regularly at that time and they continued until most of last year. Then my constipation started in the summer. It's starting to clear up now. I think colostrum powder was the key savior (lactoferrin has antibacterial properties). The skin thing started in 2006, with no other symptoms that I can recall. My dad has it too, but I've read it can't be transmitted [[shrug]].
I'm sorry you've been having to deal with all of this... I'm going to be tested for fungi/candida very soon which is actually what I first wanted to be checked for when all this started 2 years ago. I had chronic yeast infections until I gave up gluten (and presumably yeast in general) but my digestive issues don't seem to let up for more than very short periods at a time and I still have bouts of constipation even though magnesium takes care of most of the time. But that's more of a treatment than a cure... For some time I thought the skin discoloration to be from a nut allergy as it would come and go with reintroduction and elimination of nuts, but now it persists no matter what. Now I'm thinking I was just consuming moldy nuts...
Interesting about colostrum powder. Not sure I've heard of that as a treatment for candida... and I've heard about a lot of things.
Yeah, I didn't find much info about it, tbh. I just took a chance. Sometimes the power of positive reviews just gets to me. "It's amazing! My everything was cured!" The user Ron_Swanson has some interesting thoughts about digestive stuff, he has a post over in Nutrition offering up help on digestive issues. He sent me some information, I might try it out when $$ is less strapped.
You don't know how many things I've tried because it supposedly cured someone's everything...
I did see his post and I have to disagree with some of his advice regarding constipation. Indigestible fiber from things such as chia seeds and fiber supps make constipation much worse for many people.
[QUOTE=ombat;1225769]...my digestive issues don't seem to let up for more than very short periods at a time and I still have bouts of constipation... [/QUOTE]
Reading this makes me think that you are a good candidate for the aloe vera. and as far as it being a cure vs. a treatment -- I thought I would have to be consuming it every day for the rest of my life, but recently I feel that with the magnesium I've been taking, plus the gelatin I've been having regularly, the aloe vera caps, and coffee every day, I may be able to start reducing my supp list even more! So, maybe it will take a while for you, but I think it has healed me/is healing me, slowly but surely.
Please, namelesswonder, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't colostrum powder very similar to ingesting gelatin? I think it's made from similar stuff, but maybe I'm thinking of something else...
[QUOTE=CiKi90;1225929]Reading this makes me think that you are a good candidate for the aloe vera. and as far as it being a cure vs. a treatment -- I thought I would have to be consuming it every day for the rest of my life, but recently I feel that with the magnesium I've been taking, plus the gelatin I've been having regularly, the aloe vera caps, and coffee every day, I may be able to start reducing my supp list even more! So, maybe it will take a while for you, but I think it has healed me/is healing me, slowly but surely.
Magnesium and gelatin have completely treated my constipation unless I travel or forget to take them - though I do function almost completely fine on magnesium alone. I did buy aloe vera caps but I didn't want to start taking them and the niacinamide at the same time (first rule of supplements: one new thing at a time). So I will start taking the aloe when I return home at the end of next week.
[B][U]Monday, June 17[/U][/B]
- Crash after lunch. Too much meat?
- B: Maple mango yoghurt
- Pinch of salt. Not sure why…
- L: 1/2 lb gf beef (I know I know…), 2 rice cakes, handful carrots
- S: carrots
- S: 4 oz carrot juice, 3 rice cakes, ~60g feta cheese
-D: steak, sweet potato w/ coconut oil and cinnamon. Probs wouldn't have eaten so much beef today if I knew this was for dinner. Oh well.
So full I want to puke .
- Cravings: carrots. I used to love carrots and stopped eating them because they make me bloat instantly (indigestible fiber, duh) but just a few at a time should be ok…? Also I think they are playing a part in my more frequent BMs..
- BMs: after breakfast, lunch
- Bloat: feels like more than usual.
- gelatin - 1 pckt
- D3 - 4000 IU
- Niacinamide - 500 mg
- Mg - 200 mg
- Sun - about 30 min face + arms + legs, another 10 minutes on face
Acne: realized I've been neglecting the coconut oil and that might be why it's gotten angry again.
Discoloration: Not going to be home for about 2 weeks and forgot the anti fungal shampoo so… oh well.
Gave a super scientific lecture to the cousins about PUFAs while trying not to be a crazy conspiracy theorist about it (I was prompted into the discussion, by the way). Talked about inhibiting thyroid function and enzymes, being pro inflammatory, went into a history discussion about the seed oil industry needing a new venue for their demon oils when they were no longer being used for paint, fattening livestock with them, etc. They may be scared now. But I don't think they're going to stop making almond butter muffins (just came out of the oven).
I do agree that fiber is a bad call for digestive issues. The site "gutsense" and book "Fiber Menace" convinced me of that, plus my own experiences. In terms of gelatin vs. colostrum, I don't know. I'm probably going to try adding gelatin to my regular diet since it seems like a good thing to have anyway. I actually had no luck with magnesium because my constipation was so bad. Vitamin C works in a similar capacity and somehow that worked when mag did not. I'm probably going to try magnesium again for some restless leg issues too. Sigh, it's a never-ending experiment with my body! Sometimes, I wish I could take a break!
I was invited to a former supervisor's business launch party. She does some cooking supply thing. She shared some examples of the food. "All healthy!" It was all seed oils. I would not have been able to eat anything without significant discomfort, plus it was a bit of a drive for a week day, so it was easy to say no.
What dose and in what form were you taking magnesium? That does matter. Also if you are already backed up, you probably need perform an enema before any kind of supplementation can start working. It's all very complicated.
I know what you mean in wanting to take a break... And sometimes I do when I feel like I've tried 10 things in a row, nothign is working, and I'm hopeless. But that makes it worse and I'm back to experimenting again...
I love what people consider "healthy". In those kinds of situations it's better to just eat beforehand and then push food around your plate for a while once you're there to make yourself seem less awkward.
Ingesting epsom salts worked for a while, and then it didn't, even when things weren't backed up. I took up to 8 g at one time, I think, and it just gave me terrible lower-abdominal cramps. I haven't tried mag citrate in a while, but I may try it again soon.