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That’s fast becoming my concern too. I’d got lazy with cod liver oil, EPO and vitamin C so I’ll get right back on with them then.
Should I continue with the HCL and bitters?
I would continue to take both the bitters and the HCl, Jo.
How many billions of the probiotic are you taking now?
Candida is caused by the lack of flora in the intestines, therefore, replenishing the flora and ridding the intestines of the Candida will lead to a cure of the leaky gut as well. But we not only need to add the beneficial bacteria with probiotics, we also need to supply a good fiber to feed the flora, otherwise it’ll take much longer to replenish the supply since they won’t be multiplying as fast. Bob’s Red Mill Rice Bran and Bob’s Oat Bran Cereal are two very good prebiotics. I especially like the rice bran because it is a “soft” fiber and doesn’t cause more irritation or damage like some of the coarse fibers would. The oat bran cereal is also softer than some other fiber sources, and even though this is called a “cereal” it can be used in the coconut flour bread recipe.
Chinese licorice root and yucca root both help if the leaky gut has caused inflammation – which is usually the case with LG. I’ve mentioned the correct way to take licorice root together with yucca root, but this is a good chance to do that again for those who didn’t see it before.
You should combine the licorice root with yucca root with a 2:1 ratio. Ingest a half teaspoon 3-4 times daily at least 20 minutes before meals. These two herbs will also help with building up the flora.
The irritants that make the inflammation worse are mostly things you wouldn’t be using any way, but others that can cause more inflammation are animal protein (but animal by-products such as eggs are not nearly as bad for most people). Caffeine can also cause the inflammation to grow worse, but I doubt you’re doing any caffeine at all right now.
A week after your last post I raised the probiotics up to five per day and kept it at that for 2 weeks but now i’m back at 4.
I’ve eaten oatbran all the way through, in porridge mixed with buckwheat flakes, and buckwheat bread. With the rice bran flour, I remember i had some early on in the diet and havent had any for months. I’m not sure if I could tolerate rice bran flour because of how intollerant i’ve been lately. I did have it early on in the diet but havent had it in over 6 months. I guess i’ll just have to test it?
Chinese licorice root and yucca root – When I buy these should the names be exactly that or can i buy something thats called Licorice Root and a seperate item called Yucca Extract?
Irritants. You’re right, I dont have caffeine. I have never drunk coffee and i havent had cola in about 2 years. Chicken.. i have about 100g every other day. Eggs.. 4 per day. I’ve quit all kefir for now. I thought i wasnt reacting to coconut water kefir but if I am its a few hours later so to be sure i’ll just leave it for now. I wouldnt want to become intolerant to eggs and chicken so its just not worth the risk.
I’ve looked into leaky gut a bit more and it seems that this last year has been one vicious circle for me. I definitely had candida before starting the diet, but two months later I developed fibromyalgia and had massive symptoms which caused me to be off work for 4 weeks. For the rest of 2012 i was on a lot of NSAIDS, particularly diclofenac which gave me stomach pains and I guess that may have been when I developed the leaky gut and all progress stopped. Perhaps over doing it with all the antifungals didnt help either. I’ve not had any pain meds for 4 weeks now partly because my symptoms have improved but mainly because i realise now how harmful they are.