missiello wrote: That’s interesting that you mention hormones because I am on birth control at the moment (ortho tri-cyclin). I was on the lower dose hormone one a few months back ago but had to switch to the higher dose because my insurance wouldn’t cover it. I noticed that my symptoms got even worse because the switch to a higher dose. Maybe I will mention some alternatives to ortho tri-cyclin as well.
Known possible triggers to be kept in mind are (1) antibiotic use, (2) use of specific contraceptives, especially combined contraceptive pills, (3) disturbed glucose metabolism, (4) the use of personal hygienic products, and (5) tight clothing or plastic panty liners.
We concluded that OCs [oral contraceptives] may increase the number of Candida present, which suggests that OCs users may be more prone to infection by cervico-vaginal Candida compared to non-OCs users.
The isolation rate of C. albicans was higher among oral-contraceptive users (57.5%)
OCs are linked to hypothyroidism and other health issues too. Hormonal balance is a delicate thing.
Latka wrote: Somehow I had already intuited that the problem behind my baby bump would be the small intestine, rather than the colon. I just don’t know if it is Candida or too much ‘good’ bacteria, since the bloating started after introducing stronger probiotics and kefir. And if the problem is in the small intestine, how does one target that? No enema will reach that. And maybe this explains why according to the colonic irrigation therapist I no longer have candida, as apparently nothing like that is coming out. Which also makes me wonder if the problem is something else than Candida…
I am getting really confused. Should I just keep eating the anti fungals. I am no longer on prescription anti fungals and the natural stuff seems to have no effect on me. I am too freaked out to keep taking probiotics at the moment and actually feel better without them. I don’t think I will ever touch kefir again. Fasting might temporarily help ease the bloating (has done so in the past) but it only helps for the time being I am fasting. So this is not a long term solution especially as I am too weak to stay on a fast at the moment. I am already hypothyroid and despite being on hormone supplementation my hypothyroid symptoms returned this spring, mostly due to going too low on calories.
If you respond well to fasting, that would suggest bacteria are involved, as does the fact that it’s in the small intestine and probiotics seem to antagonise your symptoms. Candida can continue to feed on ketones produced during fasting or ketogenic dieting, but bacteria rely on glucose and have a harder time surviving. There’s also a process called autophagy that “activates” after about 16-hours without eating that recycles damaged cells and can help clear the body of intracellular pathogens.
Low-carb diets have been shown to lower T3 levels and increase rT3. Calorie deficits above a certain level are capable of producing the same results. It’s the thyroid that’s responsible for the so-called “starvation response” that people say slows down metabolism when you skip breakfast or go on crazy diets. These changes mean your dose of T4 will need to be augmented. Have you discussed your diet with your doctor? Keeping your T3/T4 in range is really important as I’m sure you already know, and decreased levels could be contributing significantly to your digestive woes.
I don’t know what to recommend because if bacteria is the issue, ketosis is helpful, but you need to support your thyroid as a priority. I’ve read it’s possible to maintain ketosis even while eating carbs if enough coconut oil is consumed. The trouble is finding carbs that are absorbed before any bacteria can munch on them. Some people use rice syrup or dextrose for this, but I think it’s something you’d need to experiment with. I’d focus on getting your thyroid back in gear with help from your doc and then trying to work out what the jisus is going on in your guts.