Hello guys and thank you for your advice.
Raster and Able – I read the thing about not taking pro-biotics too soon on another candida website though I can’t recall which one and when I did take them in the first couple of weeks of the diet I thought they made me feel pretty grotty, so I stopped them. (I had however been on pro-biotics for years prior to beginning the diet.) I have this last couple of days started them again and had a go with some Activia plain yoghurt as well, which doesn’t seem to have caused problems this time. (Fingers crossed.)
I suppose what I am confused about is that I know I can’t stay on the strict diet and ridiculous amounts of anti-fungals everyday forever, but then again I don’t want to ruin things by lowing the doses and experimenting with foods too soon either!! So I was wondering what to do about that?
I no longer experience any die off and I don’t see candida anymore in the stools. How long should you continue to see candida for?
Clare – if you google ‘what does candida look like’ you can actually see some pictures. It is a bit like little jelly fish, or more accurately, clear jelly cobwebs and you can actually see the roots where it has been hanging onto the sides of your gut! I am unsure how you know when it has all gone though – I haven’t seen any for a while in spite of continuing the diet and upping the anti-fungals, so is it feasible that I could have evacuated most of the worst of mine in one particularly grotty and painful weekend?
Raster and Able – I know that my leaky gut won’t be healed yet which is why I don’t want to do anything silly regarding my diet, but do I have to keep with antifungals and the very strict version of the diet until every bit of leaky gut has healed too? I don’t know if there is lots more candida waiting to get out, or if I’m just left with the damage it did now – what do you think? I thought the anti-fungals were more for the candida overgrowth than the leaky gut – is this correct?
I have also been taking for the last month L-glutamine to help heal the gut wall and I no longer have pain when I rub my tummy or press my ileo-caecal valve, so I am hopeful that it is on the mend, if not completely there yet. I intend to take L-glutamine for a long time yet – at least several months – and I shall go back to taking pro-biotics as part of my daily supplement regime as I have done for years.
Able – I read somewhere that you are now better from candida – is this true? Because I seem to keep reading horror stories of people who have been on the diet for years and any deviation from it knocks them back and they can never have a ‘normal’ life. Whilst I don’t intend to go back to eating chocolate every day and having sandwiches every meal, etc, I would like to think that one day I might be able to enjoy a rare takeaway pizza again, or a cake on my birthday, perhaps have crusty bread to dip in soup, or an ice cream on holiday. Is this realistic or is it just a pipe dream? Can anyone ever return to a normal healthy diet and how long did it take you if you managed to do so?
Many thanks x