Latka wrote: Hi Konnor,
For hypoglycaemia have you tried McCombs blood sugar balance protocol? Basically eating a little something (i.e. 1/3 of a stick of celery) every hour in order to keep the blood sugar levels balanced. Could help with some other symptoms too, such as brain fog. Has for me at least.
Besides for having to detoxify all the toxins the liver can be under enormous stress if the glygocen stores are low. This can be caused by not eating often enough, in which case the blood sugar balance protocol can already help. Or it can be caused by not getting enough carbohydrates; in this case the already burdened liver has to convert protein into useable glygocen and this can cause further stress.
Are you sure you have Candida overgrowth?
I am someone for whom no Candida plan ever worked, I only kept getting worse and worse on it. It seems to me that while there are many digestive disorders out there the doctors are clueless about what they are or what to do about them; some doctors deny that Candida overgrowth can even exist, which is as big a problem as the doctors that in the lack of knowing what else to do, diagnose every digestive disorder as “probably Candida”. It seems to me that if after 4 years you are no better you will have to question whether keeping on doing the same thing is helpful at all? As frustrating as it is you will probably need to keep searching for your own solutions.
My solutions were actually the opposite of what I had been told to do; for example, strong probiotics made me more bloated and constipated. I stopped taking them a while ago and have been able to lessen the bloating problem. I have no idea why this is and it goes against everything I’ve been told, but in my desperation of not knowing what else to do anymore I had to try something. I think it is important to remember that it is always a question of finding balance and doing too much of something (even if it is something good like the good bacterias) can be harmful if it tips over the balance. Take saunas and sweating for example; while I know it is a very important part of detoxing, isn’t it possible to overdo it as well? In my case what made my constipation worse was messing up with the electrolyte balance by taking colonics, daily saunas to sweat and then on top of everything drinking loads of water to just flush my body. I am not saying you need to stop taking saunas, as obviously you will need to help your liver to detoxify, but maybe you need to consider whether you would need to consume more salt due to the excessive sweating.
If the plan isn’t working, keep researching, questioning, evaluating everything. Hope you find some solutions!
I really can sympathise with this response. I too struggle to accept everything under the ‘Candida Umbrella’, but I’ve had nothing from doctors or alternative practitioners and my tests have showed me nothing. Even with the symptoms mentioned above an adrenal stress test last year came out perfect! And yes it might be easy to suggest there is a strong psychological component to my poor health, but why, when I had learned to manage my illness and was able to get on with life did I experience another dip out of the blue.
It sounds like you know a little about carbohydrates. Have you read much paleo material? Many experts say low carb diets are a ‘stress’ to the body, particularly the thyroid over time. I’ve never had an adverse thyroid test. My problem is both digesting them, and the brain fog and re-emergence of hypoglycemia that inevitably follows. I know there is an adaption period both transitioning onto a low carb diet, and off again but I have never succeeded in reintroducing them without being worse than before. I am in ketosis and effectively have no blood sugar issues but of course am worried about the long term effects.
I’m not sure if I have candida specifically, merely that I have some significant gut dysbiosis. I did a metametrix stool test that didn’t show yeast or pathogens being too high, and only showed H pylori as being a problem. I struggle to comprehend H Pylori is the only cause of all my trouble. Something more prominant must be causing my constipation, inability to digest starch, intense brain fog when eating eggs or nightshades, feelings of fermentation when eating fruit etc etc.
My intuition tells me my gut is a mess, I’m toxic and my liver is struggling to detox. My adrenals are no doubt playing a part as well. What I should be looking at as the cause I don’t know. Alternative practitioners probably see $$ signs when I walk in the door and explain my story. There is so much in my story to tinker with so they can offer their own spin, and hundreds of supplements they could recommend if gut, liver and adrenals are the problem.
I have never been able to stick to anything long enough for it to potentially help me. I’d like to commit to the McCombs plan if I can which will mean going through some die off and not giving up. Even though it is a plan which he sells, he seems genuine in trying to stick to the research. I like that his diet isn’t too dogmatic, especially when it comes to carbs. I do have to be careful with the sauna’s though as I’m fragile and like you say I don’t want to worsen the situation. I do use Iodised Table Salt with my food and trace minerals so would hope I’m not experiencing electrolyte issues. I have craved salt in the past which reaffirms an adrenal link of some sort. The water intake is something to bear in mind as in order to swallow all the pills you do end up drinking allot. Add to that tea throughout the day and it might be easy to overdo.
I’ve already lost some of the best years of my life and am desperate to get well but am in a horrible spot. Even 30% improvement would be good enough to live with!
Do you have your health journey posted anywhere?