Hello, Chessy. This is the post that Shay was talking about. http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst6918_Digestion-and-Depression.aspx
In your situation I would take straight SAM-e instead of one of the precursors in the post, that is if you want to use a natural substance for depression – if that’s even a problem.
Other than that though I’ve been fighting chronically inflamed tonsils for the past 8 months so I think my immune system is taking a battering from that angle as well.
I have decided to take a while off work and focus on trying to rest and build myself up. I’m still taking plenty of probiotics/kefir
The beneficial bacteria make up an enormous part of the immune system, so it’s wise to work on that aspect.
I’m also keeping stress levels ‘relatively’ low which I think is probably really important.
It’s extremely important. The adrenals can also cause a low-functioning immune system, and stress is the number one cause of adrenal fatigue. For the adrenals you can take the following supplements.
At least 4000 mg of vitamin C every day. For the adrenals, you should try to find a vitamin C supplement which also contains bioflavonoid. The ratio should be 1 mg of bioflavonoid for every 2 mg of vitamin C, or twice as much vitamin C than bioflavonoid.
Pantothenic acid (B5) is important for healing the adrenals. 750 to 1,200 milligrams a day is advised for this purpose.
Adaptogenic herbs; there are several, but my favorite is always going to be Ashwagandha which is on our protocol. Nettle leaf is also excellent for the adrenals, but for this purpose I would use the pure herb and not the tea.
If you work on your stress level and stay on these supplements plus a healthy (Candida) diet, it’s possible to see a small difference in as little as one to two weeks.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:
1. Excessive fatigue and exhaustion, chronic fatigue
2. Non-refreshing sleep
3. Sleep disturbance, insomnia
4. Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope
5. Craving salty and/or sweet foods
6. Sensitivity to light
7. Low stamina and slow to recover from exercise
8. Slow to recover from injury or illness
9. Difficulty concentrating, brain fog
10. Poor digestion
11. Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS
12. Low immune function
13. Premenstrual syndrome
14. Menopause symptoms
15. Low blood pressure
16. Sensitivity to cold
19. Frequent influenza
24. Reduced memory
25. Low libido, sexual drive or interest
26. Lack of lust for life and/or food
27. Excess hunger
28. Low appetite
29. Panic/anxiety attacks
30. Irritability, impatience, quick to anger.