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Antibiotics can permanently change your gut flora. Your body stores reserves of beneficial bacteria in the appendix to repopulate the gut after diarrhoea, and if these are wiped out, there’s no way your body can restore them by itself. Losing beneficial bacteria means losing your ability to digest certain foods and compromised GALT. It also means pathogens like candida, which won’t develop in a competitive environment, are able to flourish. This can lead to all sorts of symptoms/diseases that are rarely ever cured by modern medicine, since the gut is never considered as the source of the problem. Poor diet and lifestyle compound these problems.
IBD (Crohn’s, colitis etc) is perhaps the ultimate example of gut flora imbalance. The disorder is so severe that the gut is literally able to destroy itself. For most sufferers, this means a life of harsh drugs and symptom management to maintain remission. Yet, restoration of a normal gut flora via faecal transplants has been shown to cure these conditions within a matter of days. Their role in health can’t be overstated.
The reason I’m telling you this is because even if your nutritionist doesn’t believe you “have” candida, it’s clear you have dysbiosis (gut flora imbalance), and the above example shows how this, and the impact of antibiotics, shouldn’t be underestimated. Following the protocol here is one way to go about restoring balance, with an anti-fungal emphasis. Since you’re depressed I’d also recommend reading this. Vitamin D and fish oil (taken with saturated fat and in the absence of omega-6s) could be of especial benefit.