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I’m curious if others are struggling with their thyroid? Am I the only one?
I’m not sure how old she is, but my son (who’s 2) is doing very well with digestive enzymes. It’s completely holding off his symptoms and buying me time to figure out how to best treat him.
Also, have you looked into the GAPS diet? It’s designed for children, and you two could do it together.
There are several reasons why a person who suffers from a Candida overgrowth gains weight easier and finds it more difficult to lose the weight. The same reasons, in reverse, answers the question of why a person on a protocol and a diet which is progressively curing the infestation begins to lose weight.
1) The Candida fungus causes fluid retention and makes it more difficult to lose the water weight throughout the infestation.
2) Before it’s treated as well as during the treatment, a fungal yeast overgrowth such as Candida will almost always cause a thyroid imbalance. This is because it’s capable of blocking the hormone receptors, therefore decreasing hormone effects. Hormones control metabolism, and in this case, the thyroid almost always reacts with hypothyroid. Even with mild cases of a Candida overgrowth, hypothyroid is usually present to some degree whether it’s noticed or not. Sometimes the hypothyroid symptoms are mistaken as simply the Candida symptoms since the symptoms of Hypothyroidism mimic those of a Candida overgrowth.
Once the infestation is cured, or nearly cured, the thyroid begins to return to normal. I had my levels checked during the worst of my infestation and then again afterwards, so I know this to be true. Of course, if the thyroid is severely damaged, then other steps may have to be taken even after a cure of the infestation.
3) More than normal levels of toxins in the body make weight loss more difficult, and everyone knows to what extent a Candida overgrowth affects the level of toxins in the body.
4) And the reason which I believe is the most significant along with hormones is that a Candida albicans overgrowth in the body triggers a response in the immune system which puts stress on the adrenal glands. When the adrenals are under stress, this causes a rise in cortisol levels which in turn signals your body to hold on to its fat reserve. To put it simply, stress of the adrenals will normally equal weight gain and/or the inability to lose weight.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
• Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
• Coarse, dry hair
• Dry, rough pale skin
• Hair loss
• Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
• Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
• Memory loss
• Abnormal menstrual cycles
• Decreased libido
This is from this thread, where you can read about a handful of members who’ve had trouble losing weight on the strict diet.
I can tell you that I was on the diet for 5 months before I saw any real weight loss and then I lost 50 LBS in less then 2 months and that was dramatic. My best supplement for weight loss is biotin, I take a very high dose of it, and I buy it in the powered form. I recently learned that the good bacteria produce biotin so, I’m assuming I have little to no good bacteria.May 30, 2013 at 5:12 am in reply to: How do I heal leaky gut if I am allergic to everything? #105360
Emz, hang in there.
I got die off the first time I ate broth too. It’s powerful stuff, oddly.
I don’t know what to say about extreme food allergies, maybe someone else has advice.
Look into GAPS introduction phase, Dr. Campbell writes about extreme food allergies such as yours.May 29, 2013 at 4:30 am in reply to: Reply To: Lead poisoning- chelation- benefit/risks…? #105309
I haven’t gotten to the wine part yet, but yes, it’s a dreamy breeze compared to the Candida diet. I scoff when I hear people on GAPS forums complain about it. (they have no idea what we’ve been through). I found it AMAZING how full I felt after drinking my bone broth, I think I’ve been malnourished from not being able to digest food, and when I started this eating plan my body was finally fed food it could do something with. I just felt so right!
Here’s a link to a great ebook that’s a diet/meal plan for the first 30 days of GAPS.May 29, 2013 at 4:26 am in reply to: How do I heal leaky gut if I am allergic to everything? #105308
I agree with what others have said about broth and GAPS. The broth gave me die off, so I know it works.
If you want a simple way to heal your gut for 30 days have a look at this ebook. It’s a meal plan for 30 days of gut healing, where you slowly introduce new foods. The only things you will eat that aren’t allowed on this Candida diet are butternut squash and soaked nuts, but not at first you introduce them. I think it would be beneficial for anyone suffering from major food intolerances to have a look at this.
P.S. you might not react to chicken that’s been boiled in a broth for 12 hours, the idea is that it’s been broken down through cooking.
Mine is powdered I take 1tsp. 2 X’s a day. The die off only lasted 2 days. It took me 20 minutes to get really angry for no reason the first 4 times I took it ????? Now I feel nothing, maybe a bit of energy, you could use in place of coffee.
Are you guys taking L Glutimine too? I’m thinking of adding it today.
I found that keeping my carb intake up helped me to feel better then starving my body of carbs. Buckwheat bread can do this. I wouldn’t worry about it, it’s good for you because buckwheat is a prebiotic. I don’t believe you have to go super low carb to kill candida, I’d suggest anything withen the diet plan, that doesn’t stress you body and you’ll be fine.
stovariste everyone’s toxicity level is different, so you really can’t say. Dr.Campbell says average 2 years, but the diet is a breeze compared to a Candida diet. In 2 years you should be fermenting your own grains and making your own sourdough bread. The diet claims to heal gluten intolerance in most people.
do you think removing my filling could alone help with my vaginal yeast troubles even though i believe this problem was caused by antibiotics and/or the flu shot? can i do the “challenge” w/o aggrevating the candida?
I think you need to focus on your gut flora. Studies have shown that the reasons why some can handle fillings, and antibiotics with no problem is because they have good gut flora. I’ve resolved to spend the next year nursing my gut flora.
Here’s a quote from Dr. Natasha Campbell
“The digestive track all spread out would cover a tennis court, and it’s the perfect place for anything harmful in the environment to settle, yet the good bacteria there chelate (remove) chemicals and toxic metals – if they can’t destroy it, they grab and it take it from the body.
Two groups of rats were given organic mercury. One group were given a powerful antibiotic, the other group were not. The mercury got into the bloodstream of only about 1% of those without the antibiotic, and 90% of those with the antibiotic. Keep gut flora healthy and strong and it will protect you. (When antibiotics are taken they wipe out bad bacteria AND beneficial bacteria.)
If you have healthy solid gut flora, it will chelate the mercury and take it out.”
I started the GAPS diet this month.May 28, 2013 at 4:56 am in reply to: Reply To: Lead poisoning- chelation- benefit/risks…? #105254
It’s just one persons opinion but this page helped me to distinguish between the different ways to chelate metals.
I decided to start with the GAPS diet, until I can get tested. It’s hypothesized science, but it makes sense to me. I think it’s better to teach your body to clear out toxins, then to take them out yourself unnaturally. That being said GAPS might not work for me and I may have to do something harsher, I’m still giving it time. Just a thought.
(P.S. I’m not looking for a debate, just sharing a page)
That’s so funny that you mention Mindfulness Cheesy. It sounds like the exact type of meditation I’ve been practicing.
I’m not exactly sure how to explain this, but when I meditate now I get a swelling in the back of my throat, not sure if it’s a release or an energy blockage. The only other times I get the swelling are when I get acupuncture and right before I start to cry about something sad. I’ve found it very interesting, so I wanted to mention it in case someone has had a similar experience.
I’m sorry to hear your not feeling well either Cheesy. Sounds like we are on a similar path. 🙁
Cheesy, no not yet.
I’m actually just going by how sick I am. I feel like I spent the last 12 months in a Candida Detox, constantly feeling horrible. Then I switch to the GAPS diet and all I get is intense die off, starting from day 1. I haven’t been able to work, or think straight FOR LIKE EVER! The brain fog seems to be getting worse, and worse.
Raster, that’s a good point, maybe I don’t have the enzymes to digest them.
Thanks Thomas, I’m familiar with low dose chelation. I don’t think it’s right for me and the type of healing I want to do. I’m chelating naturally with the GAPS diet.
I forgot to mention that pre-candida diet I had ZERO food intolerances, just a ton of Candida symptoms.