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echinacea webmd research science papercuts candida gut leaky side effect

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#1 Twosteps


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:35 AM

This article from WebMD (below) says that echinacea was found to change the composition of gut bacteria.  It does not say whether this change was for better or worse and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this.


About a week ago I started drinking echinacea tea 3-5 times a day (box says to drink that much when you are "sick" lol).  Everything was good but yesterday my body cleared out like I took a laxative.  I'm taking a break because that wasn't the effect I was going for.  I'm wondering if anyone has an experience with this.  I'd be keen to hear from some of the candida/leaky gut crowd as I think I might have that and a gut bacteria change might not be the worse thing.  I don't have a rash or stomach/abdominal pains.  I sometimes get fleeting headaches and definitely get dry mouth but both are easily fixed with a big glass of water.


Here's the article, you be the judge (but please weigh in here):



edit: better font =)

Edited by Twosteps, 09 April 2014 - 11:36 AM.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 03:06 PM

I mainly take yogurt and water kefir as probiotic sources so I have no idea about echinacea tea.

I've had similar laxative effect only when I tried to taste some leaven I was making with water kefir+flour (well I'm not 100% sure it's from that, but that's my best bet for now)


Big off-topic:

By the way, making gluten free bread using water kefir leaven is damn hard (I mean, you can make something edible, but it just won't rise correctly)

Is your nickname a reference to Two Steps From Hell?

Sorry to ask, but how in the world is Comic Sans MS a better font?


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