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#3325188 Taking Accutane And Living Healthy

Posted by kaleidoscope on 07 February 2013 - 03:05 PM

You might be breaking out from carbs because of an intestinal yeast or bacterial overgrowth, not necessarily just blood sugar/insulin issues. I used to have the same problem (breaking out from any significant amount of carbs) and I'm doing much better now since I started taking some things for yeast and bacteria.

What's been helping me the most is peppermint tea, at least 2 cups a day (has antifungal and antibacterial properties), coconut oil (has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties), and cod liver oil (has vitamin A which boosts the immune system to help fight off pathogens).

Also, before I started peppermint tea, I discovered black tea helped a lot too. It contains tannins which are antifungal and antibacterial. I switched to peppermint, which works just as well if not better, because I prefer to avoid caffeine.

Probiotics might help too... have you tried them? I'd recommend just a plain acidophilus supplement since some people with intestinal dysbiosis have trouble with other strains.

#3310538 Gut Flora And Leaky Gut. After 5 Years I Finally Found The Root Cause And I...

Posted by kaleidoscope on 13 December 2012 - 02:41 PM

My whole point is that it doesn't matter how long you have been on the diet if you still haven't adjusted to several sources of probiotics and prebiotics and/or still have gastrointestinal problems or food intolerances. Because then you still have a lot of inflammation going on and your acne will not improve.

I think the problem some of us are having with this (only speaking for myself) is that it's frustrating to read things like "get rid of your intolerances," or "achieve regular bowel movements" as if these are things we can just do.

I agree... I don't think anyone can say that any one protocol will accomplish those things for everyone who has food allergies or digestive issues. There are so many factors and everyone is different.

For example, I started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet several years ago in hopes clearing up my skin. As part of this diet, I started eating lots of homemade yogurt, as well as sauerkraut (actually I'd been eating sauerkraut for a long time). This diet did clear me up a few months or so, but eventually I started breaking out again... and I also started developing severe food allergies (IgE allergies, bordering on anaphylactic) for the first time in my life. And all the foods I was becoming seriously allergic to started breaking my skin out even though they never had before. Why would this happen to me on this "gut-healing" protocol? Well, I later figured out that I had mercury toxicity, which causes allergies, and all of the high-sulfur foods I was eating on the SCD were exacerbating the problem (sulfur binds to mercury and can move it around the body, which is generally not a good thing). So it's not that simple for some people.

In general, treating yeast and bacterial imbalances in the gut can reduce food allergies/sensitivities, but still, not everyone will benefit from the exact same treatment for these problems. I couldn't even tolerate any probiotics at all until I started taking a supplement that boosts the immune system (something called OKG), which really reduced my yeast and bacterial overgrowth issues.