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Zinc Deficiency or Candida?

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Lately I've been looking into dealing with my skin problems by improving diet and digestion. I just started a type of Candida diet and have been taking supplements for quite some time already. I also just introduced probiotics and fiber to help with possible issues with digestion and overall balance of good bacteria/fungus/gut flora, etc. It's too soon to tell if this approach is working, but I just read some interesting information in relation to skin problems and zinc deficiencies. The article I provided below talks about how this deficiency can account for inflammation, dry skin, dandruff and acne among others. For me I have ALL these symptoms. This sounds very similar to side effects of having a Candida overgrowth in the body. So I'm wondering if this could possibly be my issue. I was debating on whether or not to go to the doctor anyway to ask about Candida/yeast (long shot I know), so maybe it would be good to go in with an alternate option for the doctor to consider. Maybe along with a better diet and natural skin products, all I may need to do is up my dosage of zinc. What do you guys/gals think?

Zinc for Acne

Right now I'm taking a total of 65 mg of zinc with supplements alone.

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Yes, zinc is important in many ways, but no I don't think you should take more zinc. It's been a long time since I looked to zinc supplementation (as opposed to diet and lifestyle) or that it was a major topic of discussion here, but I'm pretty sure that 65mg is a lot and something you should not do for long. I think 50 is the most you should take regularly long term.

And there are many other nutrients that play roles in the same issues and more. More info: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Good-Acne...es-t230714.html

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Well my zinc supplement is 50 mg but the multivitamin that I take has 15 mg as well. I think it said in that article that the body usually only absorbs 30-40% of most zinc supplement so perhaps I'm still not getting enough. The highest it says you can take safely is 50 mg. So I may only be getting around 20mg in the end. Maybe I should switch to the chelated version for better absorption.

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Zinc is a trace mineral, so you dont need very much of it (although I have been dabbling in supplementing zinc after reading Databased's blog here on acne.org about carbohydrate malabsorption). Still, 65mg in my opinion, is a lot, and long term you may face some side effects.

Then again Im probably biased towards candida, I've had great success clearing my skin by eliminating the candida and bad bacteria in my gut. I went to a doctor (a specialist because I dont believe a regular physician is smart enough to diagnose anything besides the common cold) and had a stool test done. It was 160$ but insurance payed for most of it. It was very helpful. I was given an antibiotic which killed off the bad bacteria in my gut, I was sure to take tons of probiotics while on the antibiotic and I had no sideeffects. Additionally, I was prescribe nyastatin (spell check) which is a prescription anti fugal. Its worked magic on the candida and my skin. You may be able to conquer your candida with drastic lifestyle changes (I already eat pretty low carb, no sugar, minimal fruit, my moms a nutritionist and suffers from many of the same digestive problems I do so we eat very very healthy (gluten free anyone?). Anyway I would recommend a low carb diet if you decide to take the anti-fugal or not. Both ways it will help stop the candida faster. I still suffer from acne which is a little disappointing but its not nearly as bad and I feel soo much better. I've learned that some of the lingering symptoms of candida can be in fact caused by leaky gut syndrome which can be caused in of itself by the candida and also through eating gluten. So Im gluten free and trying to repair my gut and getting away with LOTS of things I couldnt do before. I can eat gluten free pizza every once in a while without breaking out. My candida, I believe, is at least under control and so is my acne. Hope I didn't write too much. Best of luck

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I'm going to try and find a specialist in my area that will give me a test for Candida. I have insurance and everything so hopefully I don't get too big of a medical bill. I already started a strict candida diet, probiotics fiber and tons of water. I broke out pretty good since starting all this so maybe it is some sort of a healing crisis. I'm hoping it's not some sort of bad reaction to doing something I don't need to be doing if it turns out Candida isn't the issue.

As for the zinc, maybe I'll start to cut the 50mg pills in half, so with the multi vit I'll be taking around 40 mg total. However, I was looking at zinc maximum dosage numbers and most say that anything over 100mg is not good. On a side note, besides skin problems one of the symptoms of a zinc deficiency is infertility in men. My wife and I have not been able to conceive and she's been tested already for problems on her end, but that's beside the point here.

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Interesting:

Causes of Zinc Deficiency:

Inadequate intake of zinc in the daily diet is the main reason why zinc deficiencies happen. It can also be promoted by increase in the losses of zinc from the body, such as when copper exposure is high, and when your body requirement for zinc increases for one reason or another (such as when lactating or pregnant). These conditions tend to occur more in the elderly, in mothers, and in young children. Gastrointestinal malabsorption can also lead to zinc deficiency symptoms.

Source:

http://www.nutritional-supplements-health-...y-symptoms.html

Could Candida still be the underlying culprit?

Candida - Vitamin and mineral deficiencies:

Candida overgrowth often contributes to malabsorption (decreased nutrient uptake) as well, a problem that can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies that in turn can affect a large number of enzymatic functions throughout the body. Of the mineral deficiencies most notable are copper, zinc (typical of children with autism) and magnesium.

Source:

http://www.ninazu.com/whatis.html

"Candida typically causes malabsorption of many important nutrients that would normally help nourish the skin and prevent allergic reactions. Without these nutrients we are more susceptible to dry, flaky and inflamed skin." (I have all these symptoms)

Source:

http://www.health-truth.com/27.php

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