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  1. I'm starting to wean off antibiotics! From what I've researched, antibiotics kill both good (gut flora) and bad (candida) bacteria. While weaning off antibiotics, would it be wise to approach it with an (anti)candida diet (to not allow bad bacteria to flourish, and keep them at bay)? Logically, I assume this would inhibit the bad bacteria's growth, and along with probiotics, keep their levels low and eventually out-numbered! So, SOUND GOOD?
  2. thanks, great stuff! i guess my overall question really isn't based around and exact time span, but instead: Is this a very slow process? does it take like 5-7 months? Or is it relatively quick: anywhere from a few weeks to like 2 months? Or ever sooner for that matter?
  3. spectacles_owl - I'm currently in pretty good health with the exception of the antibiotic factor. I eat veggies, fruits, seeds, and legumes 95% of the time, and whole grain wheat every once and a while. I only drink water, and I've eliminated all sugars/sweeteners that were previously in my diet. BUT STILL: any idea how long repopulation would take [just enough to become stable]? chunkylard - don't mean to sound rude or anything, but your point seems rather obvious. I tried to give a time
  4. in the long run, it's better not to. of course, at one time or another, we've all gone through the temptation to do so, so it is very natural to want to get rid of it. if you keep your hands off for a while, i'm sure you will notice some benefits/prevent future problems with scarring
  5. So... I'm about to start weaning off antibiotics and start incorporating fermented foods that are rich in probiotics into my diet. [i've been on antibiotics for 7-8 months, "doxycycline tetracycline" and/or "doxycycline hyclate"] (Not sure) [assuming I have at least 1-3 servings of them a day] How long will it take for fermented foods to repopulate my gut flora/good bacteria?
  6. Thanks for all the responses, and I'm sure you're right Chunk! But to answer your question; in a perfect world, I would eat nothing BUT whole wheat bread covered in chocolate milk and sugar! Throw in a side of sugary cereal and biscuits smothered in butter and honey.. Mmmm But in all seriousness, thank you.
  7. Sooo, for all you health nuts (in a good way) Would frozen vegetables be considered alkaline or acidic? I'M WELL AWARE THAT FRESH IS ALWAYS BETTER. But many sites list them as acidic for some reason? What gives? I know there is a progressive loss of nutrients, but they're still veggies right? As long as I eat frozen veggies WITHOUT preservatives and salt, shouldn't everything be pretty good? Or is life just not that simple? And don't say something like "Well, frozen is bet
  8. Sooo, -I'm currently on antibiotics. -Antibiotics will cease to work in a few months. -I'd like to switch to Probiotics. -If possible, only using foods high in probiotics. -I'd like to avoid a pill, if at all possible. QUESTIONS: -list foods high in probiotics! -Are high probiotic foods enough, or is a pill 100% necessary? -How should I make the switch? (Lengths of time) -How exactly should I ween off antibiotics? THANKS
  9. So I have these bumps under the surface of my skin, mainly on my cheeks (about half an inch from my nose on either side). I've had them for months now but they just sit there, they never become inflamed, and they never seem to develop any further than a small, skin colored bump. Although I was sure that they were some kind of milia, the dermatologist I saw a while back informed me that they were under the skin white heads that never developed, and not milia. She tried to put me on some kind of r
  10. So I recently stumbled upon Fooducate, its free in the app store (or $4 for the upgraded version). The app rates all foods on a scale of A,A-,B+,B,B-,etc. all the way to D. Now, assuming I avoid almost all meats (most are listed as D's or C's), and all dairy (D's-C's), and only eat foods of an A to A- rating (whole, organic, minimally processes or unprocessed), would an alkaline/acid diet really matter? I mean the foods are listed as incredibly healthy (including fruits and veggies) an
  11. So I'd like to embark on an alkaline diet. At the same time however, I have been trying out a low-glycemic diet. Through some research I have found that lemon juice is extremely alkaline forming AND low in glycemic value. My questions are: 1.With the low-glycemic index in place, would it be logical to simply add lemon juice to some slightly-moderately acidic foods in order to make them alkaline? (Like squirting juice on slightly acidic breads/lean meat) 2.If a food is alkaline overa