So, it's been 10 days since I last wrote about probiotics and fermented foods.
I've started my experiment with taking more heavy-duty probiotics, and I'm here to give you an update on how my gut and fermented foods are getting along.
Keep reading to get all the juicy details :).
My Experiment with Fast Tract--Liquid Fermented Food Probiotic
At the end of Why I Don't Have Fermented Foods on My Blog, I told you that I was ordering more of the heavy duty liquid probiotics, Fast Tract. I was still feeling a little timid about taking 1 whole bottle per week, so I ended up ordering just two bottles.
I decided to try a gradual step up in taking the Fast Tract to make sure I wasn't overwhelming my system, and to hopefully avert intense die off, if that was, in fact, what I was experiencing.
Keep in mind, that the recommended daily dose for Fast Tract is 2 Tablespoons, and Czerral (the maker of Fast Tract and InLiven) recommended that I take 1 bottle each week for a total of 4 weeks. That equates to 8.5 Tablespoons per day. Wow--that's more than 1/2 a cup. Yikes!
Here's the play-by-play on how it's going.
Step One - Waiting
When I wrote my post, I only had one bottle of Fast Tract. I was taking a tad than the recommended daily dosage (2 tablespoons) every other day, alternating with a daily dose (1 heaping teaspoon) of Miessence's Powdered Superfood Probiotic, InLiven.
I held pretty steady at those dosages and felt pretty much the same as I did at the end of my post.
Except that my ears weren't itching when I took the Fast Tract or the InLiven anymore. And overall, the itching was pretty minor.
When the ear itching was bad, it was sometimes on and off, but happened almost every day. Some days it was almost constant and for some long stretches it would itch all day, and the insides of my ears were continually peeling.
On the Fast Tract / InLiven daily dose regimen, I now had minimal symptoms.
Step Two - Gradual Increase
The Fast Tract arrived on 5/20. Here is what has been happening since:
5/21 - 3 Tablespoons of Fast Tract
- Lots of gas and a very "gurgly" stomach.
- Itching ears immediately after taking Fast Tract.
- Not hungry pretty much all day after breakfast. My appetite has been an issue on and off for the past few months, but this day I felt notably "full" all day.
- Loose stools
5/22 - 4 Tablespoons of Fast Tract
- Lots and lots of gas and much more intense "gurgling." To the point that I feared it might keep me up at night, but it didn't. I do take supplements to sleep, some of which I've listed in Natural Sleep Helps. There are more I've found, but that's an item for another post :).
- Nauseous and greatly fatigued in the afternoon. I suspected detox so I took some Liver Support (listed in my Store soon) and zeolite. The nausea and fatigue went away quickly so it appears to be detox for sure. Zeolite is in my Store and there's more on this post about Metal Toxicity.
- Not hungry all day.
- Loose stools again.
- Almost no itching in ears.
5/23 - 5 Tablespoons of Fast Tract
- Itching ears in AM and some at night as well. Some peeling in both ears.
- Some feminine itching.
- Fatigue and nausea in the afternoon that again was resolved by Liver Support and zeolite.
5/24 - 6 Tablespoons of Fast Tract (really getting up there)
- Small amount of ear itching after taking but almost none since then.
- Heavy fatigue in the afternoon, alleviated by detox supplements.
- Constipation. (Not bad constipation, but I think I prefer loose stools. Sigh.)
So that's where I am as of today. Feeling full but amazed that I am able to handle this much fermented food.
My ears feel better and I am pretty convinced that what I am experiencing is die off.
This is all pretty fascinating to me.
I am going to keep stepping the dosage up 'til I reach the 8.5 Tablespoons and then I will take that every day for a total of 4 bottles (which means I guess I will end up buying one extra bottle to get the full daily dosage into myself over a 4 week period.)
Thus far, it still seems to me that I am having die off and that I am not allergic to fermented foods, as I had thought for so long.
So--Czerral was right. Now, what this means for me and candida and the future, I don't know yet, but I am more hopeful than ever that this is a next big step in my healing.
I'll give you another update this coming week in addition to letting you know how my family is going on InLiven since I decided to put them all on it to see what their results would be.
Here are the other 2 parts to this series:
Remember I mentioned in my last post on fermented foods and probiotics that I've arranged for a teleseminar interview and Q&A with Czerral, the maker of InLiven (fermented superfood probiotic) and Fast Tract (liquid super-strength probiotic).
It will take place on Thursday, May 30 (that's next Thursday), at 9pm EST.
I will interview him for a bit and then we will open up the phone lines for you to ask Czerral your questions about probiotics and gut health.
What an opportunity!
Even if you can't make the live teleseminar, make sure you still sign up because you will get a recording of the entire call.
It's going to be chock-full of great information, like:
- What probiotics are
- What types of probiotics work best
- Why we need probiotics--or does everyone need them really?
- Do you really get what you pay for with probiotics?
- Do bacteria counts matter?
- and more
After the call, there will be a great giveaway with two winners.
One will win a tub of InLiven, and another will win a bottle of Fast Tract.
Miessence was generous enough to offer these gifts for my great readers.
If you'd like to check these products out ahead of time, here is a link to InLiven and here is one to Fast Tract. Now before you click over there, I know they are expensive. But first of all, health is crucial. My practitioner says that she considers spending on health products to be like "paying the rent" for living.
I'm really starting to loosen up about spending for health as I am learning more about what is working and what isn't.
And Miessence gives you plenty of ways to save money on products--from 20-40%. I signed up as a rep to get my products at a discount because I never pay retail if there's an ethical way around it :). (The links in this post are to my Miessence store.) And with Miessence, I love their products, their focus on organics, and their practice of sustainability.
Plus--they aren't pushy like most direct sales businesses.
I really hope you all will join me on the call. I'm learning so much and it is a blessing to share it with all of you.
Oh--when you sign up, you will be doing so on Lacey Swartz's website, KV Organics. Lacey has become a dear friend and she has been with Miessence for a long time. She will be joining us on the call and will be handling the bulk of registrations and the teleseminar back office work because she knows I am just swamped right now. Thanks, Lacey!
See you all in the next post when I'll give you an update and tell you more about how my family is doing.
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