I have been paleo for about 4 months, and I consume grass fed meats, chicken, lots of fish, low carb veggies, olive oil, coconut oil. I avoid fruits, starch, nuts and dairy. I have a suspicion that I might have a candidal overgrowth. My tests revealed a dysbiosis of sorts but showed my yeast levels were under control. Are all gut dysbioses a sign of candida?
Anyways my soccer performance has suffered tremendously, and I was wondering if I should maybe increase my carbs to 100grams by adding a sweet potato or two and maybe a bit of blueberries? Or will that be bad for my gut? Like I said before I have been following a very limited diet for four months with no improvement in my symptoms. Any ideas?
Dr Art Ayers at http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/search?q=gut+dysbiosis He is convinced that most diseases of civilization are caused gut flora being less than optimal. Roam around his site for a lot of enlightment about gut flora.
He does advocate inulin products...which are artichokes, jerusalem artichokes, jicama, burdock root, chicory and pectin to heal the gut. I mix the burdock root, chicory and pectin in my Greek yogurt.
Stephan at http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/search?q=inulin also talks about inulin in improving gastrointestinal Health.
I would avoid all forms of sugar...whether it comes from fruit like blueberries or from carbs that are converted to sugar in the gut...as yeast loves a sugary environment to thrive.
Regarding your sub optimal soccer performance on paleo, I would bet you are not taking in enough meat and fat to fuel your body to the level necessary to sustain the energy you need to be constantly on the move...as required in soccer. Thus you think you need the energy from 100g of carbs to fuel yourself. When folks decide to go paleo, they do not realize it takes a while to keto adapt (converting to using meat and fat to fuel the body rather than using carbs) and they do not realize they must replace the lost energy from carbs with animal protein and fat.
Try this. For a couple of weeks, breakfast 5 eggs fried in coconut oil or butter. 1/4 pound of bacon...best value I find at Wal-Mart...Wrights Brand bacon ends, 3 pounds for $4.92. Lunch 1/2 pound hamburger, no bun with some steamed veggies slathered in butter. Dinner 16 oz steak with lots of fat around the edges with more green veggies slathered in butter. Plus a green salad with olive oil and vinegar. Eat like this and I bet your performance will improve. If you run out of energy during the day, take along with you a small jar of coconut oil and have a few spoonfuls. I carry a jar with me all the time.
Keep the group updated as to your progress.
Dysbiosis is very common- do you take a probiotic or eat any probiotic foods (raw sauerkraut)? It's tricky to balance needing more carbs for the activity you're doing with the sugar issue, but I'd say for sure a starchy addition like yams, sweet potatoes or winter squash is likely a good place to start. Try it and see how it feels. I'd vote against the fruit but I'd add one thing at a time and test it for a week to see how you feel.
Good luck- keep us posted.
I'd like to also add what my Microbiology stool test says.
"Sufficient amounts of Bifido. and E. Coli appear to be present in the stool however lactobacilii is below optimal levels....lacto. and bifi. are important for gastrointestinal function, as they are involved in vitamin synthesis, digestion, immune function, detoxification of pro-carcinogens...." it then goes on to say " A quantity of +1 yeast is considered an acceptable amount of yeast in the stool. However it may reflect a condition of yeast overgrowth...or may lead to symptoms in individuals showing deficient beneficial bacteria."
What scares me the most is the fact that I have an overgrowth of a Bacillus Species(?) which is considered a potential pathogen.
I had the same issue with seb derm for absolutely ages even after I switched to moderate paleo. Took awhile before I realised (duh) that I was becoming more and more gluten intolerant the fewer grain products I ate. After cutting them out entirely (watch out for sausages otherwise called "hot dogs", beer etc for sneaky sources of gluten). Skin almost 100% now. It will take some time to rebalance and heal. Good luck.
P.S. Soccer is spelt F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L. Lot's of love from England.