Yes, I had the same problems with the probiotics and had quit taking them before. When you add probiotics you end up killing off bad bacteria, this is called a herxheimer reaction
, this releases toxins that cause some symptoms to get worse before they get better. Going no sugar / no carbs for a couple of days first really helps (you slowly starve them), and staying no sugar for at least a couple of weeks (I use to eat sugar all the time, which was part of my problem. Now I may eat a desert with a meal once or twice per week, but thats it).
The vinegar can help a little, same concept as HCl tablets, just not nearly as good. The HCl / Enzymes tablets have no smell and also don't damage your teeth (don't split them or chew them!).
If you have any stomach or intestinal inflammation you should fix that first. That is the anti-candida / bacterial part. Do everything but the HCl / Enzymes for 1-2 weeks (until the stomach pain is gone). An inflamed stomach has little to no mucosal barrier left and adding acid to it hurts! I know because I had tried just HCl tablets before and I thought the pain was going to send me to the emergency room. After I fixed my stomach (I only waited one week) adding HCl was not a problem. I've now been taking it for 4 or 5 months and have never had a problem with it, and don't expect to. HCl actually kills candida and bacteria as it enters the stomach, and it also digests the food and moves it out so bacteria have nothing to feed on, this should keep it from getting reinfected. Until you know how well your stomach is, take the HCl after eating about
1/3rd of your meal, this will give it some food to buffer it a little.
I took the probiotics at 3pm (2.5 hours after lunch, and 2-3 hours before dinner) and in the middle of the night (hey, I'm over 50, I get up at least once during the night
). I still take the probiotics (less of it, and only the night dose). The GSE is magical stuff, read all the reviews on Amazon, its amazing. I've never had any side effects from it and if you're on a tight budget you might could skip the Candida Clear and just take GSE (I would definitely take both if you can). If I do get stuck at a social even with lots of deserts I just take GSE when I get home and I know it will take care of those bad microbes for me. But I suspect it also kills a lot of good ones (that is disputed by many people that take it regularly), so be sure to take the probiotics at least 2 hours after taking the GSE (which can be taken with food, e.g. after a meal).
I suspect if you follow this exactly you won't have your gas issues much longer!
Today for lunch I had a 1/3lb hamburger, with onions, cheese, mustard, as well as a large side of french fries. I pretty much eat like this every day for lunch now. I just take my little pill and I know I'll be fine. Never any problems (and it may sound weird, but I really enjoy having good poops, after probably 10 years of bad ones!! My IBS was killing me!) I do watch my sugar intake, I avoid soda pops, I'm still a little lactose intolerant (though that has improved a lot) and try not to eat things toooo hot spicy (though I still like them from time to time I'm too much of a coward to try the ultra hot things of my Texas / Southern heritage). Otherwise I just eat what I want, when I want.
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