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elliefent
Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 5:52pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I'm about a week in to starting the BTD and I've noticed a few side effects that leave me curious.  I've searched around for them and it doesn't seem like anyone else has felt this. As a type A and having digestive problems for the last 4 years, I had already cut out a lot of dairy and gluten.  I'm hoping the BTD is the last piece of the puzzle.  

For the past week, I've woken up with a small headache every morning. It literally feels like I'm slightly hung over.  It goes away after a glass of lemon water tho. I feel like I've been drinking plenty of water and tea so I don't feel like it's a dehydration thing.

Then in the last two days, I've begun developing a yeast infection .  I'm not prone to these, in fact, I can't remember the last time I had a yeast infection.  This definitely tells me the chemistry in my body is changing but is it a good thing?  I thought things would be changing for the better not throwing things out of balance.  I'm upping my acidophiles intake and hoping it helps but I tried searching and couldn't find anyone else who experienced this during the beginnings of their diet.  

I haven't checked out my secretor status yet so I'm not sure if that's a factor.

The last thing I'm thinking is to try some pro-biotics or kombucha.  After several trial periods a few years ago I decided pro-biotics were a terrible thing for me as my body would never adjust to them even after daily use for a month.  Now I'm wondering if it's that because of my old diet it caused foul reactions with the pro-biotics.  I'm willing to try them again now that I'm on the BTD.  

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Perhaps a little more on what you are currently eating, might give people some ideas about why you are developing yeast problems.


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Not A and I'm also not prone to yeast infections, I was thinking about what you said about having taken probiotics I would try the one on this site, formulated for your blood type, perhaps the one before didn't work because they were full of none A probiotics.


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One question:  Are you focusing on eating the highest percentage of your foods from the Beneficials list?  That makes a big difference, particularly when you start the plan.  Also, I personally feel that paying close attention to the portion size and number of servings per week or per day is important.  That information is on the food lists pages of the "Live Right 4 Your Type" book.  

It is very good to do the secretor status test, but for A's the major change in your food list is that non secretors (nonnies) get back some things that were on the avoid list for secretors, so I can't figure how that would affect what's going on with you now.

I went through constant yeast infections for almost 2 years, but I had been on ER for 3 years when that happened.  I was totally discouraged and got to the point where I absolutely would not take any more antibiotics!  My local naturopathic advisor told me to take a couple different natural things and both she and my MD doctor said I really needed to be on probiotics.  

Then my naturopathic advisor put me on Renew Life brand probiotics (she picked out the formula she felt was best for my body) and they have helped tremendously.  I did have some weird things happen the first week I took them, but wouldn't quit for anything now.

I think the blood type specific probiotics from Dr. D. are excellent - I just got started on the ones I take and have done really well, so am sticking with them.  I buy the Renew Life brand on Amazon, or sometimes from drugstore.com if they have a better deal when I need to order more.  

Rule of thumb for fluid intake:  Yes, continue to drink your tea and your lemon and water BUT try to drink 4 oz. of plain (filtered is best) water every half hour the whole time you are awake. (Figure a total of 2 quarts H2O per day) That is what we need to keep flushing bad things out of our systems.  

I do not know if any of this will be helpful, but want to sincerely welcome you to the Blood Type way of living!  It was a major health miracle for me.

Best wishes


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Besides telling us what your diet is like now, tell us what your diet was like before. It will give us a clearer picture of how your diet has changed.

Also, are you SURE it's a yeast infection? Other things can cause similar symptoms. I'm assuming you're female (men can get yeast infections/overgrowth too, but the term "yeast infection" by itself is usually a code word for "vaginal yeast infection.") It might help to know where you are in your cycle, if there's any chance you might be pregnant, if you might have acquired an STD, etc. Sometimes women mistake perfectly normal vaginal discharge as a symptom of a yeast infection.


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Check your symptoms with this list. I'd think you'd want to be sure you have a yeast problem and not bacterial vaginosis.  One is bacterial and the other fungal.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/184622.php

Here's how to tell the difference between BV and candida
http://spryliving.com/articles/is-it-a-yeast-infection-or-is-it-bv/

I agree with the others....if we can see your food list for a day or two, I'm sure it would be easier
to help you.

Welcome ellifent....I like your name....It's super cute!  


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Can you describe your digestion thuroughly? Do you know how your LDL numbers are?

Here is something to think about, did you just aquire a yeast infection or did your immune system just begin to deal with one you had? There's a chance that that your circulation has increased and you're experiencing the "benefits" of that.

I say that also because of the headache being fixed by a blood thinner.

It would be nice to know your genotype (a picture sometimes is good enough with knowing BT).

Are there issues that led you to want changes from diet change? Any minor bodily things that are identifiable?
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elliefent
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Hey Everyone,

Thanks for all the helpful replies!

I'm definitely trying to focus on foods at the top of the Beneficial list as I start the diet. Let's see. Before I was eating a lot of vegetables along with animal proteins.  Chicken, pork, and beef.  I was also eating plenty of potatoes, sweet potatoes (my vice) tomatoes, cabbage, sauerkraut, things I thought were very healthy but didn't realize they may not be that healthy for me specifically.  I tried to stay clear of items with dairy and gluten so my grains were mostly rice and quinoa.  I've never been a huge tofu person so that's been the biggest change.  I found kale is one of the most energizing foods I can eat so that usually found it's way into my meals.  I also grew up on Mexican food so chiles or hot sauce in/on almost everything.

A typical day would start off with eggs, sweet potatoes, and kale.  A lot of times lunch was a big salad usually with a lean protein in it and a vinaigrette.  A lot of times dinner ended up being a stir fry of some sort, usually quinoa w/ veggies.

So now with the new diet I'm starting off the day with some oatmeal and moving on to fruit later.  The oatmeal can't seem to fill me up but I'm trying to keep my portions reasonable because I'm still adjusting to the grains.  (I'm a slender person, probably like 19% BMI, but I have an appetite like a horse.  I also have a job that keeps me on my feet and moving for 12 hrs a day typically so fuel for the body is important)  Substituting the tofu in veggie stir-fry's is pretty simple so that's been lunch usually with veggies like green beans (my fave) kale, nuts, broccoli, carrots.  For dinner last night I had some cod fish with gluten free pasta and fresh pesto.  It was awesome.  I'm switching the grains around so last week it was millet and this week it's buckwheat.  I'll make a big batch and throw it in with meals for a few days.

It seems like the biggest changes in my diet are the new grains, substituting the meat for soy and then cutting out the potatoes, sweet potatoes and items containing vinegar (which is in a lot of stuff!)  I've always loved lemons so the substitution isn't too bad.

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Also, are you SURE it's a yeast infection? Other things can cause similar symptoms. I'm assuming you're female (men can get yeast infections/overgrowth too, but the term "yeast infection" by itself is usually a code word for "vaginal yeast infection.") It might help to know where you are in your cycle, if there's any chance you might be pregnant, if you might have acquired an STD, etc. Sometimes women mistake perfectly normal vaginal discharge as a symptom of a yeast infection.


The symptoms over the last day have improved so I think my bodies just adjusting.  I would say from my experience I think it's a typical vaginal yeast infection.  I had bacterial vaginosis when I was a teenager and this is different.  I'm about a week out from my period so that may be a factor, I'm on birth control so it's not likely that I'm pregnant and I'm monogamous so unless he's been unfaithful since we got checked, I'm good on that front.


Thanks for the type of the pro-biotics specific for my blood type ginnyTN, I'm going to look into that as it makes sense to me.  Also the water.  I've been trying to drink plenty but I definitely haven't been drinking that much and it makes sense, especially probably during these first few weeks.

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Can you describe your digestion thuroughly? Do you know how your LDL numbers are?

Here is something to think about, did you just aquire a yeast infection or did your immune system just begin to deal with one you had? There's a chance that that your circulation has increased and you're experiencing the "benefits" of that.

I say that also because of the headache being fixed by a blood thinner.

It would be nice to know your genotype (a picture sometimes is good enough with knowing BT).


What are LDLs?

My digestion was all over the place before.  Sometimes constipated, sometimes overly active, like having to go to the bathroom 4 times a day starting with first thing in the morning.  Stomach constantly girggling, sometimes the most foul smelling gasses, I didn't think it was possible for humans to create smells like that.  The consistency always varied as well.  So far, on the diet, things are really starting to mellow out.  My stomach has been much quieter than normal (the little troll seems to have less to complain about) and aside from the first few days where I had several BMs in a day it's balancing out to one solid BM in the morning.

wow I feel like I'm sharing TMI.

I think that covers everything.

Thanks everyone for your replies.  I look forward to hearing more thoughts.
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Well it sounds like you are the right track. It sounds like your body is simply turning back on.

How are the sinuses in the morning? Sinus headache? Lemon is also good for that without blood thinning properties. I find for sinuses cranberry is nice. But also B12 and Ginkgo help blood flow in that area, for me.

As far as the yeast, the protocol is good.

If you can't order anything, maybe you can score some stinging nettle to make tea with locally.
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Hey there; I thought what Chloe said was particularly thought provoking. If nothing else you could try some Deflect-A for awhile and see if it clears out bits of avoids lingering in your intestinal walls that may provoke whatever "yeast" there is going.

I remember when I got my full SWAMI report, I learned within a week that goat's milk and wheat bread brought back yeast and fungus issues within a day or so of consuming. And EVEN when I washed with goat's milk soap without eating avoids!   What a revelation - even topical avoids were a trigger.

I've become much better on topicals but still don't feel like busting out a bar of goat's milk in the shower, in other words.   So, it DOES get better.


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For the past week, I've woken up with a small headache every morning. It literally feels like I'm slightly hung over.  It goes away after a glass of lemon water tho. I feel like I've been drinking plenty of water and tea so I don't feel like it's a dehydration thing.


I experienced that same headache/hangover feeling and found that keeping a glass of water on my nightstand and taking a sip if/whenever I awake eliminated them.  I'm post menapausal (sp?) and also would get a mild hotflash every morning before getting out of bed.  This also went away when I began to sip water throughout the night.  Just a little sip works.  Hope you find the reason/cure for yours.  


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I have been eating a Warrior/type A diet for many years-- and still can't take the polyflora A in the dose recommended on the bottle-- gives me terrible gas and diarrhea-- so I take the capsules and open them into a glass container and sprinkle a pinch into my ARA6 every night.

Too much and I get symptoms again. My gut is my achilles heel.

didn't read the whole thing but I saw sweet potatoes on your list of foods you eat-- they mess with A's digestion so would be better to have rutabaga.


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