I really try to stay away from antibiotics. I was IMO over-prescribed them for sinus/ear problems as a child/teen. Once I went away to college, with my combined apathy and lack of money, I stopped running off to the doctor for every little thing. Lo and behold, I stopped getting sick! I'm not risking getting worse if I am sick and seem to not be getting better on my own, but I prefer to let my own body's defenses work before resorting to antibiotics. I've taken them twice in the last three years, but that's it.

I'm still working on the diet. My rule is- if I eat it, it should have some real value. For example, why use vegetable oil, when you could use olive? One is clearly superior in it's nutritional value, and the other is well, junk food. Plus, it's multi-purpose, food, hair, and skin: I get more bang for my buck! Trying to eat more oily fish (not hard, I love fish and if I have to eat meat, that's my first choice). I buy the eggs with omega-3, try to cram beans, nuts, and seeds into whatever dish I can. Had been taking supplements, but my stomach and vitamins never get along, so I try to get as much as I can from food.
Originally Posted by RatherBeInNV
Your history of antibiotic use may well be relevant, twice in three years is actually quite a lot, will certainly have messed with your gut flora ('friendly bacteria') possibly your skin flora too. I'm not being critical since sometimes antibiotics are simply unavoidable, stating facts as I understand them. The gut flora is a key part of your immune system, and helps absorb and even manufacture nutrients.

Did you take any high strength freeze dried probiotics (sold as acidophilus/ bifidobacteria) afterwards? Ideally you'd have a course in capsule form, if you can't handle the capsules you could empty them into a cold meal or snack, plain Greek yoghurt (add fruit for flavour) would be the ideal environment if you like yoghurt. Store the capsules in the refrigerator and consume with or after food, stomach acids destroy them. Freeze dried is much much more potent than the little yoghurt drinks, two to twenty billion viable organisms instead of millions at best. Probiotics are useful in candida too.

Diet sounds very much on the right track, brilliant, keep up with the oily fish particularly you need the omega-3s to balance out the omega-6s in the nuts and seeds, the vitamin D may also be of benefit. I don't have my nutrition clients take vitamin and mineral supplements routinely only to fill obvious holes in the diet, to address a specific health issue or if advised by their doctor.
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