My 2.5yo daughter and I have had Giardia for over a year. It's to the point that we are unable to digest many foods. I believe the undigested food is causing us to be susceptible to yeast. I plan to start us on diatomaceous earth and possibly black walnut as soon as possible. We have tried bentonite clay (helps somewhat), grapefruit seed extract, and golden seal.
I want to help these supplements work by avoiding foods that will not be broken down by our digestive systems, but I don't know what foods those are.
Is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or GAPS the way to go? Is an anti-candida diet better? Meats seem to give us both instant diarrhea. It's as though our bodies no longer know what to do with animal fats/proteins.
Thanks for helping!
That said, why not try something like Alinia to get this gone so you can heal? My son failed all the natural approaches we tried. He finished Alinia for 28 days (a very long course) and while we're waiting a bit for a follow up test symptom wise I think we got it finally.
Rachelle, mommy to 8 year old boys!
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CAUTION: Not all are safe for children and nursing moms. (and some are not safe if you have mercury issues)
FOODS That are Okay
Meat includes fish, lamb, chicken, turkey, eggs,
Most all land and ocean vegetables (except “sweet” ones like beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes and yams)
Low gluten Grains: Millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat; (later on- brown rice and for those without allergic reaction- corn (especially blue corn) products, rice cakes, sprouted (non-flour) grain breads (i.e. Ezekiel Bread)
Non-sweet fruits: lemons, limes, cranberries (later on grapefruit may be included)
Selected dairy products: Butter, ghee, plain yogurt, goats milk, (limited) farmer cheese, white cheeses)
Oils: (organic, unrefined, expeller-pressed) fish, olive, canola, pumpkin, sunflower, safflower, flax, lecithin, grape seed
Nuts and Seeds: almonds (soaked is best), almond butter, sunflower, pumpkin, caraway, flax
Foods to Avoid:
All sweet fruits and sugars (fruit juices, dried, canned or frozen fruits, high fructose corn syrup, honey, molasses, brown sugar, rice syrup, fructose, sucrose, cane sugar, Asulfame, Nutra-Sweet, Aspartame, Saccarin, Sweet ‘n Low)
Alcohol, soda pop, diet drinks, MSG, citric acid, junk food in general, refined sugary cereals, beef, pork, mushrooms, peanuts, distilled vinegar, nuts and nut butters (except raw almonds, which are alkaline)
Avoid greasy fried foods, starchy grains with high *gluten content, legumes and beans (if poor digestion), oils if not on allowed list, most salad dressings, bakers and brewer’s yeast., sweet sprouts, including wheat grass.
Avoid “sweet” vegetables during the initial phase of the diet, including beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes and yams; also avocado, tomatoes , eggplant, green bell peppers and brown skin potatoes (too high in gluten).
Foods that have antiparasitic actions include pumpkin seeds and coconut oil.
BTW, Thank you for the replies!
Sbgrace, I'm reluctant to try antibiotics/antimicrobials due to a resistance I have to metronidazole. I hadn't heard of Alina. If we end up going that route, perhaps I will give it a try.
WuWei, the links in that thread were incredibly informative. Thank you!
SandyMom, that list looks similar to what has been working for us so far.
I had a horrible reaction to Metranodizole, and my doctor just described Alina. Good news, Alina is NOT an antibiotic! So it won't wipe out your system of good bacteria, although pairing it with quality probiotic is still a great idea. Hope that helps!