My wife and I were original backers, we’ve been eating Soylent for just about a year now. We have it for breakfast and lunch almost every day, and occasionally for dinner. When we don’t have Soylent, we tend to eat sort of indulgently. Steak, sushi, hot pot. Aside from Soylent, we don’t eat much sugary stuff or carb heavy stuff.
Over the last couple of months, we both have had significant digestive issues and it turns out that we’ve developed Candida overgrowth. Acute symptoms include constipation, bloating, gas, generalized or localized abdominal pains and most recognizably a white or yellow mucus discharge with or after passing stool which causes burning or itchiness.
The primary trigger for Candida overgrowth is antibiotics, which upset your gut bacteria and give the natural Candida yeast in your body a chance to overwhelm your GI. The other common trigger is a slower buildup caused by diets high in sugars, simple starches or refined carbs. These feed the natural Candida in your GI and allow it to overpower your gut bacteria.
Neither of us have had antibiotics in a few years, so that really just leaves diet.
The only post I’ve seen about Candida is from over a year ago, and there wasn’t much of a discussion on it. I’m curious if anyone else has had these issues, maybe didn’t realize what was going on? Especially after the 1.3 and 1.4 formula changes, because that seems to be when this started for us.
To deal with this, we’ll have to take at least a month off of Soylent to follow a strict low-carb, no-sugar, no-starch diet. We’ll also have to take fungacidal supplements and probiotics. If we do decide to come back on Soylent, we’ll have to continue taking probiotic pills to see if we can keep the Candida at bay in the face of all the starches and sugars.