I have long suspected that the cause of my vitiligo was a compromised digestive system and, sure enough, when I started supplementing my diet my IBS symptoms improved along with my dramatic re-pigmentation.
I knew that candida yeast overgrowth was a problem and found that taking a good probiotic really helped keep it in check but it never occurred to me that something even more sinister might be contributing to the whole problem - that I might have intestinal parasites... Eeeew! In fact I was blissfully unaware that every creature on earth - including every human - has some of these in their gut and that they can get completely out of hand, causing a huge number of chronic illnesses, including vitiligo. It's not a pleasant thought (even less so if you are brave enough to look at some of the many YouTube videos that show these revolting infestations of the human intestine - I deliberately haven't put a helpful link here because it's so disgusting you may prefer not to research this too much!)
There are quite a few helpful websites on this subject and various ready-made or DIY remedies that you can use to rid yourself of most of these unwanted guests. Most natural therapists seem to recommend using a cleansing protocol a couple of times a year to keep your gut healthy and there are some natural supplements that incorporate a cleansing and probiotic action all in one.
I have no idea if bacterial and parasitic infestations are a root cause of vitiligo, as much of the literature on the subject would suggest, but either way I think that improving your gut health is bound to help your general health considerably and is certainly not going to do your vitiligo any harm either.
A vitiligo blogger since 2011. My name is Caroline. I had vitiligo for nearly 50 years before finding an effective treatment. I created this blog to share my experiences with others affected by this skin condition.