Beating candida, food allergies, and dis-ease. Naturally!
I'm so glad you're here to join me as I reset and refresh myself. Normally I eat fairly clean as a lifestyle; Once you reset yourself the way I'm about to share in this blog, you'll understand why. Killing Candida gets rid of those unnecessary cravings, revives your taste buds, and ignites flavors in those natural, clean, healthy foods like you never could have imagined before! What if all of those artificial flavors and fried foods have just deadened your tastebuds to the most incredible flavors ever designed? Yep. You have no idea how much you're missing out.
Anyway, I have to admit, with the Christmas holidays, I indulged in some pretty decadent German Christmas foods, to include Honigkuchen, Stollen, and Springerle. How could I resist after my Mom and Oma poured so much love into them?? Then on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve come with their own family traditions: Fondue, and Raclette, (respectively).
Unfortunately with my Candida overgrowth blooming in my throat and on my tongue in the form of Oral Thrush (a white coating on your tongue that mutes your tastebuds), I didn't (couldn't!) enjoy all of this as much as I normally would. Time for a reset!
I’ve struggled with Candida overgrowth in my gut and in my throat a few times over the last 10 years. It shows itself as thrush on my tongue (that’s a thick white coating on your tongue that you can scrape up with your fingernail. It keeps you from being able to taste food, enjoy flavors, makes you feel dehydrated, and if it gets bad enough it really itches. It also makes your breath smell foul. It’s essentially a yeast infection in your mouth/ throat), and in the form of eczema flare-ups on my hand and arms. It also causes lethargy, depression and a whole slew of other things. (I suspect it's also the culprit behind my cystic acne.)
A little about Candida cravings: If crave carbs and sugar, and feel like you just have to have that sugary/ carb fix, even though you know you’re not hungry in the moments, yeah, you're probably feeding Candida. (In my case it’s usually chocolate. I can never seem to get enough, I can’t taste it and it’s very frustrating). Once you’ve purge the Candida out of your system, your body will no longer crave sugar the way it does right now. The reason you crave carbs and sugar and chocolate right now and other sweet things is because of the Candida. The reality is that you are feeding the Candida, not yourself.
So, at the beginning of the year, I ordered myself a particular product called Candigone that worked great for me in beating Candida and all of issues it caused. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, then the effects definitely last! If you don't, then you'll probably need to reset whenever your Candida comes back. In my case, it lasted about 2 and a half years. (That is, until stress took over and I started over-indulging in sugary treats again. Chocolate is a bit of a weakness for me.)
Having battled this before, I have learned that once you have a Candida or yeast overgrowth in your body, you can eat as clean as you like, but it will not banish that yeast overgrowth and you already have. You have to actively work to kill it. That's where Candigone comes in. The combination of herbs and supplements in it attack the problem at the root and quite literally kill the overgrowth. Usually the first week of die off is pretty terrible, but some people deal with it better than others. If you’ve never done a Candida diet before, your die off will suck pretty bad. Since my Candida overgrowth is fairly mild right now, my die-off shouldn't be too bad. I just want to make sure to nip it in the bud and get rid of it, and the accompanying eczema I'm dealing with right now. I've also started to notice that I've started to react to many different foods as though I were allergic to them, even though I'm not. This is all easily gotten rid of when you banish Candida.
After my box of Candigone arrives, it will mark the beginning of me going on a 30-day Candida-banishing cleanse. However, my transition to eating clean begins now. For anyone who has never eaten clean before, I would not recommend just going into it cold turkey. Last time I did this, I had wised up after a few failed attempts. Over the process of a few months, I replaced all the unhealthy, carb-heavy, sugary, (etc) foods with something healthy. One food at a time. It was an even exchange. Pasta and white rice for quinoa and other ancient grains. Milk chocolate for pure, dark cocoa. Sweet fruit for Granny Smith Apples. Don't think of it as leaving things out of your diet; think of it as adding new, healthier things INTO your diet.
More on that in the next blog. Here's to a fresh start!