I’ve been ill for the past couple of years, yes- YEARS, because no one could diagnose what was wrong with me.
Not only have I been pegged with extreme fatigue, night sweats, a fuzzy brain, very cold hands, but have major anxiety, am irritable all the time, and have memory issues, and more.
I know, what fun!
A few years ago when I began having some of these symptoms, I did my research and went to my doctor who thought my problems were due to hormones. “Are you sure it’s not candida?” I asked and the doctor said no.
Months later, I wasn’t any better and went to my natural doctor who cures everything with diet and supplements, but he seemed baffled by my strange symptoms and thought it was liver-related. Newsflash! It wasn’t.
As time went on, things progressively got worse until here we are.
“Candida is a fungus that is found in small amounts in healthy intestines. It is also a form of yeast. Certain medications, including antibiotics, and foods can cause this yeast to grow too abundantly. This can cause painful cramping, thrush, yeast infections, and a long list of other symptoms.”
Here are the different stages of Candida overgrowth:
Candida – Stage One
Affects the mucous membranes of the body, including the mouth, nose, vagina, and respiratory system. Symptoms include:
- Infant colic, childhood, and adult unexplained anger/rages
- Vaginal yeast infections
- Severe PMS
- Urinary tract infections
- Body rashes
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Oral thrush
- Allergies to foods, chemicals, dust, fungus, yeast, and/or molds
- Recurrent bouts of bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, strep, or staph infections
- Gas (infant or adult)
- Bad breath and body odor
- Bladder weakness
- Sunspots or liver spots
- Cravings for sugar and/or alcohol
Candida – Stage Two
Involves more generalized and chronic reactions. Symptoms of stage two include those of stage one, as well as:
- Unexplained weight gain or inability to keep weight on
- Ear infections or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Chronic muscle and joint pain and arthritis
- Headaches (including migraine)
- Infant or adult reflux
- Bladder infection/UTI’s
Candida – Stage Three
At this stage, an individual’s behavior and mental health will be affected. All symptoms that belonged to stages one and two are also present during stage three, as well as:
- Inability to concentrate
- Serious forgetfulness
- Memory loss
- Mental confusion
- Not being able to think of words
- Switching around words and letters when trying to speak and/or write
- Loss of previous skills (such as how to type or play the piano)
- Irrational thoughts, unusual fears, phobias, and panic/anxiety attacks
- Muscle twitching
- Violence, depression, and aggression
- Epileptic seizures
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Thyroid disorders
Candida – Stage Four
Also known as “systemic yeast,” this stage can result in the shut-down of some organs and systems, including these symptoms:
- Adrenal gland failure
- Endocrine system failure
- Severe constipation
- Total muscle weakness
Candida – Stage Five
I believe that I am at Stage Four, maybe Three and a half. I’ve been wondering why I cannot function for an entire day without resting and I’m finding it hard to do the most basic of tasks.
To eliminate Candida, you have to avoid sugars, carbohydrates/yeast for six weeks, and take a variety of medications/supplements/vitamins to eliminate candida completely which is a long process.
I always like to use natural supplements and vitamins but my particular case is bad enough to be put on some strong medication. In addition, I will be using:
- Coconut oil- Contain an ingredient called caprylic acid and is very effective.
- Grapefruit seed extract- Is available in liquid form. Must be diluted due to its bitter taste.
- Olive leaf extract- inhibits further growth of candida.
- Garlic- Is nature’s antibiotic but is also nature’s anti-fungal. Garlic will not kill the friendly bacteria as prescription antibiotics do.
- Apple cider vinegar- contains a natural anti-fungal ingredient called malic acid.
- Carrot juice- Has great antifungal properties.
Have you ever been diagnosed with having Candida overgrowth?
I’m not talking about a yeast infection, but a candida overgrowth that causes all kinds of health issues such as brain fog, memory problems, bloating, cold hands, chronic joint pain and much more.
If you have had a major battle keeping Candida under control, heads up, the diet is really, really hard. The idea -which makes sense in theory- is designed to starve the candida and have it die a slow and painful death, never to return again. Apparently, candida is very, very stubborn to get rid of and getting rid of it requires time, patience, and a lack of eating anything fun.
I think I’ve been battling it for a long time along with leaky gut. So many health issues can be traced to what’s called a Leaky Gut.
This is from Dr. Axe:
‘Essentially, leaky gut syndrome (“intestinal hyper-permeability”) is condition that happens as a consequence of intestinal tight junction malfunction.
These “tight junctions” are the gateway between your intestines and what is allowed to pass into the blood stream. Your tight junctions keep things out like toxins, microbes and undigested food particles.
But having leaky gut is essentially like having the gates broken from your intestines to your blood stream so many of these particles that should never have been able to enter have now gotten through.
When this happens it causes inflammation throughout your body leading to a variety of diseases.
On the candida diet, you must give up eating everything and by everything I mean: no fruits, no starchy vegetables, no bread, no gluten, no yeast, no processed foods, no wine, no beer, no dairy, no fruit juice, no vinegar…. do you see how impossible this diet can be to follow?
And it’s not just a couple of days, it’s often weeks or months.
Psychologically knowing you can’t have certain foods makes you crave them!
I also have an oxalate issue so the foods I can eat on the candida diet are foods I can’t because of the oxalates.
Two weeks into this diet and I broke down and ate a Granny Smith apple which I’ve seen as OK to eat once you’ve been on the diet for a while. I love a big salad but not for every meal and I am not a fan of lots of meats, also I don’t need a lot of carbs, but I do need some to function and have been sneaking some rice cakes and tortilla chips because I’m HUNGRY.
My typical breakfast is gluten free toast or GF waffles but not on this diet!
There’s some information out there that indicates low sugar fruits are okay to eat, and foods like yogurt or cheese are okay. Then I find other articles telling me not to eat any fruit, yogurt or cheese.
I’ve read to eat fermented foods, then I see not to eat them.
A few articles mentioned the AutoImmune Protocol or Specific Carbohydrate Diet instead of the Candida diet but honestly, there are so many rules and boundaries that I want to cry!
Here are the foods I am personally staying away from for my Candida diet for as long as I can:
- absolutely NO processed foods (okay I did sneak those gluten free taco chips and brown rice cakes)
- sugar in soda/ cookies/candy, nut butter
- anything with yeast
- no ketchup, (unless it doesn’t have added sugar)
I’m eating really big salads for lunch and throwing everything I can in there and always an avocado for the healthy fats.
I am also consuming:
Apple Cider Vinegar: GAG. I can’t. I mean, I can and I do but it’s so nasty. I put a little in some water in a shot glass and chug it down twice a day. ACV cures everything, so it doesn’t hurt to take it.
Bone Broth: I buy a rotisserie chicken and use the chicken in my salads and when the carcass has been picked over, I take the bones and make bone broth in the crockpot then drink it like tea.
Garlic: Kills fungus and boosts the immune system. I cut up a clove and swallow like a pill!
Yogurt: I am eating coconut milk yogurt and only a little because it does contain sugar. I eat it for the probiotic properties.
Candida Killing Supplements I’m Trying With My Candida Diet:
Caprylic Acid Tablets: This is the part of the coconut that helps fight fungus/candida
Saccharomyces Boulardii probiotics, Activated charcoal to help eliminate toxins
Paul D’ Arco tea which is known to help fight candida
Candida Quick Cleanse
and a round of Diflucan.
I also purchased InterFase Plus which helps with the removal of whats called biofilm, a sort of shell around the Candida that needs to be broken down.