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Candida. Does this word recall anything to your mind? For me it represents a whole bunch of annoying discomforts. It is estimated 3 women in 4 suffer the consequences of a Candida overgrowth at some point in their lives. This can be often triggered by poor nutrition, stress and use of antibiotics.
Candida albicans is a species of yeast, a single-celled fungus, that lives naturally in the body. This yeast is a normal part of the microbes that live on your skin and in your gastrointestinal tract, but under some circumstances it can multiply out of control. The symptoms of Candida can include brain fog, fatigue, bloating, digestive issues, repeated yeast infections, and much more. If these sounds familiar, read on to learn how you can effectively restore your deserved balance.
In this article, I won’t focus too much on symptoms and causes as the internet is packed with useful resources and information. What I would like to prioritize on, is how to beat it.
A great program that has absolutely helped me through the healing is The Candida Diet*, it offers all the know-how and necessary lifestyle changes to be successful in your healing. Furthermore it has loads of delicious recipes that makes the process way easier, not having to sacrifice taste in order to get well. It’s definitely an investment worth doing. You will find not only you can get rid of Candida for good, but achieve great health in general along the way.
I can’t stress enough that in general, fighting an health issue can be more effective when treated naturally rather than chemically. Of course there are situations in which pharmaceuticals are unavoidable but still nature stands by our side to offer its support.
Overall I noticed the use of the most common anti bacterial pill prescribed, will clear all symptoms immediately, just to allow them back few weeks after. What happens with this medicines is that they kill the bad bacteria but eliminate the good ones along the way. It’s the same principle of antibiotics, and hand sanitizers. Unfortunately, western medicine focus on the cure of the symptoms rather than the cause so this will only act as a temporary cover up in the majority of the cases. For many, popping a pill it’s a easier quick fix; but our bodies don’t work that way. Our health is a delicate balance: when mother nature has made us, it didn’t intend us to rely on chemicals to fix our health. Instead we have to look inside us and understand what our symptoms are trying to tell us.
Our overall health depends on the health our intestines, therefore healthy intestines=good health.
The gut has en extremely important role in avoiding toxins to enter our blood stream, but when the gut lining is damaged by a poor nutrition, toxins released by candida will have free entry to the blood stream, this triggers the response of our immune system and inflammation start manifesting.
If food is medicine, then we really need to watch what we introduce into our bodies. The top 2 offenders are gluten and sugar.
Gluten is definitely one of those substances that continuously irritate our guts lining, therefore eliminating it is the first step.
Sugar is by far the worst enemy for those fighting against candida. In fact Candida gets its nourishment right from sugars. Therefore to cut all types of sugars is vital to the achievement of good results. When we talk about sugar we don’t just refer to the white sugar we add on teas, coffees etc, but we need to keep in mind all those foods that contains sugar, either natural or added. If you thought eating fruits is a good practice, you are right but not in this case as most fruits have high glycemic index. So limit your fruits consumption to low sugar fruits such red berries, cherries and strawberries.
Now going to the point. How can you get rid of Candida in only 2 weeks? Here’s is exactly what I did.
A note on that first. It’s important to underline I’m not a doctor nor a nathuropath. I’m just sharing my experience and what has worked well for me, that might not work for you. So before taking any supplements or start a diet, consult your healthcare professional and make your own research.
NUMBER 1 I followed a gluten free diet, avoiding sugars at all costs, eating loads of fresh non starchy vegetables. For details check the program I followed here.
NUMBER 2 I exercised regularly and practiced yoga on a daily basis. Exercise promote detoxification and specifically some yoga asana help you to get stagnant energy moving.
Number 3 Supplements. I think food alone can give you a lot, but sometimes the concentration of a particular nutrient on the food we eat is quite low, so thanks to supplements we can increase that element amount and improve absorption. Very important to say I didn’t choose my supplements randomly, but they have been advised to me by a dear friend of mine who is professional naturopath, all except one: The Candida Complex*. I’ve got this, by my own decision as it contains oregano extract and Caprylic acid, 2 potent ingredients to fight candida off. So let’s see in details the supplement I’ve been taking from morning to night:
Morning: On a empty stomach 1 pill of NAC( N-Acetyl-Cysteine)*. It’s an amino acid that promotes detoxification and intracellular defense against oxidative stress. As my naturopath friend Roberta, has explained me, NAC has the power to remove the biofilm Cadida creates to protect itself, that’s why in general it’s quite hard to balance out the level of Candida within our bodies.
A bit after NAC, 1 pill of Cats’ Claw. It’s a potent pant that acts as antioxidant. You can also break the pill in a cup of hot water and make a tea.
After breakfast, one pill of Multivitamins, that I take regardless the Cadida issue, and a pill of the Candida Complex.
In the afternoon between meals I repeat the same of the morning by taking 1 pill of NAC and 1 of Cat’s claw short after.
After dinner 1 pill of Candida Complex. Before bed 1 pill of Gut Mate Probiotics*.
To Sum up: 2 capsules of NAC per day, 2 capsules of Cat’s Claw per day, 1 multivitamin capsule per day, 2 Cadida Complex capsules per day, 1 probiotic capsule per day.
Number 4 Natural home remedies. I’ve been drinking plenty of teas with anti inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and lemon. I regularly drink lemon water or mint infusions to support digestion.
Number 5 I do practice meditation daily. This helps you control your stress level, improve mood and sets you in a positive mind, essential to achieve anything you want in life.
WHEN TO EXPECT RESULTS
The first week I couldn’t see no substantial results. This is a crucial point, as many people expect results immediately and when they don’t see improvements they give up. So just be strong and carry on. After the first 10 days I started to feel better and digestive issues resolved. After the third week yeast infection was all cleared and no more white layer on the tongue.
If you are not sure weather your issue is Candida or not, there are few things you can do to. Who has a Candida overgrowth normally develops a white layer on the tongue. It’s very important you clean your tongue daily with a tongue scraper, especially in the morning. Overnight our body detoxifies and much of its waist ends up on the tongue. So make sure you brush that layer away. You don’t want to ingest all those toxins along your breakfast. Also you can do coconut pulling. Just swirl a coconut oil tsp in your mouth from side to side from 5 to 10 minutes. Spit it away (not in the sink).
There’s one more thing you can do to understand if you have a candida overgrowth or not. First thing in the morning, spit some saliva in a transparent glass. Wait a few minutes and notice: if your saliva sinks to the bottoms or forms strings, you might have candida. An healthy saliva should just float on the surface.
I know it’s a lot of information, but I think when it comes to solve a problem, you need to look at it under all possible aspects. Don’t forget your mindset play its part. Don’t feel obsessed with the health issue, like checking your symptoms or think on it too much will just make it worse. Try to relax as much as possible, give your body the tools to heal and let it do its magic. Trust your innate power.
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DISCLAIMER: Please note I’m not a doctor or health specialist. This post only intends to share a personal experience that has been successful. What might work for someone might not work for everyone. So please do make your own research and speak to an healthcare professional if necessary.
Roberta Colletti Specialist Naturopath. She’s a great resource when it comes to looking into the disease though a natural lens. Her website is available in Italian and Spanish.
The Candida Diet*. Precious E-Book packed with all you need to know to fight Candida and recipes to make your healing smoother.
Cat’s claw 500mg (Uncaria Tormentosa). Strong Antioxidant bark extract.
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