When I first began my healing journey over two decades ago, I felt fantastic!
Within four months of altering my diet and lifestyle, I lost 18 nagging pounds, my nails and hair grew stronger, and my monthly cystic acne cleared up.
By the end of two years, I had transformed my thyroid disease.
YAY!! I was simply glowing with good health.
Then an interesting thing happened. I began having odd reactions to the healthy food I was eating. I felt gassy and bloated ALL the time, and my mouth, cheeks, forehead, and chin broke out with a weird red rash.
Some days, it was so bad I didn’t want to leave the house.
I also remember, my stomach would make the LOUDEST sounds as if I had swallowed a live cat!
“Reeooooowwwwwwwwww wooooooowwwwwww owwwwwww.”
It was crazy!
The worst part about it was… the healthier I ate, the more I experienced these symptoms.
What the heck was going on inside me??
That’s when I learned about Candida overgrowth. Ugh! I was cursed with it!
I couldn’t even eat one little tiny champagne grape without having an uncomfortable flare-up inside and outside my body.
I learned that Candida Albicans is a species of helpful yeast (a single-celled fungus actually) that thrives in a healthy human gut assisting the digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Unfortunately, for millions of Americans (including me), sometimes this normally cooperative fungus surges out of control, traveling into the small intestine, blood, and organs, where it digests most of our nutrients for its own survival, leaving the host filled with toxic waste, exhausted and susceptible to many ailments (poor immunity, skin rashes, digestive disorders, brain fog, joint pain, etc.).
I tried everything to free myself from candida: specially formulated teas, essential oils, food combining, supplements, colonics, and candida cleanses and diets.
I even ate handfuls of raw garlic cloves hoping that would help.
And, it might have… if I had a vampire living inside my digestive system.
It seemed every time I went on a candida “curing” protocol things would go well for a period of time, but as soon as I stepped off the program, my body had a horrible reaction.
I was an emotional wreck – how the heck could I eat the healthiest food ever and still be suffering like this???
Something was obviously missing from the healing puzzle, but I couldn’t figure it out.
I thought I was doomed to remain on a Candida diet for the rest of my life – no bread, no grains, no fruit, no sweets, no anything, not ever, nothing, nada, zippo, zilch!
Finally, after years of misery, I found a missing piece.
I read a book called, Eating Alive, by a naturopathic doctor, Jonn Matsen.
According to his logic, candida can escape and wreak havoc in our system from eating too many foods rich in potassium (vegetables and fruits), without adequate protein (specifically animal products) and salt, causing the ileocecal valve to weaken, allowing yeast to migrate from the large intestine to the small intestine and other parts of the body.
That’s why I felt worse the “healthier” I ate.
My candida overgrowth never really healed because it wasn’t enough to simply eliminate the food candida thrived on (carbohydrates, fruit, starchy vegetables, sweets) I had to simultaneously strengthen my ileocecal valve.
Healing candida overgrowth is generally a three-fold process.
First, we need to weaken the funghi by not feeding it sugar, starches, and excess carbohydrates.
Secondly, we need to use specific herbs to keep the candida in check
Thirdly, we must strengthen the ileocecal valve by eating seasonally and locally.
To help you, here are my top 5 tips for healing candida overgrowth:
- Eliminate sugar, including fruit and refined carbohydrates (bread, cookies, cakes), for three months to four months
- Substitute non-gluten grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and millet when you have bread/carb cravings
- Eat a nutrient-dense diet that includes animal proteins and organ meats (rich in vitamin B12)
- Use herbs & spices that have anti-yeast & anti-inflammatory properties like oregano, rosemary, thyme, cumin, and garlic.
- Eat seasonally and Locally to strengthen the ileocecal valve and all of the other valves in your body as well
Stop struggling with the curse of candida, and start healing!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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