Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder Naturally

Monday 21st September 2015
Natural treatment SAD

I wanted to do a post about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) this Autumn (Fall) as my regular readers will know that in the past I’ve really struggled with the change in seasons at this time of the year.  So many of my friends enjoy the changing seasons and I am trying very hard this year to do the same.  I just love the warmth and light of the summer months. Plus I love the colors of the flowers.

In previous years I have tried many different treatments and I wanted to share the ones that worked best in case it helps someone else.   I personally think that many candida sufferers are prone to SAD syndrome.  I don’t know why but perhaps because having candida can affect our wellbeing so we are already feeling low?

Here are my personal tips in order of importance.

1. Daily walks
I think this works the best. Even if the weather is dark and depression, put on some waterproof clothing and get walking. I used to dread the walks as even the thought of walking through my nearby woods in winter was depressing. I remember thinking “Oh but everything will be dark and dead and its so depressing…”. Luckily I was wrong!   I enjoyed the fresh air and there are still plenty of birds and squirrels around in our local woods.  I have also started to take along my camera which has helped me to look for the beauty even in the depths of winter.

2. 5htp
This is a natural remedy which helps to ward off depression and aids better sleep. You need to take it about 3 months before it really starts to work apparently although I think it works much faster. So do not be put off if you think its too late to start taking it this year.  I felt a benefit within a week or two.  It helps to boost serotonin.  I took one tablet before bed.  It definitely helped my mood and helped me to sleep better too.  I havent started to take it this year as I feeling better with the regular walks.  I hope I won’t regret not taking it!  I have a pot
of 5htp in the cupboard if I do feel myself getting worse.

This remedy is worth trying in my view. Here is an Amazon link if you can’t find it in a local store > NOW Foods 5-HTP 100mg, 120 VCaps

3. SAD Light Boxes
I bought a portable SAD light box last year and initially I loved it. But I made the mistake of using it too much. I didn’t know that you are supposed to use it for only 30 mins per day!   I had it on in my home office for hours.  In the end I started to feel ill (which could be coincidence) and I stopped using it completely.  Now I ensure that I have plenty of normal bright lighting in my office and that seems to help on dull days.  Personally I think my first suggestion of Daily Walks is cheaper and more effective that a SAD light box. But if you can’t get out then you could try them.  Just limit your usage!

4. Take Vitamin D3
This is a supplement which many people should take especially in the Autumn and Winter months. I live in the UK where the weather can be variable even in the summer.  So I tend to take vitamin D3 almost all year.  I dont take it on bright summer days when I know I can get outside in the sunshine.   I’ve noticed that my general health has improved since taking this so I am really pleased.   But I am not a medical expert so I am going to link here to an excellent article by Dr Mercola which explains the benefits of Vitamin D3

5. Make the Best of Each Season
This is the one I struggle with but I am trying my best! Instead of being sad at the sight of my favourite swallows disappearing on their autumnal migration to Africa, I am trying to focus on more positive aspects of the season. For me this has included going blackberry picking, storing apples, buying beautiful Autumnal flowers for the house and digging out favourite winter woollies. What are your favourite Autumn (or Fall) activities?

I hope my suggestions help you.   If you have any additional suggestions to help others then please use the comment box below.    And one last thing, if you are really struggling then please go and see your doctor.


Yikes! Is the candida back?

Sunday 11th January 2015

As you may know I fought candida for about 10 years on-off and finally I have been free for many years.

But recently my stress levels have been really high and I have been feeling terrible. This situation has been continuing for several months. I know the long term effects of stress are awful and I was taking Rhodiola and Lemon Balm to keep myself calm. To be honest I was more worried about my mental stress and I hadn’t thought about candida.

But I’ve recently realised that my bowel is very sluggish and I’ve had a few ear infections again. Oh no. Of course these symptoms could be related to being stressed out. But I know that I have created the ideal conditions for candida again.

Also I must confess that I ate and drank a lot of sugary stuff over Christmas. Normally that sort of indulgence is fine but under stressful conditions it probably wasn’t wise.

So here I am hoping for a better year and realising that if I dont sort out this problem quickly then 2015 could the year that the candida returns with vengeance.

So I’ve decided to think positive (you know I am a BIG believer in the power of thought) and come with a plan of attack.
This is what I am doing:-

1. Avoiding sugar and yeast as much as possible.
2. Drinking tons of water to clear out toxins
3. Taking my homeopathic candida remedy (I use Helios Homeopathy products)
4. Taking teaspoon of colloidol silver 10pm once a day
5. Taking maximised capryllic acid with main evening meal
6. Reading through my blog and website for more ideas as I’ve forgotten a lot!

I also desperately need to get my bowel moving otherwise all my efforts will be in vain. Here in the UK I used to take Milk of Magnesia overnight to encourage bowel movements but then I heard they stopped selling it temporarily. When I had candida really bad I used to eat one apple per day with the permission of my naturopath. I am convinced that the regular fibre did more to get rid of the candida than the sugar helped to boost it. Hope I am making sense! lol!

Finally I also need to think about what is causing my stress and see if I can do anything about it.

I wish you all a healthy, happy and candida-free 2015
Katie x

ps if you have emailed me or left a comment then sorry but I’ve been having spam problems again. I am getting hundreds of junk emails and comments which I need to plough through to get the genuine ones. If you havent had a reply please resend.

Cider apple vinegar to treat candida

I am a huge fan of cider apple vinegar.   I use it for health and beauty purposes.  The key is to find a source which says ‘with mother’.   I’ve no idea what that means but I just know that the cider apple vinegar with mother is far more effective.   I also like the fact that it is cheap!

If you visit Earth Clinic which is a fantastic site full of natural remedies you will often see that cider apple vinegar is rated the best rememdy for many ailments.   This stuff is amazing!  If you dont believe me just click on the image of the bottle below to visit Amazon.  This brand alone has almost 1000 ‘five star’ excellent reviews! If you read the reviews it is very inspiring.

I use cider apple vinegar as a skin toner after cleansing.   I heard that Sarlett Johansson is supposed to use it on her skin so I figured I would give it a go!  And I am really pleased as I have oily skin which is prone to breakouts.  The vinegar helps to balance my skin and prevent spots and pimples.  It takes a bit of getting used to the smell but it quickly dries.  I know some people apply a moisturiser afterwards.

I also love cider apple vinegar as a hot drink.   I mix a tablespoon of the vinegar with equal amounts of honey and add a large mug of hot water.  I make sure to drink it through a straw as they say this helps to prevent acid erosion of your teeth.  The taste is more apple than vinegar I think.   Now I know that all you candida sufferers will be nervous of taking honey as you need to avoid sugar.   I agree.  Except that if your candida is mild then you could try this as it really seems to kill off candida.  But if your candida is bad then I have another suggestion.  Have you tried cider apple vinegarcapsules ?  These are great for anyone who hates the smell or taste of the cider apple vinegar.   If you try either thecapsules or the drink please let me know how you get on.

If you cant find the capsules in your local drugstore here is a link.



Katie xx

Inspiring day with Phillip Day

Eating more raw food is great for all of us

Eating more raw food is great for all of us

Hello!  I wanted to share some great tips I picked up during a day long seminar with Phillip Day from Credence recently.  He is touring the UK with his talks which are health-related.  I was amazed by his talks and I really wish everyone could listen to his message.

I first heard about Phillip Day when someone gave me a copy of his amazing book about cancer called Cancer – Why We’re Still Dying To Know The Truth.  This awful disease haunts many of us and his book really made me think again about the causes and ideas for prevention.

So I was intrigued to hear he was touring and decided to go along.  Well I am so glad I did!  The whole day was packed with useful information and tips.   Here are just a few snippets which may help you on your path to better health.

In no particular order here are some of his tips to help avoid ill health and diseases:-

  1. Follow with Paleo diet as much as possible.
  2. Even if you can follow healthy eating for 80% of the time it is worth it.
  3. Avoid pork.
  4. Avoid grains, dairy and sugar.
  5. Raw food is best.
  6. Try to source non-gm meat.

I dont think he would be happy if I shared his entire talk but for candida sufferers he mentioned that it is worth getting your iodine levels checked.   Iodine kills germs and fungi in the blood stream including candida.  So if you are low in iodine then candida could flourish.  I recalled that my nautropath recommended Lugol’s Iodine for me when I was suffering from serious candida.   If you follow my blog and website you will know that I had a massive struggle to get better and I took a lot more than just iodine.  But we are all different and if you are struggling to get rid of candida its worth considering if iodine could be the missing piece of the jigsaw.  He recommended starting with just 2 drops in some water and slowly build up.  I think its worth finding a naturopath to help you to work out how much your body needs as we are all different.


Katie xx


Please help a candida sufferer

Hey everyone.  As you may know I am getting TONS of junk comments on this website.  Its been really getting me down as I have to go through 1000s of spam comments to try to find genuine ones.  The good news is that I am working with a lovely lady to finish a brand new website which should (fingers crossed) to reduce this problem.  But the terrible news is that I have missed a really important comment left by a candida sufferer.  I have copied her post below.  I am really upset that I missed this comment originally.   I am going to email Sara with my own ideas but if anyone has any ideas that they can share to help her then please use the Comment box or email me at 

Sara’s post:

Hi, i came across your page about candida. Iam 32 yrs old and from what i can remember ive had candida since a child! I only found out about it in 2006. Iam actually thinking of ending my life ! as the candida is just destroying me. I have bad depression, anxiety, constant ringing in my ears, itching skin, allergies, bloating, but what makes it worse is the depression and negative thinking, and due to feeling depressed i eat junk food ! i pig out on choclate and all the other food candida loves, so im actually feeding it !   Each time i try the diet i go even more depressed that i just have no motivation to cook the right meals.  And last march i had to be given more antibiotics due to an infection, since then its been much worse. Im now stuck on antidepressants that do nothing, ive gained alot of weight due to my poor eating habits. I had a test for candida a saliva and stool test, both showing i do have candida, yet the saliva was much higher. Also had a test for leaky gut, this showed negative although it was a very high mark. And to top all that, i had a adrenal stress test, showing abnormal high dhea hormone. And as well as having all 8 of my mercury fillings removed last year, i thought that would help but no such luck. Anyway ive spent so much money over ther years on diffrent supplement and antifungals, the longest i stuck to anything was 2 months that was taking threelac, but the die of was to bad i gave up. Anyway i had been reading about the EFT, i wonder if it may help my negative thinking, im starting to think that my negative mind may be making the candida worse ! or maybe the candida made me negative, im not sure. Anyway i know the email is bit long, sorry its just reading that somebody else had candida makes me feel a bit better, well not so alone. If you could email me that would be really good, and any advice on what or how i can go about the depression and how i could stop eating junk food ??   Thanks in advance.


Lets all get together to help Sara and everyone else in her position.   I’ll kick off with a few of my own ideas.  Please add your own.

1.  Positive thinking is essential so I believe in writing some positive statements out in big writing, sticking on the wall (ideally next to a mirror) and repeating them to yourself as much as possible.    Keep it short and in the present tense.   If you can look at yourself in the mirror while you repeat the statement then it works even better.   Some some positive affirmations could be

“I am feeling better and better with each passing day.”

“My candida is gone and I feel healthy and happy”

“My immune system is strong and I am feel full of energy”

The strange thing about affirmations is that they work even if you dont believe them statements.  Just repeat them constantly over and over.  I am a big fan of Louise Hay so check her out on Google for more information about this approach.  It works for lots of issues in life :)

2. Ok the temptation of junk food needs to be addressed.  We all know candida loves junk food.   If your temptation is hard to beat then perhaps some hypnotherapy could help to retrain your brain.  What worked for me was planning all my meals and snacks in advance together with a conviction that I really wanted to get better.  I threw out all the sugary food in the house and I avoided temptation e.g. meals out for a little while.  I followed Karen Tripp’s website as she was the only person I knew at the time who had beaten candida.

3.  Working out what to eat is hard I know.  There are plenty of candida diet recipies online so please go through them and plan some tasty food to eat.  Personally I lived off a lot of stir fries which I love.  I made the sauces from scratch and just made it all up through trial and error.   I added herbs and spices which are known to nourish the body.

4.  Definitely learn EFT to treat the symptoms and any underlying issues e.g. stress.

5. I would recommend finding a local naturopath to help you on your journey to recovery as we all different and what works best for one may not work as well for another person.

6. If die off is bad then try the diet for a few weeks alone first.  Then slowly add anti fungals.  I am not a fan of Threelac but there are plenty  of others to try.  If your candida is bad then you may need to alternate between different ones on a daily basis to zap it all.  That’s what I did in the end.

7.  Drink plenty of water each day.  You can add a slice of lemon or lime for flavour.   It helps to wash out any impurities, excess hormones etc which can detox the body.

8.  Take a daily probiotic to help replenish the gut flora.   This is really important if you have or are taking antibiotics.


I am sure there are a ton of others to try.  If you have any ideas to share please help.

Heart warming story of girl who used diet to cure her health problems

ellaI read this positive story this morning which just shows the power of what we eat.

Ella is a 22 year old in the UK who ate a dreadful, sugar-rich diet. She had terrible health and was bed ridden.  I believe she must have had candida along side other serious health problems. Typically her doctors wanted her to keep taking medication forever but Ella changed her diet and is now better!  Ella learnt about the power of food and she changed her diet completely.  She has cut out sugar, gluten, dairy and meat.

Ella has set up her own blog with tasty remedies to help others.

She has also launched an app (Deliciously Ella) to help others to eat healthily and this app is number 1 in the itunes app store.

I hope her story will inspire you.

> read Ella’s inspiring story on the Daily Mail website


Katie xx

Candida and Aspirin

AspirinAs you may already know, aspirin has been used for hundreds of years to treat a wide range of ailments. But I only recently learnt that it is anti-fungal and also possibly anti-viral. I was reading one of my favorite health websites ( for some advice. I have been feeling ill and I cant seem to shake off a low grade virus. I read advice from Ted from Bangkok suggesting that taking low dosage of aspirin can work well to treat viruses that seem to hang around forever. As always I decided to double check this advice myself. I know there are people out there who cannot take aspirin as it can cause stomach and digestive problems. I haven’t had any problems myself so I wasn’t worried about taking it. But I still searched on Google to learn more. And what a surprise! This is how I uncovered some preliminary medical research which suggests it could be used to treat candida. There are also reports in the Lancet that it may prevent cancers from spreading. This is exciting news! None of this seems fully proven yet but it is very interesting. Especially as aspirin is so cheap and easy to get hold of.
But there are dangers in taking aspirin every day. It can cause internal bleeding which can be fatal. So if you are thinking of trying it please ask your Doctor first.

Is anyone taking low dose aspirin to treat their candida problem? It would be great to hear your feedback. I’ve decided to take low dosage of aspirin (75mg baby aspiring) for a week to see if I feel an improvement with my bug. I’ll let you know how I get on!

Katie xx

ps here is a very good article about aspirin

Email Access is Back

I have finally managed to regain access to my emails.  I was so delighted as I’ve had problems for months.  But my delight quickly turned to upset when I saw how many emails I’ve received from people all over the world who needed help and support.  I am working my way through them all. Please bear with me as I need to read them carefully before responding.  I’ve had hundreds which shocked me.

It makes me realise how important it is to keep this blog going and for us all to share our stories and suggestions to help each other.

If you have any tips to help candida sufferers please leave a comment at the end of this post or email me at


Katie xx

Christmas and Candida

Each year when I go shopping for Christmas food I always remember the difficult Christmases I had while on the anti-candida diet.  Its hard enough trying to keep to the diet without the added pressure of the festive season’s lovely tempting foods and drinks.

I learnt the hard way that the only way to cope was to plan my meals as always, work out little healthy ‘cheats’ and plan how to cope with any problems.  I never wanted everyone to know I was on the diet so work parties and social gatherings were tricky.   I learnt to say I was driving which was why I wasnt drinking.  I would stick to soda water and lime or diet drinks if I had to.   Buffets and canapes were another minefield.  Again I had to learn the hard way that it was easier to avoid than try to pick out what I could eat.   I used to use the excuse that I had already eaten and was not hungry.

That’s the bad news.  The good news is that you can still enjoy the festive season and perhaps even a few ‘treats’.   I’ll be sharing some of my ideas soon! If you have any suggestions to help other candida sufferers please let a comment at the bottom of this page.

Homeopathic Remedies and Candida

I’ve used homeopathic remedies over the years to treat all sorts of ailments with varying degrees of success. The least successful was when I paid an homeopathic therapist a LOT of money to diagnose my problems. Her solution was to devise a homeopathic remedy in the form of a small tablet which was supposed to get me better. It had no effect at all!

But more positive over the years I’ve discovered several great homeopathic remedy companies who sell direct to the public. I’ve found their remedies really helpful with no side effects.   I know some people are cynical about homeopathy and regard it as ‘mind over matter’.   Well I don’t know the truth but I do know its helped me and my family a lot of the years.   And interestingly I know animals and small children who have benefited.  Yet they don’t know they are being treated so the mind link doesn’t apply to them.

I remember reading an article years ago about the British Royal Family and I read that they are also fans of homeopathy.  In fact I read that the The Queen takes 60 vials of homeopathic remedies everywhere she goes.   The Royal Family have used homeopathy remedies for generations.

I use homeopathic remedies to prevent illness too.  So when the winter bugs are doing the rounds I make sure I take my daily homeopathic remedies to ward off viruses and bacterial infections.  It seems to work well (touch wood).  So this got me wondering if the candida homeopathic remedies would help too?   I am a big believing in supporting the body when you are fighting candida.   For me this meant trying different holistic treatments as my main problem was stress.  I also took additional vitamins etc..    I just wish I’d known about homeopathic remedies as they are easy to administer and I’ve seen great results with other illnesses.  Has anyone else tried this approach for candida?

My favourite brand is Dr Reckeweg. I use this Dr Reckeweg website to read about the different remedies and decide which one(s) I need.  Then I order from an online store.     You can take more than 1 at the same time if you are using additional remedies.      There could be other great brands out there so please leave a comment at the end of this post if you can recommend any others.

The only one I didnt like was Nelson’s.  It came in a pink box in my local health store.  It was specifically formulated for candida but it contained sugar!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.


Katie xx