Monthly Archives: October 2012

Surviving Halloween with Candida or Yeast

I think for many of us with sweet tooths being on the anti-candida diet can be really challenging. I love my candy and I found a few tips which helped me to get through the diet. I was thinking that with all the candy in the house ready for trick or treaters it must be really difficult for candida sufferers now so here are my tips for satisfying your sweet cravings but not ruining your candida-busting diet. If you can add any of your own tips please add your commments at the bottom.

1. Try chocolate flavour sugar-free gum.I found chocolate flavoured and other flavors of sugar free gumin my local store and I loved it! In fact I still use it!

2. Sugar-free sweets are ok in moderation but avoid anything with sorbitol or malitol in the ingredients as it is likely to give you awful wind and an upset tum unless your will power is so strong that you can just eat 1 or 2 pieces of the candy. I didnt have this problem with gum though probably as I never swallowed it.

3. I made up an equivalent of fizzy pop using sugar-free squash and soda water. Not too bad I must say! I got a bit carried away and started mixing up the different squash flavours which meant I didnt get fed up of the same flavours. (I think this tip is for my UK readers as I’ve never seen squash drink for sale in the States which is odd as its lovely!)

4. Now this is controversial but I ate 1 apple per day on the candida diet to keep my digestive system regular. I still beat the candida and I did this on the advice of my naturopathic doctor. So I would really savour my apple each day.

5. I would sprinkle FOS (Fructooligosaccharides Powderon my sugar-free cornflakes and rice cereal in the morning to help strengthen my digestive system and feed the good bugs. It tastes slightly sugary which always cheered me up!

I did find really delicious sugar-free candy from Japan which I loved. They were made from brown rice extract and vanilla and looked like brown round lumps but they tasted great and I miss them. Anyone know where I can get them?

If you are getting really bad sweet cravings consider taking Chromium supplement which helps to minimise the cravings. Ask your doctor for advice about taking it. Also try to eat more protein which can also help. Its also worth getting your thyroid checked. (Note about Chromium: please use caution if you have a history of hypoglycemia or take insulin. Chromium may lower blood sugar.)

For more tips of on how to survive the Candida Diet click here

Happy Halloween!
Katie x

Night shift workers and IBS (and maybe candida)

I have to share this with you as I was shocked.   I was talking to a friend who works the night shift (graveyard shift) at a local call center. He was saying it was quite a stressful job and they all found it hard to stay awake during the night.   He said he and his co-workers dont eat during their shift (no time) and they survive instead on energy drinks with caffeine.  He actually said, “Isnt it crazy? And we all wonder why we suffer badly from IBS and get ill”.

I was horrified. I thought that these poor people are probably suffering from candida too and storing up health problems in the future. I wonder how many other night shift workers do the same?   There’s something wrong somewhere when people have to live like this to make a living.

Treating Candida & thrush with cider apple vinegar

After my recent bout of ill health I was worried that the candida was back. Well I dont think it is as I am feeling miles better now but I wanted to share one of my health secrets with you – Cider Apple Vinegar

When I suffered from candida I never heard of this natural remedy and I wish I had. Its amazing! And best of all its low cost 🙂

Cider Apple Vinegarhelps with a wide range of ailments and diseases according to feedback from sufferers on the internet. Of course moderation is the key as always and make sure you drink it diluted or you’ll wreak your teeth.

I’ve read a lot about people who take a tablespoon full with hot water and honey to taste on a regular basis to alleviate illnesses such as arthritis and even cancer and many use it as a preventative measure too. It is also used to treat candida and yeast infections. Now when I was on the anti-candida diet I did my very best to stick to the diet and I would have worried about eating honey so I would have tried to drink it with the minimum amount of honey.

I also use Cider Apple Vinegarin a diluted spray to kill mold around the house. I prefer to avoid chemicals where possible so this is perfect for me.

If you want to try it and can’t find it in your local store then here is a link to an online store selling cider apple vinegar
You might like to read the feedback of customers who have bought this product (click on the bottle to reach the page and scroll down). This stuff is pretty darn good!

I’ve also read of people putting cider apple vinegar in their bath water to ease yeast and thrush infections. I used to add some tea tree oil (mixed with a base oil or milk) to my bath to treat candida and I’m sure it helped.

Interestingly I first heard of cider apple vinegar as a way of losing weight. Now I wonder if I put some in the bath will it help to dissolve away the fat?!!! Yeah I wish! Seriously though if you are feeling rotten why not investigate cider apple vinegar’s benefits? I’ve added it to my ‘can’t do without’ list. I have a large mug full every day (I quite like the taste so long as I add honey) to help prevent illnesses and I’m hoping to avoid this winter’s usual coughs and flu bugs. If you use cider apple vinegar especially if its to fight candida please let me know (leave a comment at the end of this post or email/twitter me) as it would be great to share experiences to help others.

One of my favourite websites is Earth Clinic and cider apple vinegar is recommended by more people as a treatment for ailments than any other folk remedy! Just spend some time on this site and I think you’ll be impressed!

One last thing, if you are suffering from severe candida then please try any new remedy slowly and in moderation. So I would suggest a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted with a small amount of honey one day and see how you feel. If you suffer from a stomach ulcer I would try a smaller amount (maybe a teaspoon full well diluted) to see if you can tolerate it.

Katie xx

I am finally on Facebook!

After months of wondering if its a good idea, I’ve taken the plunge and launched a Facebook page!  You may already know that I use Twitter occasionally but I think Facebook will be more useful for reaching more people and getting feedback.  I love to hear your stories about beating candida and if you are willing to let me share your stories (anonymously if you wish) that would be great as I really want to inspire others.

I’d also appreciate a ‘like’ on my Facebook page as its looking very lonely at the moment! lol!


Katie x

Avoiding ‘dampness’ in the body

When I suffered from candida I tried many different holistic therapies and I also tried Chinese medicine.  I found many of these therapies and treatments really helpful but it depends a lot on the practitioner.  If you read my blog you will see for example that I wasted a lot of money with an acupuncturist with no real results.  But I found another Chinese acupuncturist who was amazing!  I know that followers of Chinese medicine and acupuncture believe the diet plays a big part in our health and wellbeing. They believe that candida and thrush is caused by too much ‘dampness’ in the body. In fact Chinese medicine believes that dampness causes many illnesses including cancer, allergies, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigure to name just a few.  If you want to learn more about the Chinese approach I strongly recommend The Complete Book of Chinese Health & Healing: Guarding the Three Treasures which I think is amazing.

I think too much dampness in the body is affecting me again so to avoid a return of the candida I need to reduce the dampness in my body.  I am basing my theory on some of my symptoms but if you feel this could also apply to you then I strongly recommend that you seek advice from a qualified Chinese medicine expert as there are actually two different types of dampness and they are treated slightly differently I believe.

Some of the symptoms of internal dampness in the body:

  • feeling of heaviness
  • tiredness
  • swelling or water retention
  • distended abdomen
  • phlegm when coughing
  • loose /sticky bowels
  • intestinal rumblings
  • low energy
  • easily gaining weight
  • ear infections

I have several of these symptoms and I’ve always believed there is a link between candida and ear infections.  Now I think ‘internal dampness’ creates the conditions for candida to thrive in the digestive tract, mouth, ears and vagina (thrush).  I’m not saying all ear infections are caused by candida, of course not.  But I do think some ear infections are caused by it and doctors have confirmed this to me.  They tend to recommend ear drops which are anti bacterial AND anti fungal if they are not sure of the cause.

Certain foods cause dampness (or mucus) and so I shall be avoiding these foods.  These include:

  • milk and dairy products
  • sugar and candy
  • too many raw fruit
  • bananas
  • icy or cold food or drinks
  • greasy or fried foods

For those of you on the anti-candida diet this list won’t be a surprise as its very similar to the foods that you need to avoid to kill off the candida.  But it also helps me to eat plenty of warm food and drinks to help alleviate the ‘dampness’.

I am going to try to use my diet to rebalance my body but if that doesn’t work I will return to the Chinese acupuncturist for advice.  Dampness is believed to be caused by a deficiency in the functions of the spleen which in itself is caused by many factors e.g. damp weather, worry, over work, etc..  So I am also going to try to alleviate these factors too although I cant change the weather!  I wish!

Broadly speaking foods which alleviate dampness in the body include root vegetables and warming spcies e.g. turmeric, cinnamon, and cloves.  Aduki beans, rye, celery, lettuce, alfalfa, turnips, raw honey and corn are also believed to be very helpful.

On a mental level I am also suffering from not thinking clearly and thinking the same thoughts over and over.  I feel quite ‘stuck’.   This is common when suffering from internal dampness.  I was taught to address this by visualisation.  What works for me is to practise imagining a warm, fresh breeze flowing through my mind and body, warming me up and blowing away all dampness.  I put on some relaxing music, make sure I’m warm and cosy and close my eyes while practising this visualisation.  Yes I’m sure it sounds nuts but visualisation and meditation exercises helped me enormously when I was ill with candida so I definitely believe it helps.

Finally if you think you may be suffering internal dampness then I recommend seeking advice from a Chinese medicine expert or doing your own research.

Do you think you suffer from internal ‘dampness’? Do you have any suggestions to share? If so please click the ‘replies’ link at the top of this post.

Yuck! Does my furry tongue mean the candida is back?

For those of you who have followed my story over the years it will be no surprise to hear that although I havent had candida now for many years it is always a concern that it may return.  For most of the time this concern is so buried at the back of my mind that I completely forget about it and get on with my busy life.  I eat and drink whatever I want and I just try to keep my stress levels down and be sensible.

But every now and again the fear of the candida returning comes back.  Recently I have had a very stressful time with factors outside of my control causing most of the worry. I’ve also been working far too hard (no change there!) and got run down.  So when I came down with a bug I wasnt surprised.  But I was surprised that my usual attack of echinacea, zinc and even colloidiol silver (10ppm) didnt have any effect.  In fact I’ve been so ill that I’ve ended up going to the docs for super powerful antibiotics.  I hate taking these things as I know they can kill good bcateria too which can lead to candida.  But I was so ill I didnt have a choice.  But when I read the leaflet which came with them it clearly stated that nutritional supplements could have an adverse effect on this medication.  So I decided to take a break from my normal supplements while I got better.  Mmm was this a mistake?  Probably.

So I’ve finished the treatment and I am getting better.  But I feel weak and tired.  I am taking my probiotics and a good quality anti fungal but something’s not right…

Last night for some weird reason I decided to check my tongue.  Dont ask me why!  I’ve never done this before so I dont know what it looked like when I had candida.  But last night and today my tongue looks gross!  Sort of furry with yellowy-white covering.  Yuck!  I am sure its normally pink but I dont check my tongue so how do I know this?!  Anyway  I rushed to my study to pick up a book called You Are What You Eat: by Gillian McKeith.  I love this book as its so simple to follow.  I remembered Gillian explains what different parts of the tongue represent and how it should look.  I looked up ‘white furry coated tongue’ and was alarmed to see that Gillian believes that this may indicate mucus in the body and raised yeast levels. Does anyone else know about the state of the tongue and what it may represent?

Anyway today I am starting to feel rather concerned.  My aim now is to rebuild my immunity and strength while avoiding sugar and yeast.  I need to look back over my website and learn from my own experiences!  I wrote it all down to help people like you but now I need the info too!

love and light

Katie xx