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Iodine Kills Candida

Tuesday 16th February 2016

Hi!  If you are a regular reader of my blog and website you will already know that I beat systemic candida years ago. You can read more at About Me.  But I know a lot of people are not so fortunate so I keep this blog and website going in order to help others.

Recently I was made aware that iodine deficiency is quite common and interestingly iodine kills off candida. It is estimated that a lot of people are suffering from the effects of low iodine which can lead to hypothyroidism. Iodine is essential for a healthy thyroid so if you are not eating enough iodine (or not absorbing enough due to low stomach acid) then it makes sense that your thyroid could be affected. I am also interested in iodine as I know that it has been linked with helping to prevent breast cancer which has affected some of my family members.

Here are some of the symptoms that you may encounter if you have low levels of iodine:-

  • feeling cold
  • constipation
  • weight gain (iodine helps to balance your metabolism)
  • dry skin
  • hair loss or coarse dry hair
  • weakness
  • muscle aches
  • depression
  • fatigue

Now I know these symptoms are vague and could be attributed to many other causes.  But for me the dry skin was getting a real problem.  I noticed my skin was looking prematurely aged and would get so dry it would be itchy.  I started to buy special moisturizers for dry skin and experimented with bath oils.  But nothing was really helping.

Then I heard about the DIY Iodine Patch test so I decided to try it out.   You will need some iodine and I bought a brand that was recommended to me. Here is the link if you are interested >Iodine Supplement

Here is a simple video which shows you how to perform this test.

All I did was paint a medium sized patch (about 7cms square) on my stomach.   The iodine is dark brown but looked orange on my skin.  You need to check the square over the next 24hrs to see your skin absorbs the iodine.   Be sure to apply to clean skin and obviously don’t wash the skin until the test is complete.  If the orange disappears the theory is that you may be deficient.

I have been taking 4 drops of iodine twice a day.  I used muscle testing to work out the dose and I can tell by my skin if I forget to take it.   Don’t forget that tests also show it kills off candida so it is worth checking out for many reasons.

Love & light

Katie xx

Benefits of Eating Seasonally to Beat Candida

Monday 12th October 2015
beat candida with seasonal foodOne of the biggest problems with beating candida is sticking to the anti-candida diet. The most common question that I get asked via email is “Did you really stick to the diet?”. The answer is a resounding “yes!”.  I was desperate to get better and I was getting to the point where I would have tried almost anything to regain my health  (By the way if you are struggling check out my main website pages which have plenty of tips for following the anti-candida diet including little ‘cheats’ to keep you sane! > main candida site)

beating candida with seasonal vegOne of the best ways of sticking to the anti-candida diet is to plan your meals (VERY important) and to eat vary your food by eating seasonally. I still aim to eat seasonally even though the candida has long gone. But I am always a tiny bit worried that it may return so I try to maintain good health. So I was interested to read an update today on Dr Mercola’s website about the health benefits of eating seasonally. Not only does it introduce variety into your diet but it also has nutritional benefits too. > read Dr Mercola’s Fabulous Fall Foods

Dr Mercola explains the benefits of many of the vegetables available now which is great news for anyone following the candida diet.  All I need to do now is learn how to find some tasty recipes and learn how to use my new soup maker!

One word of caution though. One of the best Fall foods are apples.  Now I did eat an apple per day when I was on the anti-candida diet.  But I dont think you should over do it fruit-wise.   Why did I eat apples?   Well if you have followed my blog over the years you will know that I followed the instructions of my Naturopath.  He felt strongly that one of the biggest barriers to getting rid of candida is constipation.  The candida is mostly in the gut and it needs to be disposed of.  If you are not using the toilet regularly then the candida stays in your body and grows stronger.  So for me the solution was a daily apple which helped to keep me regular and the candida was eventually beaten.  I do get occasional emails from candida sufferers who don’t seem to believe that I got better eating a daily apple.  Well I did!  Some of them can be quite irate so I daren’t tell them that I also use to eat peanut butter!  I didn’t know it was regarded as a ‘banned’ food for candida sufferers.  All I can think now is that my overall regime was effective at destroying the candida and the occasional apple or peanut butter didn’t not impact upon this.

If you are suffering from candida please read my main candida website which I put together to help people.

Love

Katie xx

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
autumnal walkI 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.  And I do appreciate that if you are feeling unwell that you may not have the energy to take a long walk.  But if possible try sitting outside in the fresh air as that also helps a lot.

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 haven’t 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.  One of my friends takes it through out the year as she prone to depression and low moods.  She thinks its brilliant as it doesn’t have any side effects unlike prescription drugs.

 

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.  What an idiot!  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 one. Some of my friends swear by their light boxes so I will trying mine again this winter but this time with a sensible time limit!

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 don’t 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.   I take 5,000 iu per day.  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 favorite 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
love
Katie x

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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.

 

love

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.

Love

Katie xx