Yesterday I had my 8 weeks follow up with my naturopath. His regieme for beating candida is about 8 weeks but I have been feeling under the weather so I was 100% sure that he would say I need to keep on the diet a little longer. Well he tested me using kinesiology muscle testing (which I have found excellent over the last decade) and the CANDIDA HAS GONE!!! I cant tell you what a relief it was. More accurately the candida levels are fallen to a normal level. I no longer have any food intolerances so in theory I can start to reintroduce foods again!! But I do feel below par and he identified that I still have the virus that affected me last month. He tested it and identified it as an influenza type virus which will hopefully disappear soon. This would explain some of my symptoms. I was blaming everything on the candida! But to be totally honest I am nervous about eating ‘normal’ stuff again. This whole episode of candida has shaken my confidence big time regarding my health and I have to think carefully about my lifestyle in the future. I’ve been advised to regard wine, chocolate etc as a treat rather than every day food but I did before to be honest. So I need to do some careful thinking and planning to devise a healthier diet and lifestyle aimed at boosting my immune system and preventing another flare up of the candida. I will continue to blog as I work all this out. For now (as I still feel a bit unwell) I am going to continue on the regieme partly as I wouldnt be able to introduce food types and then see if they caused a problem due to my virus symptoms. I wouldnt know what to blame! The second reason is just because I have been losing weight and I need to lose some more before the Christmas party season (I know I’m sad!) and thirdly and most importantly I think I was mistaken in the past as I always rushed straight back into my normal diet as soon as I got the all clear. I am fairly healthy and dont eat takeaways or fast food but I do love biscuits, fruit juice, crisps and chips occasionally. Starchy food and sugar!! I think in the past I managed to beat the candida down to normal levels but the moment I started eating bad stuff I think the candida started to rise slowly. If anyone out there has any maintenance / prevention tips then I would be really interested! I am still taking threelac (2 a day), oregano oil and I’ve just finished pau d’arco and grapeseed extract. I’ve stopped taking the Primal Defence due to warnings on the internet which could be fake but I’m taking no chances. I’ve been advised to olive leaf extract to boost my immune system (fight off the bug and kill off any remaining candida). I can’t stress enough how I would never have beaten the candida in only 8 weeks without the professional advice of an experienced naturopath and kinesiologist.