I Got Some “Good” News Yesterday

I have a candida overgrowth!

I know… you’re most likely pondering: “WTF, why would anyone be excited about that?” Well, after years and years of looking for solutions, I lastly really feel like issues are beginning to make sense. Hopefully!

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Ok, so I was a bit of hesitant to share this information on the weblog and social media due to what folks may suppose (and say). I imply, candida is a yeast overgrowth. It sounds fairly gross. But even when one particular person can profit from this data, it’s price it. Plus, I know there are readers and followers who’re misplaced and scuffling with their well being, so this might probably be an avenue to discover. Candida points are literally actually frequent. Obviously, I’m not a physician, but when any of this sounds acquainted, please chat along with your acceptable well being skilled.

Let’s begin with the fundamentals…

All types of fungi dwell in and on the human physique, together with yeasts often called candida. Candida is usually present in small quantities within the mouth, intestines, and on the pores and skin. At regular ranges, it’s not an issue and most of the people have some candida of their system. However, when Candida begins to develop uncontrollably, it may causes all types of well being points. Typically, the wholesome micro organism in your physique hold candida ranges below management. But if wholesome micro organism ranges are disrupted or the immune system is compromised (aka autoimmune ailments), candida can start to overproduce.

Here are some components that may result in candida overgrowth:

  • Taking antibiotics – I took antibiotics four instances in 2008 and one other 2 instances (sturdy ones) in 2019 in addition to a ton of them as a child and teenager (pimples meds)
  • Taking oral contraceptives – I took them for 15 years earlier than getting pregnant.
  • A weakened immune system – Yep, due to UC and the assorted medication I’ve been on through the years.
  • Using steroids – I was on and off Prednisone for two years.
  • High alcohol consumption – I wouldn’t say excessive, however I like(d) to have just a few glasses of wine every week.
  • Eating a food regimen excessive in sugar and refined carbs – I imply, I like dessert.
  • High stress ranges – 2017 and 2018 had been tough years for me.
  • Diabetes

Common candida signs (from Dr. Amy Meyers):

  • Skin and nail fungal infections similar to athlete’s foot, ringworm, and toenail fungus
  • Feeling drained and worn down or affected by continual fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Digestive points similar to bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Autoimmune ailments similar to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, or a number of sclerosis
  • Difficulty concentrating, poor reminiscence, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and/or mind fog
  • Skin points together with eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  • Irritability, temper swings, nervousness, or despair
  • Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching, or vaginal itching
  • Severe seasonal allergic reactions or itchy ears
  • Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

Can you relate to the danger components and signs above? I’ve skilled a few of the signs, and I mainly checked all the bins for threat components, so I guess you can say I’m not all that shocked by my prognosis.

The take a look at that my purposeful practitioner advisable was the “Candidiasis FingerStick” from Alletess Medical Labs. It measures numerous candida antibodies in your blood (IgM, IgA, IgG), which can counsel overgrowth. This overgrowth could possibly be of digestive, respiratory (i.e. my gross cough), nasal, oral, genital, or urinary tract origin. There are different checks out there in addition to the DIY “spit test.”

So, now my primary therapy plan seems to be like this:

1. Anti-candida food regimen for at least Three months. Basically, starve the “yeasty beasties” by eradicating the meals that feed it. Giving up peanut butter (mildew) goes to be laborious! I’m additionally beginning Betaine HCl to assist with my digestion since I failed the “burp test” so badly.

2. After 2-Three weeks on the candida food regimen, begin an natural anti-fungal(s) to destroy candida’s cell partitions whereas supporting microbe steadiness within the GI tract and discouraging the expansion of yeast. We may have to attempt just a few totally different ones, and Diflucan is probably on the desk as effectively.

Three. Repopulate intestine with good micro organism utilizing a high-potency probiotic to maintain candida below management.

So, that’s the plan! I’m excited to get began and, hopefully, transfer in the appropriate course so far as getting me out of this flare as soon as and for all. My practitioner even thinks that the yeast overgrowth could have even lead to my ulcerative colitis prognosis. Isn’t that nuts? When I look again at what was occurring in my life (i.e. antibiotics, contraception, beer, numerous wheat bread, stress), it’s positively attainable! I’m actually hoping for the most effective with this plan of assault. I’m so sick of being sick!

If you’ve gotten any expertise with candida, please ship it my approach! I have a sense these subsequent Three months are going to be robust (wahhh, no wine), however completely transformative! 🙂

If you’re inquisitive about studying extra, my practitioner recommended The Yeast Connection by William Crook, MD. I simply ordered it and might’t wait to dive in!
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