This is an ongoing account of my struggles with the CANDIDA FUNGUS OVERGROWTH. Please do not use the information to diagnose or treat yourself. If you think you have this debilitating condition, please seek medical attention.
I am an overweight, 54 year old, post menopausal female that smokes. Let’s get that out of the way first. I am not a health freak or a vegan. I’m a gal from Texas that grew up on Tex-Mex food and I love my flour tortillas and rice. But not for a while due to an effort to improve my diet. I’ve been struggling to find an answer for my health issues.
You aren’t going to find many folks willing to reveal their personal bathroom habits. But to me, this is vital information that should be “out there”. Whether or not you know or even think you have a Candida fungal infection, chances are you have been experiencing constipation and bloating. I have had extremely difficult to move bowels for about a year. I have had some failures and some success trying to get things moving along. I thought I would share my story with you.
First of all, you simply MUST get your bowels functioning again. I asked myself where the heck was all the food going? I’d been eating normally, but did not see the finished product leaving my body. So where is it? GOOD QUESTION. Because this in not widely talked about on the Internet, this is the best answer that I can come up with… the Fungus is eating it and multiplying, then releasing toxins into your body. I have read that Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) has been linked to the Mycelial Candida Fungal Infection. Mycelial means that the normal yeast has morphed into a fungus with a root that digs into your intestinal walls and feeds. Chances are you acquired it from being over-prescribed on Anti-Biotics. Interesting note is that Antibiotics means Against Life. Candida overgrowth causes so many disgusting things to happen in your body that it is mind boggling. The release of toxins is what’s making you feel so lousy. It is also what’s causing many, if not all, of your health issues. From what I have read, the only reason Candida is in your body is to aid with decomposition AFTER death. But I am still ALIVE. I have coined the term, The Walking Dead since learning this. So I guess that makes it a Zombie Disease?
After my fourth trip to find medical help in the past year, to no avail, I decided to take the steps to cure myself. You may be more fortunate and find a Doctor that may have actually heard of this Epidemic of the 21st Century. I wish you much luck and great success in your search. But in my little town… it ain’t happening.
The first thing I noticed about my bowel movements was there are visible pieces of undigested food. Please, get up, turn around and LOOK next time. You’ll be shocked. Mostly the vegetables, smaller that a kernel of corn. Because Candida has no use for a vegetable, they aren’t processed completely. And the overall color was almost like peanut butter. Candida is the new King of your intestines. It gives the orders. But, it’s time to dethrone it. What undigested food means is that you are not getting your nutrition, vitamins, minerals or trace elements from the foods you eat. That equates to Mal-Absorption. I wonder if you could starve to death with a full belly? It is vital that you get those bowels back in working order.
Leaky Gut Syndrome and this stage of a Candida infection, to me, seem to read like the same list of symptoms. The Candida feeds off of an Acidic food supply and an oxygen deprived system. So the first thing I did was look up Alkaline foods. Easy enough to find. Easy enough to incorporate into my lifestyle. The second thing you have to do is sacrifice Carbonated Drinks, Soda Water or as we say down here in Texas, Sodie Pop. I don’t care if it’s Sugar-Free or the real stuff… you’ve got to stop cold turkey. And yes, you will have withdrawal from the caffeine and the sugar. As far as the Sugar-Free goes… well, it’s sweetened with Aspartame which is known as Equal, also as phenylalanine. This stuff is poison to begin with and it’s a tragic saga of how it got pushed through the FDA for human consumption. That will be a topic for another day. Right now, get it out of your diet completely. You are going to have read product labels, because it’s everywhere.
The next thing I did was say goodbye to my coffee. It was a melodramatic moment in my life with violins and crying. But it had to be done. Coffee appears to be the drink of choice for people with the Candida infection. You might have found yourself drinking more and more of it lately? It’s got to go, now! I am still having a small cup of decaf in the mornings, sweetened with Stevia. But even decaf is acidic. And let me praise Stevia while I’m at it. Just a God-send.
The next thing to go is Sugar. Bye Bye. Easy enough now that Stevia is more commonplace. Then pretty much all of your white foods; milk, flour, rice, shortening, noodles, macaroni, spaghetti, bread, crackers, croutons, tortillas (horrendous for me). It’s all acidic, not alkaline. 80% of your diet should be alkaline. That means 4 out of 5 things going in your mouth, should be neutral or alkaline. If you get a fast food burger, balance it out with four salads. Uh-huh… seriously. So don’t get that burger, eat a salad instead. Eat as big of a salad as you want, but eat it.
When you’ve made all of these steps, you can concentrate on the constipation. And let me tell you right now that enemas are difficult when it comes to Candida. For an enema to work, you need something in your rectum. That’s the last stop before you push it out of your body. Your rectum doesn’t have anything in it. It’s all stuck up there in your colon. And I don’t recommend self administered colonics. But if you are persistent, things should start to move on the second or third try. Eventually, just like Granny, you are going to have to trot down to the store and get yourself a big old can of Metamucil. Yes, fiber. Do not get the flavored one, it has Aspartame in it. And you do not need an excitotoxin in your weakened system. Get the unflavored generic. I am putting it in my lemonade twice a day. And by now you should be drinking a lot of lemonade sweetened with Stevia. Because even though lemons and limes are acidic, when we burn them off, their remains are alkaline. There is no faster, easier way to get your system alkaline than with lemon or limeade. Metamucil or it’s generic equivalent are slimy and gooey going down and guess what? They are slimy and gooey coming out. So don’t get alarmed when you see the results. It is not some sort of monster coming out of you. The good news is that it gets things moving. And that is what you want.
The next thing I did was to get a 6-pak of Atkins Advantage Shakes. Wow, has life changed since I was in my 20’s when it comes to getting a 6-pak… oh well. The reason for this is because if I am malnourished, then I am lacking vitamins and nutrients. And I do feel just awful. These Shakes are packed with vitamins and minerals and a bit of fiber. So I spent Saturday and Sunday drinking the Shakes. I had a huge salad both days, but no other solid foods. And I felt horrid. I felt like I had the flu. I got the sweats, stomach pains, shaking, headaches, out of control bloating… but then several very dark and prolific bowel movements for most of the day on Monday. Then I, pretty much felt on top of the world. And every day I have felt better and the bloating has reduced significantly. My bowels are moving daily in an amount that is comparable for the amount of food I’m eating. I read that you should go several times a day, but for me, that’s never happened as a part of my normal routine. But who knows?
The last thing I did was order the $50. box of THREELAC Probiotics. It has been specifically tailored to fight Candida Overgrowth. It has not yet arrived, but I am anxious to get started. I’ve only read a couple of negative remarks about the product. They were from folks that said they got flu like symptoms for the first 3 days. But that sounds like it is to be expected. You are purging your system of a horrible, unforgiving, killer fungus… of course it’s going to affect you. It’s called Die Off and the toxins can overload your system. I will write and let you know how it goes for me. I hope my story has brought some new information to you in your struggle with this demon bug. Listen to your body, it’s trying to tell you something is not right.