Friday, March 30, 2007

My way (or the highway?)

I am touched (very!) and convinced (to an extent) by the comments that have been coming in. I hate to face this, but my thrush isn't clearing completely and I obviously need to do more than the haphazard way I've been eating and taking supplements since my trip to NY recently.

So I'll give up cow's milk and its products. I'll stop the sweets or at least cut them way down. I'll be more consistent about taking GSE.

I'm not giving up coffee yet...but at least I'll have it black or with soy milk only.

It's too hard for me to go all the way back (new readers of this blog can check out all my limitations in my first posts), but if the above measures don't work I guess I won't have a choice...

6 comments:

Djinn said...

Perhaps I can offer some more of my experience of beating the yeasty-beasties here. I spent a long time researching non-invasive, non-conventional ways of treating my candida problem, and hit upon a yeast-free, sugar-free diet about six months before I first saw a nutritional therapist. This meant I had a trial run at the diet (and anti-fungals like caprylic acid and GSE) before I really knuckled down and did the really restrictive thing. So, I had time to get used to not eating very much refined sugar, bread etc, which really helped when it came to starting the candida diet properly. So, don't be too down on yourself - think of these last few months as practice. I think it's perfectly acceptable to spend a little while getting used to a new way of shopping, cooking, and eating before going 'hardcore' with the diet. :)

Migelooch said...

Well djinn, that's just it. I was extremely "hardcore" for over a month and found it extremely difficult. I'm not sure I can go back to that, but just knowing I did it at all gives me hope that I can follow a less restrictive diet now. "yeasty-beasties"....LOL!

Jul

Djinn said...

Hello! You haven't blogged for a while. I was wondering how you're getting on with the diet?

Migelooch said...

Only saw your comment today, djinn. Sorry, you posted 2 weeks ago and I hadn't realized...

In answer to your question, I haven't been following the diet. I'm posting about that today.

Lex said...

You can also try swishing out your mouth with garlic water (garlic is an antifungal) and tea tree oil added to water (tea tree oil is an antifungal) to help with oral thrush. Some forms of tea tree oil can be taken, in small doses, internally (a few drops in water several times a day)- tea tree oil is a natural antifungal which kills candida. garlic is cheap and very effective, but beware of die off (herxheimer) reactions if you take it internally. Oil pulling is beneficial not just for candida, but removing other toxins from the blood (you swish cold pressed safflower or sesame seed oil around the mouth for 10-20 minutes or until it becomes thing and loses it's yellow color- it should be white and foamy. At this point it is full of toxins that have been pulled through the mucous membranes of the mouth, out of the blood. Spit the oil out, drink lots of water. Oil pulling is cheap, effective, has no side effects (no die off) and can speed up recovery. I highly recommend it but you must do it often (don't expect to see a change immidiately- do it every day, multiple times a day for a month or more before making up your mind). Good luck. Oh yeah, there is a lots of controversy about what you can and can not eat (and different practioners will say the same thing)- most fruit is a no no, but most berries have anti fungal properties and some people say a few of them, on an empty stomach so they are digested and metabolized quickly- you use the fructose from them, not the candida- is permissible. If the diet is too restrictive you'r going to feel sick- you'll get too much die off all at once (worsening of symptoms) and also not have enough calories to function (let alone not knowing what to eat). Do your own research and see what works for you. Use antifungals and high quality acidofilus supplements. it can take months or years to get candida down to an acceptable level so focus on what you can- if you are eliminating all processed sugars and most forms of fructose, lactose, and all grains, you will do well. Btw, you can have apple cider vinegar on an anti-candida diet. Candida HATES apple cider vinegar (microbiologists agree)- fermented foods, including vinegar, are usually not allowed because people get a knew jerk reaction and because many fermented foods are yeasty (like beer) or can raise the body's PH level (candida thrives in an acidic atmosphere). Check out "apple cider vinegar and candida" online and you will see how helpful it can be. Also, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, ONIONS (yes, onions kill it!) and most berries and green sour apples (the latter on an EMPTY STOMACH). Small amounts of organic, high quality kefir are also okay, but trust your body. If the diet is too crazy, you will get sick, not have enough energy. You need energy to fight candida!

Remember the middle path and moderation. To help deal with die off symptoms, you can use activated charcoal, liquid bentonite and psyllium (all absorb toxins and help flush them out of the digestive track faster) as well as mud baths, epsom salt baths, electro-ionization foot baths, saunas to sweat out toxins, etc. Also, a lot of candida grows and festers in the colons so doing a colon cleanse to remove excess mucoid plaque/mucoid rope is always helpful. I find taking a garlic bath (20 cloves or so of garlic, blended with some water and added to warm bathwater) for 40 minutes or so helps decrease the brain fog I feel for 20 minutes or so.

Migelooch said...

Hi Lex,

Thanks for your input.

Jul