Today I start a new chapter in my life…
Removing sugar from my diet.
Phew! That took a lot of strength to say. Not unlike the many people in this world I do love a nice sweet treat. Although I have stayed away from refined sugars and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), I could not stay away from organic maple syrup and raw honey, my sugar staples. Yes they are definitely better than their white sugar counter parts, but they are still sugar and still contribute to that nasty thing called fungus.
So what is candida albicans?
It is simply a yeast. It lives in everyone naturally, but some people have more of it than others contributing to a yeast overgrowth. In a healthy person, it will live a tame life not hurting anyone, completely in balance with the digestive system. But when 1 in 3 people today suffer from this overgrowth, it seems that many of us are not as healthy as we thought.
How does it grow?
It’s as simple as this, yeast loves sugar, the more you give it, the more it will grow. When a person goes through life eating lots of sweets, taking antibiotics at every sneeze, and (for us women) using birth control for many many years, it takes a toll on your body. Antibiotics and birth control destroy our good bacteria that lives in our gut, making it hard for the little bacteria that we have left to kill that out-of-control fungus thats growing. There are many other factors that can contribute to an overgrowth like estrogen replacement therapy, poor diet, steroids, chemotherapy, radiation, heavy metals, alcohol overuse, recreational drugs, and stress.
How do I know if I have it?
There are many online questionnaire tests that you can take to see if you have candida, you can find one of them here. Or there is lab testing that you can do, they are not all 100% accurate, but if you do some lab tests and some questionnaires you may have all the information that you need to be sure you have (or don’t have) candida.
I have candida, now what?
Don’t panic! Although there are many restrictions on this adventure, there are also plenty of things you are able to have. I must warn you though, you will have to cook! Not all candida-cure diets have the same exact lists of what you can and can’t have but they are all very similar with a few things they disagree on, here are a few links to lists of foods you can/cannot have.
But the basic gist is this: No gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no soy, with some exceptions and other exclusions.
So welcome to my journey and I will be posting various things throughout my new adventure about recipes, my thoughts and feelings, my body’s reactions, and specific products that I like to use. Thanks for joining me and I hope you find this informative and interesting.