What is Candida?
Candida is a condition of yeast overgrowth that is at the root of a myriad of symptoms, some of the most common including: fungal problems, yeast infections, fatigue, mental fogginess, digestive problems, bloating, food cravings and an overall weakened immune system. If you’ve been doing everything you know to be best for your health, yet still suffer with some nagging problems or aren’t seeing the health gains you might like to be, perhaps candida has a hold on your health.
If you miss the energy and positive outlook you used to have, you may want to do yourself a favor and learn more about Candida.
Do you suspect you have candida?
Check out this list of common symptoms of candidiasis. If you find you suffer from a handful or more of the symptoms in this list you may be dealing with candida. Modifications to your diet and lifestyle may give you some much-needed relief!
Get the help you need with The Candida Companion Guide.
This informative guide includes a full 3 week menu plan. Contains recipe lists for compatible recipes in Everyday Wholesome Eating and Everyday Wholesome Eating…In the Raw. Includes handy reference sheets to copy and post in your kitchen.
Free download containing selections from The Candida Companion Guide
Our Personal Experience in Dealing with Candidiasis
My husband and I took a year and a half to transition from the Standard American Diet (bagels and cream cheese for breakfast, hot dogs and cheese curls for lunch and a dinner planned around a meat centerpiece and a rice mix or pasta side dish, occasionally an overcooked veggie besides) to a whole, natural vegetarian diet that included lots of raw fruits and vegetables as well as vegetable juices. We saw some pretty amazing results (John lost over 100 pounds, was able to get off high blood pressure medicine and was free of Meneire’s disease symptoms, and Kim was relieved of many annoyances like
headaches, back pains, acid stomach and menstrual problems) but we had some nagging problems that just didn’t seem to be going away.
It became very discouraging because we felt like we were doing everything we could think of “right” yet John had persistent fungal problems and I had been struggling for years with low energy, low enthusiasm, and low libido.
We sought what help we could. John’s fungal problems (athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, toenail fungus) we treated topically with every cream and powder on the market. We thought it was a skin problem. It wasn’t until late in the game that we learned it was an internal problem that was manifesting itself on John’s skin. Our family physician said he could take a medication but it would be very expensive and he would need to come in regularly to have his liver checked. Praise God that we were
kept from pursuing that option. I went to our physician regarding my low energy and libido. He ran some blood tests, which came up normal. He recommended I take an antidepressant for a while to see if that would help. I really didn’t think I was depressed, so once again, praise God, we did not try that option. But still no relief. We even went to an acupuncturist, but when he consistently suggested that my low energy was tied our vegetarian diet, I became disinterested.
We had sought help in many directions and were doing everything we could think of for our health, but these problems hung on. Then, while visiting with friends from our church, the wife asked if we had ever heard of candida and she explained how John’s fungal problems were linked to this health problem. Hurray! We had a name and an avenue we could investigate. I made some additional dietary changes to help John with this condition, still having no idea it was also the source of my problems. Six months
later I began reading a book specifically about candida and when I read the list of common symptoms “fatigue” and “low sexual interest” jumped off the page at me. I had the same underlying problem, it was just manifesting itself in a different way in my body.
We decided to aggressively attack this problem as recommended in the book, and experienced some pretty pronounced healing symptoms as the yeast died off (temporarily I had extreme fatigue, inactive bowels for a week and a half, and we were unusually crabby).
For the first time in years, we saw improvements in our conditions.
I began investigating candida and its treatment even more intensely, spoke with others who were dealing with or had dealt with this problem, and developed the plan that I share in The Candida Companion Guide. The plan we originally followed was effective in freeing us from the tenacious hold of candida, but the method, I believe, was more stringent than need be. I’m excited to share with others a far more “doable” plan as well as some of the gluten-free dairy-free egg-free recipes needed to survive this temporary restricted diet.
Check out more about The Candida Companion Guide.