Candida are REALLY Nasty Little Buggers

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I’m really sorry that I’m so late with comments, and everything else right now. Things have been a bit hectic this last week, and I have to be heading out to town sort out a misbehaving car and things in a minute, so pretty please have patience with me.

In case you noticed that my popping in and out of interweb world has been erratic and stranger than usual last week, I’ll just tell you why before venturing forth into the cruel, bitter wind outside – it really is rotten cold here. So.

After my mini detox the week before last, I did a spot of research because my physical reaction seemed way too extreme. Adding bits together (the addition of coconut oil, and the total exclusion of sugar and carbs to my diet) I deduced that I must have an excess of something called Candida in my old bod. So – being me – I googled like crazy, found a thing called the Candida Diet, and proceeded to hop right on in. I’m used to excluding things from my diet because I have celiac disease, but I can tell you that giving up anything at all would have been easier than giving up sugar those first couple of days. But I managed to stick to it religiously, as well as munching on raw garlic cloves, and swallowing lumps of coconut oil down with apple cider vinegar. I always do what I do to the max, but this time I probably shouldn’t have. Anyway. And then…

Wow, did I get sick. When I googled some more, I discovered a thing called Die Back – too late for me though. I can honestly say that nothing I’ve ever had before has made me this ill – not even malaria. Kidneys, liver, intestines, head – all felt like they were going some bad rounds with several large and mean wrestlers. Not to mention a rotten fever. I’ve also never slept so much – I reckon I slept at least 16 hours a day, right up to Saturday. Yesterday after a major morning snooze, I started to feel better, and today I feel amazingly better than I’ve felt in years, in every way, including, strangely, seeing better. My thinking seems to be much clearer, and as well as losing a couple of unwanted pounds I’m really feeling good. Weird I know, but true. Anyway, I’ve done a bit of research on this Candida crappy thing, and even though I’m no health expert, it seems that too much of it in your body can seriously damage your physical and mental wellbeing, even causing things like anxiety and allergic responses and all sorts of other things. It gets into all your body parts too – insidious and seriously dangerous from what I can see.

I don’t think that it’s a bad idea for anyone at all – especially anyone that takes antibiotics now and then – to google this, because it’s not an obvious thing to have – I never had a clue until I accidentally took something that killed some of the little buggers, and they fought back – boy did they fight back! I reckon I’ll be alright now, and by way of revenge, I don’t think that I’ll ever stop sending things inside that kill them – I quite like killing in this instance.

Anyway – got to go sort out my wheels now, and I promise to catch up with comments and everyone shortly. I’ll see you lovelies in a bit.

UPDATE:

As I said – I’m not a health or candida expert, so I’m not planning on sharing multiple posts on the subject. What I’ll do instead is update this post now and then with things that I learn along the way – these being only my opinions, and in no way medical advice of any sort. You never know who might find these bits helpful in the future. That said, and being a writer, I’ve seen loads of articles which from my own experience and research just seem just plain wrong. So I’ll just post any bits that come to mind on here whenever they come to mind. It could end up a bit long, but never mind about that – whoever wants to can read as far as they like, or not.

CANDIDA IS A WOMEN’S PROBLEM

WRONG! Something I saw in my research was that mainstream medicine does not recognise this as an actual health issue. A bit weird really. It KILLS 30 to 40 percent of frail/elderly patients who get it – male, female, or health compromised child. It’s not picky at all. Everyone has candida – it’s part of a healthy gut when not in psycho overload mode, and when it’s there it’s going to have insidious effects on you whether you’re a gorgeous muscly guy or not. I’m not prone to any sort of infection. I lead a generally healthy life, and I’m fairly fit and healthy. I did not find the candida diet due to any unpleasant female symptom, but accidentally due to a combination of things that I either ate or excluded on a mini detox. In my research I found a pretty much equal amount of men, women, and young adults suffering from this particular lurgie. You can have an overgrowth of it from childhood without knowing that you do – for decades! The most important culprit to cause an overgrowth seems to be antibiotics. They kill off the good bacteria in the gut, but not candida, which causes an overgrowth. This is exacerbated by a diet high in sugar and refined flours, as well as anything that puts sugar into your bloodstream, ie. carbohydrates. It also loves any form of gluten.

IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL – JUST GO BUY SOME ANTIFUNGAL MEDICINE

WRONG! Candida overgrowth seems like a very big deal to me. Some guys tout it as a cause of cancer and many other illnesses including allergies and arthritis. My personal take on it so far after finding out a bit about it, and dealing with it for just under two weeks – bearing in mind that I’m NOT an expert, and am NOT suggesting that you do as I’m doing, is this:

ANTIFUNGAL MEDICATION: I’m not a fan of chemical medication, so I went the natural fungus killer route. For me these included coconut oil (the caprylic acid in it ruptures the little buggers – yeah!), raw garlic, and probiotics. When the candida are on a rampage, the good gut bacteria don’t stand much of a chance, so I figured that feeding them at the same time as killing off the bad guys was a good idea. I took three probiotic tablets a day together with a 1000mg Vitamin C tablet and a calcium/magnesium tab. Also three times a day I downed a tablespoon of naturally fermented apple cider vinegar mixed with a dash of cayenne pepper and topped up with water. Eyewatering a bit, but never mind.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: This is the only vinegar you should be using if you’re overloaded with candida. It is not candida’s friend, and is really good for you in many other ways. It seemed really sucky to me when I found this out, because I love pickles and condiments. Now I’ve stocked up on it, I will be pickling my own using apple cider vinegar and xylitol – so not a train smash after all. I’ve already made a mustard using dry hot English mustard, xylitol, and apple cider vinegar, and it’s lovely. No need to go without these things.

XYLITOL: Most people suggest Stevia, and it does seem to be a healthy option, but I don’t like the taste of it. Also in my research I saw no mention of the fact that it substantially lowers blood pressure, so that could be a little dangerous for anyone on blood pressure medication. I always research interactions and side effects before putting anything in my beak – and so should you. Xylitol on the other hand is actually recommended by dentists because it fights tooth decay. It has no side effects. Candida can’t process it. It’s made from actual sugar cane, and it tastes really good. Win, win!

NO CHEESE! NO BOOZE!

Most of the articles I read said these things. Since I’m quite partial to these things, I did my own research. Again – this is only my take on this, and I’m NOT advising you to do as I do.

CHEESE:
All of the articles saying no cheeses cited lactose as a reason – it would give the candida sugar as an end result. I found that most of the lactose goes down the drain in the whey in the cheese making process, and the longer a cheese ages the less it has. I didn’t see high carbohydrates and sugar in most cheeses, so I’m still munching on it with no adverse effects. Also – goats cheese has capryilic acid in it which, as in coconut oil, zaps candida.
BOOZE:
If you are unfortunate enough to have a severe die back, you are seriously not going to be in the mood to party, but since most of the articles I read on candida suggest at least four weeks on the strict diet, and you’re going to be feeling a LOT better afterwards, you might feel like a little tipple. From MY OWN research, I found that all wine, beer, and spirit drinks with sugary mixers are going to do you harm, so I certainly won’t go there for a very long while. However, all distilled spirit contains no carbohydrates and no sugar at all. I don’t see anything wrong with having a little gin or vodka with plain soda water and a slice of lemon. If you fancy a sweet cocktail, I don’t see anything wrong with mixing a little lemon juice with xylitol and soda water or water, and having that – I have, with no adverse effects. Again, I am NOT suggesting that you follow my lead here – just my personal trip.

A COUPLE OF INTERESTING SYMPTOMS THAT I HAD NO CLUE WERE CANDIDA OVERLOAD RELATED:

TINGLING: Occasionally my hands would tingle, and also I’d have a tingling sensation on the left side of my neck. When I looked in the mirror it would be a bit red and splotchy where the tingling was going on. When I was seriously going for the diet, this happened a lot. It’s totally gone now.

FOGGY HEAD: To be honest, I never realised that I had this until it went away, but WOW! I don’t think I’ve had such a clear and happy head for literally decades. Really cool for a scribbler, I can tell you.

DREAMING: Another one I never really noticed. I haven’t dreamt for a really long time, but I never noticed until this week, when I’ve had a couple of really cool, vivid ones – story fodder!

VISION: This one I really can’t get my head around, but it can only be related to having the candida brought back into healthy proportions. For about twenty years, I’ve had really bad night vision. This week I’ve been eyeballing everything very well, and in general, my eyesight had definitely improved. Go figure!

I’ll add more symptoms when I think of them, and will also include any that I find that I personally don’t have, like EYE FLOATERS, and JOINT PAIN.

It seems to me like candida is a bit of a clever bunny. If you’ve had an overload for any length of time it will lead to a leaky gut, which means that contents from your intestines leak into your body, ending up in your bloodstream. Obviously this is not good for you in any way, as well as causing new allergies – your blood not being keen on foreign bits in it. This I know a bit about because I was an undiagnosed celiac disease sufferer for so long. Candida rewards you with feel good feelings when you feed it what it wants (carbohydrates and sugar), and it punishes you when you don’t (intense cravings and the effects of it’s byproducts including ethanol!). I thought I was going to clock out with the serious cravings of the first couple of days, but now I’m really not craving anything at all. With the help of xylitol this is a very doable diet, and if you have an overload, probably one of the most important decisions you can make about your health and wellbeing.

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32 thoughts on “Candida are REALLY Nasty Little Buggers

    ailsaabrahamwp said:
    May 26, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Yes, Candida are those nasty wee imps that cause thrush – either of the throat or the other end… and we know how unpleasant that is, don’t we gals?

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

      True – these guys are really bad in anyone though. I think that it probably would be a problem for some men to contemplate having it because they think it just affects ladies, and so they never figure out why they have sore joints and lungs and things too. MWAH to you dear Ailsa! 🙂

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    Kev said:
    May 26, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Jo, Late! Is this something new? 😉
    On a more serious note…damn! I’m glad you’re feeling better Jo that Candida sounds horrific.
    Think I’ll pass on the detox.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

      My brand it is. 😀 Thanks Kev, although seriously, if you ever do think that this stuff has gotten out of control I reckon it’s worth trying to have a test, and a sloooooooow detox probably wouldn’t half kill you like it did me – I seriously need to sort out my patience issues. 😀

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        Kev said:
        May 28, 2014 at 6:58 pm

        😀

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    First Night Design said:
    May 26, 2014 at 8:24 am

    What a nightmare. Glad you’re better!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Thanks! It really was an eyeopener, and I’m really shocked by how many people suffer with it for years. I won’t though – no more bugs allowed around here. 😀

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    laurie27wsmith said:
    May 26, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Nice Owl there Jo. We tend to forget that something dying off in our body can cause quite a strain on the system. All those dead critters have to be excreted. Do you use a skin brush when you detox? The skin excretes a huge percentage of these dead ‘uns. Of course when things like worm infestations occur, they lay their eggs as they’re dying. It’s all yuck. I do hope you’re feeling better.
    Cheers
    Laurie.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Aaaargh! I’m am fall down petrified of worms, and I generally deworm everyone including people, dog and birds regularly now. Apart from the occasional sleeping thing happening, I’m really feeling better than ever – I just wish I’d found this out before. That owl used to nest in our garden every year. We had loads of owls. One day I spotted one of her little fluffy babies on the ground, and I thought I’d better give him a hoist back to his nest. Not so clever. When I went to pick him up with a towel, his mom swooped down and clouted me a good one on the head – bled like anything. When I’d got the towel flying around my own head, I looked around, and about twenty owls had suddenly emerged and were all looking down at me. It was a bit surreal. We still loved her though – even though if we got visitors at dusk we used to have to drive down to open the gate because she would divebomb everyone. 🙂

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        laurie27wsmith said:
        May 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

        Ever since I started taking Colloidal Silver I’ve never had a problem with parasites. It kills everything that doesn’t have a spine, hmm politicians may be at risk here. 😉 I can imagine the scene with the Owl, it would be like something out of Hitchcock’s, The Birds. I reckon it could give you a real clobbering. I extricated a baby Lorikeet out of a cyclone wire fence after a storm and it jut about gnawed my finger off. So it ended up sort of like a watch-Owl then?

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          May 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

          I’ve spotted that Colloidal Silver around and about too – I’ll definitely go get some tomorrow. We can hurl some at the spineless trollers too. 😀 Ha haaaa! Birdies have to bite the hand that saves them – kudos to you though for carrying on, gnawed finger and all. 🙂

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            laurie27wsmith said:
            May 27, 2014 at 10:41 pm

            Remember with the silver you’ll feel a little flu like for a couple of days. that’s from all the nasties dying. 🙂 Pity it didn’t work on trolls. I keep a pair of leather gloves in my car for saving critters now. Little blighters.

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    Cnawan Fahey said:
    May 26, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Wow, what an extreme reaction. So glad that you survived and are feeling so much better. I have heard of this before, and have had it recommended that I try the diet. But hadn’t heard of the garlic, coconut oil, ac vinegar doses. Perhaps I need to give this diet a try, but thanks for the cautionary tale about overdoing it!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

      If you do go on the diet Cnawan, it probably will be a good idea to take it really slow, totally research it, and build up your system first with good supplements and so on. I’m going to be updating this post with more info as I learn more about it. I reckon that the coconut oil is the most powerful tool in the box. The garlic and so on are all powerful antifungals and antibacterials. Another word of caution – be careful of googling images of this thing – blargle indeed! 🙂

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    May 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Sounds kind of scary. Glad you’re feeling better after that.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Charles – I’m getting a bit tired of these curveballs to be honest, so the next thing that looks like it could interfere with my scribbling is going to be bashed first and questioned later. 😀

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    Sherri said:
    May 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Oh Jo! I’m so, so sorry, this sounds awful. Glad that you are feeling better though, boy, you’ve been through the wringer. I’m sending tons of hugs and love to you and hoping that now you are on the up and up. Also to let you know that my Meet My Main Character Blog Tour post is up: http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2014/05/26/meet-my-main-character-blog-tour/ Hope you like 🙂 Have a good day my lovely friend and don’t let the buggers get you down ❤ ❤ ❤ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Thank you my lovely friend! I’m chuffed that this happened though – I’ve found out so much about what it can effect, and I’m really wondering about how often people think that they have an anxiety disorder as well when the symptoms can be brought on by this, so I’m going to be sticking my nose in much more. Awesome that you did your post! Cool! I’m off to have a read! HUGS AND LOVES TO YOU – MWAH!! ❤ 🙂 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    John W. Howell said:
    May 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Whew. Glad you are okay.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Thanks John – I’m in war mode now. It’s actually giving me lots of pleasure every time I eat anything that I know will kill the critters – my dark side I reckon. 😉

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    cicampbell2013 said:
    May 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Oh, I know! Took me a year to kill them off more gently than you went about it. You really do go for it whole souled, don’t you, Jo. But they are nasty little critters. And you do have to watch out for them, that they don’t sneak back in!
    So pleased you’re feeling so well now. So pleased x

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

      A year! Wow Christine! That must have been a really horrible year for you. Those guys won’t ever get a grip on me again, that’s for sure. I’m pretty sure that I can adapt properly so that I can still eat the stuff I like – only using ingredients that don’t like Candida from now on. I’m actually enjoying myself thinking of ways to adapt recipes now – it’s been way too long since I had my cook’s hat on. I’m still a little confused about so many people saying that any form of yeast is a no no – yeast is a different animal to candida, and generally baking it kills it anyway, so I need to find out more about that. Although I don’t mind not having it because I very seldom eat any sort of bread anyway. Are you back to a totally normal diet now?

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    Carol Balawyder said:
    May 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Sounds like a really bad experience. So glad you’re feeling better than usual. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Thanks Carol – I’m still getting a little tired a few times a day, but that’s probably because I’m doing piles of catch up when I’m feeling brilliant. It’s amazing what goes on in our innards. 🙂

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    M T McGuire said:
    May 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Yikes. I’m glad you’re feeling perkier now.

    Cheers

    MTM

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Yikes it was – nasty little cretins. I’m glad though – if I hadn’t got clever with wanting to lose a bit of bum, I might never have found out till I was properly sick. 😀

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        M T McGuire said:
        May 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        I was reading up on the causes. Apparently, if I don’t want too much of them, I have to avoid stress! Mwah hahahahrgh! That’s me screwed then!

        Cheers

        MTM

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          May 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm

          Continuous stress really sucks in every way – life sometimes really does chuck it in buckets too. Throw those lemons back I reckon! 😀

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    Violet's Veg*n e-comics said:
    October 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Great post! Really useful information, thank you for sharing 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks! I still don’t touch sugar and the only carbs I can go near is maybe a couple of spoons of brown rice a week. Much better to avoid getting it I reckon. 🙂

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