I felt tired all the time and could not fall asleep. I sometimes had only about three hours of rest per night. It affected my work, it affected my life. My body was hurting, and I had digestive problems.
I thought that something was wrong with me and unfortunately, I was right.
I finally checked with my Doctor and after different blood tests, nothing was found. I then met with my Naturopathic Doctor and learned that I had Candida overgrowth, Parasites and a serious Magnesium deficiency. She suggested that I fix the candida overgrowth / parasites issues first. I could feel the urgency in her voice and when I did my own research on the subject, I quickly understood why.
The “bad” candida kind, also known as Candida Albicans, also known as “fungus” is the root of many serious diseases including cancer. It affects your “gut-brain” or “second brain” (where most of your emotions are processed). Our large intestine, when mismanaged, can become filled with stagnated waste which in turn causes parasites that can potentially lead to cancer. Candida yeast is naturally found in our bodies, however when it is forced to mutate into Candida Albicans (fungus) that’s when the problems start.
What can cause Candida Albicans?
- Antibiotics (from prescriptions, from our food, and from our water supply – another reason to get a high quality water filter – see details on the Big Berkey water filter)
- A diet high in sugar and carbohydrate
- Oral contraceptives
- A high level of Stress
When I decided to change my diet while following my Naturopath’s “protocol”, I noticed a positive change in my energy level. I personally decided to reduce my meat intake and eventually maintain a vegan diet. I could finally sleep for longer hours and my digestive issues were gone. There are many cleanses on the market for candida overgrowth, however its important to also change our lifestyle. A cleanse is great (I try to cleanse once or twice a year), but if we go back to the same poor eating habits, the same high-stress lifestyle, we will most likely have the same health issues.
Candida Albicans can undermine our immune system. It could lead to leaky gut syndrome which is the cause of autoimmune diseases. Changing our diet alone is not sufficient for someone with a yeast overgrowth. Since Candida Albicans take the nutrients from the food we eat, we could have serious nutrient deficiencies (even on a healthy diet).That is why it is crucial to make sure that we remove these invaders.
What can help for Candida overgrowth?
Once my candida overgrowth problem was under control I continued cleansing harmful organism from my body. Parasites for example are extremely harmful and can cause depression and other serious illnesses. Parasites can be found in food and water (example: found in raw fish, in some meats such as pork etc) and can take over our brains. When trying to remove parasites, these are the foods that will help:
- Probiotic rich foods such as sauerkraut or yogurt (I make my own dairy-free coconut yogurt)
- Garlic, Onions (they both have anti parasitic effects)
- Papaya (the seeds are known to help fight off parasites)
- Herbs such as Oregano, Thyme, Peppermint, Rosemary, Grapefruit Seed extract Ginger
- Coconut oil which has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
- Pumpkin Seeds (known to paralyze parasites)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is high in vitamin B, neutralizes our body’s PH and improves digestion
- Cinnamon is a natural remedy for parasites and fungus
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helpful in parasite removal
- Olive Oil is an antifungal known to support removal of parasites and yeast waste
Once the parasites are killed its good to clean our intestines in order to remove their by-products and toxins they have bound to. Colon cleansing is very beneficial. Some may experience a “Herxheimer”’s reaction (discomfort that is caused by the “die-off” of yeast and parasites). Cleansing our bodies of yeast overgrowth, parasites and toxins, takes a lot of energy and its good to support our body during the process (continue to exercise, sweating is good and can help with toxins elimination, make sure to get enough sleep, maintain a healthy body diet, reduce life stressors and limit toxins exposure). I encourage everyone to verify if candida overgrowth might be “the problem”. It’s always good to invest in our health and pay attention to the warning signs from our bodies.