I’ve been working on this post for a while…I have had intestinal challenges most of my life. About 14 years ago I started having some serious issues. I was always ill and run down and I didn’t know what to do. A naturopath was recommended to me and I figured I had nothing to lose. He diagnosed me with candida and started treatment. After a few treatments, I could eat food again, I wasn’t allergic to everything.
What caused this candida problem? I was in Africa for 6 months taking a malaria prophylactic that was an anti-biotic. I took this mild anti-biotic every day for some time. I did not realize that the human body has something on the order of 10 times more beneficial bacteria than it has human cells. Someone said we are bacteria-sapiens. So I killed off all this good bacteria in my gut and the candida was left unchecked and took over.
My naturopath told me that I may need a “tune up” every once in a while. I when in a couple of times, but when I became a low fat, raw vegan, I found new health. It was an amazingly healthful year. After that year, I was tired of not being able to join others at restaurants, so I just became a vegan. I was still enjoying good health, even if not quite as great.
Fast forward a bit and I find myself at a high-stress job where alcohol often flowed freely. I learned to drink. I went from two or three drinks a year to an average of one a day. I began thinking that was a bit much and cut back. Did you know that alcohol kills bacteria? So here I am at a not high stress job, where alcohol is not as popular and my energy begins to decline, and I begin to feel depressed. Depressed, I have a great job.
After some thinking and testing, I realize that it is probably candida…again. I took a class from the School of Natural healing, I still want to write more about it here. In that class I was introduced to Dr. Christopher’s Natural Protocol for Systemic Yeast Overgrowth & Leaky Gut Syndrome. You see, candida takes over and destroys the gut. I don’t believe they destroyed part was addressed by my naturopath.
Dr. Christopher’s method is like nuking the candida. It is a 20 day regimen where you only eat vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted legumes. First two days is for seriously killing candida using Dr. Christopher’s formula called Intestinal Sweep. The next 14 is for healing the intestinal lining using his Soothing Digestion. Two more days of Intestinal Sweep, then its lots of probiotics and fermented foods. You can read more about it the above link.
I am on day 6 of this. They say the first 5 or so days of ketosis is the worst. I am feeling better today, but it is still early.
So if you wondered why I have not been posting much, it has been my energy level. I’m feeling a little better today. Here’s to a new year!