“I’ve been a candida sufferer for many years and nothing I did helped me -it was very hopeless! Its true, when you suffer a yeast infection you feel very depressed because your life its not normal! This is the worst thing that can happen in your life, but I’m on the diet and i just have started to realize that my candida infection is going away so I encourage the ones that are trying to get rid of it to follow the diet and avoid gluten and sugar foods! It works!!!! ”
Shared by Milly
“I guess it started about 6 years ago when I was pregnant with my son and experienced several vaginal infections back-to-back, cystic acne, intolerances to heavy food, dry skin, and irritability. I began to notice that the heavy sugary starbucks mochas I was having seemed to increase the itching. I was bloated and my legs swelled even though I only weighed 155lbs at 5’10” 6 months pregnant. I woke in the morning and my joints in my fingers ached. I began to get scared. I was also tired all the time but thought part of the pregnancy until it never went away. I sleep eight hours a night and am still exhausted!
I looked up all kinds of diagnoses until I developed a lump in my breast which made me decide to change my diet completely. I quit all coffee, only drank water and eliminated sugars, flour, etc. It was amazing I dropped 8lbs in the first two weeks and was as skinny as I was at 16. My lump disappeared within 3 months and I truly realized the power of nutrition. I have been a lifelong sugar addict so I fell off the wagon and started sugar again, not as much for sure, but still…then the symptoms began again. If I had too much cake or too many cookies my private area would start to feel uncomfortable and become irritated or itchy.
Honestly the biggest complaint is the fatigue. I am so sick of being TIRED! I finally found a homeopathic doctor who really listened. He prescribed 3 month treatment of Diflucan and a special diet plus probiotics and a medical food that reduces intestinal inflammation. I began the treatment 2 days ago. I have since felt achy, very emotional, stomach pains, diarrhea, itchiness, and incredible fatigue, which is great because I know there is die-off beginning. Looking forward to waking in the morning like a normal person with energy for my little kids!!!!! :)”
Shared by Rachel
“I felt the same way every day – always exhausted even after a full nights sleep. My breath was smelly andI felt bloated and stuffed up. My joints ached and even after a few visits to my GP the tests were inconclusive. I was finally diagnosed with candida but given canistan to treat the trush. I had no enjoyment in life but feel this is a new beginning too because I was ill and it wasn’t all in my head. I have an appt to see alternative therapist in next few days and I’m feeling hopeful. ”
Shared by enaj1965
Candida & Food Allergies…
“A ton of symptoms led to Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance : bloating, constipation, pink eye (but only in one and it never spread to the other) chronic fatigue, ulcers in my mouth, brain fog, joint pain, *did I mention the chronic fatigue! It was awful! Pain in my abdomen after eating wheat/gluten and swelling in my throat after eating oats. I cut out gluten and all those went away, except a reoccurring yeast infection. 3 years later, several symptoms retured and I discovered a sensitivity to corn, but I stillhad the yeast infection.
Now I’m trying the Candida diet to get rid of the YI and hopefully lose some weight which has been impossible even with tons of exercise. The Candida diet does vary depending on your source. I really don’t want to cut coffee but, I’ll do what it takes. I hope in a couple of weeks I can share my progress. ”
Shared by Marie
A new life for me!
“Hi everyone, thanks for sharing. I was just diagnosed with chronic candida. It makes sense after so long on antibiotics for chronic tonsillitis. I’m also a sugar addict. I cannot tell you how scared I am not being able to have sugar. I can give up the alcohol, I can give up the breads and white flour and cakes…but my daily dose of chocolate? That’s going to be really hard. It’s like giving up my lover (probably because I don’t have one)!
But I want to do this. I am now 40 and feel 10 years older. It’s no longer about the 20 kg overweight I am – it’s about health. I want to FEEL well…I want to bounce out of bed…I don’t want to emotionally eat. I want control back!!! Let’s take back our Power people! :)”
Shared by Aussie
Feeling much better
“After my high alcohol/sugar diet in college I felt like I ruined my insides. I couldn’t eat like I used to and I assumed I had developed ulcers. If I drank only 2 beer I wouldn’t be able to eat the next day. I assumed I just needed to heal and give my body a rest. I would drink 2 beers every so often (~once/month) to see if I was progressing but the condition persisted for 4 years. I had recently started thinking of gut flora and started taking pepto bismuth for the stomach pain and to kill H Pylori bacteria. I assumed that was killing good bacteria too so I started buying smoothies.
The real progress for me (and this is not for everyone) was when I bought pure powdered caffeine. I’d mix a little with a shot of water in place of soda or coffee. I started to not feel depressed and my mood seemed to be up (even without caffeine in my system). I ran across an article by chance (on Digg) about candida albicans and everything fell into place. The symptoms sounded right but I didn’t know what caffeine had to do with it so I added that to the Google search and found that high doses actually kill them. I even found symptoms that I didn’t realize were connected (toe-nail fungus and previous sinus infection). I drank a 12 pack for the first time in 4 years and had lasagna for lunch the next day, no problem. While my situation may be unique I still recommend following a diet more appropriate for candida removal.”
Shared by Steve
Sick too long
“I started getting real sick with intestinal problems in 1986. After numerous doctors, a homeopathic doctor diagnosed me with roundworms. I also have numerous food allergies, food intolerance, asthma, restrictive lung disease, and a bulging disc problem in lower lumbar. After taking meds for the roundworms, I improved some but still had symptoms of yeast infections, feeling of cramps all the time, vaginal discomfort. He did another test and found I had inflammation of the large intestine. I noticed my symptoms got worse with certain foods. I went on candida diet and improved. Lately I feel I’m getting ill again, I suspect candida problem because I don’t eat a very good diet. I crave dairy alot and junk foods. So I want to go back on candida diet. Also, I have a recent scalp condition that I developed that looks like seborrheic dermatitis and I’ve been losing my hair. From what I’ve researched this may be caused from an overgrowth of yeast organisms. This gave me a clue that I may have candida systemic problem. I recently started eating plain yogurt with acidophilus and I feel an improvement with my intestinal crampy feeling that’s pretty much chronic. I want to start candida diet once again (I may have to stay on this the rest of my life), and continue with acidophilus, and maybe Pau d’ Arco tea. Is candida a lifelong problem? I mean does it re-occur if you go off the candida diet? Anyway thanks for listening.”
Shared by Jamie
Yeast infection HELL!
“I too have had so many yeast infections I thought I was going to lose my mind. Swelling, itching, burning pain for days and days. I tried every cream and pill out there and nothing works for long, I can not deal with it any more. My doc is baffled but I really think I have a systemic yeast infection. I started the detox yesterday, I’ll keep you posted. :)”
Shared by Ali
Candida at 20! The nightmare that stole my high school graduation
“Let’s see, I was about 16 when I started to feel the symptoms and I was confused as to why I was feeling so down for no reason. I mean I was always the energetic funny go lucky cheerleader but something killed my spirit leaving me to linger is this drudgery drugged up feeling state. I would wake up feeling like I just wanted the world to end, go to school feeling exhausted even though I had 8 or 9 hours of sleep and I’d learn nothing because I felt so so so out of it and the brain fog kept me uninterested in what teachers had to teach. I even had to miss out on my friends parties sometimes because I’d feel suicidal some days from the hormonal imbalance. Worst part of all, as soon as I turned 18, I took myself out of high school due to the mental stress and went for my GED instead which was disapointing because I only had 1 semester left but anyone who’s had chronic candida would understand I’m sure.
So anyways, I went to the doctors who totally piss me off til this day because she didn’t even bother testing me, she just said “oh honey its all in your head”, this is normal for teenagers” so I took therapy, haha that didn’t work. My condition got worse and worse so I began drinking and smoking weed and I even tried cocaine a couple of times – that was the lowest point of my life, I just knew this couldn’t all be in my head somehow.
I got into meditation and chanting with my mother and through I guess visualizing myself happy again somehow little by little I started making positive changes in my life. First I quit drinking, the stuff that once took me to a safe place just disgusted me and the marijuana couldn’t put me in the euphoric place that the chanting and meditation could, and then finally I told myself that I wanna go vegetarian for my New Years resolution and wow after a month of my vegetable/fish/nuts/very low carb count diet omg I felt brand new. I kid you not, all of a sudden I was making new friends, laughing all of the time, I was unstoppable, creative and constantly lighting up the room also I got the job I wanted pretty much everything I had visualized before. The twist in this story is that I eventually went back to my old ways about a month or two after I quit chanting, people had me convinced that it was the devil but today I know that God won’t hate me for doing something that is good for me, god is about us doing something positive in our lives and sharing love and helping others and anyways my candida came back ok and it sucks more the second time around because I feel like I once had all the happiness I could ask for and now I’m back to suffering.
Today I’m going on a 7day candida/ depression buster challenge. I did my research a lot on candida and depression this go around and found some pretty great homeopathic cures along with yoga and the candida diet.. if it works I’m going to post it on the internet and hopefully help so many others to win the battle and take their lives back.”
Shared by Monique
Tired and annoyed
“Hi!, I have been to several doctors asking for help with these symptoms, It started with thrush I’d treat it and not even a week later it would be back, I went through this for months whilst having a horrible time with skin irritations, my legs were breakins out in rashes an were constantly itchy, I was tired an had very bad memory, and I had difficulty concentrating, the doctors put most of it down to hayfever and lack of sleep. Now having read about the candida diet I’m thinking this has been my problem all along so I am going to give it a shot an fingers crossed it will be the best thing ever”
Shared by Hopeful
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