Here By Accident 32 years later
“I participated in a fast along with my church. At the end of the fast I began to eat normally again and I felt like I was going to die after only 1 day! I quickly found out I have a wheat gluten allergy…no problem I thought I can avoid wheat. I began looking online for gluten free diet tips and I came across a site about Candida overgrowth. It was like the sky opened up! All the symptoms I’ve had since a small child were suddenly explained. Constant ear and sinus infections, dry itchy skin, coated tongue, “ADHD”, insomia, fatigue, bladder infections, eye infections, cravings weight gain, bruising etc….I’m now on day 14 of the process and I really hope this ends everything for good :). ”
Shared by Barbara
29 and fed up with being tired
“I have thought for a very long time that I have chronic fatigue. I had a baby 8 months ago and the fatigue became unacceptable. I had no energy for anything other then taking care of my daughter. My husband and I were fed up with me being tired and things not getting done. I went to my doctor, he knew nothing about chronic fatigue and suggested changing one of my medicines. I talked to my mom, she suggested I may have an intestinal yeast infection. I did a lot of research. Low and behold I had all the symptoms of candida.
I started the diet about a month ago. Immediately my intestines started feeling better. Now I have more energy then ever before, my house is looking better, my husband notices a difference. I went to Michigan to see my family; they all noticed a difference in my energy levels and that I was feeling better. I think I may have a wheat sensitivity and my be eating gluten free for the the rest of my life. I am praising God for helping me to finally feel better. If you have chronic fatigue I suggest you try this diet, even if you don’t take anti-fungals or see a doctor. ”
Shared by Jennifer
I am more than ready!
“Yes I am only 21 and have learned alot! I was married about 3 years ago and I was about 125 and I am 5’4. I never seemed to think I had that many health problems growing up, but with where I am at today I realized I did and it all makes much more sense now. I got married, felt good and went on birth control, which I will never go on again. I started having many problems, leg cramps, heart palpitations, of course gained weight. Then started many infections, sick all the time colds etc etc, I was so confused I tried 4 different birth controls in a years time none worked for me so I stopped in hopes my problems would get better, they did not. They got worse it seemed I kept gaining weight monthly, I wasn’t pregnant as everyone kept asking, which got very old. I started having skin issues worse than I ever had patchy white dry spots and so on. I kept going to doc for yes another round of wonderful antibiotics to only make all of that worse. My immune system just seemed like It was gone, so I began taking things into my own hands.
My husband and I started eating better we were already cutting out all soda and juice since before we were married just because of the high sugar. Then came bleached flour and on and on. My husband kept losing weight and but I wasn’t losing any weight. I began getting very depressed as I had no clue why my body seemed to be so messed up!
So were now going on year 2 of married life and I am now 165 and for the last year I have been of sugar only use stevia if needed no dairy, wheat, gluten, I use coconut oil, and a lot of garlic in cooking. I did find out thought that I had high bacteria (candida) and my skin is the worst it has ever been which I have had some sweets etc since I have been so frustrated that nothing has changed with my body in such a long period of time. So I found this site and felt what have I got left to lose but feeling good again and getting back to a more healthy weight. So I am wanting to start the Candida diet I am a little nerveous as I am afraid which I am sure the die off will be hard, but I am only 21 I have alot of life left I cant be having so many health problems and I have no clue what else to do, but with the skin fungus, weight issues, skin issues, tired all the time – something is wrong. Oh and all my adrenal, thyroid tests from my doctor where fine so I really hope this helps It sure cant hurt! I really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts on their experiences I do really hope I cant start feeling better and get rid of atleast some of these issues! ”
Shared by Shamain
Candida for the second time
“I had it 18 years ago. It’s back again after 3 rounds of antibiotics in one year, along with chronic fatigue syndrome and hypothyroid. I’m also gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, chicken, turkey, almonds, walnuts, garlic, green peas, lima and pinto bean, intolerant! No wonder I never felt good when I ate. I think gluten destroyed my digestive system and was a factor in getting the Candida again. It took a year to get better the first time, but I had it worse then, so maybe it won’t take that long this time. I’m 100% diet compliant. It’s the only way to get well fast.”
Shared by Diane
Coeliac & Dairy intolerance nightmare!
“I guess it all started when I got pneumonia as a baby at 6 weeks old. To save me I was pumped full of antibiotics for 2/3 weeks. But little did I know that this would be the very thing to start my candida symptoms. At 4 I got psoriasis over my neck & scalp. As time went on every time I got sick and I would again be pumped with more antibiotics. I ended up getting bad tummy pains which the Dr. said was a grumbling appendix & to eat more fiber. Eventually I started getting the feeling of not being able to breathe through my nose properly which I again told the Dr. & pretty much got laughed at, It turned out being acute sinus problems. I also started getting aches & pains in my knees, elbows & ankles. Then I started to develop bloating & diarrhea. Which ended up leading to Coeliac & along time after that dairy intolerance. I also developed a rash ( atopic dermatits) over my face which I eventually found was from sugar.
I spoke to a lady who said her friends daughter also had Eczma n the specialist said to go off all sugar products as there is a bacteria in everyone that thrives off it. So when I got home I Googled sugar craving bacteria, and that led me to find out about Candida. If only I had known about this I don’t think I would have so many allergies now. I am just starting the Candida diet & am starting to breathe properly again & my face is clearing up and I feel like I can think straight for the fist time in years! I will be telling everyone I know with the same illnesses as me to help them out.”
Shared by Linda
Just beginning to end
“I have suffered for 15 years with chronic skin issues and went from doctor to doctor with no answers. The only thing that would help me is steroids and I would have to go on them at least 2x/year to stop the skin itching and burning. The thing that really ticked me off was when the allergist told me he couldn’t help me because this was all in my head!!! REALLY??? I am 53 years old and with this flare up I said enough is enough. I went to a Holistic Nutritionist last week and she said that I have a serious candida issue and food allergies (which apparently feed the candida). I am on a meat and veggie diet and taking 4 different supplements to kick start this healing. I can’t say that I have noticed a huge reduction in the burning/itching yet, but I can feel myself starting to relax because it isn’t as intense. I have lost 6 lbs (very quickly) and feel absolutely fantastic. I had a foggy brain a lot in the past and just attributed it lack of sleep, or something. Now I have the answers to what has caused me issues all these years. I am so excited to be rid of this chronic skin issue that has plagued me for all this time!!”
Shared by Cindy
19 and miserable
“When your only 19 years old having prostate issues, sex issues, infections, and doctors throwing antibiotics down your throat you really wonder if waking up is even worth it. On top of feeling like shit every da,y going out every weekend and binge drinking was not helping matters. I had no idea what was wrong with me until i decided to see an acupuncturist. This lady was brilliant actually took the time to listen to me, and within five minutes told me to cut all yeast and all gluten from my diet – this being told to a kid who eats pizza and grilled cheese everyday. Its only been two days since i was diagnosed but I have something new that I did not have before – a reason. A reason to stay on a this diet, a reason to take probiotics, a reason to not drink, and a reason to live. I had three prostate infections in one year, and doctors keep pushing antibiotics, if only they knew they were killing me from the inside out and making everything worse. This lady gave me hope and I really wish my story can help someone else out, a 19 year old who feels like he has the immune system, prostate, penis, and life of an 80 year old man.”
Shared by Greg
Mis-Diagnosed, missed life
“About 5 years ago I began to have symptoms of acid reflux although I was unaware of what it was. It was mild stomach upset in the mornings. My co-workers thought I was pregnant. I continued for another year without any real reason to take anything to help my symptoms as they were still mild. Eventually I was in a great deal of pain and caught every cold and flu that went around. I saw my doctor who prescribed me a $700 bottle of 30 pump inhibitors. I took these one to two times a day depending on the day. I still caught every cold and began to have more and more headaches including migraines.
Eventually I went to see, on three occasions over 8 months, doctors to look at my heart due to a irregular heart beat. They gave me an EKG each time resulting in “your stressed out”, stop drinking coffee your too sensitive to caffeine. My acid reflux became so severe that I had to see specialists and get an ultra sound on my abdominal area for any tumors. I then began getting severe infections like in my tracheal. Each time, prescribed antibiotics and still on pump inhibitors at the maximum strength. In the meantime, I was seeing holistic chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists once a week.
Then in December and January I received my first sinus infection, treated with full strength antibiotics for 14 days both times. I was told I had allergies or Sinusitis although I had never had allergies in my life. Tired with being told I’m stressed out, change my life, take Xanex, you have allergies, I decided to start doing fruit and green smoothies with aloe Vera stopping the pump inhibitors immediately. I went through 30 days of ups and downs, each week a different scenario of symptoms but all occurred without hardly any acid reflux.
Eventually my acid reflux was reduced about 98%. Then a couple of weeks ago I began having severe headaches and tension in my neck. The headache would never go away, every day all day long for weeks. I was exhausted, sick, and beyond tolerant of all the mysterious symptoms I was having. My life had been stolen for years. A friend recommended their Kinesieologist. He was immidiately overwhelmed with all my symptoms, pain in my muscles, back, weakness all over, acid reflux that was off the charts, headaches, etc. He told me my body was intolerant of grains and to begin a gluten free diet. I began immediately and on the 3rd day after dinner I had a spoonful of coconut milk ice cream with a rice cake and dark chocolate almond butter. I felt horrible afterwards, my muscles ached, joints ached and my eyes felt like they had pressure behind them, I started to get that same headache I had for weeks. What happened? I was barely eating anything! I felt overwhelmed with sadness and rage that my life was not getting better. It was a hard enough shock to go gluten free. Rather, it sucked bad.
Then it hit me, what about Candida? I researched and found a site where I had every single symptom on their long long list. I have been tormented and tortured for years by my symptoms, not to mention every doctor telling me it was in my head and looking at me like I was a hypochondriac. Sending me away with nothing or even more harmful drugs to “deal” with me. My marriage has suffered dramatically, I have become depressed many times due to my life being taken and the tired old wife. I was raised with no dairy, no meat and no sugar. I was very athletic my whole life, I’m tall, thin and have never had any major medical issues. I became lethargic, complacent, miserable, destitute, I barely did anything physical for years, at most I would run or bike at the gym for 30 min a couple times in a year. I didn’t sleep well, I had panic attacks at any given moment, I had night sweats for years, I wasn’t the same person. How in the world can we live in a society that does not have a simple diagnosis such as Candida? I thank God I questioned everyone and finally took my health into my own hands, it has saved my life. ”
Shared by Zoe
Horrible tummy ache and finally redemption
“I had such a bad tummy ache today after having just a egg sandwich, banana and milk. Same reaction to lunch. Then I just happened to Google it and found this website and God, I am happy, happy and relieved. I have had a severe weight problem ever since I returned from London where I was a student. With rudimentary to non-existent cooking skills, I used to survive there on milk, raw and boiled vegetables and rice. But I looked and felt better than I had ever done in my life before. I used to think I was one of those people who have a slow metabolism or something. On a normal exercise program I wouldn’t lose any weight except if I starved myself. But gaining weight came oh, so easy. And especially during the last few months I have felt especially depressed because my skin’s turned a weird color, gained about 40 lbs and all in all, didn’t know what it was that hit me. Thought it was a gluten intolerance and cutting bread helped to an extent. Then today I came upon this website and it all finally makes sense. I would like to give my heartfelt thanks for the people who made this website and also those who shared their stories. Now I know at least that there is a cure. Am starting the diet tomorrow.”
Shared by Simmi
“I have been suffering from breakouts all my life. Every time I went to the doctor or the dermatologist, they gave me all kinds of medications from antibiotics to Roaccutane and everything else beyond! Everything I used worked for a very short time but then my skin flared up again. I knew it wasn’t as simple as acne. Then one day a friend recommended I get a food allergy test done. I did and to my disbelief I was told I suffered from something called Candida Albicans! Now I have to change my whole diet. Its only been a few days but I can feel the change in my body, my mood and even my skin! Finally I know what the real problem is so I can deal with it and get on with my life ;)”
Shared by Sarah
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