What is this?
“When I was younger, I helped a friend bring his hay in from the pastures. A small piece of hay got lodged in my nose and caused an infection. After most of the infection and piece of hay had gone, I noticed I had a small white discharge from my nose. Other than being sensitive to certain smells, and blowing my nose often, it never really bothered me. I informally asked a few doctor friends about it, but barring a full barrage of tests, they couldn’t really say. It didn’t really bother me, so I just put up with it. After a few years, having noticed bread and beer type smells at times when I shouldn’t be smelling such things, I decided it must be yeast living in my nose. Then I got a stressful job. I began eating a poor diet or whatever was convenient. I began to drink more alcohol – my favorites are fancy Belgian beers (unfiltered, unpasteurized, sweet) and hard liquors. You can already see where this is heading… my nose still didn’t bother me too much, though I began to have allergies and sinus problems.
I began to have digestive problems, but a friend told me about pro-biotics and they seemed to help. I grew tired and often went to bed early or took naps. A few people began to ask about my “narcolepsy”. I assumed it was all due to my stressful job. I got a few minor itchy rashes, but they went away soon enough. Then one day I got a nasty itchy rash (medical textbook picture type stuff) on my bottom. It had been very hot, so I passed it off as a heat rash. It didn’t get better. I began to look on the internet for answers. Nothing seemed to match my symptoms?then I saw by chance a picture of a Candida rash on the skin that looked identical to mine. So I began to treat the external rash with various anti-fungal creams. The rash would get somewhat better, but always came back. I eventually realized that the external rash was being reinfected from my insides when I had a bowel movement. I did some further research and decided that a full change of diet was needed. This was a couple of months ago.
Two days into the diet I both felt very sick and full of energy at the same time. I haven’t kept the diet perfectly and have had some minor relapses. It took a few weeks for the rashes to begin to clear. I haven’t had to blow my nose once today. The white goo in my nose turned to scabs which are now mostly gone. I’m still not entirely free of it, but the improvement I’ve had is astounding.”
Shared by Curtis
Symptoms greatly improved.
“I’ve been on the yeast diet for a long time; cheating a little here and there. Two things that are reducing my symtoms drastically are cutting out coffee for good and the major one was eating copious amounts of probiotics. Not the pill form; the best one is Sauerkraut; it’s got 10 times the strength of yogurt and because it’s on dairy, doesn’t produce excess mucus like dairy does; which we’re trying to get rid of. Sauerkraut, kimchi (unpasteurized, no vinegar) has copious probiotics, and it’s raw; the pill variety is a scam and dead. Eat unpasteurized only sauerkraut on an empty stomach 3 times a day; powerful and won’t upset your stomach and watch your symptoms melt away!! ”
Shared by Jenn
12 yrs later and the male yeast infection simple test
“I am 51 years old. When I was thirty-eight I thought I was having a heart attack. I was diagnosed with GERD’S. Imhave suffered with high blood pressure, brain fog, memory loss and most of all 24/7 chest pain – middle of back front through back. I have had x-rays, ultra-sounds to rule out gall sludge and/other organ issues, I have had two scopes where nothing was found and my latest Barium Swallow…also finding nothing. I went back to my Naturalopath and had an extensive 3 stage stool analysis $400 later…where they found candiata. I also found this small test that confirmed the finding: I have been on Nystatin for 49 days and on the Candita Diet for 15 days and things are improving…it’s a lifestyle change.
There is a simple test to see if you have a male yeast infection. The very first thing when you wake up in the morning, before you even get out of bed, spit twice into the glass of water that you left on your nightstand from the night before. Now over the course of the next 15 minutes watch the glass of water. If your spit just kind of dissolves and dissipates in the water, you do not have an infection. If on the other hand it becomes cloudy, with strings, sinks to the bottom, looks like spider webs, you could possibly have it. If there is sediment in the bottom of the glass after 30 minutes or so then you have parasites also and will have to deal with them first. It will be very noticeable, so don’t worry about being unsure if you have it or not. In most cases, you will be able to tell in the first 5 minutes.
The spit test is not 100% accurate. But if the results look like a spider web and you score high on the questionnaire, I find it to be pretty close. If it wasn’t spider webby and you scored low on the questionnaire, you more than likely have to much mucous in your body, which is not ideal either.”
Shared by Mark
19 years old and suffering
“I’ve been suffering from candida for 3 years now! I hate it! For me it’s haunting me in the form of thrush! It’s the most daunting and uncomfortable feeling. I walk as though I am in pain. In 3 weeks I have been attacked by the infection more than 5 times. I can’t help but scratch but it’s so painful when I do. When I don’t it still pains. I am an active girl, love being outdoors. I fear leaving my house because I’m afraid I’ll start to itch amongt people. Sometimes I run 2 the public toilet, pull my pants down and start use tissue 2 scratch myself cause the itch is agonizing. I stay in the bathroom in tears because of how painful it is-I even question why this is happening to me! It’s 3am right now and the candida is keeping me awake! I’m going to try this diet I want to get rid of this Candida for good! I hate it so much! I’m willing to do anything to get rid of this!!!!”
Shared by HateIt
“Little did I know, I’ve suffered from Candida for so many years, but kept it under control with my healthy lifestyle. I would have flare up during stressful times, usually in the form of sinusitis. I always thought it was cold, I was frustrated that I was getting sick so much since I did everything right. I also had several yeast infections/IBS/dandruff/rashes/thrush/bad pms/difficulty losing lbs.
In July I was bit by a spider, I was managing it on my own, even though I broke out into a rash. Went to Dr. and got Sulfa antibiotics (to treat MRSA) which I had another allergic reaction too, so back to Dr. and now I was taking Prednisone. That worked it’s magic, cleared up the rash, but made my Candida’s stronger. When I was done with meds, I didn’t feel right, noticed my tongue was coated white, so I researched, and diagnosed myself with Candida. I have been on a very strict diet and taking natural anti fungals, I lost a bowling ball (9lbs) which I am already thin. Me and my holistic Dr. believe that is will be a long journey, but well worth it. If I sneak a bad treat, I’m sure to feel it the next day. After reading that 80% of Americans suffer from this and don’t even know it. More needs to be said, since half of America is over weight and craves sugar, and all the meds we take.”
Shared by Michelle
Never ending story
“Hi. My candida nightmare started almost two years ago. I had a problem with my tonsils and my laryngologist put me on three courses of antibiotics over three month period. I had my wisdom teeth taken out shortly after, which resulted in another two courses of antibiotics. Two years on and I’m struggling with the symptoms and ineffectiveness of medication and diets…I went through very strict diet in the first quarter of the year but it didn’t bring any results (my health practitioner gave me wrong information) and now I’m planning to start the 3 – stage diet. Some good things came out of my long battle with candida – I started exercising and learn a lot about food and healthy eating. I was also quite shocked to learn how many people suffer from this condition and how little traditional medicine practitioners know about it! ( A GP told me to change my tooth brush and wait until it clears itself up!). Thank you all for sharing your stories and for this very informative and comprehensive website! All the best to my fellow sufferers:)”
Shared by Jo
“I happend to stumble on this website and am so greatful I did. Im on the second day of my Candida Diet and I feel like crawling into my bed and just staying there. Depressed mood, foggy brain, poor concentration, bloatedness, irritable, sore throat, muscle ache, just the start im sure of this tough journey. I realise now, however, how important it is to think about what I put into my mouth. I might be craving the bad stuff right now, but a part of me finally ‘gets’ thats it bad for me. I used to be a biscuit, cakes and chocoholic, I guess at 28 years old, I realise that I want quality of life. I cant be this young and suffer ill health. Thank you for your stories, I know now I will make the journey successfully.”
Shared by Sumayya
Hopeful or else I will DIE miserable
“This started now about 5 yrs ago when I got a UTI that took forever for it to go away. I was constantly on antibiotics over and over again constantly feeling like I had to urinate often and all the time. What a bother. Sitting down was a bother this constant feeling between my legs recognizing this area is not normal. Doctor after doctor told me nothing was wrong. I went to a urologist who said my bladder was enlarged andI need a hysterectomy well, I was 44 at the time so losing my monthly menstruation was only a benefit so I said let’s do it especially if it will give me some relief. I’m still symptomatic and stressed. I believe I’m aging.
I went to a little clinic and finally this doctor told me I had yeast. OK, thank GOD finally something to address. I knew that but no one could confirm and I was trying everything from monistat that would burn me like never before. The doctor prescribed Diflucan and Nystatin that didn’t work either. I started going to a wholistic care doctor who prescribed supplements one was ADP and expressed her concern for me to seriously change my diet. I have began to recover some but have had some weekly set backs with my diet. I know now this is something I will have to take time with and allow my diet along with the supplements to run full course for healing. I’m restarting and glad to have found this site with the recipes because I was really getting bored along with my ocassional depression. I will press on knowing that there is healing at some point and try to execute patience staying focused. I wish there were candidia buddies for support that we could talk to from time to time especially in times of struggle and weakness. Thank you everyone for you comments knowing I’m not alone. I grieve for you too. We will survive and kill this beast called CANDIDA.”
Shared by T
“When I first saw a naturopath and started on a wheat free and dairy free diet with no sweets, I went through the same difficulties as everyone describes. But afterwords my stomach was flat for the first time in years. I associated the change with wheat as re-introducing dairy caused no problems. However after 2 months of being wheat free I had started to consume sugars again, (I was 4 weeks pregnant) and the bloating and constipation came back with a vengeance. After almost 3 months of wheat free (and testing for a gluten allergy) I started introducing it back into my diet with no change to the discomfort I am having. Now all of my symptoms are back in full swing and I realize that it is probably Candida that has returned with all the sugars and now carbs that I have been eating. It sounds simple, just cut them back out again and feel better right? Wrong!! I have terrible morning sickness and carbs seem to be the only thing not making me vomit. I can’t start cutting out important foods now (such as sources of calcium and carbohydrates) that my growing baby needs but does that mean I am to suffer with this sickness for the next 8 months?”
Shared by Alix
Will I ever be normal
“Today when I was doing research about candida on the internet I came across all these amazing stories of people who are dealing with the same situation that I am facing. A few years ago when I was in grade 9, I would wake up in the morning not feeling good at all and I was always tired and I had terrible headaches. I went from doctor to doctor…I can’t even remember how much money I spent on going from one dermatologist to another. Then finaly 2 years ago I got a big break to go and work for the SABC in Cape Town…this was so nice, but after awhile and after two years of eating a huge amount of sugar and carbs I started developing major problems. I picked up lots of weight and excercise did not help, I could not stay away from sugar and had to eat a huge amount of chocalite everday. I became depressed, was tired all the time, I could not remember names of people that I loved and care for, I could not concentrate, read and sometimes I would have blurry vision and I would loose movement in my legs.
I left my work in Cape town as a radio presenter and headed back home to the coast. I went to my local GP and I was so sad, depressed and felt rejected and hurt all the time without people even being around me. I could medication for depression and my journey started…or so I thought, until I found an article about Candida albicans? What is this? I read about it, went back to my GP and I was diagnosed with candida albicans. Today is my second day of my candida detox and I was blessed with wonderful friends that is my support system and help, but let me just make mention that God has been my biggest help and support. I know I am only on day 2 but I know I am on the right path, this time its not a diet but a lifestyle…Keep the faith and lets do this peeps.”
Shared by Pattra
Oral Thrush/Yeast Infections
“It took me a long time to connect my symptoms with Candida. I have been taking Advair for COPD and have other health concerns including Hypothyroidism in which I developed benign nodules but my system seemed drastically out of balance. Advair has steroid properties and I thought I was being careful in rinsing my mouth out after using but I was developing a full feeling in my throat. I continued to think it was mucus. When I finally went to the doc and was sure I had sinus problems and a UTI, I discovered that I did not. That was a shock. I still felt painful bloating and back discomfort along with the usual symptoms but because they were so severe, I never even considered Yeast as the culprit. What a relieve when I started treating the yeast and oral thrush. I am feeling sane again. I stopped Advair and started Spiriva, which does not have steroids. I changed my diet, I take supplements and medication for oral thrush. It’s all coming together and I am on top of the world.”
Shared by Jennifer
Is there hope
“I have been suffering for years with bloating, chronic pain, constipation, fatigue, and much more. My counselor gave me a book about candida and I answered yes to every question. Now I have to convince my doc to test me. I’m in remission from cancer now and I’ve been through a lot. It’s so good to know I’m not alone with this. I’m trying to cut out sugar and I’m trying to find what foods are triggers. I’m scared about trying this but I really want my life back.”
Shared by Ann
Once Upon A Healing
“Hi! It is so nice to hear other people’s experiences with candida. I have had candida symptoms since my preteens and spent years trying to figure out the root cause for my biggest issue of all, my acne! Throughout my teenage years different health care professionals gave me vitamins to treat the symptoms, the acne, by giving me vitamins that were to ”balance my hormones”. Of course the cause for this hormonal imbalance in the first place was never addressed and I became sicker and sicker. A sign that should have been caught early on was my inability to tolerate alcohol of any kind. Even a little bit would put me to sleep.
Today, thanks to my own research I know that multiple allergies can be a result of having excess yeast in your system. I’ve experienced everything from full body itching, eczema, ear aches, head aches, terrible pms, many UTIS and yeast infections, and of course the embarssing acne, that no matter how healthy I ate, would never, ever go away. I have been eating a strict, sugar free diet since last January (It’s been about 8 months), and I am much better. My thoughts are clearer and I feel more in touch with my own identity. Although this is a great improvement, I still have a very unbalanced lifestyle. I have a really healthy week, followed by a really crappy week. I found a new naturepath who has me on L Glutamine now, to help rebuild the lining of my gut. By getting rid of leaky gut syndrome, food allergies should cease to exist and my brain should work better/no more brain fog. I of course am on a blend of caproil, bentonine clay, and psyilium husks and a probiotic. I still have the zits on my forehead, but they have shrunk significantly in size. I just can’t wait for all of the itching to stop.
Fortunately starting L Glutamine, has enabled the pain in my colon and the jabbign pain in my heart (something I’d wake up to each morning) have left me! This is quite the spiritual journey for me, and I’m only 22. I am convinced that I got this illness because of my misuse of my body. I didn’t appreciate or truly value myself, and now I am working to build myself up again, bit by bit. I am much more self-relient, which makes candida a very spritual journey, one that is hard, but benefitial in its own way. I have become a better person from it, and look forward to healing fully. ”
Shared by Elysia
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