WEEK 6: UPDATE
I just completed week 6! If you’re thinking, ‘That was her last post’, you’re right. I re-counted my weeks and, to my surprise, I was a week ahead of myself. (I suppose I could chalk that up to brain fog.) So, week #6 is now officially in the books. What a rough week physically and mentally. But, I’m pleased to report I’m feeling better.
For well over a week, I experienced awful muscle aches throughout my body and the foggy brain returned. I wasn’t 100% sure whether it was die-off, and I was feeling so lousy I decided I needed to take action. So, I eliminated two items from my diet: protein shakes and GlutAloeMine. I really didn’t want to stop the shakes and lose the calories, but I couldn’t continue wondering if every time I drank one I was exacerbating my symptoms. After four days off the stuff, I’m feeling better. (For me, the 4-day mark is critical since that’s typically how long it takes from something to completely move through your digestive system.) So, the question is: was I reacting to the protein shakes? Or the GlutAloemine? Or was it just a really bad case of die-off? In a few days, I’ll reintroduce a protein shake by itself and assess. Right now, I suspect the GlutAloemine was making things worse.
I also eliminated all anti-fungals for a couple of days to give my body a break. A couple of days after reintroducing coconut oil and garlic, I started feeling better. I’m not sure what to make of that. I think my body was absolutely overwhelmed and couldn’t expel the toxins fast enough.
One other dietary note: I stopped the Greek yogurt. I was only eating a little bit as a test and figured why bother at this point when I’m still reacting to it, if only mildly.
After being on the thyroid medication for one week, I’ve now increased the dosage to two itty bitty pills each morning. Within the next week is when I could start seeing improvement, according to my doctor. The day I increased the dosage is the day I started feeling better. Coincidence? I don’t know because it was also the 4-day mark with eliminating the protein shakes and GutAloeMine. So many variables! That’s yet another reason to reintroduce a protein shake soon and see what happens.
I recently purchased a Brita water filter. Due to continually having to fill the pitcher to filter the tap water, I’ve realized I’m drinking more water than I ever thought (and, I used to think I drank a lot!) During my bad week last week, I was incredibly thirsty. Thirst would suddenly overwhelm me and I would guzzle 20 ounces of water and not feel quenched. I understand feeling thirsty can be part of die-off, so I’ve tried to look at it as a positive (that the toxins are leaving my body) as I continue to chug water. By the way, my digestive system/leaky gut is so bad right now it won’t even tolerate lemon in water at this point. A couple of weeks ago, I squeezed a slice into a tall glass and immediately had a reaction.
Overall, I feel much better than last week’s post, thank goodness! My muscles still ache but not nearly as much. Now it’s a mild, tolerable ache. And, thankfully, my head is 90% cleared up today. My tongue is transitioning from a burning sensation to a feeling of very dry sandpaper, which I view as a good sign. Last week my tongue was burning so bad, I could hardly focus on anything.
I still plan to stay the course. The die-off is brutal. But, during the very rare times when I experience moments of pure clarity (when I’m brain fog-free) and I remember how I used to feel years ago, I know this is the right course of action.
I hope everyone is staying positive as best they can fighting their candida battle. Stay strong….keep the faith. Here’s to an even better week ahead!