CandidaDefined wrote: Thank you so much for your reply. I’ve been following The Candida Diet pretty closely. The only time I’ve cheated was really unknowingly. I didn’t realize you couldn’t have tomatoes on the cleanse. Are tomatoes a huge issue? I honestly don’t think I could do another two week cleanse with out them. It was so hard for me. I’ve been limiting tomatoes as much as I can, but they just make everything so much better. I used to eat a snack bag of small tomatoes as my afternoon snack. I also used to eat fruit yogurt and/or pineapple every morning.
I’ve been diagnosed with thryoid and adrenal fatigue syndrome. I am taking throid medication and also a Vitamin D supplement at night… but the Melatonin puts me out in about 30 minutes. I think it’s many things but definitely years and years of staying up late for various reasons is a main part of my issue. For the last two years I’ve had a day job and it’s really been an adjustment.
Did you work night shifts or shift work before? Shift work has been shown to cause hypothyroidism. Circadian rhythm is also essential to proper cortisol and melatonin levels. Cortisol should be high in the morning and gradually decline, when at night time melatonin begins to rise. It’s impossible to maintain this cycle when you don’t sleep at regular times. I’d consider a set “bed time” and waking time as part of your treatment. Try to expose yourself to sunlight as soon as you wake up by going in the garden or something. Your retinas are like light sensors that guide your hormones.
Adrenal fatigue is pretty controversial. Who diagnosed you with it? It’s a fair description of the problem when you’re low on cortisol, but I think “fatigue” can be misleading, because your adrenal glands aren’t necessarily “worn out”; they may just be low on the tools they need to do their job, or things may be interfering further up the hormonal chain. If the diagnosis means you’re attempting to “repair” or “support” the glands rather than investigate potential underlying issues, I think the controversy around it is warranted. Me and Latka were just touching on AF in this thread. It’s a bit wordy, but you might find the diagram interesting.
When did you start developing issues with yeast infections? Like I mentioned, thyroid and cortisol imbalances can weaken immunity, and it’s interesting you happen to suffer from both issues. If yeast infections were incident to those problems, I’d consider them a symptom, and not something you should focus on. Changing your diet and taking anti-fungals and probiotics will be therapeutic, but it’s likely you’ll be able to overcome them by rebalancing your hormones, which may require a slightly different approach to eating.
Tomatoes aren’t part of the suggested diet because they contain sugar, but it’s a relatively small amount and I doubt it would cause problems like starches can due to digestibility, and they are a good source of prebiotics. It would probably depend on how much you eat and any reaction you may have to them, but strictly speaking, you might want to avoid them for a while so you can judge their effects better when reintroducing.