- July 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm #107670
Since I last posted I decided to try a few things different. Just a to summarize again on my history for those new:
- Been sick since Decemeber 2012 (probably longer)
- Chronic brain fog
- Feel “poisoned”
- Ears feel full of air
- Allergies developed
- Muscle twitching
My mental health was getting markedly worse with all this so here is what I’ve been doing for the past two weeks that’s drastically improved my health:
- Eat tons of leafy green foods–LOTS of kale.
- Drink a bowl of kefir a day
- Do cardio that increases my heart rate to 180 bpm for 5-10 minutes
- Eating roasted chicken a lot
- Sleeping better at night and going to bed earlier
- Eat greek yogurt with every meal
- Drinking 3 liters of water a day (broken up over a 12-16 hour period). Not giant gulps
Which one of these–if not all synergistic–is helping me I’m not sure but the following seems to be almost gone and improved dramatically:
- Allergies are not as severe.
- Muscle twitches are still happening, but reduced.
- Brain fog is almost completely gone.
- Poisoned bodily feeling where I’m drained is gone.
- STILL have ears that feel full of air.
STILL have allergies but significantly reduced.
Theory for how this is working for me:
I didn’t find a website to tell me to do all these together, I was just doing them and noticed I started feeling really good.
Kale is extremely nutrient and has anti inflammatory properties, has tons of vitamin C which I wasn’t getting because 1.) vitamin supplement vitamin C doesn’t have co-factors and isn’t properly assimilated 2.) Fruits typically have vitamin C, which I couldn’t eat or I would get sick. Also, kale is is a detoxifying plant according to research I’ve done.
Cardio helps move your lymphatic fluid which they say can make you feel ill if its not properly circulating. Cardio gets more oxygen in your body which Candida apparently doesn’t like. Also, your blood flows, and you sweat which clears toxins out of body. Your HPA axis in your brain improves, and apparently your adrenals (when not doing extreme workout) improve. Cardio also increases serotonin and dopamine along with other neurotransmitters. My anxiety and panic attacks have decreased drastically.
Candida causes adrenal fatigue from feeling ill constantly and it makes you freak out and have anxiety and potentially panic attacks. Kale has lots of vitamin C and your adrenals need lots of this supposedly–if we are avoiding fruit, it’s hard to get the vitamin C that our bodies can properly utilize. This very well could be doing something for me–not sure.
The Kefir I think is putting the Candida in check also, and doing something. I sometimes feel like shit after drinking Kefir and feel kind of ill, then 2 hours later feel really good, then the next day feel great. Supposedly the lactic acid helps improve leaky gut along with the amino acids in the kefir.
TIP: my kefir starts smelling weird to me after about 10 batches and the grains get big. I get rid of half the grains, then add a little greek yogurt to make sure the healthy yeast isn’t taking over (the bready smell), and the greek yogurt keeps it in check and the kefir taste good.
The water I’ve been drinking could be flushing stuff out that wasn’t getting flushed out prior. Looking at my health logs, I was only drinking 1 liter of water a way, thinking that was sufficient. I may have been dehydrated which was making me feel like shit.
This isn’t a cure-all type of thing (or maybe it is?), but you will notice major improvements at least I am. Give it a try. I’ll keep trying it to make sure I’m not on some placebo high, but I’m feeling very good and in the last 6 months of hell, this seems to have improved my health the most so far. I’ll keep logging everything and give updates. If you asked me from a scale 1-10 of improvement, I’d say 7-8.July 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm #107672
I also have been sitting in the sun for an hour or more.July 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm #107686
kjones02ParticipantTopics: 79Replies: 315
“Kale is extremely nutrient and has anti inflammatory properties, has tons of vitamin C which I wasn’t getting because 1.) vitamin supplement vitamin C doesn’t have co-factors and isn’t properly assimilated 2.) Fruits typically have vitamin C, which I couldn’t eat or I would get sick. Also, kale is is a detoxifying plant according to research I’ve done.”
I agree. My nd said kale is very good, and I just started eating lots of it; in salads, dishes, and blend veggie drinks in it.July 16, 2013 at 12:07 am #107690
shayfoMemberTopics: 18Replies: 668
Glad to hear you’re feeling so much better!
Something to keep in mind with any miracle food is to not get too crazy with it. Brassicas like kale have fairly high levels of oxalate, which won’t irritate most people who eat it, but it can be problematic for folks with kidney issues if they eat too much.
180 bpm is a pretty high heart rate, even for trained athletes. How did you settle on that as a goal?July 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm #107893
Thanks for the info. As for the heart BPM, I wasn’t trying to attain any specific BPM but the level at which I was performing my cardio I noticed that my BPM was typically that high (I only do short times 5-10 minutes, then lower my BPM to 150 for a while).
The reasoning behind this is when you get your BPM high, you purportedly get your lymphatic fluid moving, and your endorphins increase. It has been show to affect your HPA Axis and regenerate parts of your brain allowing more oxygen. Your serotonin levels increase, dopamine, etc.
Everyday I had brain fog, and I figured this might help keep things flowing–under the Candida spell, I was sitting around not being active anymore, and progressively I was feeling worse. Most importantly, cardio improves your immune system–it is believed that Candida becomes a problem in the first place because our immune systems are low and this allows it to flourish, that or a person was on anti-biotics.
Anyhow, it’s been 4 days since I posted that and I have no brain fog. I felt SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fucking ill from this Candida, but this seems to be working very well. I don’t feel cured, but brain fog is gone which to me is a huge relief. I’ll keep everyone posted.July 20, 2013 at 10:01 pm #107968
shayfoMemberTopics: 18Replies: 668
Lymphatic fluid travels in different vessels than blood, and its circulation is dependent largely on muscle movement, so as long as you’re in motion, it doesn’t really matter if your heart rate is very high or not to get lymph moving. I would recommend doing a quick google search for a heart rate range calculator or age chart. (If you’re a woman, specifically search for one for women, because the “default” charts are for men.) Working past your aerobic heart rate range can be counterproductive, and I would imagine this is particularly true for those with candida issues, since many of us have adrenal fatigue.
It’s great that you’ve found a way to help your brain fog, though. That’s a really frustrating symptom.
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