- June 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm #106463
Hey everyone, Im in need of some desperate advice. After being on the candida diet for over a year now I managed to eliminate 90% of my candida symptoms. However I am still struggling with severe adrenal fatigue. About 6 weeks ago I decided to add some foods back in my diet such as almonds,low-sugar berries, coconut bread, and brown rice pasta. Everything else I eat is vegetables and meat.
I was feeling better and had some energy returning but I have completely overdone it and crashed my adrenals. I had a couple weeks of heavy stress, insomnia, and physical activity due to moving. Fast forward to today and Im having severe heart palpitations, tremors, anxiety, etc. I feel so weak now that just walking up a flight of stairs sends my heart pounding and Im completely out of breath. Not to mention all of the candida symptoms have returned. I am having bad gas, upset stomach, sore throat, thrush in my mouth, and Im reacting to every food again.
I should also mention I stopped all anti-fungals about 6 weeks ago and have been taking pro-biotics exclusively now. It seems Ive used up all my adrenal reserves and energy and now my body is extremely weak and sick again which is letting the candida come back with a venegance.
What should I do? Should I get back on the anti-fungals and go back on the strict diet? Should I just rest for a few days or weeks until my energy starts to come back? Im really at a loss to where to go from here. I feel like I might need to start all over and all my progress has been lost. It just seems my energy reserves are still really low and a couple weeks of some stress and exercise has put me right back where I started. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!June 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm #106466
jereseib79;44983 wrote: Fast forward to today and Im having severe heart palpitations, tremors, anxiety, etc. I feel so weak now that just walking up a flight of stairs sends my heart pounding and Im completely out of breath. Not to mention all of the candida symptoms have returned. I am having bad gas, upset stomach, sore throat, thrush in my mouth, and Im reacting to every food again.
I was feeling better and had some energy returning but I have completely overdone it and crashed my adrenals.
I’m really sorry about your setback, Jeres.
Unfortunately, if you’ve actually ‘crashed’ your adrenals as you say, then you need to start from the beginning but without the cleanse. This is especially needed because of the way you caused the relapse. I’m not trying to punish you, by the way, I’m just telling you exactly what I would do if I were in your shoes.
One thing I would do differently is to forego the antifungals (other than virgin coconut oil) and continue with the probiotics, and hopefully you’re drinking kefir every day. Which probiotic are you on now and at what count? You obviously haven’t made a lot of headway towards reestablishing the beneficial bacteria, otherwise you wouldn’t have crashed the adrenals so quickly.
You should also follow the protocol on this link: Immune System and Adrenal Repair
AbleJune 19, 2013 at 2:12 am #106468
Able, thanks for the reply. The probiotics I am taking are:
Metagenics UltraFlora-1 60 billion capsule per day
American Biologies Bio-Bifidus Complex-800 million B Bifdum, 200 million L-acidophilus(DDS-1 strain), 1 scoop per day
PaleoFiber which contains 7.5 billion of L-acidophilus and 500 million per serving.
I should also mention I was starting to go downhill a couple weeks ago and then I went and got a colon cleanse last Wednesday. Do you think the combination of already being weak and then the colon cleanse has wiped out my bacteria in my colon? I just dont know how its come back so quickly, I though I was doing better.
Obviously I havent repaired my immune system or this wouldnt have happened so quickly. This has happened before where I completely hit a wall. My natuorpath did an adrenal test and my cortisol is always extremely high. She told me this allows candida to proliferate because it messes up your blood sugar. I always seem to have a relapse right after a period of heavy emotional or physical stress. I just hope I havent lost all the progress I thought I was making.June 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm #106485
I always seem to have a relapse right after a period of heavy emotional or physical stress
The emotional stress isn’t the only cause of your relapse this time, the food you were eating helped in the relapse as well.
Read the post on Probiotics, and after you’ve completed the ones you’re now on, I would change to either the MegaFlora or the Innate. After finishing the one you choose, add some of the HMF to another round of either MegaFlora or Innate.
Rebuilding your immune system and adrenals are your number priority at this point, and you’re not going to accomplish that by adding extra sugars such as those in fruit and rice to your regimen. You’re obviously a long way from adding any new foods to the strict diet which I assume you’re following. I know you don’t want to hear this, but you wrote for advice on the forum and this is it.
Are you taking virgin coconut oil on a daily basis and if so, how much a day? The coconut oil is very beneficial to the bacteria that you need to reestablish in your intestines.
Be sure to follow the instructions in the post I previously sent you about rebuilding the immune system and adrenals.
AbleJune 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm #106488
I know, the combination of the new foods along with wearing myself out has obviously caused this. I got in the sauna yesterday so Im starting to feel a little better today. I’ll switch to the probiotics you mentioned. I have been taking only 2 tsp of coconut oil per day. I have upped that to about 10 the last couple of days.
Should i continue with the coconut bread as my carb source? I thought I was doing well with the brown rice pasta. It felt like it was giving me some energy and I was putting on some nice weight and muscle. I thought since it was gluten free that it wouldnt feed the candida. I’ll also stop the berries. I was only getting about 25 grams of sugar per day from them but obviously that was too much for my body to handle also.June 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm #106489
I thought since it (rice) was gluten free that it wouldnt feed the candida.
The problem with brown rice is not gluten but rather the fact that it’s a starch which turns into sugar once it’s being broken down by digestion. On the other hand, the problem with fruit is fructose which the Candida love and can survive on indefinitely. You were literally
‘rebuilding’ the Candida infestation with both of these.
Should i continue with the coconut bread as my carb source?
Stick with coconut bread which you can mix half and half with Bob’s Red Mill Oat Bran for more nutritional benefits. Amazon also sells this.
I’ll also stop the berries. I was only getting about 25 grams of sugar per day from them but obviously that was too much for my body to handle also.
Personally, I don’t think you should try any fruit other than avocados until you’ve been completely symptom-free for quite a while, and this includes the immune system and adrenals being in top shape.
AbleJune 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm #106490
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I would also consider trying out SF722 undecenoic acid, which is a safe long term antifungal you can use for your treatment. If you have never tried it, I highly recommend it.
You’ll feel back to normal other than the fatigue within a couple of weeks. This is just a temporary flare up.
-rasterJune 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm #106510
Thanks guys! Im starting to feel a little better each day. I think Im just going to take it easy and rest until I feel better. Ill get rid of the pasta and berries. I think my problem is I introduce new foods and then I completely overdo it and start making them a regular part of my daily diet.
I do have a question about the coconut bread though. Wouldnt it be considered a high carb starch also? I know its gluten free and coconut has anti-fugal properties but it just seems like the bread would be full of carbs and would break down into simple sugars also.June 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm #106511
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You don’t need to worry about carbs, you need to worry about starches. Its basically a neutral food item and I don’t think its high in starch.
-rasterJune 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm #106520
jereseib79;45030 wrote: I do have a question about the coconut bread though. Wouldnt it be considered a high carb starch also? I know its gluten free and coconut has anti-fugal properties but it just seems like the bread would be full of carbs and would break down into simple sugars also.
If what you typed above was true, I would never have reached my present state with my own Candida because I ate coconut bread every single day for at least a year or longer during my treatment, and even continued eating it for another year after I stopped the diet.
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