The Essential Candida Cleanse

Riley Coules
October 24, 2017

I strongly suggest reading The Essential Parasite Cleanse first; it elaborates on principles I mention here.

 

HOW TO RECTIFY TRUE UNDERLYING CAUSATION…

…The Anti-Candida Diet has it all wrong

 

Forget everything you’ve heard about Candida and consider this: “pathogenic overgrowth is secondary to digestive dysfunction, not the cause” (I’m quoting myself ūüėČ ). That is, Candida and parasites can only proliferate in the wake of GI distress, which itself must arise out of trauma–i.e. anything that permanently impresses disorder upon the body and mind.¬†Trauma can be mental/emotional or physical in nature, and will inevitably manifest in both spheres over time. Thus, Candida cannot be cured–in the sense that it will never return–by modifying one’s diet, or even with herbs; it must be permanently eradicated by restoring the body’s defense mechanisms, those that once stricken by trauma allowed for overgrowth in the first place. The only exception to this rule lies in mild cases, which veganism and light cleansing does wonders for. Read on for more information.

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Let me first elaborate on the premise that imbalances in gut flora derive from digestive dysfunction:

Our digestive organs not only aim to properly assimilate food, but to detoxify–and they do just that, constantly. Much like our skin, which guards us from the many harsh chemicals of modern, industrialized society (lotions, cleansers, cleaning products, bug sprays, pollutants in the air, etc.), our digestive organs guard us from the many harsh chemicals of modern, industrialized food, and every other threat to homeostasis that naturally arises out of our otherwise (somewhat) natural world. Even when processed foods are not a part of the picture, the body will unavoidably come into contact with pesticides, parasites, viruses, the like.

Furthermore, the body must perpetually detoxify from internal substances–namely, fluctuations in our gut flora, which occur with each meal. These fluctuations are necessary, inconsequential, and flexible when the GI tract is functioning optimally: a body in a state of equilibrium can handle the occasional sweet, white bread, or processed delectable, although it would prefer their “real” counterparts the majority of the time (perhaps dates, sprouted grains, and whole-food grub).¬†Worsened digestive distress from eating Candida-feeding foods–which you would likely crave as a result–can only occur if defense mechanisms have already been compromised, if the body and mind have already been traumatized.

Trauma may inhibit the function of the GI tract quite rapidly with multiple triggers, or over time; in any event, fighting suppression¬†(emotional) with suppression¬†(allopathic) will only lead to graver illness–and perhaps worsened digestive distress–later on in life. The almost unavoidable product of trauma, suppressed emotion, along with the inevitable impediment of bodily function (disorder in the body is reflected in the mind, and vice versa), cannot be bandaged with allopathic medication; superficial treatment, including the modification of one’s diet, neglects to remedy the underlying cause of GI dysfunction. Take away the trigger, and the disorder is still there, unless the body has enough time to restore thwarted processes in the absence of overgrowth.¬†

(Candida has been shown to colonize and flourish within inflamed portions of the digestive tract (2); improper levels of yeast also cause inflammation. Thus, prescription drugs–inflammatory medicines–will not correct the vicious cycle that ensues, which they may, in fact, perpetuate on their own.)

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HOW TO TREAT OVERGROWTH

What are you to do if you suspect you suffer from a parasite and/or Candida problem? Detoxify your toxic system–all fad cleansing schemes aside. Many avenues will give you your body back, but some will only do so temporarily given their superficiality–and worse, their tendency to suppress. Furthermore, some do better than others:¬†antibiotics are almost never necessary, and they end up harming a lot more than they help. They utterly destroy the hopefully-healthy (although perhaps compromised) flora of your gut just like lowest of the low in our society force their hand without regard for anyone else’s welfare. The reason few homeopaths in America feel comfortable employing homeopathic remedies in emergency situations is because the government will have their ass if something goes wrong (but it almost certainly won’t). Unfortunately, Big Pharma, now shaking in its boots at the thought of people waking up to the dangers of pharmaceuticals, will jump on any opportunity to extinguish their growing competition like the evil entity that they are. The government is Big Pharma, by the way.

Western antibiotics are worse than herbal “antibiotics” because the latter do not become resistant. Still, they often suppress–that is, displace disorder elsewhere, via necessarily graver symptoms–because they only eradicate manifestations disorder as opposed to the disorder itself, just like the Anti-Candida Diet. Herbs, however, may cure if the vital force–the intrinsic mechanism by which we maintain homeostasis, the source of all disorder itself–is strong enough to heal itself in the absence of overgrowth, but this fate is uncommon. It is also difficult to qualify just when herbal treatments are successful versus when they are suppressive; that is, when we can handle superficial treatment versus when we cannot. I suspect that most people who notice they have digestive issues are already better candidates for homeopathy.

To clarify: digestive dysfunction is the source of Candida overgrowth, but the exposed deficiency in the vital force underlies all bodily and mental malfunction.

I will consider two restorative options in this article, although products such as DMSO and CDS work wonders too. 

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Herbs, Diet, and Time

(under the conditions listed above)

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Homeopathy

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If you read through my website, you will know I advocate homeopathy above all else. Homeopathy leads to a permanent cure through the harmonization of the vital force, by stimulating the body and mind to heal themselves via a¬†vaccine-like methodology. There are many advantages to this option, which I will discuss below, but¬†please note that my advice will never replace that of a reputable, seasoned homeopath. This field not only gets a bad rap due to its stigmatization (and by who? Certainly not those who have actually visited an expert), but because so many uneducated people attempt to treat themselves based off the suggestions on Boiron’s labels. Homeopathy is far more complex than “gas with bloating”, and just like any other subset of medicine, should be used with caution by a professional. A homeopath can carefully monitor your symptoms as they are brought to the forefront–that is, unsuppressed–in order to keep you healing.

Your other option is to use herbs, which I still benefited from. If I hadn’t begun my journey at such a debilitated state, I may have found relief merely through the temporary modification of my diet and an anti-fungal herbal regimen alone. However, because my condition was a bit of an exception, by the time I had gained weight and grasped some semblance of myself, my body was utterly taxed. Herbs directly kill pathogens, forcing detoxifying mechanisms into overdrive.¬†Thus, the body is forced to not only cope with the burden of digestive distress, but to eradicate manifestations of disorder (pathogens) as they die and excrete their toxins. By compelling a jaded body into a state of healing with homeopathy, you ensure it will progress,¬†not suffocate at the hand of stress, stress, and more stress.¬†Nonetheless, herbs and anti-Candida diets (note: not just¬†the Anti-Candida Diet) offer those in a mild state of disequilibrium an avenue to easy cleansing, which their vital force will respond to by initiating healing, so long as it has enough time, and possesses enough strength, to do so. If maintained properly, this detox ritual can also lead to permanent restoration simply because the burden of pathogenic overgrowth, and its far-reaching effects, eases. However, I would consider that while homeopathy heals the totality of the being, herbs may be limited to the digestive sphere and its constituents. (Once again I’ve linked The Essential Parasite Cleanse for more details.)

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HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT GUIDELINES

Homeopathy heals in accordance to the mind-body association: expressions of illness in the body can be measured by the mind, and the way the same illness is reflected here varies from person to person. Thus, the proper remedy must be chosen to suit the persona. I always knew nature provided us with the means to heal ourselves, but I never could have imagined how exceptionally the “vaccines” of homeopathy correspond with all life on Earth, as if the traits of animals manifest in non-sentient beings*. This notion only solidifies the concept of unification: the connectedness of nature, the ability we possess to help each other thrive, suggests we derive from the same body of light wherein none suffer at the expense of another’s welfare. Indeed, we do not have to suffer; The Soul (and whatever this entity entails) has ensured that we can save ourselves from anguish, if only more knew we possess the capacity to heal. Our goal as one is not to synthesize methods of healing, but rather to realize and consequently utilize what we have already been given, a facet of our spiritual journey that will only become more apparent as we become more aware… I cannot convey to you how profoundly my remedies affected me on all levels, mending the parts of my body that hindered my mind in ways I could never imagine. So much happiness, and so much awareness. Below I have provided an overview of a few remedies touted for their digestive healing abilities. These descriptions are not meant to replace the advice of a reputable homeopath.

A good indication of a remedy’s applicability to pathogenic overgrowth is if the symptoms it treats worsen with the Full Moon and to a lesser degree the New Moon, as well as at night. At this time, parasites and Candida are most active.¬†

Note that any symptom in the descriptions provided below may be modified by the presence of other constitutions. Remember we are all comprised of multiple. So while Phosphorus types tend to be quite “lofty” in their thinking, because I am “grounded” by Arsenicum and Sulphur constitutions, I am quite analytical.¬†

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Arsenicum Album

“Affectionate, sensitive, and stable in good health” (5). Ambitious. Detail-oriented. Highly attuned to critical thinking. Worry-warts, particularly about health of self and family. Vivid imagination. Everything is all or nothing. Needs reassurance, order, cleanliness to calm inner restlessness when ill. Overly-sensitive and insecure. Feels exposed; imagines the worst. Pessimistic. Perfectionism pronounced. Desires company despite irritability. Fears of being left alone, ghosts, robbers, incurable disease, death. Depressed: loathing of life. Suicidal. Full of anguish. Driven by fear and need for control.

¬† Burning sensations relieved by warmth. Stinging, particularly in skin affections. Pale or yellow tint to skin, with dryness, roughness, itch. Cramping pains. Nose stuffed up. Heartburn, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. Bloating with enlarged liver. Heart palpitations and frequent fainting. Thirsty; sips little at a time. Craves fats, sweets, sour foods. Trouble breathing; feelings of suffocation when lying down. Vivid dreams that bring worry and fear. Sensitive to cold, which chills to the bones; “This patient knows that if he could just get warm, all will be well” (4). Right-sided ailments. Emaciation. Vital force completely exhausted. Worse from midnight to 2 a.m, from eating, from exertion..

See an in-depth analysis of Arsenicum here.

Bryonia

“Often clean-living, meticulous individuals, they can be contrary and capricious when ill” (5). Needs quietude. Extreme irritability and anger. Does not want to speak, nor move due to pain; tendency to reproach others when spoken to (silence is a very good indication of Bryonia) or when asked to move. Refuses what is offered, even when it is asked for. Always seeks comfort of home, of work. Driven by need for financial security. Fears losing job due to illness.

Sharp, stabbing, burning pains. Excessive thirst. Indigestion. Diarrhea and constipation. Stools appear burnt. Diarrhea causes burning of anus. Fever, slow in onset. Remedy quite applicable for the flu. Symptoms improve with sweating. Headaches in morning, gradually worsening before dissipating at night. White coating on tongue, particularly in center. Dryness of all mucous membranes: in throat, colon walls, etc. Thirst for great quantities of water, but waits until cannot bear to do so anymore before drinking. Hypoglycemia. Worse from moving, from speaking, during sleep.

Calcarea Carbonica

“Best suited to shy, placid, sensitive, contemplative people who may also have an agitated, excitable side, notably in the face of cruelty” (5). Typically overweight with strength and resilience. Diligent workers. Team players. Worrywarts in need of control over their own lives (but not others). Loves the home, loves¬†comfort; resistant to change as a result. Highly sensitive. Embarrasses easily. Needs reassurance to combat deep insecurity when ill. Forgetful. Fears of failure, poverty, embarrassment due to belittling. Anxious but not typically afraid to die; rather, afraid to live entire life sick. Comfort in the home and through performance. Driven by need for security.

Low energy. Lazy. Sensitive to cold with sweats. Often fair-skinned. Overweight. Flabby abdomen. Poor muscle tone. Chronic low back pain and arthritis. Craves sweets, starches, eggs, indigestible things (pica) and eats them despite disagreement. Loves food, takes comfort in food. Constipation without urge and diarrhea (better from constipation). Grinding of teeth. Damp, smelly feet; cannot bear to have them cold and wet. Low pain tolerance. Insomnia. Worse from exertion, overwork, standing, and confusion.

Lycopodium

“Prescribed when anticipatory anxiety figures strongly in the psychological symptoms. Lack of confidence is often hidden behind a veneer of sarcasm” (5). Tendency toward leanness and tall stature. Ambitious with great desire for approval typically due to an inability to meet standards set by one or both of the parents, usually the father. Impotence.¬†Fear of impotence, in all facets of life, even when it is not present. Over-talks abilities to compensate for lack of self-confidence. Loves cocaine and caffeine, anything to veneer insecurity. Highly irritable when ill. Victimization common. Wants company in the home, but in other room. Fear of failure, of change, and cracking under pressure. Driven to by need to increase self-worth and value in the eyes of others.

Incarcerated flatulence, constipation and indigestion. Fullness after a few bites, which is generally disregarded. Abdomen bloated with enlarged liver. Pains in liver. Faintness and trouble breathing. Weak sex organs. Vivid nightmares. Craves fats, sweets, gas-causing and hot foods. Worse from fasting or overeating, on right side, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Silicea

Small-boned and refined, even when tall. Typically underweight when ill. Innate sense of right and wrong, very proper, very conscientious. Quick-wit. Organized, detail-oriented, controlled and meticulous. Loners with feelings of abandonment. Poor self-image, never as good as others. Emotionally distant, struggles to express themselves. Despite fragile appearance and push-over demeanor, these types are resilient and stubborn when confident in their pursuits. They lack grit when ill, however, due to burn-out. Fear of failure, of speaking in public and of real or imagined ridicule, particularly about subjects of which they lack knowledge. Sensitive to feeling overwhelmed and to the critiques of the others. Centers their world in the home.

Sensitive to cold. Cannot bear to have cold and wet feet. Depleted vital force; immune system naturally weak. Sweats readily. Catches colds easily. Upper respiratory infections. Poor assimilation, multiple food allergies; avoids these foods like the plague. Skin afflictions. Gum bleeds. Poor-quality hair and nails. Must have head covered. Everything is slow to heal (start with lower potencies). Worse from the new moon, from washing or swimming, cold weather and extremely warm rooms, as well as lying on the left side.

Sulphur

“Those best suited to Sulfur [British English spelling] are imaginative and inventive, but inept practically” (9). Well-fed individuals with a strong build. Philosophical, egocentric, original, revolutionary. Friends love them but tire of their egos. Will talk incessantly about subjects that interest them without a care if anyone is listening! Genuine confidence in themselves and their talents; thinks they are at the cutting edge of whatever they do. Rebellious, anti-establishment, cannot be controlled. Can be selfish or selfless; will be generous when it suits zir. Desires to pursue own interests rather than academic requirements. Highly analytical, sometimes spiritual, intelligent and inquisitive when focused; lazy, disorganized, restless, and averse to bathing when ill (Hering calls Sulphur the “ragged philosopher”). Disjointed thought processes; genius subdued. Head is perpetually in the clouds, neglecting practical matters. Driven by curiosity.

Tendency to overheat. Burning pains. Offensive smell of flatulence and stools. Constipation. Vomiting and diarrhea at 5a.m. Bloating. Burping. Craves sweets, fatty and spicy foods. Abdomen feels raw. Movements in abdomen. Dryness of skin, of mucous membranes. Itchy, red, dirty skin. Hunger pains at 11 a.m. accompanied by sinking feeling. Worse with bathing, from standing, around 11 a.m. with sinking feeling in stomach.

and so many more…

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*A note: I am obviously a huge advocate of veganism. There are a few remedies based in animal byproducts; vegan homeopaths do not use them. I don’t necessary disbelieve in using animal byproducts to heal our(human)selves, as we are all here to aid in one another’s growth, but as the industry operates now (heinously–although I don’t think homeopathic remedies are subject to the same evil), and given the general consensus among humans that animals are lesser beings, I think we need to begin to respect each other on more of a widespread level before we can begin to help one another grow.

Curious about what to expect during the homeopathic healing process? Click here.

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Please view the section titled “diet” in order to get a feel for what foods you should be consuming whilst under treatment and furthermore what limitations you may have while healing, especially in the earlier stages of your journey.

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HERBALISM

Learn the methodologies of cleansing here, how you can aid in the healing process here, and how you will feel as you truy heal here ūüôā . Healing with herbs differs greatly from a homeopathic regimen; if you are severely debilitated by your GI issues, or any issues for that matter, consider homeopathy first. For light cleansing, however, herbs may be enough to restore equilibrium within given you reduce the amount of pressure placed on your body to heal; this feat can be achieved through the reduction of stress, both extrinsic and within the mind, as well as with time. The healing crisis will often amplify present symptoms, both mental and physical, before they dissipate. You can avoid the Herxheimer reaction, however, by cleansing slowly and taking special care to transition into your herbal regimen and toxicity-free, soul-feeding lifestyle. This experience should compel you to prioritize healthy living, so long as you respect the wishes of both your body and mind; once they “harmonize”, once again in the state they had assumed prior to your traumas, you will no longer desire to abuse your body with toxic foods, drugs, or mentalities regardless. Toxicity-free living doesn’t preclude total abstinence, however; the mind on occasion will desire refined sugar, a few drinks, or a temporary period of melancholia following a particularly trying event, to which the body will oblige, so long as healing is on the horizon. A vital force in a state of equilibrium can handle a few threats to homeostasis, and will recuperate given that the individual at hand is inclined to grow.

Here are the herbs I used, many of which are considered both antifungal and antiparasitic. They can be rotated to achieve optimal results.

  • Paul D’ Arco
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Black Walnut
  • Oregano Oil
  • Cloves

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DIET

As I write about in The Essential Parasite Cleanse, slowly transitioning into a vegan diet may eradicate all manifestations of disorder, both in body and mind, if your vital force has not been made too defunct. Vegans report increased energy levels, mental clarity, and an overall improvement in well-being when they execute their diet transition properly. Anti-vegan sentiments on the internet, in the media, and through (ignorant) word of mouth critique negligent vegan diets, in which omegas are not consumed, B12 is dismissed as inessential, and nutrition-less junk foods predominate one’s meal plan. In reality, the plant-based diet that centers on whole foods, as well as a¬†variety of foods, will provide the body with all the nutrients it needs to function as optimally as possible.

Click here for reasons why your vegan diet just isn’t the problem if you continue to suffer or are made worse after transitioning.¬†

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 HOMEOPATHIC CONSIDERATIONS

Your diet whilst under homeopathic treatment will depend on the severity of your ailment/how far along you are in healing as well as your tolerance to deviating from the principles listed below. You really shouldn’t have to avoid any whole foods; modifying the way in which you eat them, however, may expedite healing. Food combining can be annoying, but it allows your body to properly assimilate the foods you consume–fruits and complex carbs are best absorbed in an alkaline state, while proteins require a lower pH (achieved by an increase in stomach acid, which also kills pathogens and keeps SIBO at bay). With these guidelines in mind, it’s best to wait at least an hour prior to/after eating meals to consume fruit as it exits the digestive tract the quickest; prolonging its stay in your gut will promote fermentation. Fruits and veggies can be consumed together as veggies are absorbed just as quickly and can be broken down in both an alkaline and acidic environment.

As far as “foods to avoid” while taking homeopathic remedies, there are none in the sense that you can never consume those that exacerbate digestive distress; however, you¬†should reduce or totally eliminate processed foods and refined sugars. That being said, the mind needs to be nourished too. Thus, the body will oblige on occasion to any unhealthy behaviors. Once the vital force is healed, self-destructive fare will no longer appeal regardless.

I ask you to keep one thing in mind throughout this process:¬†you only crave unhealthy foods because pathogens within you drive you to consume them. I’ve long gotten over the fact that I am at the “forefront”–that is, that the mainstream forefront–of the parasite and Candida “awareness” movement (as homeopaths and other holistic healers have known about them for years), but I must say, it is not very hard to believe that such pathogens exist in virulent forms within the stomachs of First World inhabitants. If we believe a healthy body necessarily incites the mind to feed it what will nourish¬†it, then we can dually believe that an unhealthy body may struggle to do so. Disordered processes inhibit the mind-body connection. But¬†what arises out of disordered processes? Pathogenic overgrowth. A “traumatized” liver does not yearn for Twinkies, but the imbalanced level of Candida inhabiting one’s gut might.

Depending on where you start, you may want to minimize your intake of dried fruit, beans, and legumes in the first installment of your treatment because they are harder for your body to assimilate–but even this restriction isn’t that necessary. Assuming you properly combine your foods, you really should be able to eat whatever you want¬†so long as you vary¬†the array of whole foods you consume. This notion may just astound those that have been bound to various anti-Candida diets for years… to which I reply: you need not suffer, for nature forgives.¬†

Which brings me to my next section…

OPTIMAL ANTI-CANDIDA DIETS

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The Anti-Candida Diet:

This diet is all over the internet. You essentially starve your yeast overgrowth (the levels of which rise and fall rapidly with each meal) by limiting your sugar, starchy carb, beans, legumes and to some degree nut consumption (cashews and pistachios are yeasty in particular). The list exnays refined sugars, fruit sugars, potatoes, bread, starchy veggies, beans, lentils, peanuts, mushrooms, and more. This diet also limits vinegar, yeasts such as nutritional yeast, certain oils, dairy and meats (which I don’t tend to comment much on as I don’t consume them).

Theanticandidadiet.com states that you may never be able to revert back to your old diet without your symptoms returning. This premise is absurd, and yet it’s very common; the fact that few people suffering from heavy digestive distress look into homeopathy indicates how ass-backwards our “healing” system is. They spend years, or even their whole lives, bound to a contract of restriction. How unfortunate it is that a genuine means to the cessation of suffering is highly stigmatized in Western society when it allows people to live as opposed to limit.¬†

Even those that follow the raw vegan diet, which I explicate the details of below, often find that their symptoms return as soon as they revert back to their old diets¬†for they too fail to¬†mend broken processes within their systems. You may forever be bound to a no-sugar, no starchy carb regimen if the body does not repair itself, which is not exciting, nor is it nourishing.¬†There’s a reason we should consume foods that are harder for the bacteria in our small intestines to digest: those foods are meant to feed the bacteria in our large intestines!¬†Regardless, you should be able to eat all the healthy food you want without worrying about whether or not you will suffer disturbing consequences. Life is not about food;¬†we should not be punished by the ramifications of our traumas any longer.

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The 80/10/10- or 60/20/20- Raw Vegan Diet:

The Raw Vegan diet optimizes fruit sugar assimilation. By eating roughly 80/10/10 (80% carbs, 10% fat, %10 protein), or higher amounts of fat and protein if it floats your boat, you minimize the amount of sugars pathogens consume without spiking your insulin levels. Dr. Doug Graham explains the raw vegan phenomenon in this video. As I mentioned before, I find it odd that the Anti-Candida Diet neglects to consider food combining at all, instead nixing all fruits, which are, in fact, very beneficial to the body. The principles of the raw vegan diet center on eating all the fresh fruits and veggies you want, no matter the sugar content, so long as you limit your fat consumption. The only problem I have with this diet is its failure to accommodate those suffering from adrenal fatigue, which many who have had severe digestive issues for quite a bit of time battle. Sure, you could adopt the diet and attempt to “get over the hump” of both the healing crisis and the struggle of your taxed adrenals to regulate your blood sugar, but then you’ll just be placing more stress on your already-stressed body, which may lead to lower-functioning adrenals.¬†Plus, if you have gallbladder issues, you can’t just rectify this worry by eating higher fat. Thus, if you know you suffer from adrenal fatigue and/or gallbladder distress, you need to seek the advice of a homeopath. You can heal with homeopathy safely and effectively.

Adrenal fatigue features a whole slew of seemingly-unrelated issues, some of which you can identify with certainty:

  1. Feeling “wired and tired” all the time, especially at night after 10 p.m; insomnia results.
  2. Hypoglycemia, otherwise known as the inability to properly regulate blood sugar, a process your adrenals are responsible for. If your stomach feels unsettled when empty, you get especially “hangry”, anxious and light-headed when hungry, you probably have hypoglycemia. This condition can range from mild to severe; I couldn’t even have an empty stomach in 2015 without feeling like I was going to pass out. Others can go for a morning, afternoon, etc. before noticing the feeling of “impending doom” associated with this condition.
  3. Unrefreshed sleep, inability to get up in the morning, and a better indication…
  4. A true inability to exercise. Not simply lack of motivation, but a real “zonked out” feeling after exerting yourself, or in worse stages, merely walking.
  5. And the reason the raw vegan diet doesn’t work with this condition: if you feel both a mental and physical reaction to a high-carb diet, your adrenals are taxed. Your body needs fats, proteins, and complex carbs to “bottom out” the simple sugars you consume.
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RESTORATION & MAINTENANCE

The improper assimilation of nutrients associated with long-term candidiasis can result in a number of deficiencies, which need to be addressed in order to restore the body back into equilibrium. Furthermore, an “impaired gut” needs to be “repaired”- if not with homeopathy, then specific herbs and amino acids that aid the body in restoration.

  • Vitamin D helps regenerate epithelial tissue in the mucosal lining. This deficiency is very common, and not just in vegans. Ensuring adequate Vitamin D intake whilst cleansing will allow the body to restore the intestinal lining.
  • Iodine is also a very common deficiency which hinders the body‚Äôs defense against pathogenic overgrowth and heavy metal toxicity. Maintaining healthy levels of this nutrient will prevent further infection.
  • Vitamin A, along with Vitamin D, is associated with a poor intestinal immune response.
  • L-Glutamine is an amino acid synthesized by the liver used to maintain the structural integrity of the intestinal lining. I had severe anxiety from my flatulence- yes, my flatulence- in February before I began supplementing with L-Glutamine; my digestive tract was so torn (‚Äúleaky‚ÄĚ) I could not bear the gas arising from my small intestine due to a heavy bout of SIBO and pathogenic overgrowth. With L-Glutamine I saw significant relief within days.
  • NAC is an amino acid that helps heal the gut and may provide some relief from constipation.
  • Marshmallow soothes the intestinal and acts like a coating to porous wounds within the intestinal lining.
  • Slippery Elm reduces inflammation like Marshmallow.
  • And finally, a good probiotic.¬†Probiotics work to ‚Äúkick out the bad guys‚ÄĚ and restore proper gut flora. I recommend taking this while detoxifying as well as for maintenance afterward.

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The herbs I mentioned can be utilized in cooking (although Wormwood is not very palatable) or in teas to help the body maintain symbiosis and minimize the risk of overgrowth on an everyday basis. Don’t overdo it. Time and the consequent reduction of stress, both in body and mind, will help too, as will rectifying your lower self, which may lead to suppression when you refuse to address it.¬†Diatomaceous Earth on an empty stomach once daily can help as well (the particles of which destroy pathogens mechanically). Apple Cider Vinegar promotes the production of stomach acid, a main defense against pathogens, and also possesses antibacterial qualities in and of itself.

Permanently reduce your intake of processed foods (go vegan if you wish; join the movement!!), suppressive drugs, toxic lifestyles and behaviors. Trust the mind-body connection; listen to your inner wisdom and begin to decipher the real from the fake; aim to feed your earthly mind and your eternal soul.

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