Too many sweet treats & breads
This past year has been challenging for many. We each have chosen to use different coping mechanisms. I love to create, be it in the kitchen or in the studio it's my happy place. I have done more baking in the past year then I've done in a long time. Yes, I do mostly low sugar baking but even eating too many low sugar baked goods still adds up in total amount of carbs and sugars I was consuming not to mention a few glasses of wine or cider.
Unfortunately this coping mechanism caused the nasty dragon I call candida to raise it's head in my body. I've battle candida most of my life. I was given way too much antibiotics in my youth - hello modern medicine. This time candida presented itself as a rash on my body.
Typically candida can present itself in a 11 different ways:
However there are more signs and symptoms of candida overgrowth in the gut and body, from acid reflux and acne to sensitivity to light and water retention. Visit this link to for some great info on candida and to take their quiz.
I was given the option to use diflucan or to treat it naturally with botanicals. Because I've down this road before with my daughter, I opted for botanicals. She was treated with botanicals to begin with then they added in diflucan because her candida infection was pretty extensive throughout her body. She had thrush as a baby not to mention all the antibiotics she was exposed to during my labor. So by the time she was diagnosed at age 10 she had a wide variety of symptoms from food sensitivities to horrible stomach aches. The poor child would rock on the floor with pain. Thankfully her functional neurologist was able to properly diagnosis and treat it.
So I am thankful I have my training as a functional nutrition counselor to help me back up the bus and get back to basics. I am eating a low sugar nutrient dense diet. For breakfast I may have the above pictured, grain free breakfast porridge I first learn about from the book Living Candida-Free then later it was in my training with Andrea Nakayama at the Functional Nutrition Alliance Full Body Systems. Other breakfast options are last nights dinner, eggs and meat, low glycemic fruits such as strawberries (in season now), green apples, avocados, limes and lemons. All sparingly. I have also added in 2 different botanicals, antimicrobial herb that includes oregano, and anti-fungal supplement - caprylic acid derived from coconuts.
So in a few weeks my rash should clear up and hopefully the ringing in my ear will disappear.
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Mary is a life long advocate for helping others take control of their own health. She enjoys running, yoga, crew, SUP boarding, and hiking. She enjoys reading, and creating.