We’re all feeling a bit poorly around here. Each of us with different symptoms, but all for the same reason…
The Herxheimer reaction. A healing crisis. A die off response.
Whatever you call it, however it manifests in your body, none of it is fun!
Don’t get me wrong though, just because it’s not fun doesn’t mean it’s not good.
We are doing an anti-candida program. We have modified our diet, we are taking some herbs and we are using anti-fungal essential oils in massage preparations and foot baths.
About 3 weeks ago we stopped eating sugar and began phasing out sweet foods including dried fruit, honey (though we include up to 2 tsp per day in our diet still) and the sweeter fresh fruits. We reduced the amount of grains and grain products and reduced starchy vegetables.
Gradually we reached where we are now… Eating unlimited amounts of leafy greens, broccoli, tomato, onion, garlic, fresh herbs, ginger, capsicum, peas, beans, avocado, leeks, cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts, seaweeds, organic meat (not processed meats), bone broths, organic eggs, lentils and beans, kefir – milk and cheese (labneh), unsweetened natural yoghurt, kimchi and saurkraut, coconut oil, olive oil, butter, cacao butter, spirulina, chlorella, cereal grasses (wheat and barley), herbal teas and fresh water. Eating limited amounts of brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, wild caught fish (limited due to potential mercury toxicity), raw nuts (excluding peanuts) and seeds, raw milk, raw honey (limit to 2 level teaspoons, preferrably less, per day), green apples, pineapple, blueberries, lemon, lime, raw carrot, beetroot.
We’re all taking herbal tinctures. The sproggets are taking Pau D’Arco in dosages appropriate for their age and weight, and being little champions they’re taking it diluted in plain water without any fuss despite the rather horrid taste. Bean and I are taking a formula of Pau D’Arco, Horopito and Thyme, it tastes worse than the sprogget’s straight one herb formula and we have to take more of it because we’re bigger, still we don’t complain either! After two weeks on the same herbal formulas I will change to a different formula for one week to prevent the candida in our systems from becoming resistant to the antifungals in the current formula, we’ll then return to the current formula.
The sproggets are coping very well, their symptoms are mild, they’ve been around the sun less times so their self healing potential is greater and their toxic load is less. Sprout has some scaly patches on her arms, the same little spots I have, that are indicative of systemic yeast overgrowth and her thrush has worsened a little but seems to have improved now. Moe has some nappy rash that is painful, but is also improving today. They’re both eating well, they’ve just had 5 bowls of soup each, so I’m going to assume they’re not feeling terribly unwell!
Bean is struggling with a worsening of the fungus on his feet, some sinusitis, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, sugar cravings, bad breath and low mood. He may be experiencing more, but those are the ones he’s spoken of.
I am feeling slightly better today, my symptoms have reduced a lot from yesterday. My symptoms include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, aches, dry patches on my skin, bad breath, insomnia, worsening of depression, anger, irritability and anxiety. My urine has been quite dark, considering the amount of water I’ve been drinking. Normally it is clear after drinking so much, but there’s obviously quite a load for my kidneys to filter at the moment.
Yesterday was very hard and today is seeming easier. The sprogs and I have definitely been through the worst of the healing crisis, I’m not sure how Bean is going, he’s at work today, so I imagine he’ll be having a tough time. His candida overgrowth is much worse than the rest of us. He has never detoxed before either, so it will be harder for him.
To help us through the die off reaction we’re drinking heaps of water and some clear herbal teas, we’re resting when we can, dry skin brushing (that’s just me), using aromatherapy massage (often with coconut oil and tea tree oil, which are both anti-fungal), breathing deeply and getting out into the sunshine as much as possible.
We’ll stick with the herbs and the diet as long as we need to, I think Bean will be on the program for longer than the rest of us, with me coming a close second. In a couple of weeks, once the candida population in our gut has been brought into balance by the herbs and diet, we’ll begin a couple of courses of probiotics to repopulate the gut with beneficial gut flora. In a couple more weeks after that we’ll relax the diet some more to include some more fruits (in time for the glut of stonefruits and melons, yay!), some other whole grains and more dairy. We’ll keep cane sugar off the menu though.
I feels good to be doing this, we’ll all feel much better at the end of it, even though it’s a hard slog right now…