The Candida Project – Supplement 2 – Black Walnut Hull Extract

Woke up this morning and felt fantastic. I don’t know if I just happened to hit REM cycles right on the head, or if this is a good sign of things to come!

I’m on supplement number three for the next few days, which means I finished off supplement #2, black walnut hull. The first night on black walnut hull I coughed all night. I was sure I was getting sick. But the next morning I woke up and felt fine. Tired, but fine. And then a few hours into my morning I realized how freely I could breathe. I woudln’t have even made note of not being able to breathe easily. Any issues I’ve ever had have been very mild, and I associated them with allergies. Regardless of this perspective, there was a marked improvement, and it was awesome. I found myself breathing deep throughout the day just to appreciate my new lung capacity. Later that afternoon, I developed a rash across my stomach. Tiny bumps that were itchy spanned my entire midsection at about hip level. I didn’t feel weird, or feel like anything was swelling or my airways were compromised (nope, opposite – yay breathing!). And a few hours later I had to run to the bathroom. I didn’t have diarhhea or anything. But I had to go. NOW. ANd after that the rash cleared up and I felt pretty good. Aside from running out of energy about mid-afternoon, I felt pretty good on black walnut hull. And the breathing improvement was enough I considered going past the 4 day period I’d planned. But, when it came time to swithc, I did. And now I’m taking grapefruit seed extract, which is one I’d read really does a number on yeast. Many women even take this supplement for generic vaginal yeast infections. Who knew there were natural supplements? I started on this supplement Saturday, but it also corresponded with a weekend of eating like crap. I have random days thorughout my cycle where I eat endlessly and nothing will satisfy me. This was one of those weekends. I ate frozen pizza and ice cream and hamburgers with buns. But I made it through the weekend, and didn’t even have caffeine on Sunday. Sunday night I was regretting that decision since I had a horrible caffeine withdrawal headache, but come this morning, I felt fantastic! I woke up quickly with my alarm, and even did a small amount of cleaning before work. This is unheard of for me. Normally I have to drag myself, kicking and screaming, to consciousness, and wander through my morning routine, barely conscious. So far this morning, I haven’t had any caffeine. I miss the act of drinking a diet soda more than I miss the caffeine. And I’m sure the longer I sit at my desk, the more I’ll feel like I need caffiene.

Am I the only one who feels like her desk job does worse things to her body than some manual labor jobs? I mean, I’m not saying it’s worse than really hard labor, but I think I was better off in a job with some movement. Now I just sit. And sit. And sit. And sit. And if I’m not sitting, it’s assumed I’m not working (which is mostly true).

So, we’ll see how this goes. The packaging says to take 1 per day. But I found a schedule online that was for 7-14 days. It says to start with 1 capsule, twice a day. Then increase to three times a day. Then finally, take two capsules twice a day. And then taper off. I think since this supplement is supposed to be one of the best I’m going to stay on for six days. Day 1 was 1 supplement, twice per day. Days 2-3 will be 1 supplement, three times per day. Days 4-5 I’ll do two supplements, twice per day. And then on the sixth day, cut back to 1 supplement twice per day.

I also switched to washing my face with coconut oil this weekend. The first day I had two small breakouts (that have already healed). But I think that’s because I put on the oil, and immediately washed it off. With soap. Hey, I panicked!

Ever since I’ve been putting on the oil. Leaving it for just a short period, then laying a hot washcloth on my face for about 30 seconds. Then rinsing the washcloth, and lightly scrubbing my face. It feels less oily than before. My face doesn’t look better, but it’s only been a few days. So we’ll see how that goes. I’m also going to make some coconut oil lotion. Ordered some shea butter, vitamin e oil and beeswax for that project. So I’ll keep you posted!

I also spent some time this weekend making bone broth. So far I’m not sick of the stuff, so I find it reassuring that it’s doing good stuff for my body. I’ve even been drinking it twice a day. Once mid-morning. And then again at the end of the day. Usually I’ll take a hot Epsom salt bath (supposed to be good for releasing toxins) and drink the bone broth while watching something like Bones on Netflix on my iPad. Not such a terrible way to end the night!

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Candida Treatment – Round One – Days 1-4 – Goldenseal Root

Made it through round one of candida supplements. I’ve read to do anywhere from 3-7 days per round, so I chose four days.

The first round I used goldenseal root. I’m going to post something with all of the supplements I’ve been taking this past year (linking to specifically what I bought, not to sell it, but for reference if anyone is doing something similar and has suggestions or is trying to compile their own lists – so this isn’t medical advice, and I don’t get kickbacks – everything I’ve taken has come from my own research online, through Paleo Solution podcasts, etc.). I’ll also try to summarize how I approached the candida treatment, when I experienced side effects, etc. Again, I’m not sharing because I want to offer medical advice. In fact, I want to clarify I’m not qualified to offer it. And I’ve also never seen a doctor specifically about any of this. All I want to do is tell people what worked for ME. That’s how I’ve come up with the plan I’m using – through reading others’ experiences. So maybe I can be another blog among many blogs!

The first round (a round = 4 days) I experienced a myriad of not-terrible side effects. I was taking goldenseal root. I didn’t have any stomach problems, which is what I expected. I was no more or no less regular than usual. I do feel like I get constipated fairly frequently, but have read that going once a day is helpful with something like this. So I have been taking in a bunch of extra water, and putting ground flax seed and psyllium husk in my protein shake. I’m still only about every other day, but there have been times I’ve only gone once a week.

My first dose I took Friday night, and went to bed fairly soon after. I slept for almost 12 hours, and napped throughout the day. This isn’t unusual for me on Saturdays. I’m always exhausted come the weekend. I took another dose Saturday afternoon. And went out with friends Saturday night (no alcohol, though!). I didn’t get nearly as much sleep Saturday night, so that might have been part of my issue. But Sunday, it all caught up to me. I was tired in the morning, but couldn’t seem to get myself to sleep in. I took another dose and by mid to late-afternoon I felt ugh, and by late afternoon to early evening, I felt pretty bad. I was achy all over, and felt like I had swollen lymph nodes, including pain to the touch in my left hip. I didn’t see online that there were lymph nodes in my hip, but my mom said she thought they’re all over your body and if that’s it to not rub on them. I drank a lot of water and went to bed.

Monday was just as bad, or worse since I was at work. I was exhausted and I had additional swollen lymph nodes in my arms and armpits (as well as on in my neck and potentially one in the groin area). The one in my arm (triceps area) was making me miserable with my long-sleeve shirt rubbing on it. The shirt wasn’t particularly tight, but I felt trapped in it. I think how I felt was similar to being sick – everything is more annoying and my arms felt tired just typing. I didn’t have much of an appetite, which was very abnormal for me, the girl who is ALWAYS hungry! When I got home, I changed into a short sleeved shirt, and felt a lot better. However, I was still tired and achy, and the swollen lymph nodes were still there. I forced myself to have a protein shake, which luckily helped me go to the bathroom. At that point, my nausea subsided some, but I was still tired, achy, and swollen lymph nodes.

Although I know I never should have said anything about how I feel or used it as an “excuse” not to workout, I did mention it, and got pushed a lot to workout. And even got pressure to massage the swollen lymph nodes. I should have known from the latter advice about the lymph nodes to not take the former advice to workout. But for whatever reason, I felt like I was being a baby and should workout.

Not a good idea! My workouts are mostly heavy lifting. And even though I deloaded to what would normally feel like a light weight, the workout was miserable. I felt foggy headed to begin with, like my head was floating. As I did some reps, I started to feel more light-headed and even sick to my stomach. I had to sit down for extended rests between sets. After three sets squatting (normally I do five), I gave up. I felt like I really would pass out. I moved on to bench press, again using a weight that normally feels pretty light to me. My breathing was labored, and my whole body was screaming to rest. I also did three sets of bench, then realized, “This is MY body! Why am I letting someone else tell me what to do with it?” I quit, and despite getting more “did you warmup?” “How are you done so soon?!” feedback, I cut off communication with everyone, took an Epsom salt bath, and went to bed.

Tuesday was better. I still had the swollen nodes, but I wore looser-fitting clothes, and avoided contact with anyone who was going to tell me what to do with my body, or make me feel guilty for taking care of it. This is kind of the reverse of, “You deserve it” with junk food. In this case, “You need to workout” is also someone telling me to do something with my body I don’t want to. I realize I can simply say, “Thanks for the advice!” and move on, but for whatever reason, that’s not my style. I guess I don’t want people making me feel like how I feel or what I’m going through is fake. It’s not. Trust me, I’ve been in a groove with lifting and doing very well. If I felt healthy, I would have stepped up with heavy weights.

I did read a lot of other accounts of people feeling like this. People who had to call in sick to work – I could totally understand if I had to move around all day. Feeling run down, achy and even sick to your stomach is no way to spend the workday, even if you aren’t contagious. But they also expressed the same sense of shame and guilt that I felt. Like I was being dramatic, or making up symptoms. On all of those posts I thought, “Well, that’s stilly. Who cares what anyone else thinks?” But then I experienced it and I’m not sure if it was partially an issue because I felt sick, or what. But it was definitely frustrating. I think other people think, “Just stop taking the supplement, then.” But, honestly, those people are all weights they’re mostly satisfied with, or lose weight “easily.” So they aren’t struggling like I am to figure out what’s up with my body. I realize I’m self-diagnosing based on Robb Wolf (mostly). But, seriously, the stuff he’s suggested has improved my quality of life so much, it’s hard not to keep going. If I felt the way I feel and could drop about 40 pounds, I think I’d be genuinely satisfied with how I look AND feel. Which hasn’t happened in probably eight years.

Aside from that, I’ve had people bluntly tell me, “Losing weight is easy. If you’re not, then just eat less.” Then I find out they’re around my height, and eating 2,200-2,500 calories a day and losing. These aren’t men, either! Whereas, I can only lose if I consistently stay under 1,400. Those 800-1,100 calories are HUGE. At 1,400-1,500 calories I was so hungry I couldn’t last more than a week or two, and sometimes I’d cave in just a few days. I don’t think it being that hard qualifies as “easy.” And I definitely couldn’t lift weights at that few calories. The advice from these people? “EAT MORE!” Yeah, so I do that, and gain 15 pounds. Fifteen pounds I had to starve myself to lose.

Maybe I’m just a wimp, but honestly, those people who say it’s easy, I believe it really is easy for them. The first time I lost weight, I simply watched my calories (kept around 2,000), and worked out. It WAS easy. I just employed a bit of restraint on what I was eating. I even stopped weighing myself and several months later came up 20 pounds lighter. This time around, it’s nowhere near that easy.  I realize age affects that, but honestly, it shouldn’t this month. It’s almost exactly 10 years later, but I feel like there’s more to the story. Robb Wolf does say if anything weird is going on with your body, your body can’t be efficient enough to burn fat. For example, adrenal fatigue will make it almost impossible to lose weight. Leaky gut problems usually have to be resolved before you’ll be able to lose and keep weight off. And candida problems create these no-win craving cycles most people can’t ignore unless they find a way to muscle through the initial first days to get to less cravings. The cravings for sugars/carbs can be almost as bad as the cravings of an addict. The first time I lost weight, I didn’t have many cravings. Sure, I missed eating junk all the time. But I wasn’t consumed by the thoughts of sweet foods. Hell, I didn’t even eat that many sweets back then. Now I am constantly thinking of food. It’s consuming and does feel like an addictive thing. I don’t think I have an eating disorder, but I feel sometimes like I do.

Beyond that, simply eating less is NOT going to fix leaky gut or candida. So even if I do muscle in and eat less, unless I fight of the candida the cravings won’t subside, and I’ll probably eventually fall off the wagon.

With all of these things, of course you can have short-term success. But for long-term success, you have to have a very focused approach, understand your body, and start giving it what it needs (or stop giving it what’s hurting it).

Back From Hiatus, Leaky Gut and Candida

Alright, friends (if you’re still out there), I’m FINALLY back. Not that you probably missed me, but I’ve definitely missed writing. It’s been a busy little bit. I’ve spent the past year or so trying to get to know my body. No, not in a dirty way. Although, that’s perfectly acceptable, too. I’ve really been struggling with weight loss, fatigue, aches and pains, and ugh, like I said, weight loss. I’d tried everything. From limiting my calories to under 1400 a day. For the record, I do drop a few pounds the first few weeks on this, but the hunger NEVER subsids. I was hungry all the time, light-headed, and grouchy. And it didn’t get better after a few weeks. When I gave up! I’ve tried lifting heavy weights and ignoring cardio. I’ve tried adding more cardio in and lifting lighter weights more often. I’ve tried cutting back on grains and sugars. I’ve tried giving up all wheat. And I haven’t done these things as fads, I’ve done them to try to figure out where my body performs best. And I have concluded that I was getting way too many carbs. Carbs in general, although I probably could figure out more specifically if I had the money to get lipid panels all the time. I mean, I COULD allocate the money, but generally knowing my triglycerides fall into the normal range when I eat less carbs was good. I dind’t realize what I was eating (mostly whole grains/complex carbs) was hurting me. Until I realized once it’s in your body a carb is a carb is a carb. Yes, I know that’s not specifically true. Some carbs have more fiber in them. Some carbs are natural, others are chemicals. But for my experiment, my triglycerides went from the danger (around 250) zone to well into the healthy zone (60s) by simply watching the amount in each meal. I kept it under 50 per meal. But now I even try to keep my daily total around 100, so even less per meal. Common assumption is less carbs equals less calories taken in. In my case, I suppose that might have initially been true. I dropped about 5-10 pounds. But over the past year it’s all come back. My best guess is when I elminated the extra carbs, I wasn’t sure what to eat, so I ate less. Over time, I found lots of delicious lower-carb alternatives, including eating more meats, more fats, etc. And now my caloric intake has leveled off where it was when I was taking in more carbs. And the solution wasn’t that I was less hungry. Rather it was that I had adapted and found other foods I liked to keep me full.

But, the good news is I feel so much better now than a year ago this time. And some of the things I’ve done have been inspired mostly by Robb Wolf (author of Paleo Solution).

First, I’m eating a lot less processed crap. On “diets” of the past, I only focused on calories in, and was eating a LOT of processed “health foods.” A lot of low-fat dairy products that are probably hardly dairy anymore. Frozen “diet” foods. Low-calorie baked goods and products. Hell, I used to eat sugar-free Jello pudding almost everyday. Once I cut it out and added it back, I realized it actually made my stomach hurt. I also was addicted to these three-in-a pack mini muffin and cupcake things. Now I realize those were empty calories. Sure, they might temporarily relieve a sugar craving, but it was also supporting one. So, in the short term, maybe I was eating 100 less calories, but in the long-term, I was creating the habit of NEEDING something sweet. I still struggle with this. In the past, I hardly ever craved sweets. And now I think about them incessantly. Ugh. Damn you mini cupcakes and muffins and pudding packs! So even though I’m eating less, I still have my sugar cravings, and still eat things I shouldn’t. I’ve been on frozen yogurt benders. I’ve sat down with a carton of ice cream and a spoon. I’ve made cookies late at night. Overall, this is still a huge struggle. But I feel hopeful I’m making some progress…

Second, I fixed my bedroom. In listening to Robb Wolf, he kept putting so much emphasis on a good night’s sleep. He said rooms should be totally dark, which means no cell phone lights, no alarm clocks with lit up faces, no street lights coming in the windows. He suggested blackout curtains and setting a bedtime routine that avoids electronics. I believe he suggested putting alarm clocks in other rooms or finding one that didn’t light up until it was time to get up. He suggested avoiding late afternoon caffeine. None of it was really that big of a surprise, but it motivated me to dump my alarm (which I really wasn’t using anyway), buy blackout curtains, and get my butt in bed before 10:00. When I started listening to him it wasn’t unusual for me to screw around on the Internet or watching TV utnil almost 1AM. Now I’m in bed no later than 10:00. Some nights by 9:00. I still struggle falling asleep and some nights are more restleess than others, but I’ve made good progress. And with that progress means more energy during the day. Since Robb is also a believer in adrenal fatigue, and the cortisol/belly fat issues associated with it, and I had self-diagnosed adrenal fatigue a few years earlier but hadn’t found much of a solution, I was intrigued and knew I needed to get my sleep in order. Robb also suggested lower intensity workouts over high intensity. So I did switch from trying to get back into running to longer daily walks. However, I lost interest in this in about a month, and also haven’t re-committed to running. He suggested walks near an hour. Whereas if I’d run, the runs were usually 15-20 minutes. So it was quite the time commitment. And as the weather got hotter, I lost interest.

Third, fish oil and vitamin D. I was taking both casually. Now I am committed to taking them. In fact, if I miss them for a day, I feel tired and blah. I know I don’t get enough sun because I’m at work all day. And in the heat of summer, I avoid the outside. And on days I do sit outside, I always wear sunscreen since I have such pale skin. As for fish oil, I take it for a whole host of reasons, but have upped my dosage from around 2g per day to about 6-8. Robb says if you’re overweight, you probably have a lot of systemic inflammation. If I take too much, my gums seem to start to hurt, but 6-8g per day seems about right. If I’m getting sick, I might take a little more, along with some zinc.

Fourth, I’ve been working on fixing my leaky gut. I’d never even heard of such a thing, and came upon it one day during a Paleo Solution podcast while I was walking. Earlier in the year I’d discovered I was allergic to/sensitive to eggs. This was a new thing for me, but I thought maybe it was only coming up since I was eating more protein, and therefore more eggs. It was surprisingly easy to diagnose since I’d recently cut so many foods out of my diet, and had added in very few new ones. My solution: eat less eggs. It seemed weird that suddenly even one or two eggs would make my face break out, but in my mind I told myself, “It’s because you hardly ate eggs before and probably didn’t correlate the breakouts.” Then his podcast said that it’s not unusual for someone with leaky gut to suddenly have a sensitivity to eggs. And in fact, sudden new food sensitivities is one of the more common symptoms of leaky gut. He suggested many people are actually only sensitive to the whites, and if you really want eggs, you could eat just the yolks. Or eliminate them all together, fix your leaky gut, and you’ll likely be able to eat them worry-free. So, “leaky gut” you say? He’d mentioned this “thing” in passing multiple times on the podcast, but I’d ignored it. Just like references to autoimmune disease. I figured if I had it, I’d be diagnosed with it, right? Anyway, as I started to research, I realized I had almost all of the symptoms: IBS-like symptoms (switching between constipation and diarrhea, gas, bloating, etc.), fatigue, sudden food sensitivities, joint pain, skin issues, etc. I know these are random symptoms and I probably would have ignored it if it weren’t for the sudden food sensitivities. The more I read, the more I realized it was likely I had this. Long-range use of antibiotics, or a severe reaction to antibiotics. In college, my face was randomly breaking out, after hardly doing so in high school or junior high, when it was most common. When I asked my doctor, he put me on antibiotics. This worked, and I was on them for over a year (maybe near two years). When my mom found out, she was frustrated the doctor had done that and said no one should be on antibiotics that long. She referenced the stomach, and also building up a tolerance to them. So I stopped taking them and switched to birth control (which also irritates the gut, I’ve read). At the end of grad school, I got on antibiotics (there were two meds, I can’t remember what they were). After I got off of them, I got what I thought was a weird stomach flu bug. Everything I ate went right through me. This lasted for over a month. It was to the point that I’d drink something, and it would come out as diarhhea, not digested at all. This was particularly scary when I drank a pink energy drink. I’d eat somtehing like salsa, and it would come out red, undigested. I lost about 20-25 pounds in less than a month. My doctor was complacent about it, acting like I was being dramatic. She gave me somethign to stop the diarhhea, but didn’t do anything to fix the actual problem. ALl this did was stop me up, but I was still sick. I stopped taking those, and stopped calling my doctor. By this point, even when I’d try to eat stuff like yogurt, it would go right through me. A friend of mine suggested a small amount of bananas followed by a small amount of yogurt. I was finally able to start digesting food again. of course, the weight loss was nice, and I did keep it off for around a year, but of course it came back. And suddenly! During that year, I was drinking a lot (also terrible on the stomach), and working a ton, so I was eating a lot of crap. All in all, I contribute this to my leaky gut. All of these things (long-term use of antibiotics, a bad reaction to antibiotics, birth control, alcohol, NSAIDS (which I took for hangovers sometimes) and crappy food, especially gluten if you’re sensitive) contribute to leaky gut. So, yeah, I was pretty sure I’d done this to myself, and was ready to fix it. One suggestion was to avoid grains, especially gluten. This has been a battle, as I crave breads like crazy (more on that in a bit). But also one thing I saw over and over was introducing bone broth in my diet. Also something suggested by Robb, but I kind of dismissed it thinking all it was doing was soothing the stomach like chicken soup when you have the flu. Afer more research, I discover bone broth actually pulls nutrients out of the bones that soothe your stomach in a different way. Especially the gelatin in the broth. So on Thanksgiving, with the carcass of a turkey, I started on my bone broth obsession. Bone broth is similar to chicken stock or broth in that it comes from cooking down bones and maybe some meat. The difference is, bone broth is cooked much longer, and the goal is to get the nutrients out of the bones and marrow. You put a bit of vinegar in with the water, and many people smash or cut the bones as they get brittle to give the broth more access to the marrow. I started drinking this stuff the weekend after Thanksgiving, and my body craves it like it hasn’t craved anything in a long, long time. I feel like it’s something my body needs. And I’m trying to give it what it wants. So, that’s what causes leaky gut. But what IS leaky gut? Well, I’m not sure I’m the best person to explain it. It’s also called permeable gut or permeable intestines, I think? Anyway, what all of the things listed above do is weaken or injur your gut lining. The lining is supposed to keep everything in your stomach until it’s digested and release the nutrients into the blood. But what leaky gut does is allow certain foods through undigested. The body doesn’t know what these are, and tries to attack them like they’re toxins, which is why you have weird things happen wehn you eat certain foods – like my acne caused by eggs. And after awhile, your body can start to attack itself. This is what an autoimmune disease is, and sometimes these are caused or worsened by leaky gut. The thing that triggered me to take this more seriously was when my cousin was sick for an extended amount of time, and doctors coudln’t figure out  what was wrong with him. Then he suddenly loses his eyesight and the ability to go to the bathroom. And he’s diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease. Now, I’m not saying is problem was caused or worsened by leaky gut. However, if autoimmune disease is a genetic thing (I’m not sure if it is or if they even know – but it sounds like this one specific disease can be genetic), then I’m not doing anything that increases my chances of going blind. YIKES!

The more I read on leaky gut, the more I find that it’s tied to Candida, which is an overgrowth of yeast. Like a yeast infection many women get. Now, I originally wrote off yeast as an issue because I’ve never had a yeast infection. I hear this is rare. So I thought, “Surely if I have a yeast issue, I would have had a yeast infection.” However, some of the other more generic symptoms. One symptom of candida is actually leaky gut. So candida causes leaky gut, I guess. But other smptoms are again fatigue, vaginal yeast infections, anal yeast infections (in TMI news, anal itch is also a symptom, and I DO have this – I always assumed it was mild hemmroids since I’m constipated a lot – and that might still be the case, but I’m too chicken to talk to a doctor! And if this is the only symtom that subsides because of this treatment, it will be money well spent!), athlete’s foot, nail fungus, thrush in the mouth, bloating, depression, ANXIETY, even irritibility and random anger! And I’d noticed over the past few years I’d become more anxious about everything, especially death. Death of myself and those close to me. It felt really irrational, but I coudln’t control it. I also found myself worried about a lot of weird stuff I shouldn’t worry about. And getting anxious in a lot of social situations. I know this could just be part of “getting old.” But the depression symptoms were also kind of an eye-opener. I’ve never been suicidal, but I could feel the “darkness” many people associate with depression. I’d even started taking St. John’s Wort and saffron. Also a recommended supplement is fish oil. I was desperate to not feel so blah and unhappy, all the time. Now, I don’t know for sure any of those things are tied to yeast. However, when I started researching some of the yeast treatments, I found that most said it won’t hurt you to try them for a week or two, as long as you aren’t pregnant or nursing. I’m not! So I figured what the heck. I bought a host of things to try: goldenseal root, grapfruit seed extract, black walnut hull, olive leaf, pau d’arco tea, acidophilus. The only one of these I’d heard of was acidophilus, which my mom had my sister start taking when she had yeast infections right after she got married. She also tried to get her husband to take it since the infections are passed back and forth. And the reviews on eveverything else were good. Many are taken as natural antibiotics. Others are taken daily. Some people take them long-term, others short-term. But all of them said they were safe, if taken as recommended. When I read reviews of most, the recommended dosage was lower than what it said online could safely be taken. For example,the first supplement I started with was goldenseal root. 500mg twice a day. And online I read that it can safely be taken in doses of 500-1000mg, three times per day. Everything I read said that if they’re working, most people get a variety of reactions, most is your body’s reaction to the yeast (or other infection) die off. Flu-like symptoms, such as stomach ache, diarrhea, swollen glands, general achiness, etc. And the recommended response is to drink a lot of water, get extra sleep, and ride it out as much as you can. For me, the symptoms have been swollen glands all over my body, fatigue (mostly just getting tired earlier in the night, not all day fatigue) and general achiness. So I feel like how you feel right before you get sick. I assume this is related to the goldenseal root, and not to actually getting sick!

So, that’s a lot of back story. But the reason I’m telling it is, I’m going to get back to writing a lot more often. First, because I actually have a computer at home (and not just an iPad, which is frustrating to try to write from). And second, because I’m not getting a lot of support anywhere. Many people think I should “workout through the pain” or “massage the swollen glands.” I did suck it up and try to workout last night, only to feel absolutely miserable. Now, I’m not saying I shouldn’t do something, but I think maybe in this case, walking is more appropriate than heavy lifts. I could probably lift on days off when I can get more rest. But working out when I feel achy, have swollen glands, feel light-headed and am putting myself under a barbell with 150 pounds on it might not be the best idea. And I’ve read conclusively online not to rub on your swollen glands. So, rather than take advice from what has always been my support system, I think I’m going to go off into a bit of a seclusion. And track my progress here, in “my safe area.” :) So, of course feedback is welcome, but I’m going to commit to and follow my own path, at least through a few rounds of the anti-candida process. I’ll document how I feel, what’s changing, what’s not, etc. And probably complain a lot since I generally feel blah, and am sick of it being dismissed. Hey, it’s my blog!

Anyway, you’re welcome to ride along, learn from my experience, and know that I’m NOT selling anything (many of these leaky gut and candida posts seem to be incahoots with supplement brands). The biggest revelation for me so far has been bone broth, and I plan to post a lot more about that because I think it’s something most of us can easily incorporate, even if it’s just making broth out of the one whole chicken you cook twice a year. You already have the bones. Water and a few tsps of vinegar are practically free. So, free nutrients! We all love that, right?