Friends, Foes, & Folly

Google does not recognize it –  It is my own construct……. But it is real.

Candida Neurosis.

Do you have it?

Candida Neurosis occupies your every thought – especially about food. When it is your enemy, it takes the joy out of life. Fighting Candida works just as well as killing people to attain peace.

Is Candida real? Most certainly!

Can it also take the joy out of life? Yes!

If it is real and it is damaging and fighting it doesn’t work, what does one do when plagued with it?

Embrace it as your friend.

A friend that came over to eat all of your junk food.

Surely you would never feed a friend junk food! So do not feed your friend Candida junk food either!

Neither would you starve a friend. So do not try to starve your friend Candida!

Give your friend Candida lots of eclectic friends to hang with. Will that hurt your friend Candida? No, it will just keep her from getting overbearing.

How do I invite other friends over to hang around with Candida?

Fermented foods at every meal. (You know how everyone shows up for a free meal!)
Probiotics (start slowly and keep taking different ones to keep your group of “friends” eclectic).
Serve all of your friends nutrient dense foods that your body is capable of digesting.

When beginning GAPS, you may not be able to digest more than meat broth. That will still feed you and your friends. In fact, it will feed you far better than if you try to eat foods that you cannot digest.

Foods that are impossible for your body to digest end up inviting guests from the wrong side of town. You know how those parties go…things get out of hand in a hurry.

After healing takes place, more foods will be able to be thoroughly digested. Your diet then can (and should) expand to ensure that you are getting the nutrients your body needs.

Candida is a messy friend. She leaves clutter wherever she has been. Your liver and other detoxification pathways try constantly to clean up after Candida. When Candida is the only one around, the liver can’t keep up. When other friends keep her in check, the liver starts to get the place presentable again (detoxifying).

You can help your liver make the “place presentable” by giving it certain elements that slip liver detox into high gear. Iodine “paint” is one of those essential elements. Epsom salt baths nourish your detox mechanisms and promote relaxation with magnesium and sulfur; two elements essential to healing and detox. Baking soda baths actively allow the skin to detoxify. Cod liver oil provides vitamins and fatty acids essential to the immune system. A healthy immune system puts less demand on the detoxification system. A diet very high in fat (mostly saturated, animal fat) gives your body what is necessary for every cell in your body to function as it should. This, again, minimizes the work for your detoxification pathways.

Why saturated fat?

Saturated fat is like having nice cushy furniture for your friends to lounge in. It helps the cell walls stay tight and protective (like a warm snug house). It promotes an atmosphere conducive to friendship – Good Karma if you will – by building neurotransmitters that help us experience joy and satisfaction. Without it, there is a sterile echo-y atmosphere, not conducive to friends hanging around.

Bottom line: Candida is your friend; do not treat her as your foe.