You’ve got a throbbing headache and you feel horrible. What do you do? Grab the nearest aspirin bottle and take a couple pain killers? This most often is what many of us may do to relieve our pain and other minor symptoms we may have, but this fails to treat the root cause of the problem. Far too often do the majority of people, at least from my observation, frequently turn to over the counter medication to relieve their symptoms no matter how chronic their condition(s) may be. If you have constant headaches, fatigue, brain fog, irritability, etc., odds are you may have a much more serious problem that needs to be addressed. This was certainly the case that plagued me for the longest time; I had systemic candidiasis.
For those of you who don’t know, candidasis is yeast/fungal infection caused by candida albicans that usually infects the mouth, skin, digestive tract, and the vaginal area if you’re a woman (source 1, source 2). Symptoms seem literally endless, as they include fatigue, brain fog, headaches, development of food intolerance/allergies, acne, psoriasis, constipation, bloating, and much more (Click here for a more complete list of symptoms). The cause of candiasis includes the repeated use of antibiotics, steroids, and birth control medications, a poor diet (high in refined carbs, sugar, low fiber), weakened immune system, being overweight, diabetes, and bacterial infections (there are many others, but these are generally the main causes). It took me a long time to discover what was the root cause of my many chronic conditions, such as the ones listed above, but my desire to fix me is what eventually led me there.
Let me take a step back, however, and tell you how this really started. Shortly after the start of my sophomore year in high school, I developed bronchitis. I didn’t know I had bronchitis until two weeks after the symptoms started to really manifest themselves and finally went to the doctor. After being diagnosed, the doctor prescribed me antibiotics and steroid medications to cure my bronchitis and in about two weeks I would be as good as knew. This, unfortunately, allowed candida albicans to overpopulate by gut as my natural gut flora were reduced by the antibiotics in addition to my immune system being weakened by the steroid medications. What made this even worse is that during this time I ate terrible foods, such as refined sugar, carbohydrates, and other junk food, that candida loves so much. Essentially, I created a “perfect storm” that allowed candida to overgrow and infect my body.
What eventually lead me to discover my candida infection is my bad acne in addition to all the chronic symptoms I had, such as fatigue and brain fog, that made me irritable and isolated. One day shortly after Christmas 2011 (19 at the time), I eventually got so fed up with all my symptoms that I started to research alternative causes that may be causing my symptoms. After a long time searching, I was introduced to the idea that I may have a fungal infection called candidiasis. As I researched more and more about candida, the more everything started to make sense of why I feel and look the way I do. As a result, I slowly started to make lifestyle changes, such as eliminating soda and other sources of added sugars in my diet, that would permit my body to start and fight back against candida. Slowly, but surely, I started to make more significant and drastic lifestyle changes, particularly with my diet, to help cure my candida infection.
Although my journey to curing my systemic candiasis is still an ongoing process, I now and feel 100% better than I did a couple of years ago. In all honesty, I don’t expect to be completely “cured” for at least another year or so, but that is completely fine with me. I understand that I’ve been abusing my body for much of my life until a couple of years ago, and in my estimation its going to take at least a couple years to fully restore natural balance and order to my body.
Please share your thoughts, questions, and any tips or tricks for curing candida. I am more than willing to answer any of your questions you may have about my experience with candiasis as well as hearing from yours. Thanks for reading!