Monday, November 29, 2010

Apple Cider Vinegar

I had heard that Apple cider vinegar and candida yeasts do not get along so I thought I would give this a go.  I put 2 teaspoons of it into 500ml of water and drink it throughout the day.

When choosing your apple cider vinegar it must be raw unfiltered and unpasteurized.  I found Braggs in my health food store so purchased that one.  At first I didn't like that taste much I thought it was a bit like drinking liquid chips, but now I find its like apple drops.  Much better than liquid chips!!

Apple cider vinegar is delicious, rich in vital nutrients, and truly a valuable item in your diet. Most vinegars in the shops have been pasteurized, even distilled, and filtered.
That kills all the good stuff!

Apple Cider vinegar is rich in natural enzymes which aid digestion. It also helps to restore the natural balance of healthy bacteria in the gut by creating a perfect environment for those healthy bacteria to grow, all while keeping yeast like candida in check. 

Some people with candida find that it aggravates there symptoms but this may be due to the candida die off reaction.  Personally I don't think I have any problems with it so I'm going to stick with this one.

What are your thoughts on ACV?

Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling has been mentioned in the ancient texts of Ayurveda.  According to "The healing process is accomplished by the human organism on its own. In this way it is possible to heal cells, tissue and all organs simultaneously, the body itself gets rid of toxic waste without disturbing the healthy microflora." 

Oil Pulling involves swishing 1 tablespoon of either sunflower oil or sesame oil around your mouth for 15 - 20 minutes first thing in the morning, before washing your teeth.  It is recommended that you use cold pressed oils.  You basically just swish the oil around your mouth pulling through your teeth.  Once the time is up you spit it out and rinse your mouth.

Common diseases like allergies, common cold and cough, Candida, dental caries, gum diseases, infections in the mouth, keratosis pilaris, ear, nose, throat, eyes, and pains like headache, migraine, tooth pain, neck pain, back pain etc, allergic sneezing, lip cracking, fevers, irritability etc cured.

When I first heard about oil pulling I thought it was crazy.  How could swishing oil around your mouth and spitting it out have any effect on your health.  I had first heard about it when I was trying to find a solution for Keratosis Pilaris (little red spots on the backs or arms and thighs).  I dismissed it as something ridiculous.  However I have since read that it helps with Candida too and having Candida is probably the reason I have keratosis pilaris.  I thought I would give this ago, as it was not going to cause me any harm.

After three days of doing this first thing in the morning I noticed my throat glands swelling up, they remained like this for a week and I felt like I was getting a sore throat but it never fully developed.  I not sure if they were related but I think so.  I also had a problem with my jaw, on and off for the last 10 years my jaw would get very sore and I could not open my mouth very far.  This could last for a few days up to a few months.  When I started the oil pulling my jaw had been sore for about 2 months.  After the second day of oil pulling I could fully open my mouth.  This of course could be a coincidence but it will be interesting to see if it comes back.   I also feel my keratosis pilaris (such a ridiculous name!) has started to clear up, and the skin on my feet looks a lot better.

Has anyone else tried oil pulling and found it cured anything?  I would love to hear your experiences.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pau d'Arco Tea

For ages I have been searching for Pau d'Arco tea once I heard of its benefits, its used to treat fungal, bacterial and parasitic infections. Oddly there was no sign of it in my local health store but I was delighted when I found it in Nourish in Dublin.

As happy as I was to find this tea I also dreaded the taste.  This was going to be disgusting.  But if there was a chance it would help I was willing to give it a try.   You can imagine my amazement when it tasted like caramel!!  Maybe it only tastes like caramel to the non sugar eaters but I thought it was delish!  I am now trying to drink 3 cups a day although have only managed 2 a day.

I read more about this tea on   Here it said Drink up to one liter daily for as long as six weeks, then take a four-week hiatus prior to resuming another six-week course of Pau d'Arco treatment.  There are also some other cautions so I recommend reading this before you decide to drink it.

Im not sure if its better to take this in supplement for or tea.  Has anyone any ideas?  Do you think it tastes like caramel too!

FOS - Warning

I started taking large doses of probiotics after reading a book called The wonder of probiotics by John R. Taylor and Deborah Mitchell.  I started to do the Flora Blitz.  This involves taking high doses of probiotics for 5 days then reducing the amount and taking them for another 5 days, again reducing to a lower level and then onto a maintenance level. 
I started to takes Udo’s Super 8, these contained more bacteria than recommended in the book.  I am taking one with each meal and Im not going to reduce them until the entire bottle of 30 is gone.  I also started taking FOS.  FOS is supposed to be a prebiotic which creates a friendly  environment for the good bacteria.  However I noticed that i started to get diarrhea  and suspected that this was due to the FOS as it is fibre. I found an interesting article about FOS and as a result I will not be taking it anymore.  It suggests that it also creates a friendly environment for the bad bacteria too! Yikes!!!  Going straight home to bin every bit of FOS whether is true or not I aint taking any chances!  Still taking the probiotics though.
Here is a link to the article:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

About Me

For over ten years now I have had problems with my digestion.  I was constantly bloated, looking about 3 months pregnant the whole time. I would have, ehem, frequent trips to the loo and lots of gas! My sister liked to refer to me as a gas bag!! nice!  I also get very bad headaches and migraines where my hands would even curl up and get tunnel vision.  I'm still not entirely sure this is associated with my digestion problems but i reckon so.

I went to several doctors but they all said that it was most likely irritable bowel syndrome.  They made the diagnoses based on my story and did not rule out any other conditions.  Unhappy with this diagnosis I decided to take matters into my own hands and do some research.  This led me to a book called Fat Around the Middle by Marilyn Glenville. I followed the advice she gave in the book, low and behold my stomach shrank.  I should also say that I was religiously going to the gym at the time but had been doing so for a year and had not shifted a pound in that time.  However that week I lost a whole stone.  Obviously this was just my bloatedness going but hey what a result.  I concluded from this that I has an intolerance to wheat.

Sadly though this was not to last.  My stomach gradually started to reappear even though I was still off the wheat.  At this stage I couldn't really remember what I had and hadn't eaten that week so was unable to figure out what it could have been.  I tried avoiding few other foods such as tomatoes, dairy and then dairy and wheat together.

I was giving up hope so decided to do a blood test with the Fitzwilliam Food Test clinic in Dublin.  The test was sent to my home, where I then done a finger prick test and sent it back.  I had the results back very quickly.  The test showed a high intolerance to Corn, Dairy and Yeast.  My Borderline foods were egg whites, chillies, wheat, sheep's and goats milk, and plums.  I was sceptical of doing this test from the start but quickly removed these items from my diet.  Martin Healy, from the Fitzwilliam food test, then rang me and went through the foods with me.  He mentioned my major problem with yeast.

After my phone call with him I started to remember reading about Candida Albicans.  I done the home test for this where you spit into a glass of water first thing in the morning.  If you had a candida overgrowth in your system then little tails would come out of the spit and head down to the bottom of the glass.  From this test I was then positive I had candida albicans.

I began the anti-candida diet.  As the weeks went by I continued to eliminate extra foods from my diet.  I started making all my foods from scratch.  Banned Sugar along with my intolerant foods.  Straight away I felt much better.  The gas issue started to subside and began to deflate!

I decided to start this blog to share my progress with others and share some tasty recipes that I started to make.

I would love you to leave comments and share your experiences.