When my doctor told me I had Candida Albicans, I knew there wasn’t going to be a quick solution to this problem. Although, I took the prescription, in time, my symptoms worsened and I felt that I was completely on my own to resolve this issue. You see, I’ve had yeast-related issues almost my whole life! I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in my teen years based on symptoms of chronic fatigue and pain. Yeast over-growth was never guessed as the cause of my fatigue. That amounts to a many years of living with an ongoing fungal infection and not knowing why. Imagine the havoc wreaked on my immune system as I struggled to understand why I was so exhausted and had many infections. Trying to figure out why I was sick and what to do about was a HUGE challenge. On the way to improving my health, I discovered that getting better required more than following a list of “do’s” and “don’ts”. So I read and read until I could finally put into practice some of the wonderful things I had learned. What I learned is that developing certain personal qualities is vital if you want to succeed in improving your health. The following information is to motivate those who think they could feel better, lose weight or reach their goals through education and personal efforts.
Taking Care of Basics
Some mystery symptoms are improved when the ‘basics’ are addressed. What are the basics that all of us have a measure of control over in our lives? We are responsible for the quality and quantity our food and water intake. We can’t avoid stress but will we learn how to manage it? We can view sleep as necessary for health or unnecessary. Are we sedentary or active?
How we think about the ‘basics’ is very important and will have a cause and effect on our total health and well-being. Why? Because, if we feel that we are responsible for ourselves, we will take the initiative to take care of ourselves. If not, we may find that our health deteriorates and we are at the mercy of our families, meds, and doctors to take care of us. (Of course, sometimes we don’t have any control over our health, and if we need help, we shouldn’t feel bad about accepting it).
Our attitude can work against us or help us as we try to accomplish our goals for optimal health. Here are a few tips:
1. Be Positive
Even if you are very sick, you can cultivate an optimistic outlook. If you are gloomy and negative, it will only make everything seem worse and you won’t be motivated to do anything. After all “it won’t do any good”. So try to fight this tendency by starting each day telling yourself that you will stop yourself from saying or thinking anything that reflects a pessimistic outlook. If you’ve been inclined toward negativity for years, it will take a while to rid yourself of this habit but it’s worth the effort.
2. Be Diligent
Many people hold back from getting healthier because they are overwhelmed by the amount of work it will take to get better. It’s important not to have a don’t-care attitude when it comes to our health. Taking care of ourselves shouldn’t be relegated to others. As long as we are able to, we should put forth great effort to keep ourselves well in a balanced way.
3. Create the Right Environment
If you don’t want to eat sugary foods, don’t buy them! If you don’t want to drink coffee, don’t go to coffee shops. If you want to avoid alcohol, get it out of your cupboards, and out of your house. Go to whatever lengths necessary to create an environment for success. Don’t underestimate how strongly addicted you can be to caffeine, sugar and alcohol. No excuses!!!
4. Be Honest
When my yeast symptoms were out of control, I had to ask: Am I contributing in some way to making my symptoms worse? Realizing that the yeast problem (along with the emotional and mental effects) would continue as long as I was consuming sugar, I had to be honest and admit that if I continued taking in sugar, my yeast issues would not go away. I couldn’t rely on someone else’s opinion to help me; neither could I imagine that taking supplements while continuing my bad habits would accomplish anything good on a long-term basis. To this day, my symptoms are guaranteed to return if I go back to my old eating habits. Being dishonest will cause you to attribute your symptoms to secondary or unrelated causes so that you can feel free to continue the damaging behavior.
Keeping a food/drink journal is a good first step in taking an honest look at what you’re consuming on a daily basis. You may find that the one candy bar a week is actually 4! Or the one or two drinks you have occasionally are more than that.
5. Be Resourceful
What resources are available to you? There are books, the internet, your ability to reason, and the experiences of others who may have faced something similar with their health. Ask questions and you’ll find answers. Get professional help if you find it too difficult to do it on your own.
6. Be Willing to Fail
Once you’ve resolved to take steps to improve your health, you may fail to reach your goals in the beginning. When this happens, try again and keep trying until your new habits are established. It takes time to get used to doing things differently. If my routine is disrupted it’s more difficult to eat the right foods, and at times I feel like a failure, but I keep trying. At least once you’ve proven to yourself that when you took care of yourself in the past and you felt better, you’ll be motivated to get back to good habits.
7. Don’t Give Up
Even when things seem hopeless, it’s good to keep an open mind. Be open to the possibility that you haven’t considered everything yet. That’s why there are “second opinions”. If second opinions haven’t helped, try a different approach. Maybe you could visit a naturopathic doctor who can provide comprehensive lab tests to compliment conventional tests. If you have any questions about available tests, please notice the book, 7-Day Detox Miracle by Peter Bennett, N.D., and Stephen Barrie, N.D. with Sara Faye, under “Sources” below.
The Purpose of Detoxification
In addition to some of the tips above, it’s practical to consider detoxification as a means to get healthier. It works with your body’s natural detoxification processes to improve all functions of the body.
The primary aim of a detoxification program is to clean the blood. Changing and optimizing the diet and stimulating circulation encourage the organs of the immune system to filter the blood. In order for our bodies to function optimally, our cells must be healthy. When our blood is clean and filtering properly, our cellular health is improved. In order to have a healthy body, our cells must be strong and protected as much as possible.
We’ll focus more on detoxification in future articles along with supplements for improving cellular health. If you enjoyed this blog, please pass it on to your friends and relatives. Thank you.
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7-Day Detox Miracle – Revitalize Your Mind and Body with This Safe and Effective Life-Enhancing Program by Peter Bennett, N.D, and Stephen Barrie, N.D., with Sara Faye; available at amazon.com
These statements have not been reviewed by the FDA and are not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease whether physical or mental. This information is for entertainment purposes only. Please do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat an illness. Please see your doctor for all medical concerns.