Two weeks ago I started a candida cleanse. A type of small bacteria intestinal overgrowth (SIBO), candida can cause a variety of symptoms. For me, these included itchy skin, anxiety intense sugar cravings. Other common symptoms include:
- skin and nail fungal infections (athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, etc)
- chronic fatigue
- depression, anxiety, mood swings
- autoimmune issues (Hashimoto’s, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis)
- digestive problems (bloating, constipation, diarrhea)
- difficulty concentrating (brain fog, ADHD symptoms)
- severe seasonal allergies
- vaginal yeast infections, rectal itching
- skin issues (rashes, eczema)
These symptoms may not be comfortable to discuss, even with your doctor but they need to be addressed. An integrative or functional medicine doctor can easily test for both this and heavy metal toxicity (they can go together). The treatment plan I am currently on involves an anti-fungal prescription and a candida cleanse detox diet. Most sugar containing foods have been eliminated in order to starve the yeast. The one exception is a small amount of low sugar fruits (berries and green apples) eaten with a protein source to slow digestion. The hardest part of this for me has been giving up sweet potatoes and balsamic vinegar (my favorite salad dressing ingredient). The good news is that already my sugar cravings and my other symptoms are dissipating. Yay!
This change in diet has also forced me to come up with different dressings and vegetable sides. The turnip risotto has proven to be good breakfast or lunch with tossed with some leftover protein.
1 T fat of choice
1 medium turnip, shredded
½ to ¾ cup broth
½ tsp turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat skillet over medium-high heat and melt fat
2. Sauté turnips until soft, about 3 minutes
3. Add broth and cook an additional 5 minutes
4. Add spices and greens.
5. Sauté until greens are wilted (1-2 min)