Contemplating lessons learned is a great way to start the new year. The intricacies of gut health are never-ending. Obviously, different people may have varying responses to the same treatment. That’s another reason this is so complicated. It’s equally important to learn the ins and outs that are helpful for you. Basically taking all the optimal diet information pertinent to your illness and fine-tuning the details depending on your body’s responses to treatment.
In a past blog, I said I would try Berberine recommended by Dr. Axe for Candida overgrowth. I did try it and it had been working well. When I find I need something more powerful for a more instant relief from a potential yeast infection, I still reach for the grapefruit seed extract, but only take it for a week. Then I stop taking grapefruit seed and go back to using Berberine. Berberine is good for ongoing maintenance without harming other bacteria in the gut. Grapefruit seed extract is like dropping a bomb and leveling everything. It’s great for an emergency, but long-term will lead to killing other good gut bacteria.
So let’s talk about the “emergency” that revealed this technique of flexing in between Berberine and grapefruit seed extract. I got the “plague” in December. Many of you have probably gotten it too or know people who have. The flu this year with coughing, fever, chills, and exhaustion seemed like it would never end. I had it for 2 and ½ weeks with intense congested coughing. I actually coughed my ribs out of place. The pain was pretty intense. I didn’t realize what it was at the time but eventually went to the chiropractor 2 weeks into this plague, and she put my ribs back in place. During this whole experience, my tongue felt like it had a coating and nothing tasted good. This was starting to feel like I was going into a Candida overgrowth relapse. I also developed a sore under my tongue. This was a full-blown war on my immune system. That’s when I stopped taking Berberine and subbed it for grapefruit seed extract for a week. I stayed on my Candida Combat probiotic sold by Dr. Axe and the other supplements I take. My chiropractor also recommended I take Colloidal Silver to help drive the flu virus out of my system. Many people were thinking I needed a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia or bronchitis. I was almost there, but I wanted to see my chiropractor/nutritionist first. I am so glad I did. She thought I would kick this flu in the next few days with Colloidal Silver spray. Popping my ribs back into place made the next few days bearable. That was so painful. I will have her continue to check my ribs over the next couple of months. Once they are out, they seem to pop in and out for a couple months before stabilizing.
Another thing I learned over the past month was the difference between blanched almond flour and making almond flour at home by just grinding almonds. Since I was on vacation, I tried blanched almond flour. My finished baking products came out less grainy when I used the blanched almond flour. Either way works, but again blanched flour will produce a smoother end product. You can read how to blanch your own almonds here and follow the pictures https://toriavey.com/how-to/how-to-blanch-almonds/
Raw unsalted almonds, more or less as needed
- Bring a small pot of water to a boil.
- Place your raw almonds into the boiling water. Let them boil for exactly one minute. Don’t boil for any longer than 60 seconds, or your almonds will start to soften.
- Drain the almonds immediately in a colander or strainer and rinse them with cold water to cool them.
- Blot the almonds dry with a paper towel. You’ll notice that the skins will be slightly shriveled.
- Use your fingers to gently squeeze the almonds and loosen the skin from them.
- Once you remove the skins, let the almonds dry off completely. Discard the skins.