Our family has enjoyed a great summer, and I have not been as diligent with my blogging. We have never traveled so much and enjoyed as much down time. Part of this was due to the financial burden of debt that was lifted as I talked about in a past blog. Part of it was due to a concentrated effort of de-stressing and taking the time to enjoy each other. The value of family can never be discovered in the busyness of the rat race nor can it be assigned a monetary figure. Maybe we should think of our family’s net worth as a large net in which we catch as many memories and heart felt moments as we can because this life is temporary. Our treasure won’t last forever, so cherish while possible.
The more I experience life in the big world, the more I notice the sicknesses of others and their desperation to feel better. There seem to be a couple trains of thought. One is to do everything western medicine tells you and keep on every medicine prescribed. Another is to seek out any natural method you can in order to heal naturally. This is through whole organic foods, no medicine, limiting toxins in your environment, and adding a naturopathic doctor to your team. Some people incorporate both of these trains of thought and marry the two in a way that is comfortable.
Candida overgrowth changed my life. My views on healthy meals, my doctor interactions, my diet, my thought processes, my grocery shopping, and the order of importance in my life have all changed. I have never felt so passionate, scared, hopeful, excited, and disappointed depending on where I am in this battle. It’s crazy! It’s all that and a bag of chips (kale chips, of course). I have never spent so many hours researching health information and collecting recipes as I have during this journey. I often pray and confess to the Lord, “I know you can heal me, but please help me with my unbelief.” Like the story in Mark 9:23-29 When a father is asking for the healing of his child.:
“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’
Very few things in my life remain the same. In some ways, it is better. I can help my kids make better choices. I can help others as well. Although I get discouraged at times, I know there is a greater purpose.
While I can’t tell people what to do, I am very passionate about my experiences and seeing others get well. I am so tired of seeing digestive issues tear people up and don’t even get me started on cancer. Our gut is the place where great health begins and ends. Without taking care of our gut, we neglect our immune system, leaving us open for whatever ailment enters our body. We either eat “life” or “death” every day. Food can be medicine if properly administered.
Our choices are cyclical. Let me give you an example. Candida feeds off carbs, sugar, and caffeine. When Candida is multiplying in my body, Candida makes me crave foods that feed it. If I start to make bad food choices, it not only makes the Candida multiply, but it also cranks up my cravings for those foods. My emotional state and stamina get compromised and it is more difficult to refuse that food. On the other hand, if I make good choices, the cravings decrease and sometimes get replaced by good cravings. My example focusses on just one specific bacteria in the gut. Scientific evidence shows that there are good and bad bacteria in the gut. It is important to have more good bacteria than bad bacteria for obvious reasons. We can upset the gut balance depending on our eating choices, stress, and antibiotic use.
Supporting our good bacteria is helpful. Eating probiotic foods that contain live cultures is one way. Working in the dirt and not using antibacterial chemicals are other good ways to support good bacteria. Yogurt, kefir, and kombucha are all probiotic-rich foods. I have homemade sauerkraut and kombucha recipes from past blog posts that will be helpful. Be careful not to buy anything with added sugar or high amounts of sugar. That will defeat the purpose. Lactose naturally contains sugar and that is ok, but nothing more. Some Kombucha flavors have higher amounts of sugar and I avoid those, too.
In closing, I want to give another great resource for wellness. The Maker’s Diet by Jordan S. Rubin. It is eye-opening. I can identify with him on some levels, but the difficult times he went through makes my life look like a cake walk. He was dying and no one seemed to be able to help him. He tried so many things. When he finally started getting better, he wrote a book to share his journey in hopes of helping others.
Jordan S. Rubin works with Dr. Josh Axe. If you have been reading my blog, you know that I agree and reference Dr. Josh Axe’s work a lot too. He has some great recipes and holistic remedies. You can look online for his resources at https://draxe.com/