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Candida and the Power of Green Superfoods

Candida and SuperfoodsWhen I was having my 3 year stint with candida (and the beginnings of interstitial cystitis) it was not a fun time but I learned alot. At one point I was invited to go to a workshop where a woman who had healed her own breast cancer was speaking about the importance of PH balance. I didn't know much about it and I hadn't made the connection yet but it intrigued me and I went. Turned out it was really fascinating and made sense to me. Ph balance is more important than I thought. I guess you can think about it this way. Swimming pools, if we are not diligent about keeping track of the PH readings, will start to grow ugly nasty bacteria. So will our bodies. If we feed our bodies nothing but acidic foods and thoughts we will create an acidic environment. Yeast, candida, and even cancer cells change in relationship to their environment.

Since I was struggling with candida for so long I decided it would be a good idea to test my PH. I got some PH testing strips and tested my urine and to my horror I couldn't even see a reading! The lowest reading was 5.0 (a healthy body should show a reading around 6.5 – ultimately 7.3). I couldn't see a reading at all. I took it over and over. The saliva reading was somewhat better but I compared mine to others and it was significantly lower and more acidic. This blew me away because I juice everyday so I thought I had it covered. Obviously I didn't have it covered or else I would not have been struggling with candida for so long. I had already changed my diet, I was taking a good probiotic everyday and even using anti-fungals. I didn't think there was anything else I could do.

Well, I had heard and read about green superfoods like chlorella, spirulina, barley grass, wheat grass, oat grass and how they raise PH levels so I decided to experiment. I began by using chlorella and spirulina and then added others and kept track of my PH. It wasn't long (a few days) before I started to notice my interstitial cystitis symptoms fading away. I also noticed my candida symptoms becoming less and less noticable!

This was about a year ago and I have continued to do well. So I maintain a regimen of watching my food, taking a probiotic everyday (though occasionally I forget but it doesn't seem to matter) and I hardly ever seem to need the anti-fungal anymore. I put the green powder in my vegetable juice in the morning and I feel like I'm drinking a glass of "green vitality." It's awesome.

It seems, for me, that this has been the missing link to getting control of candida and interstitial cystitis.

-By: Diane O'Connor

Hi! My name is Diane. I'm a 52 year old single woman, passionate about wellness, healthy living, meditation, yoga, spirituality, and holistic remedies. Started out in life with many physical issues and a Grandfather (Dr. Samuel K. Hockings) who was a Naprapath, Chiropractor and an Aquarian Age Healer. Lucky for me he was more than willing to share his talent and wisdom with me for as long as he was able.

Just sharing my thoughts, stories, experiences, and suggestions. Hoping to learn, grow and maybe offer some help along the way. I am passionate about good food (organic if possible), juicing, probiotics and superfoods like Chlorella and Spirulina. I also try and find the best ways to be healthy while also being thrifty. Simplicity is also a passion of mine.

See my website: http://www.honoringmenopause.blogspot.com

6 Superfoods to Add to Your Daily Diet

A List of six beneficial Superfoods

Blueberries are Antioxidant Rch SuperfoodsFresh organic foods have health benefits but Superfoods are particularly healthy because the nutritive content is greater, more complex and extraordinary in some way. Nature has given us an incredible bounty but so many people have little regard for these remarkable foods. Superfoods are very easy to add to your diet and you’ll be doing your health a huge favor by making an effort to eat more healthy foods. Not only your body will benefit from superfoods but also your mind.

  • Superfoods

    A good mixture of supergreens includes chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, wheat sprouts and other green concentrates. Besides containing vitamins and minerals in their natural food state, These greens are also packed with antioxidants, enzymes and co-enzymes, complete balanced protein with all the essential amino acids, trace elements and chlorophyll. In addition they help the body maintain a more alkaline state. The benefits of supergreens as a superfoods are numerous. They help to cleanse the blood of toxins we ingest from daily living and even help to detox heavy metals. They support the liver-cleansing function and play a role in controlling blood sugar levels.

  • Goji Berries

    Goji berries are a recent superfood discovery. They are round and red, rather sweet tasting. Grown in China, Tibet and Mongolia, goji berries were traditionally used to boost energy and stimulate Qi (energy flow). There are a range of health benefit claims including anti-ageing and this has made them very popular. The berries do seem to enhance the immune system, improve eye health, protect the liver, boost sperm production and open up the kidney channels. They contain complex phyto-nutrients and bioflavonoids including betaine (brain and liver support), physalin, beta-sitoserol (prostate health), cyperone (benefits heart and blood pressure), solavetivone (anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties) and others chemicals.

  • Oats

    Oats have a high fibre content, half soluble and half insoluble. The soluble fibre portion contains a component called beta-glucans which has some blood cholesterol-lowering effects. The whole-oat variety, either rolled oats or grains, is a very good source of tocotrienols (vitamin E family). Try adding oats to your fruit at breakfast because it slows down the blood sugar level spike. Dietary fibre has shown to lower the incidence of cancer, possibly because it contains lignan. The insoluble fibre is crucial for promoting bowel action and thereby relieving constipation problems. Oats also contain essential fatty acids, a good profile of amino acids and a range of vitamins and minerals including zinc, selenium, iron, magnesium and manganese.

  • Garlic

    Garlic is another fantastic superfood to use on a daily basis if possible. You can use it fresh in your food or in capsule form. Garlic’s chief medicinal benefits are its blood pressure-lowering, lipid-reducing and atherosclerotic prevention properties. Garlic has also been shown to reduce the coaguability of blood by reducing platelet aggregation. It is also well-known as a natural anti-biotic. See here for more details on the health benefits of garlic.

  • Blueberries

    Blueberries are real little health powerhouses full of antioxidants and other health-promoting substances which support eye, heart and urinary tract health in particular. Blueberries have anti-ageing properties; they decrease free radicals that can damage organs and have important health effects on the brain. These positive effects may be due to its high anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin content. Add them to your oats for breakfast or put them in a smoothie.

  • Cruciferous Vegetables

    These include broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and cauliflower. If you can eat three or more servings of these vegetables per week studies indicate that you could reduce prostate cancer risk almost by half, and in women the risk of breast cancer is significantly reduced. Other cancers may be prevented too. Cruciferous vegetables also contain compounds that help the liver to detox.

There are other superfoods such as cold-water fish with its high omega-3 fatty acid content; most healthy seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds; flax seeds with their particular combination of fatty acids. Plainly put, superfoods are by far the best health foods to eat.

By: Katherine Oosthuis

Katherine Oosthuis

Katherine Oosthuis

Visit Detox For Life – Superfoods for a list of more superfoods and details on their amazing health benefits. Detox For Life was born out of a woman’s concern for her family’s well-being and health. You are invited to enjoy and benefit from the wealth of artcles and information on all aspect of health managed and updated here by Katherine Oosthuis.