Here’s a surprising way how to help candida overgrowth naturally with no restrictive candida diets or expensive candida supplements!
The surprising way I healed my Candida Overgrowth Naturally
Last year, I healed my raging case of candida in a very surprising way. It surprised me. It surprised my doctors. It surprised the few people I’ve told. It will probably surprise you, too.
No candida diet?
First let me tell you what I didn’t do. I didn’t heal by eating a candida diet or any restrictive diet. I didn’t heal by limiting all my sugars (in fact, I ate more sugar than usual). And I didn’t heal from taking any expensive candida supplements.
Before I begin, I want to be very honest with you. Part of me is dreading writing about this. But so many of you asked how I was able to kick my candida overgrowth and I want to give you an answer. The reason I’m dreading this is because it’s not what you’re expecting. And because it’s weird. Some will probably call it woo-woo. Some may not even believe me or think I’m out of my mind. I get it. I do. I like science. There’s a big part of me that likes logic and explanations. I like to know how and why stuff works (I’m kind of a nerd, really).
Because the healing of my candida overgrowth was so weird and no one could explain it with logic and because I’m a nerd who likes to know why and how stuff works, I began a journey to “figure it out.” I wanted to discover if this kind of weird, sudden healing that can’t be explained has ever happened to anyone else.
After my journey, all I can say is wow. Yes, it certainly does happen. All around the world, in fact. It happened to me, it’s happened to countless others and I believe it can happen to you, too.
Here’s the full story of how I healed my candida:
About two years ago, I began researching candida and candida protocols so I could help others heal from it. I learned from the most brilliant of doctors and researchers from all around the world, I attended health conferences all about candida taught by the leading candida practitioners and researchers, I read dozens of books and had numerous candida discussions and interviews with my holistic practitioner networking community.
And then in the middle of all my research, I got a candida overgrowth. Not just a little candida problem. A raging, out of control case of candida.
At first I thought it was a bit odd that I got a candida overgrowth because I was healthy, I ate an entirely organic diet and my lifestyle was super clean (with some margaritas thrown in every once in awhile because….. well, life is too short to not have margaritas), I exercised regularly, I live a fairly stress-free life, I got good sleep. You know, all the “right” things.
But there I was stuck with a raging case of candida. I try to look at the bright side of things so I thought, “well, that’s good timing! I’m in the middle of all this research and know exactly what to do about it.”
And so I began a very strict candida protocol based on all my research, complete with all the expensive candida supplements and a strict diet to kill off the candida. I took my candida diagnosis very seriously and I didn’t cheat on my protocol, not even a little (that’s right – no more margaritas).
3 months went by. Candida test results showed little positive change.
6 more months went by. No change.
To say I was frustrated was an understatement. Why isn’t it working?! All my health practitioners were confused. The diet and supplements should be working. I tried another proven candida protocol from a different doctor.
Same thing. Very little change and still a raging case of candida. What’s worse is that my normally high energy levels were crashing to the point that I barely had enough energy to get through the day.
At this point, I was extremely frustrated. I had done everything right, I had eaten all the right things and restricted all that I was supposed to (ugh – such a pain in the butt! A candida diet is NO FUN), I had dumped a ton of money into supplements and doctors and candida tests and yet I still had candida. At this point, it was even worse than before. What the heck?!
I felt like I had wasted a full year and half of my life following this crazy restrictive diet. I wasted hundreds and hundreds of dollars on candida supplements. Following these strict candida protocols was affecting my social life – I couldn’t go out to eat, I couldn’t eat anything at friends and family’s houses. It affected my energy levels. I didn’t even feel bad before I found out I had candida and now I felt like crap. I was so done.
So I said screw it.
I threw the candida supplements in the trash. I made myself a homemade mango margarita and flourless brownies (one of my favorite pre-candida treats) and thoroughly enjoyed every single sip and bite. Wow, did it feel so darn good to eat yummy food that was off-limits for the last year and a half.
And then I pretended like I didn’t have candida. I began to eat all the foods I used to eat without any worry or restriction.
Fast forward 3 months.
I had some various lab tests done.
Doctor: “Congratulations, Kelly! Your candida levels are back in balance. You kicked the overgrowth! All your lab numbers look stellar.”
Me: “What?! That’s impossible. I stopped the candida protocol 3 months ago. I’m eating lots of fruit. And honey, too. Oh and a mango margarita (or 5) on the weekends.”
“Yeah, I stopped the protocol 3 months ago. I’m eating whatever I want again. I’m not taking any of the supplements either.”
So how did I really heal my candida overgrowth?
How did I go from having a raging case of candida to being healed? And even more, how did it happen after I did the very opposite of what the best candida doctors and researchers told me to do? No one could answer those questions for me. But I wanted an answer.
During the last few months, I went on a journey to discover if anything like this has ever happened to anyone else and if anyone could explain it.
What I found was eye opening!
The power of the mind: Believe yourself sick and well.
What I discovered after my months of exploration was that the mind is extremely powerful. I knew it was powerful, but it is even more powerful than I ever imagined. What you think you literally become. My mind gave me candida in the first place. And the same mind that gave me candida also healed me. Sound a bit crazy? I know. I thought so, too! Stick with me on this and let me explain.
I found that you can drastically alter your body’s physiology just by changing your mind. In other words, your mind has the power to make you sick or heal you just by the thoughts you think. What we think and what we believe impacts every single cell in our body!
I realize this may sound woo-woo to those who like logical explanations. So for those who appreciate science like me, you’ll be happy to know that on my journey to figure all this out, I discovered tons of scientific proof, case studies and even whole books written about this subject. It isn’t woo-woo at all. There is real evidence proving something that happens purely in the mind can not only change the way you feel but can also cause or alleviate real physical symptoms in the body. (Some of my favorite sources are referenced below for those who want to dig deeper).
I don’t know about you, but knowing this excites me! We have tremendous power to heal just by changing what we think. This doesn’t just apply to candida, it applies to everything.
As I was reading the countless case studies, I was reminded that as an elementary school aged child, I could make myself have a fever whenever I wanted. All I had to do was be still for a minute or two and believe really hard that I was sick. I could even feel my body temperature rising and sure enough, when I took my temperature, I had a fever. (I used this to my advantage all throughout school – I could get sent home from school whenever I wanted because I had a fever haha. Sorry mom.)
But what’s even cooler is that the studies I was reading have healing and diseases that go far beyond a fever or candida. HIV-positive patients becoming HIV-negative. Cancer. Autoimmunity. Thyroid disease. Tumors. Heart disease. Aneurism. So much more. (source, source)
There is even a case study that describes a psychiatric patient with a split personality. “As one personality, the patient was not diabetic and her blood glucose levels were normal. However, the moment she became her alter ego, she believed she was diabetic, and she literally became diabetic. Her entire physiology shifted. Her blood sugars rose, and from all the medical evidence, she was, in fact, diabetic. When her personality flipped back, her blood sugars returned to normal.” (source)
Another fascinating study describes Timmy, a patient with multiple personality disorder. Timmy can drink orange juice with no problems. But when Timmy is in his other personalities, he’s allergic to orange juice and breaks out in hives and horrible blisters all over his body at the slightest sip. When he comes back from his personalities, the hives instantly resolve and the blisters go away. (source)
I’ve read countless other cases like patients losing their hair after chemo treatments, but they were only give water, not chemo. And studies like tumors dissolving away after a radiation session, but the radiation machine turned out to be broken. Logic can’t explain any of this. But the patients believed it and the body followed. (source)
My mind gave me candida.
As for me getting candida in the first place, it happens all the time to medical students immersed in studying disease like I was with candida. Med students often get real, physical symptoms of the very diseases they are studying. It happens so often that the doctors and nurses at student health clinics coined a name for it. They call it “Medical Student Disease” or “medstudentitis.”
The mind can create disease. But even better, more hopeful and very exciting for those not well, the mind can also heal disease.
My mind healed my candida.
The minute I stopped focusing on my candida, truly believed I was healthy and started enjoying life like a healthy person is the minute I believe my candida started going away. My lab reports prove that my raging case of candida (that actually got worse with a year and a half of the most proven of candida protocols) was of no more concern by doing the very opposite of the proven candida protocols! All logic says that by doing the opposite of the candida protocols, my candida should have spun drastically out of control. The medical community couldn’t explain my healing to me.
My mind healed my candida because I stopped focusing on candida and I believed I was healthy. My body simply followed what my mind believed, like it always does.
Your thoughts matter. I believe that your thoughts and what you focus on matters even more than the food you eat, the exercise you do, the supplements you take, the sleep you get. Change your thoughts and you’re able to change your biochemistry.
Does this mean I should give up my current treatment and just start believing I’m healthy?
No. I’m certainly not suggesting that. I believe there are many avenues to healing. From western medicine and surgery to Chinese medicine, chiropractic, homeopathy, energy healing and so much more. Continue to do the treatments that work for you. But changing your mind to believe that you are healthy and being truly grateful for the health you have is a beneficial, life changing practice no matter what other modes of treatment you choose to do.
Focusing on your health rather than your sickness will complement any mode of medical treatment plan to speed recovery and make your body optimal for healing and repair!
How do I change my mind and thoughts?
When you are sick and miserable, it’s really hard to believe you’re healthy, but that’s what you have to do to change your mind. I’ve been through some tough stuff over the years and I get it. It’s like a vicious cycle of misery. And it’s really hard to break free. Here’s some advice that works the quickest and is the most effective for me:
Right now in this moment, close your eyes and think of all the ways you are healthy. If you can’t think of anything, try harder (hey, you’re reading this, aren’t you? That means you have eyes that work, right? And working hands or fingers? Woohoo, that’s 3 things that work! Give thanks for them!). If you can read this, you’ve been given the gift of health for another day. And remember, you have trillions of cells working hard 24 hours a day just for you! Your organs work automatically, without you even thinking about it. They are constantly filtering, cleaning and renewing everything in your body, working hard to keep you alive. How cool is that?! See, your body really is healthy in so many ways! Focus on that.
Try to catch yourself whenever you think about your pain or whenever you complain about your health or feel sorry for yourself or even talk about your sickness. You’ll start to see just how much you think about being sick or not feeling well. When you catch yourself, immediately turn it around and give thanks for the health you have. Daily, or ideally multiple times throughout the day, give thanks for your health.
Focusing on the ways you are healthy rather than focusing on your disease or problem, trains your mind to focus on health rather than sickness. And literally, in real physical ways, you become what you think. Train your mind to focus on being healthy and the body will soon follow.
I’ve experienced this happen to me. It’s happened to countless others all around the world. And yes, I believe it can happen to you, too.
P.S. I healed all my food intolerances this way, too 😉 It truly can work if you believe.
Note to my regular readers: When I first got my candida overgrowth healing diagnosis, I first thought the healing must have been because of my infrared sauna, as I mentioned in my infrared sauna webinar. After discussing this with various practitioners, they believe that the sauna drastically helped, but it’s not likely or usual to be the only source of healing a candida overgrowth.