She began searching. Had exams, blood work, procedures, etc. She writes, "I acquired several labels for my worsening symptoms: colitis, spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome and finally, fibromyalgia." She goes on to explain that the cause of her symptoms were from A LEAKY GUT. She discovered her symptoms may be linked to an unhealthy gut infested with carb-loving yeasts. She writes, "As I began researching systemic yeast, I learned that many of the physical complaints we share as a culture and virtually all autoimmune diseases, share a common condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome. Among these autoimmune diseases and inflammatory states are: Alzheimers, Arthritis, ADD/Autism, Asthma, AIDS, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue, Crohn's disease, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Schleroderma. (there are many more)
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition where the intestines are more porous and permeable than normal, allowing partially digested food particles to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. These particles trigger a series of inflammatory responses from the immune system that can affect any of the body's systems, including the brain. By healing the cause of the leaky gut and healing the gut itself, these same foods, in their whole and natural state, can be tolerated once again. And a life free from inflammation, discomfort, and "dis-ease" can be regained."
This is just some of the first page and I knew I had to buy this cookbook which is called, The Feel Good Cookbook, by Jonell West Francis (click here). I've known about Candida for a very long time but had NO IDEA that it can effect so many things including your mental health, until about 2 years ago. My old Dr explained this exact thing to me. He told me to get off Lexapro and how it works on your brain, but the real problem is in your guts. He had me start taking:
5-HTP: 100mg PM during the 1st week and 200mg PM every night after that. This helped me feel slightly more calm and I noticed a difference right away. 5-HTP is a drug free, plant derived source of an amino acid that naturally increases the body's level of serotonin, the chemical messenger that affects emotions, behavior, appetite, thought, and sleep. You can buy it at natural food stores, grocery stores, or Costco, that's where I've found it to be the cheapest.
Probiotic: Get a good, high quality one especially in the beginning. If you've ever been on 1 round of antibiotics you probably have an overgrowth of yeast in your body. This alone won't heal your gut. But will help replenish the good bacteria back in.
L-Glutamine or Glutamine powder: 1-3 tsp daily. This is mentioned in the cookbook also.