Huge bloating, sugar cravings, depression, frustration that I couldn't control my symptoms no matter how hard I tried - that was the beginning of systemic candida for me, about nine years ago. Those symptoms have been gone for a few years now, buy oh my goodness what a trip.
Back then when I was on my knees, praying for help because I just couldn't turn this ship around, I swore that the moment I found out how to get better I would write a book, declaring on the very first page how to heal yourself. I didn't want any fellow candida-sufferers to have to go through what I'd been through. Mostly it was the sheer frustration of trying so hard and not getting results with diets, natural and pharmaceutical antifungals, all different types of doctors and their treatments, that made me crazy! So now, on the other end of it, and feeling so good comparatively, here I am sharing.
This past summer I gave the kombucha a try because I thought its beneficial bacteria and healing properties would make me healthier. When I started developing the skin fungal rash, though, I stopped, just to be on the safe side (and because my doctor doesn't recommend kombucha). But I had wanted to do the experiment and I did it. Now let me tell you about other 'experiments' I've done that have been successfull!
My chronic bloating went away after years of a much lower sugar diet. In my 20's I would eat an entire pint of ice cream every night. Of course we all know by now that sugar feeds candida (as well as cancer cells). So I had to cut that out. And I gradually lost my taste for sugary things. In fact, I used to be the girl in the grocery or health food store wheeling my cart around with one hand while I ate huge amounts of corn chips out of the unpaid-bag with the other. Now I don't crave chips anymore. It's amazing really. It reminds me of when people say: illness is the best thing that could happen to a person - without it you wouldn't learn how to really live healthy. Do they say that? Something like that, anyway. You know what I mean.