Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How to Overcome Fatigue - More Ways to Cope with Detox

I know, I know, another blog about my health, but I have been getting a lot of hits from google, which makes me think that God is using all stuff I've been going through to help others. So here goes:

Update- Back up to walking 25-27 minutes and able to keep my house clean again, and see some friends. The Lord is gracious and kind!

(I realized that my last post may have scared some of my family and friends, especially if you didn't know what was going on with me for the past few months! I mentioned that I was having tremors because of detox - what I did not mention is that I have had much worse tremors in the past, and this whole detox process, which I have been going through since early May, has made them MUCH better in general. In April, I was having them so bad that on some days, I could barely walk to the refrigerator without my whole body shaking - I would have to use a walker or cane just to get around in my own house! My neurological problems were getting so bad that I would even stutter from time to time. We tried three different traditional doctors, and Cat-scans and blood tests all came back negative. They just acted like I was crazy because they couldn't figure out what was wrong, and offered me valium. So needless to say, I got sick of that sort of treatment and just stuck with my osteopath, who said they were caused by neurotoxins from, ahem, intestinal critters from a mission trip, and candida.
     So I am sorry if I scared any of you - Pete posted about it recently on facebook asking for prayer in a particularly hard moment, and didn't mention why I was having them (because he didn't want to embarrass me). So I think it may have scared some of you needlessly! I still have tremors/ shakes occasionally, but nothing like I used to, and doing this detox stuff, which really only involves taking probiotics, probiotic rich food like kefir and sauerkraut , avoiding most carbs, eating organic, and taking garlic and coconut oil - nothing crazy! - is why I am not still bedridden and am slowly but surely getting my life back.)

        Since lately I have been going through some pretty heavy detox symptoms, as I talked about in my last post, I have been trying to be more proactive about getting rid of the toxins from my body before they build up in my brain and give me crazy symptoms! I've gotten some help with this through a new acupuncturist I just found, along with a lot of my own research. As other people may be doing the same kind of research I was doing last week, I thought I would share some of what I have been doing that is helping. I think this would apply not just to candida or instestinal critter die-off, but also Lyme or other types of die-off:

1) Drink half your body weight in water, everyday. So if you weigh 100 pounds, drink 50 ozs, or 6  eight oz glasses of water, a day. I used to do this quite regularly, but got a little lazy about it lately, which is maybe part of why my detox symptoms were getting worse?!  My acupuncturist told me last week that I need to treat water as a prescription - it is extremely important to remove toxins from your body!

2) Eat lots of fiber - need I say more? ......

3) Take Epsom salt baths daily - use at least 2 cups of Epsom salt in your bath, and stay in for at least 20 minutes. I would do this sometimes - but not everyday, and not two cups of salt! My acupuncturist gave me these specific directions last week, and it seems to really be helping! I add different essential oils I buy online - like lavendar (calming), peppermint (helps with mood), cinnamon (which is anti-fungal), If you don't have a bath tub in your home, you can always use a big plastic laundry tub like this (where there is a will, there is a way!):

4) Try Oil Pulling/ Sauna/ Skin Brushing - Here is a link explaining what these are and how to do them:  http://www.thecandidadiet.com/alternative-detox.htm

5) Exercise! Sweat out those toxins! Of course only exercise within your current abilities.

6) Keep your sanity by reminding yourself it is NOT a spiritual/ emotional problem - just a temporary physiological problem - and distract yourself with something fun!

7) Drink lots of veggie juice, but limit the sweet veggies if you have candida! Read - green veggies - not the tastiest, but beats die-off! I have found parsley to work, and can stomach cucumber and celery better than bok-choy!
8) If you are doing all of these things, and your die-off symptoms are unbearable, ease off your probiotics or antifungals (example: garlic oil) for a dose or two - you don't have to be a rock star!

9) Pray and ask for prayer! The battle belongs to the Lord!

What are your tips for dealing with detox/ die-off?


  1. Hi Professor's Wife,

    You have an amazing story. I came here from the Cure Zone candida support forum.

    One tip I have for die-off support is kidney and urinary tract clearing/support herbs. I took Nature's Way Kidney SP-6. Comes in capsules. No! This is not an advertisement... really! I always keep some on hand just in case I ever get candida symptoms again and have to work it out of my system. And I agree! Lots of water. Thanks for reminding me. I am just coming out of a parasite battle and the drugs used are a lot like taking an antibiotic re candida growth afterward.

    Parsley is an innocent little savior made by God. (You mentioned parsley) When I was so sick with anxiety, candidiasis, eye problems, I lay on the living room floor with my hands raised and prayed for the knowledge to cure myself. Later, I was inspired to "Alkalize and Heal." I went to the produce department at the market and looked over all the veggies and asked myself what are the most alkalizing veggies here that are quick to fix and eat? I decided it was the greenest ones. Parsley looked handy and simple. Little did I know then how miraculous it would be. Within 1/2 hour of washing a bunch (small handful) and eating raw and chewing thoroughly with only pure water to wash it down, my anxiety stopped and my bleeding eye stopped bleeding. That's a couple tips from my long arduous journey. Good luck with yours. You sound so positive, no doubt from all the unseen help around you. It never hurts to humbly ask for help, does it? Cheers and good luck on your journey!

  2. Dear Anonymous,

    THANK YOU for the tips! I will look into Nature's Way Kidney SP-6, and am encouraged to eat even more parsley! I am confused about the whole alkaline thing - I hear some people say you need to alkalize your body, others that candida grows less in an acidic environment. But I am glad to know that green veggies are alkalizing and worked for you! (I eat a lot of green veggies).
    I can't really take credit for being "so positive" - it is really God's continued help every day, and the loving support of my husband and friends. If we didn't go to such a great church, and I didn't have friends all over facebook who pray for me, I think I would be totally overwhelmed! But God has been so good to me - I have to at least TRY to be thankful, if that makes sense!
    God bless you on your journey - I will be praying for you as well as I know how hard it can be!

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