Tending my Garden: Cleansing

I’ve written about Candida and digestive health in the past and how they both relate to the health and beauty of your skin. I truly believe that when both diet and digestion are healthy and balance, skin imbalances can be easily resolved when treated topically. The body is meant to work harmoniously and when one think falls short, everything else suffers down the line.

There is a joke in health circles that “everyone has Candida.” Funny, and probably true as well. While talking about this with one of my professors, I received the best piece of advice I’ve heard in a long time. She said our bodies are like gardens and need regular tending. A garden that is only tended to once in a blue moon will not flourish. The same is true for our digestive health. When we regularly check for signs of imbalance and tend to the root causes, we feel so much healthier and look more radiant.

Last year, while preparing to get pregnant, I completed a two month cleanse using the elimination diet. No, I didn’t starve myself or live off of that cayenne lemonade drink (I would have been a very moody and unhappy person.) Instead, I simply eliminated certain foods known to exacerbate Candida: white grains and starches, certain nuts, gluten, sugar, caffeine and dairy. These are high allergen foods and cause both inflammation and blood sugar imbalance. Since Candida flourishes in this environment, I was simply refusing to ”feed” it. By the end of two months, I had more energy, more clarity, glowing skin, healthy nails and soft hair. I also lost a bit of excess weight and yes…got pregnant! Side note: There are several versions of the elimination diet (some of which are very strict) – I modified one that worked best for my lifestyle. However, if your Candida is severe, you may need a stricter diet. Also: I’m already a vegetarian, so I don’t eat meat but as long as they are grass fed and organic, lean meats are fine in the elimination diet.

My professor got me thinking…hmmm…I haven’t felt that great in a little while. Maybe my “garden” needs some tending! I decided to initiate an annual month-long cleanse using the same elimination diet. For the month of October, I will be starting my day with Dandy blend instead of decaf coffee, making my own almond milk and smoothies for breakfast, and loading up on veggies with salads and stir fry of all kinds. Will it be tough – probably. Will it be worth it – yes!

So, who wants to join me? Are you battling acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, dull skin, dry skin, lack of energy, sleep issues, moodiness, tummy troubles, allergies, PMS, nail fungus, brittle nails and hair, or any other Candida and digestion-related imbalance? Let’s cleanse!!

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