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The Dirt on Cleansing

Please note: I provide this material for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor, naturopath, or other medical professional and cannot tell you what to do with your health; please always consult with your own healthcare practitioner before embarking on anything like a cleanse or detox, and before making any changes to your health routine, medication or supplements. It is purely my own perspective on the topic and is by no means intended as any kind of medical or professional advice.

For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know that I regularly undergo cleanses (ie, I “detox”). Since I’ve received quite a few questions about why I cleanse and how it works, I thought it might be useful to share a bit about cleansing in general and my own choices over the past.

How to Handle Symptom Flare-Ups

When I was first diagnosed with candida overgrowth in 1999 and then again in 2009, I was obsessed with my symptoms.

And no wonder: when candida reared its ugly head that second time, it appeared as an angry, red rash that covered most of the front of my body, that hurt and itched at the same time, and that seemed to have a life of its own.

It was all I could think about: was it any bigger today? How would I stop the pain and itching? What could I do to make it GO AWAY?? And so on.

Of course, it’s totally natural that we’d be concerned with our symptoms of ill health, whether from candida overgrowth or something else. Symptoms are a physical, visual indication that something isn’t functioning properly in our bodies, so it only makes sense that we’d want to be rid of them as soon as possible.

Over the years, my symptoms did diminish, to the point that I consider myself “clear” of candida today, and I can say with confidence that my body is “95% candida-free, 99% of the time.”

But what about that other one per cent? When symptoms do decide to make an encore appearance, what can be done then?

In today’s video, I share my experience with symptom flare-ups over the years, and how I’ve learned to deal with them so that they never flare up too severely, and never last too long.

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