Carbohydrates can be a very confusing subject. Some people say carbohydrates are bad for you and they make you fat. Maybe you’ve heard that carbohydrates can feed cancer or candida.
On the other hand, carbohydrates can give you energy. Many health books recommend eating large amounts of carbohydrates in the form of grains and fruits.
One thing is for sure: carbohydrates are powerful. Let me tell you how I have used carefully-chosen carbohydrates to help me regain my health. . .
Four years ago I was very sick. I had a list of symptoms a mile long. But it boiled down to this: I didn’t have much energy, I couldn’t sleep and I felt terrible. It was a very scary time because I ‘d felt bad for so long I wondered if I would ever feel good again.
I started seeing doctors for testing and advice. I was eventually diagnosed with multiple problems including:
- Candidiasis of the Small Intestine
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth
- Elevated Liver Enzymes
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Numerous Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
The candidiasis of the small intestine is an overgrowth of yeast. Yeast feeds on carbohydrates. One effective way to get rid of a yeast problem is to starve the yeast by eating very little carbs. But I also had adrenal fatigue and I would get shaky and feel really bad if I didn’t eat carbs. Carbohydrates are very nourishing for the adrenals – I needed the carbs to keep my blood sugar from crashing.
So carbs were good for my adrenals and bad for feeding the yeast in my intestine! I decided to handle that problem this way:
- I cut out sugar and gluten (I would occasionally eat very small amounts of honey or maple syrup)
- I cut down on high sugar fruits
- I eventually cut out almost all grains except white rice. Grains can be hard to digest and I wanted to give my gut a chance to heal.
- To help my blood sugar stay even, I made sure to eat protein and fat with my carbohydrates. This also helped me to keep my portions of carbohydrates from getting too large.
Besides dietary changes, I also took various anti-yeast treatments and supplements. Eventually, I decided to have my mercury fillings removed* because mercury is closely related to candida. Some people cannot overcome candida without getting rid of the mercury. After getting the dental work done and working on detox, I lost weight, had improved sleep and endurance, and slowly saw an improvement in many areas!
But I still had bloating, indigestion, and heartburn. I suspected Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). I asked my doctor about it and she gave me a home testing kit. It was a test I took at home and sent the samples to a lab. I tested positive.
Now I needed to concentrate on killing bacteria instead of yeast. I needed to rethink my strategy concerning carbohydrates. I found a book called “Fast Tract Digestion” (IBS edition) by Norman Robillard. The book explained that I needed to eat carbs that digested quickly and therefore didn’t hang around and provide food for the bad bacteria that was living in my intestines. I started eating some of the recommended carbs like watermelon, jasmine rice, and russet potatoes. Eating like this supported my adrenals by providing carbohydrates and helped my digestion issues as well. I’m currently on an herbal regimen to kill the SIBO which means I’ll eventually be able to handle more variety in my carbohydrates. Maybe biscuits will even come back on the menu! 🙂
Now that you’ve heard my story, I hope it gives you some food for thought on the subject of carbohydrates. If you’re struggling with a health condition, I encourage you to study healing diets and specifically think about the amounts and types of carbohydrates that are right for you.
*Never remove mercury fillings without a lot of research first – it’s very important to know what steps to take to avoid being poisoned by the removal.