A visual image of the #candida cycle and the damage it causes by http:// wholeIntentions.com

A visual image of the #candida cycle and the damage it causes by WholeIntentions.com.Do you seem to suffer from a malady of symptoms, yet no one can tell you what the problem is? Have you ever been told ‘it’s all in your head’? Have you been told you might have candida?

Yep. Been there – done that.

When Travis and I were told we had candida, we had no idea what our naturopath was talking about. But if you’ve read the story of our health journey, you’ll recall that we eventually discovered how it played a much bigger role than we ever realized.

What is candida?

Candida albicans is a toxic, yeast-like organism that usually resides in the digestive tract, mouth, and urinary tract. It’s estimated that about 90% of people have candida, but more recent reading suggests that *everyone* has it.

When candida is kept in balance by good gut bacteria and healthy eating, it’s generally harmless. However, it becomes a concern when your good gut bacteria is destroyed and when you eat foods that encourage it to multiply. Both of these situations weaken your immune system. This is when candida mutates, takes over your body, and becomes a serious condition called systematic candidiasis or more commonly, candida.

Sounds like a bad sci-fi movie, doesn’t it. 🙂

Candida symptoms

Candida’s symptoms can be common yet varied:

  • acne
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • athletes’ foot
  • brain fog
  • cold hands or feet
  • colds
  • colic
  • constipation
  • cradle cap
  • cravings for sweets
  • cysts
  • diabetes
  • diaper rash
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • eczema
  • fatigue
  • food sensitivities or reactions
  • hay fever
  • headaches
  • heart burn
  • heart palpitations
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • hypothyroidism
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • joint pain
  • lack of appetite
  • migraines
  • mood swings
  • muscle aches and pain
  • panic attacks
  • poor memory and concentration
  • pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • psoriasis
  • rashes and dry red patches
  • respiratory problems
  • sinus congestion
  • thrush (white coating in mouth or vagina)
  • UTI (urinary tract infections)

Candida is seriously under-rated – though many conventional doctors either wave it aside as a fad, or aren’t convinced it exists. Other doctors, naturopaths, and herbalists believe it is the root of many hard-to-diagnose chronic illnesses as well as a pre-cursur to auto-immune diseases.

What contributes to candida?

  • antacids
  • antibiotics (frequent or long-term use kills beneficial bacteria and basically lets candida go hog wild)
  • anti-inflammatory drugs
  • anti-ulcer medications
  • carbohydrates
  • environmental toxins
  • foods with starch
  • foods with yeast
  • high-sugar diet
  • hormone replacement therapy
  • oral contraceptives
  • over-the-counter medicines
  • prescription drugs
  • radiation
  • smoking
  • steroids

Testing for candida

To find out if you have candida:

  • take the Yeast Infection Evaluation Test – an online quiz created by Dr. Eric Bakker, ND, a naturopathic doctor who treats candida patients. You can specify the test for men, women, or children.

How do you treat candida?

Candida Crusher ebook - a comprehensive guide to candida and the 3-Stage #CandidaDiet. WholeIntentions.com

First of all, educate yourself. The more you find out about candida, the better equipped you are to fight it. You can start with Candida Crusher, an eBook written by Dr. Eric Bakker, ND – a naturopath who has treated 1000’s of candida patients in his 20+ years of practice. (disclaimer: Candida Crusher is a medical volume and contains anatomical photos that some readers may find objectionable.)

Basically, you can treat candida in two ways – each equally important.

  1. Treat Your Candida With Diet
  2. Treat Your Candida Naturally

#Candida eBook Bundle includes Healing Candida with Food, The Sweeter Side of Candida, and The Candida Diet Menu Planner by WholeIntentions.com.

If you’re looking for some recipes to get you started on a candida-diet, you can browse our candida diet recipes or consider our eCookbooks: Healing Candida with Food and The Sweeter Side of Candida, each filled with safe-to-eat recipes.

How long will it take?

This is a common question and the answer varies greatly from one source to another and from one person to another. Most often it depends on how long you’ve had symptoms and their severity. Some say it takes a minimum of four weeks while others say a month for every year you’ve been sick. They all agree however, that if you leave it unchecked, it will only get worse.

#KickingCandida Facebook group. http://wholeintentions.com
Please feel free to browse around and join us on our Facebook group, Kicking Candida if you have questions. 🙂




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  • Maria

    Reply Reply February 24, 2013

    So you did bees candida program a year. Did you have healing reactions strong?

    You do bees program 90% of time but also take shakeology? So you are getting daily sugar from shakeology only and then consuming bees candida food list? Do you still take bees recorded supplements and shakeology daily?

    Ill do bee then maybe when my chronic illness/health issues are cured ill try it your way.


    • Paula

      Reply Reply February 24, 2013

      Hi Maria,

      Yes, we started out doing Bee’s program very strictly for about 9 months. We did not have as severe healing reactions as some, but did notice a significant improvement.

      Now we are doing her version a little less strictly as well as taking Shakeology – it does have some natural sugar, but it also has ingredients that help fight candida.

      I’m not advocating that our ‘plan’ is better, just sharing what we’ve done. 🙂 I hope it’s helpful!

  • Maria

    Reply Reply February 24, 2013

    Plz explain more what supplements tht bee reccomends can you take daily along with shakeology? Do you have only 3 meals daily? Also are you able to do beachbody workout programs or any other routine you want? I know once I get off grains I won’t eat any except later after I’m healed whatever is in the shakeology. Lots of fats daily low carb no grain along with shakeology a person probly needs extra fat to be able to workout hard.


    • Paula

      Reply Reply February 26, 2013

      Hi Maria,

      We used to take most of the supplements Bee recommended, but after easing out of her program and now using Shakeology, we’ve been using Shakeology only with a mixture of immune boosting supplements like garlic, echinachea, and our homemade Pepper Juice (type “pepper juice” in the search box on the upper right and you’ll find it here).

      I don’t know what the recommended amounts would be if you used Shakeology along with Bee’s recommended supplements.

      I eat several small meals. I’m not strict about only eating three, or only eating five – I just eat when I’m hungry and eat very carefully. I’ve done several Beachbody workouts while doing this: P90X, Brazil Butt Lift, Turbo Jam, etc.

      My suggestion would be to start out slowly – if you can workout, go ahead and do it, but if it’s too much then ease off and do an easier workout or wait a day or two.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply February 26, 2013

    Also are you doing a review on beachbody ultimate reset?

    • Paula

      Reply Reply February 26, 2013

      I have not done an ultimate reset yet. It may be something I do in the future, and I would certainly give a review for it at that time.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply April 25, 2013

    Hi Paula.

    you eased off Bees program because of the amounts of pills?

    Once you healed your body on bees program then switched back to shakeology did you feel better? What did it feel like going back to shakeology after doing bees program?

    • Paula

      Reply Reply April 25, 2013

      We didn’t ease off Bee’s program from the amounts of pill, it was more that her attitude was all or nothing and if you didn’t follow her program to a “T” you might as well start over, even if you had been following for a year or longer.

      I can be like that on some issues myself so I’m not casting blame, it just didn’t work for us.

      We started out following her program very strictly for over 6 mtgs and then felt ready to slowly ease off to more of a 85-90% approach.

      We are still pretty strict compared to other ‘candida diets’ but not as strict as what Bee would recommend. For example, we use a different brand of stevia than she does, we don’t scrape vanilla beans but use an organic pure vanilla, we eat soaked rice once or twice a month, etc. . . . .

      We didn’t switch back to Shakeology as we’d never tried it before. We started taking it after easing off Bee’s program. Once we started using it we didn’t feel significantly different than when doing our eased approach to Bee’s diet. You can read more about our results at Shakeology: The Claims and the Cost.

      • Maria

        Reply Reply April 26, 2013

        Lol yea I get it.

        She actually posted in her forum supplement doses for people not doing her program. I can’t take shakeology because anything raw (shakeology raw fibers)causes me so much intestinal issues one being pain. I have tried shakeology. I’m confident bees program is best for me right now.

        • Maria

          Reply Reply April 29, 2013

          Hi Paula! 🙂

          I need to be healthy in less than 3 monthes for travel-being away from home a couple weeks states away…

          Delima- I have some chocolate vegan shakeology here and also have bees supplements. I have been very sick with irritable bow for about 10years. I had started on bees program her foo list and supplements- wasn’t up to full doses of calcium/magnesium or vitamin c. Couldn’t even take the fish oil (could take the vitamin a though and all other supplements at correct doses)

          Now I can eat the coconut oil doses and red meat every meal and eggs.

          I had extremely strong healing reactions on bees program. I’ve been consuming coconu oil,red meat and eggs about 2 years,prior to that I have eating very bad.

          Would doing shakeology with a couple clean foods not on bees diet like quinoa/rice and a no no squash once in awhile along with exercise seriously help?(no fruit)

          I was also thinking of doing
          Vegan shakeology along with beachbody activit multivitamin(no bees supplemets along with those) I’m breastfeeding but I’ve heard the milk filters out well if anythjng gets in its such a tiny amount. (Dr approved shakeology)


          • Paula Miller

            April 30, 2013


            The amazing thing about the human body is that we’re all created the same, and yet our bodies behave differently to the same health issues. For instance, both Travis and I have Lyme Disease, but while he struggles with several health issues related to it, I would have never known I had it had I not tested for it. For some reason our bodies just react to it differently.

            I’m not a doctor – not even close! 🙂 I wish I could give you an absolute answer, but since reactions can be so different from one person to the next, I’d hate to steer you wrong. I’ve never had strong healing reactions on Bee’s program. Travis did to some extent, but I know there are others out there who had much, much stronger reactions than we ever did. That being said, only you really know what you’re body can handle. I’m guessing that at this stage in your health journey you can tell if you’re body is reacting adversely to something you’ve eaten or taken.

            It sounds as if you ARE healing, even if it is slowly. If it were me, I’d try a 1/4 scoop (or less) of Shakeology in water (not milk) and then give it a couple of days to see how your body reacts. Just like when you had healing reactions on Bee’s program, the same could be said for Shakeology. And if you’re used to eating only coconut oil, red meat, and eggs – switching to Shakeology is going to make your body raise it’s eyebrows and say, “what’s this?”

            Take it slow and really pay attention to how you feel. Let me know how it goes. 🙂

          • Maria

            May 1, 2013

            Hi Paula! I’ve discovered products I’m more interested in than shakeology. Amazon herbal company makes supplements using amazon rainforest ingridients. I would probly do better on these than wen vegan shakeology. Here’s a link to one of the products- http://amazonsuperfoods.com/Products/AmazonPowerShake.htm

            There website is- http://www.trivita.com/Web/US/content/products/category.aspx?id=3004&sid=10844&mid=104

            Sticking to bee because of all the herbs I’m breastfeeding.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply May 25, 2013

    Lol I keep changing my mind I’m still trying shakeology but taking it with bees supplements the shake is food so why not take it with her supplement doses right…I eat liver for the b vitamins and vitamin a though. I know also eat palm shortening and almound milk.

    Maybe I will have 2 shakes daily along with bees supplements. Currently still working up my doses on bees supplements though. I take 300mg of niacin/daily it helps me. 🙂

  • Andreas

    Reply Reply May 26, 2013

    What works in longterm is extra virgin coconut oil, i take 1 to 2 tbsp every day. No more itchy scalp every now and then.

  • Nanci

    Reply Reply September 16, 2015

    Hi Paula–I am so interested in what you have for me to learn about Candida. I am also interested in Shakeology and would like to do some of the fitness things, but I wonder if there are maybe some other videos that are a bit more modest that you might know about? Thank you for any help!

    • Paula

      Reply Reply September 17, 2015

      Hi Nanci,

      I’d love to help! I’ll be emailing you and we can chat about candida, Shakeology, and finding you a program that fits your needs. 🙂

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