Yeast overgrowth is a common concern for Lyme patients who undergo long-term antibiotic therapy and certain herbal antimicrobial treatments. Or in my case any type of treatment with antibiotics, even if for a short time only. Several antibiotics pose a great risk of destroying intestinal health, allowing yeast to flourish. One such yeast is Candida. Candida overgrowth has been an ongoing battle for me for about 2 years now. The past year being extremely bothersome. The delicate dance between treating my Lyme disease and then pausing to treat my Candida overgrowth has been quite a tango. Some signs that my body is battling a rise of yeast include digestive issues, bloating, fatigue, inflammation, brain fog, yeast infections and itchy skin. I know there are other symptoms that can be caused by Candida overgrowth as well. These are the symptoms I personally dealt/deal with.
Most of the time, I can treat the candida overgrowth problem on my own herbally. Sometimes, however, action calls for additional support. First of all, I try to avoid sugar. Notice I said I “I try”. That is a whole other topic that I will save for another blog. Sugar is very immune suppressive and it also can feed candida, Lyme bacteria and other yucky unwanted creatures in our bodies. A lot of people with Lyme disease have candida issues, whether they’re on antibiotics or not. I learned that I fall into that category myself. I am treating Lyme disease holistically as of now but the minute I need to take an antibiotic for other unrelated issues such as Strep, I immediately have yeast overgrowth-related problems. It has become problematic so I have become familiar with when the problem presents itself.
Something I have learned the hard way is that even fruit sugars are problematic with me at times. I have to be very mindful about limiting fruits that are high in natural sugars. I believe I am struggling with dairy-related issues as well but that has been hard for me to pin point just yet. I am still learning more and more about my body and how it reacts to certain foods. I am working at creating a healthier diet and removing foods that have been in my diet for years This is a process for me. Something I am learning to walk out daily.
I know there has been some controversy about stevia and whether it has helped aid in combating Lyme disease and or raised sugar levels in the blood. I personally feel quite comfortable with stevia, and have been using it in place of sugar for months now and have enjoyed it. I have read that it is helpful for the Lyme battle and biofilm so in my eyes it’s a win-win.
It is a process for sure to learn a new way of eating and to enjoy the changes. My diet changes haven’t been elaborate but simple approaches are still helpful and moving me forward to wellness, and more knowledge on better eating. I am learning and understanding that good nutrition is key to healing the body. I am working hard to have a diet solely of whole foods. I am a few months in and a few pounds down. Prayerfully I get stronger continue and get healthier!! #dietiskey