Sometimes clients know what they need to do but haven’t been able to commit to long-term healthy habits. I’ve had clients who spend thousands on supplements, visit chiropractors, do every cleanse possible, and then return to eating sugary foods.
The most recent letter I had on this topic came from a 47-year-old woman who was exercising vigorously, taking supplements, and still slipping back into old habits.
If you’re in a similar situation, here are some general recommendations that might help you stick to your gut recovery plan:
1. Don’t overdo things: In the case of this client, she was doing 45-mile bike rides. Reading between the lines, it sounded like she was a perfectionist, pushing herself too hard. I suggested she bring it down and do something lower key. How about a 5-mile walk, some stretching, and meditation? Sometimes people need to unplug for a while rather than pushing so hard.
2. Get your hormones tested: For this 47-year-old client, progesterone, and testosterone may be low due to perimenopause. Hormonal changes may mean adjusting expectations and lifestyle, but there’s no reason why you can still have fantastic energy and excellent health.
I highly recommend doing the DUTCH test (Dried Urine Test Comprehensive Hormones). This test will give you a measure of all the primary sex hormones, as well as melatonin and the stress hormones cortisol and cortisone. This information is a great starting point for you and your doctor. You might need a bit of natural hormone treatment that can make a massive difference. The core sex hormones have a significant influence on your ability to recover. These hormones affect your immune system, your cognition, and your energy.
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3. Evaluate whether your lifestyle supports good health: Do you have the right job? Are you working too hard? Is sleep a problem? Are there any relationships that need to be fixed? Unresolved, unrelenting stress can definitely interfere with achieving good digestive health.
4. Consider the MEVY diet: You don’t need a fancy diet to treat Candida. The MEVY (meat, eggs, vegetables, yogurt) diet works very well. If you’re not a meat-eater, you can substitute nuts, seeds, legumes, and soy products.
5. Be very selective about supplements: Over the years, I’ve found that Candida patients only need a small amount of supplementation to get back on track.
Leaky gut and Candida don’t have to become longstanding problems. Most cases can be cleared up in three to six months. It might take 12 months to clear a severe, long-term case. It means staying on track and being consistent with your good habits. Having a little slip now and then is no problem but keep your eye on the ball.