I experienced Candida overgrowth for more than three years and during that time I went through a whole lot of stress to get to the bottom of what was going on with my health. Having never experienced prolonged infections, I found the whole experience frustrating and traumatising, particularly when I was unable to find help for what was happening to me. I can’t remember the number of times I visited the doctors, but after my second baby was born and I was still suffering from recurrent thrush I lost faith in the health system and decided to research my health problems to see if I could get find out what was going on. I have to say, there is some pretty wild information out there on the Internet and you need to be careful about what you read, and what you try. I was so desperate to get rid of thrush that I tried everything; changing my diet and cutting out sugar, juicing, vegging and even applying coconut oil and garlic straight onto thrush, but this only made it worse. Eventually, I got the message that the problem was not topical, as the doctors were convinced and I started to look internally thinking about my health as a whole. It dawned on me that I was overweight and that I had digestive problems too, so that’s when I started to research further and discovered Candida overgrowth. The more I learned about it, the more I became convinced that I was suffering from the same problem. I decided to give a few things a try to start with and that was to start making bone broth.
I’d read online that bone broth was helping people’s digestive systems function better. Knowing that mine was not functioning well at all, I thought I would give it a try. I had a look online to buy some but found that there was only one real supplier in the UK and they were very expensive, so I had a go at making it. My first few attempts were awful and it stunk the entire house out. I remember not realising that you had to remove the fat from the top of the broth, and I drank the broth with the fat also. It was disgusting, and I actually gave up on making the broth for a while, but eventually, I did some more research and learned about what I was meant to do and gave it another try producing a good broth that I added to a special soup that I started to make for myself. Every day, I ate my broth soup for lunch and within a week I was already starting to notice a change in my digestive system. That was when I decided to cut out all sugar and follow a Candida cleanse. Within another week I was seeing a big difference in my digestive system I wasn’t bloated anymore and my thrush was starting to go away. I carried on eating the soup daily and following an Anti-Candida Diet, which I designed myself and within 12 weeks my Candida overgrowth had pretty much gone.
Since starting on my journey with bone broth, I know that it was one of the main factors in improving my health because it also helped my husband. He too started to include broth into his diet and within 12 weeks he had also lost a stone. Now running a broth business and selling directly to my customers, I experience first-hand many of their health stories where they accredit bone broth, but with little scientific research to back up it’s abilities there are no health claims that we can make anywhere in the world.
So, did bone broth help my Candida overgrowth? Yes, absolutely. How it did, and how it has helped others I have no idea, but I do have some theories, which are unproven at this stage. However, my main theory is that Candida overgrowth happens when there is an imbalance in the gut microbiota; the eco-system that lives within your digestive system, for me this was caused by taking too many antibiotics. As a result, Candida albicans started to grow out of control and my gut became damaged causing inflammation. My issue became when I continued to eat the wrong foods, the foods that gave Candida energy such as sugar; enabling them to grow more and cause an array of symptoms.
Having the bone broth daily definitely improved my digestive system. One of the other major symptoms for me was IBS, and it was only after ingesting the broth for a short while that the symptoms of IBS started to slowly disappear.