After writing "The Beginning of My Sugar-Free Life", I realized that to tell more of the story, I really needed to back up a bit.
The issue of candida and my troubles with sugars really began way before my teen and childhood years, even.
Here is what I think happened.
I was born when things were really changing regarding the American lifestyle and diet.
And there are 5 things that I think set me up for health problems:
5 Causes of Intestinal Dysbiosis
1. Insufficient Breastfeeding
I was an active La Leche League member throughout the time that I nursed my sons. LLL is a super support network for ladies trying to nourish their babies in the best way possible. Physically and emotionally.
You can imagine how I felt when I found out that my mom had only nursed me for a short amount of time.
I still remember the day when I was looking through my "baby memories" and I found the pediatrician's prescription for "Borden's canned evaporated milk" to be fed to me at 3 months of age.
Maybe Borden had a contract with the AMA :(.
2. Fake Food
During my mother's childhood, things were changing in the American diet--and it wasn't for the better.
I remember my mother telling me that when she was young, they would get margarine delivered to their homes.
The fake fat was in a bag that had yellow "goo" in it. They would squeeze and massage the bag in their hands to distribute the artificial yellow color throughout the artificial fat.
White flour (nothing more than grains with the healthy germ and bran removed, and sometimes with vitamins added), white sugar (calories with absolutely no nutrition added), artificial colors, trans-fats, artificial flavors.
You name it. Our food was becoming non-food packaged junk.
Anyone else grow up on Bisquick, American "Cheese", quick bread mixes and more?
Pretty much every time I was sick my mom went to the doctor and asked for antibiotics. Cold--flu--again, you name it.
I wish the doctor would've said no at least every once in awhile.
But I guess doctors thought they were doing the right thing. Could that really be true? Didn't they know there are good bacteria in the gut that shouldn't be assaulted over and over again?
I avoid antibiotics almost like the plague these days.
Because you want those antibiotics to work if you ever really really need them. Like MRSA and those other big infections.
You can read here how our family Avoided Antibiotics for a Sinus Infection.
Please--try to not take advantage of those "free antibiotics," unless you really need 'em, K?
We all know that our environment has become more and more toxic.
I'd never thought of it before, but it really appears that toxins affect gut health.
One of the toxins I was exposed to a lot in my childhood was cigarette smoke.
My parents smoked. A lot. I have memories of being in our small black Ford Mustang with the windows up while they enjoyed their cigarettes.
I would beg for them to open the window and they'd open them.
It was never enough.
To this day cigarette smoke is one of the most disgusting smells to me.
I always suspected the smoke had done more damage to me than just to my lungs. Here is evidence that it likely contributes to an unhealthy gut. As if the lung damage wasn't enough, huh?
For more on toxins, check out "Could You Have Heavy Metal Toxicity and Not Know It?"
We all know stress is bad.
Well, we had a lot of it in our home.
I won't share all of the details here, but my childhood home wasn't a happy one.
You read a lot these days about antibiotics and sugar being the big issues that cause intestinal dysbiosis (a bad balance of good and bad bacteria), but stress is also a cause. (Source)
To be clear, I am not sharing this as a complaint against my parents. They had a lot of reasons for doing what they did (including professionals who told them what to do), and we all need grace.
I just thought I should share more about my childhood and the causes of intestinal dysbiosis so that you could know more about my situation and hopefully could prevent the same problems in your family.
And again, I am not a doctor or a medical professional. I am relating my experience just to share them with you. You shouldn't change your diet or any exercise program, or take supplements without consulting your physician, OK :)?
For an interesting read on food and gut dysbiosis (and one theory about how to heal it), check out the wildly popular Gut and Psychology Syndrome. I'll be sharing more about my journey later.
For more, read Busting a Popular Gut Health Myth.
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Got another "cause" to add? Or a "fake food" memory?