Author Archives: Samantha Elkrief

I Listened to My Doctor When I Should Have Listened to My Gut…Literally

By Samantha Elkrief

Regaining my health has been a long journey, one that started back in 2008. I was in my late 20s and was experiencing discomfort that I thought was a potential yeast infection. My doctor, without performing any tests, prescribed Diflucan, a common medication for yeast infections. But the meds didn’t help. In fact, they made things much worse. Every time I took a dose, I developed open sores on m

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How Do You Know If You Have Candida Overgrowth?

By Samantha Elkrief

What is Candida? Candida is a type of yeast that is normal and present in all healthy bodies. Candida only becomes problematic when its growth gets out of control. This can happen for a variety of reasons. In my case it was overuse/overexposure to antibiotics and a high sugar/high carb diet.Yeast is basically fed with sugar, so it is easy to imagine how so many people can have a yeast overgro

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4 Crucial Tips I Used to Battle My Leaky Gut Symptoms

By Samantha Elkrief

Leaky gut is a relatively new concept to me and to the world at large, really. I was diagnosed with it by a functional medicine doctor about two years ago. Some doctors believe in it, others don’t. Some also refer to it as increased intestinal permeability. The idea behind leaky gut is that due to some form of stress on the intestines, the intestinal lining is damaged and becomes more permeable.

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