Xylitol

One of the big challenges for me, as if celiac’s disease isn’t enough, is trying to rid my body of fungus.  Once it’s in your nasal cavity and buried in the pockets and layers of your intestine, getting it gone is a very drawn out process.  At this point, I can’t say it is possible to completely remove it but I can tell you I’m going to keep trying.  Each thing I discover that improves my chances in ridding myself of fungus are to be celebrated.

I’m always researching to learn more.  In one of my spates of learning I ran across an advertisement for a “natural miracle” killer for this, that and the other thing.  It was one of those “this will cure everything” lures to try and get you to fork out money for a “report” on this new wonder.  Uh, not my money, thank you.  I’ll research and see what I can find.  Apparently I’m not alone in my feeling that information should be freely shared as the information was pretty readily available.  I just needed to know to look for it.

It turns out these “natural wonder drugs” are various forms of sugar.  Yup, sugar.  One of these natural sugars is xylitol, birch tree sugar, like maple syrup is maple sugar.  Xylitol looks like sugar, it tastes like sugar but, unlike other natural sugars, contains nothing upon which fungus can feed.  Yipee!  Sugar I can eat, cook with and add it to my coffee.  Awesome!  Okay, it’s also a bit pricey at about $5 a pound but between no sugar and expensive sugar, guess which I’m going to choose.  I buy it 10 pounds at a time from the health food store and get a bulk discount.

Sugar and carbohydrates are a prime source of food for fungus but going sugarless isn’t a very good option and is a really sucky option for children.  I can cut out the worst of the carbs (fruits and grains) but to not have sweetener in what I bake or in my coffee is a pretty stiff standard to carry through everyday life.  For a child it would be impossible.  Let’s hear it for xylitol.