Thursday Thankfulness

image Cranberry juice!  I am SO thankful for cranberry juice, you wouldn’t believe!  But I’m going to tell you anyway.

See, I thought I’d developed a bad case of dry skin after I stopped nursing a couple of years ago.  Scaly, flaky patches that drove me crazy.  They’d itch and I felt … let’s just say yucky and leave it at that, shall we?  I tried lotions galore, hoping to alleviate the condition.  I even switched to a dry skin soap for my face, hoping that would help.

It didn’t.

Then I noticed I seemed to be losing an unusual amount of hair.  Darc made fun of “the Wookie on the floor,” but still, it was kind of unnerving.  If you knew how vain I am about my hair, you’d understand the horror that was growing inside me.  I thought maybe it was hormones – the MiniNess was a late baby, I nursed her a long time, maybe those chemicals were really going wonky.  I grabbed a ton of books from the library about early onset menopause.  My personal nightmare.  I went through all those books and you know what I found?  I didn’t have a blessed symptom.  Whew!

Uh-oh.  What if it’s like … cancer … or something?  Like cancer of the pituitary, or thyroid, or adrenal glands?  Or ovaries? 

Oh that’ll make one go into a tailspin. 

Then, I got a small flash of recurrence of a condition on my hand that I thought I’d taken care of years ago.  See, I used to get this thing, where my hands would swell up and get all itchy, they’d get red and then blister, like air blisters, then the skin would peel off my palms and what was left would get all dry and hard and painful.  It wasn’t affected by seasons, or detergents or anything like that.  People would suggest “contact dermatitis” but that didn’t fit my symptoms.  Because it itched so bad, one time I decided to just use an anti-fungal cream on my hands and lo and behold, they got better.  That was at least 12-15 years ago and I never had another recurrence. 

Until recently.  It wasn’t too bad but still, I started doing some research, now that there is such a thing as the Internet and I can do that sort of thing.

I first did a search on what’s commonly known as athlete’s foot, and ringworm, since that’s a fungal infection and anti-fungal cream cured me last time.  Didn’t fit my symptoms at all.  I went on to other fungal infections and right away, yeast came up.

Now, it wasn’t like that.  Everyone hears “yeast infection” and right away their mind jumps to something that pertains to women, but that wasn’t the case with me.  Just a TMI FYI.  Anyway.

Candida (yeast) infections can take tons of forms, including hands, face, elbows, knees, toes, scalp … anywhere you have skin is susceptible to getting a yeast infection.  The yeast lives on the fatty acids of the body, especially those produced from Omega 6 fatty acids, and the flaking and scaling and itching are symptoms.  So is hair loss if the infection is on the scalp.  It looks like a bad case of dandruff but it’s not.  How gross does that sound?  How gross did I feel? 

This is what I learned:

  • You can kill a dandruff yeast infection by leaving Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue on your head overnight.
  • Taking Omega 3 capsules will counteract the effects of too many Omega 6 fatty acids in the body and help get rid of a yeast infection by depriving it of its “food” source
  • Cranberry juice has properties that kill off yeast infections

Long story short, my skin is almost back to what it was in high school.  No more itchies, no more flakies, no more scalies.  And my hair seems to have slowed its falling out process and I’ve noticed some new stuff growing in where it was getting thin.  Now, it took at least 2 weeks before I started noticing any improvements, and another 2-4 weeks before I felt like I’d beaten it.  Yeast is stubborn and it almost feels like it fights back. 

So if you think you are dealing with dry skin, try drinking a glass of cranberry juice every day for a month, see what happens. 

I think I’ll drink a glass every day for the rest of my life, I am so thankful for it.  And it helps with lots of other things too, apparently.  It seems to have great immunity and medical properties.  One of those wonder foods, like honey.  🙂

Cranberry juice, my thankful for the week.  Heck, for the entire year!

So what’s your gratitude thing this week?

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  1. whatigotsofar

    I’m thankful for my rediscovery of loganberry juice.
    Loganberry is a mutant berry, some form of hybrid of the black and rasp varieties of berry. The loganberry has an adamantium skeleton and regenerative properties. It has been seen smoking cigars and can often be heard saying “Hey bub.”

    Loganberry juice sounds awesome! I want some. But, it won’t make me do that Logan’s Run thing, will it?


    • whatigotsofar

      What do you think that glowing thing in the guy’s hand was? It was a loganberry.

      I knew it! That’s what I was afraid of!


  2. Onyx

    Well I’m glad you figured it out! Sounds pretty yucky, I’ve heard of rogue yeast infections on the body, first time when I was 19 – met a man who had it in his arm pit area! I was shocked to learn that they could occur… elsewhere, and on males no less!

    Cranberry juice, not my favourite thing to drink, but is also very beneficial for bladder and urinary tract infections.

    I never cared for the tartness of it, but you know, I like nice skin more than I dislike tart. 😉

    This week, I’m thankful for my free trial on Netflix. I’ve been looking for a copy of “Of Mice and Men” on DVD (or hell, even VHS, I’d find someone with a VCR to let me watch it on) in store for years. It’s one of Matt’s all time facourite movies, and it’s my absolute favourite book. I’d tried ordering it in, looking for it in cheapy dump bins, renting it – all to no avail. However, the other night, we found it on the listings for Netflix, and I was finally able to watch it. I cried, and cried, and cried as each awful, and sad scene went by, (hard to watch when you know what sad scenes are coming up) and it was wonderful. It’s now added to my list of favourite movies, but still, in my opinion, the best book I’ve ever read.

    Having been a “victim” of watching a movie again after several years and feeling like I must have seen a different movie the 1st time, I envy you. It’s great that it was as good as you remembered and that you still love it so much. 🙂


  3. I don’t know the word for it, but I love it when we use foods to get our bodies back into balance. Naturopathy? Dunno. Anyway, I’m going to try that. (And I might have to pick up some of WIGSF’s loganberry while I’m there.) I knew cranberry was good for infections, but I didn’t know that about yeast. Cool.

    I don’t know what it’s called either, but I do know that I am a believer in homeopathic things sometimes too. Whatever works, right? I’ve also ready about habanero peppers able to treat cancer.

    I’m thankful for money. Well, having more than usual at this time of year. I don’t mean to rub it in, we haven’t won the lottery or anything, but it just seems like things are less tight than in autumns past, and I can’t quite figure out why. I’m not going to question. It’s nice.

    Enjoy it while you can! That’s definitely one of those things to be grateful for! 🙂 Finding a little breathing room is a definite bonus.


  4. Shawn

    It was my eight year anniversary. I’ve got a gorgeous, awesome wife with whom I am ridiculously compatible.

    It’s good to be me all year ’round, but I spent the last week taking inventory of how lucky I am to have such a great partner reinforcing the foundation of every other blessing in my life.

    Well congratulations to you and YBW! Isn’t that an amazing feeling, that sense of compatibility? It does make everything else in life seem better somehow. 🙂 I am happy for both of you. Here’s to 80 more! Slainte!


  5. Do you drink sweetened cranberry juice? Once every two or three years I’ll get a wicked UTI, and after the antibiotics are done I’ll go through a couple of bottles of unsweetened cran, diluted in water. It’s gross, but it does the job.

    I don’t think I could drink it unsweetened, even if I held my nose! You’re a brave soul! I get the regular Ocean Spray, or Northland brands. Those seem to be the ones with the highest percentage of real juice. They are also finding that cranberry juice can help with ulcers and tooth decay, among other infectious types of things. It really is amazing stuff, I’m discovering. 🙂


  6. Hey we have the same two remedies: Cranberry juice and honey. My brother in Iowa sends me honey from his bees. His daughter, Anna, is on the label. She’s 6. She helps put the honey into the bear bottles. They are so sticky and 6 year-old cute.

    Mmmm, homegrown honey sounds positively amazing! What a bounty!

    I so agree with Sherrie about money; WIGSF about ligonberry. I’d get some ligonberry but I just can’t deal with one more person right now.

    I second that!

    And round up the usual suspects. I’m still grateful them and I’m not referring to warm socks in winter.

    We’re grateful for you too! *hugs*


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  8. I love cranberry juice. And it is good for you! I knew that too. Cranberry juice reminds me of my grandmother because she always had some in the fridge.

    Tomorrow I will buy some again. It’s been a while.

    I’m thankful for my birthday because I’m glad to be here.

    I’m glad you’re here too. 🙂


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