Gin Sukapaap Dee

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Archive for May, 2011

Orgathai

Posted by billzant on May 23, 2011

Gee has started a new online store – Orgathai, check it out.

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Candida

Posted by billzant on May 23, 2011

I am convinced that excess yeast is quite endemic as a health problem. Yeast balance is essential in the human digestive system but bad diet means the yeast proliferates. I first came across candida when I had migraines, and a homeopath put me on candida diet. It helped but I didn’t follow it through. Since I have been eating cheewajit migraines have gone but I am convinced that yeast produces fatigue on occasions. Excess yeast is caused by antibiotics but also alcohol and sweet stuffs provide the internal conditions for the yeast to grow.

Thailand is mixed with regards to remedies for candida. You need to promote good bacteria in your digestive system, one supplement that does this is probiotics. This was why I contacted Natural and Premium as they had a good but expensive Herbal Pro probiotic drink. I can also order probiotics from Good Karma, but I can’t buy it locally.

However there are some good products that promote  good bacteria available. Mostly umeboshi plums, 60 baht for a big  jar from the market, known as Chinese plums called buai. I can also get some nice lime pickles, again 60 baht from the market.  There are diushes Thais make which are sour, this also helps produce a good digestive environment. With the rejuvelac this helps a great deal, but I wanted more.

For example there is no natural yoghourt – with acidophilis. And I wanted to make kefir but cannot get the starter. This is a problem for other fermented drinks such as kombucha tea – I cannot get starters. I wish the online stores would look into this starter issues.

Addendum

I have moved much further on with pH balance and candida – please see fermentation page. I am always conscious of fermented products in my diet – usually drink.

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Organic – almost

Posted by billzant on May 23, 2011

I recently tried to be completely organic- apart from eating out once or twice a week. I have to say it failed and I have gone back to half and half. This move to organic was sparked by a new stall here – I think the lady who runs it is diabetic. This went well for a while – able to get cheap pak bung (morning glory) daily, together with other veg occasionally. Then the leaves stopped, and now I don’t visit her daily. There is still Aden, but she does not have enough variety.

I supplemented this with organic veg sent from Bangkok – http://www.npfood.com/, but this got too messy. I would order the food during the week, and after an interchange of emails the food would be delivered to the local bus station via minibus. I stopped this because a change of staff meant the time changed, and the bus drivers would just leave my box with the shoe shop – and not the bus company lady. Too risky. Natural and Premium did provide organic food, but it was not enough and not convenient enough. I did contact Rangsit organic farm, and they were helpful but there would have been the same problem with logistics and expense.

So it is still frustrating that I live in a  rural area, a major fruit region of Thailand, and I cannot get organic food. I should do it myself – no excuse really.

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