THE POSSIBLE ROLE OF CANDIDA IN CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR HEALTH PROBLEMS


Candida albicans is a yeast-like fungus that is a normal inhabitant of our intestinal tract that is generally “kept in check” by the beneficial (lactic) bacteria that is also present.

It’s when the level of Candida albicans is not “kept in check” that we can begin to experience health problems associated with the overgrowth; health problems that are often times overlooked as being contributed to by an overgrowth.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CAUSES OF AN OVERGROWTH?

  • The use of antibiotics; they not only kill off the germs causing the infection but they also kill off the “good” (beneficial) gut bacteria allowing the “bad” bacteria to take over

  • Birth control pills; can lead to estrogen dominance causing an overgrowth

  • The use of steroids (cortisone type drugs) can encourage the growth of Candida

  • A diet high in sugar; sugar feeds the “yeasty beasties” and causes and overgrowth

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH AN OVERGROWTH?

The symptoms of candida overgrowth are vast and can vary from person to person; some of the major symptoms include:

  • Fatigue or lethargy

  • Feeling of being “depleted”

  • Poor memory

  • Feeling “spacey” or “unreal”

  • Depression

  • Numbness, burning or tingling

  • Muscle aches

  • Muscle weakness or paralysis

  • Pain and/or swelling in joints

  • Abdominal pain

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Bloating

  • Troublesome vaginal discharge

  • Persistent vaginal burning or itching

  • Impotence

  • Loss of sexual feeling

  • Endometriosis

  • Premenstrual tension

  • Spots in front of the eyes

  • Erratic vision

  • Oral thrush (white coating covering the tongue)

Some of the other symptoms that may also occur commonly with yeast-connected illness include the following;

(*these may also occur commonly in people who do not have candida)

  • Drowsiness

  • Irritability or jitteriness

  • Incoordination

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Frequent mood swings

  • Headache

  • Dizziness/loss of balance

  • Pressure above the ears… feeling of head swelling or tingling

  • Itching

  • Rashes

  • Heartburn

  • Indigestion

  • Belching and intestinal gas

  • Mucous in stools

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Dry mouth

  • Cough

  • Sore or dry throat

  • Bad breath

  • Nasal congestion or discharge

WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU HAVE AN OVERGROWTH OF THESE ‘YEASTIE BEASTIES” (CANDIDA)

Diet alone will not work because sugars of all kinds are the natural food for the candida organism, this includes starches and fermented foods of all kinds; to starve the candida organism would also mean starving the body. Therefore the best way to deal with an overgrowth is to incorporate all of the following:

1) Reduce your consumption of the following foods:

  • Sugary foods including fruits and fruit juices as they are naturally high in sugar (limit these to a couple per day)

  • Alcohol, coffee and tea (as well as other caffeinated beverages)

  • Vinegar and other fermented foods

2. Restoring intestinal immunity

  • Probiotics (Acidophilus) is a good bacteria (the type found in good quality plain yogurt) that will help to restore intestinal immunity

  • Fibre (Flaxmeal, psyllium powder or a similar fibre) is important to keep the colon clean so that candida is eliminated from the body

3. Killing off excess candida in the gut

  • A candida cleanse (you can do a 1-2 day liquid only cleanse but I prefer the 3 day cleanse that involves eliminating grains, sugars, starches and alcohol and eating mostly steamed fresh and organic vegetables with some leafy greens or bitter greens)

  • A supplement formula such as New Roots Candida Stop

4. Empowering the immune system

  • Add foods like sweet potato, blueberries, broccoli, healthy fats (fatty fish, avocado, nuts) and garlic

  • Choose green tea over coffee and other caffeinated beverages

  • Drink plenty of good quality drinking water (aim for 8 8oz glasses per day)

  • Ensure your adrenals are well supported

Get in touch and I can help you with any of your Candida related concerns! Click here for an overview of all of my services or here to send me an e-mail

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