Candida. The only experience many of us ladies have with this microbe is when we get a yeast infection. But candida is more than just the microbe that turns into uncomfortable yeast infections. Candida is a yeast that is a ‘normal’ part of your body’s digestive system but when it is allowed to grow unchecked it can lead to a whole slew of problems. A yeast infection is just one of the many symptoms that can be attributed to candida overgrowth and just because you don’t have that symptom doesn’t mean your in the clear. 1 out of every 3 people in the US have an overgrowth of candida. Read on and find out what to look for and what to do about it!
10 Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
Severe seasonal/food/general allergies or itchy ears
Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, brain fog, ADD/ADHD
Irritability, anxiety, mood swings or depression
Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
Digestive issues (bloating, nutrient malabsorption, constipation or diarrhea)
Skin issues (eczema, acne, hives, rashes, psoriasis)
Autoimmune illnesses (Ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Multiple sclerosis, Scleroderma or Psoriasis)
Skin and fungal nail infections (athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
Strong sugar and carbohydrate cravings
Vaginal infections, painful/irregular periods, urinary tract infections, vaginal or anal itching
Sounds like a commercial for the latest prescription pill right?? There are a few more but I think these 10 gives you an idea as to how candida can have various effects on your body. The 1 in 3 statistic isn’t surprising given our society’s overuse of these:
diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugars/junk food (feed the candida)
alcohol and street drugs
living a high stress lifestyle
What to do to effectively treat candida??
Stop the yeast overgrowth; restore friendly bacteria and heal your gut.
Eliminate processed and refined carbohydrates and sugars from your diet. Sugars feed the yeast and refined carbs like candy, dessert, bagels, flour and alcohol are simple sugars and should be avoided for 2-3 months in order to allow your body time to kill off the candida and heal itself.
Add a Caprylic Acid supplement to your routine. Caprylic acid is found in coconut oil and kills off the yeast by poking holes in the cells walls causing it to die.
Drink a tea infusion made from Pau d’Arco 3 times a day. Steep the tea bag in 6 ounces of boiling water for 3 minutes. It is better to not add any sweeteners but if you must, add only 1 drop of Stevia.
Add a good, high quality probiotic supplement, with 25-100 billion CFUs, to your routine. Probiotics help restore the good bacteria in your digestive system - use them regularly.
Candida is not easily eradicated (it has a way of hiding from meds) but by using a multi-prong approach to healing your body you will greatly improve your health and wellness. Eliminating inflammatory foods is key to keeping candida from re-establishing itself in your digestive tract. Just a few (seemingly) small changes will have a big impact on every part of your body! What do you have to lose?? But even more importantly, what do you have to gain?? :)
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