What is Candida?
Don't be alarmed but actually we all have Candida in our bodies! Candida Albicans is a fungus or form or yeast that lives in our mouth and intestines. The Candida albicans population is kept under control by the friendly bacteria in our gut but the problem is most of us have a diet high on sugars and carbohydrates that leads to candida overgrowth.
Causes of Candida:
Over the last few decades our modern diet of process foods and sweets has increased the occurrence of Candida. Candida over growth develops by living a lifestyle high on Carbohydrates, sugars, alcohol, antibiotics or lengthy periods of stress at work. All of these factors weaken our immune system and intestinal wall. Candida penetrates into the bloodstream and releases toxic by products to our body. These toxic by products spread causing damage to our tissues and organs.
When our Candida is out of control undesirable symptoms such as weight gain, food cravings, fatigue, joint pain, headaches, and even depression arouse. Candida is often misdiagnosed because it can affect sufferers in different ways and in different part of their body.
Possible ways that you might feel: Inability to focus, brain fog, irritability, anger, dizziness, depression, panic attacks, low libido, persistent extreme fatigues, hyperactivity, cravings for sweets and alcohol, insomnia, poor coordination.
Digestive system symptoms: Acid Reflux, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach cramps, indigestion, Mucus in stool, hemorrhoids, itching anus.
Skin: Acne, cysts, hives, night sweats, eczema, dermatitis, fungal infection of the nails and skin, athlete’s foot, body odor.
Your mouth: Thrush, swollen lower lip, halitosis, metallic taste in mouth, bleeding gums, cracked tongue.
Respiratory system: Persistent cough, Mucus in throat, sore throat, sinus congestion, flu like symptoms, hay fever symptoms, sinusitis, and asthma.
Ears and eyes: Eye pain, itchy eyes, sensitivity to light, ringing in ears.
Genital/ urinary system: Reoccurring yeast infection, reoccurring Uti’s, cystitis, menstrual irregularities.
How to treat it?
Eliminate or diminish the starchy, sugary carb filled foods from your diet. Eliminate or diminish unnecessary pills, cigarettes, alcohol and other bad habits that provoke excess candida in your system. This is the first step to tackle this disease.
Cleanse yourself, clean your body. Replenish your life with nourishing foods and the right probiotics to keep yourself from being a target of this uncomfortable disease.
Foods to eat:
Vegetables (steamed or grilled): Vegetables starve the candida of the sugar and mold that feed it. Cook your veggies in coconut oil. Coconut oil is heat stable and also a powerful antifungal.
Lettuce (all types)
Avoid starchy vegetables and all beans-except green beans.
Add garlic and onions they are extra helpful and add lots of flavor.
Herbs and spices: They Improve digestion and constipation and they also contain antioxidants and anti-fungal properties, increase circulation and reduce inflammation.
Manage the die-off: The die-off is simply the mass death of pathogenic organisms residing in the body. Living yeast causes symptoms by releasing toxic metabolic by-products into your body. Unfortunately, as you kill them they will temporarily release even larger amounts of these toxins.
Feeling some of your symptoms worsen a bit after beginning the Candida diet might be alarming but this is just a part of the process of making yourself healthier and strengthening your immune system. We recommend you drink plenty of water, Milk thistle for your liver and Vitamin C. If the die-off is too strong cut back on the antifungal but continue with your healthy diet.