Candida is a fungus, a form of yeast that lives in minute amounts in our intestines and mouth. Its main function is to aid in digestion and absorbing the nutrients from the foods we eat. It’s estimated that about 70% of all people are afflicted with Canadia overgrowth. Recently, Candida Auris – a candida species superbug, has surfaced as a health threat in several countries, including the US. When candida overproduces, we will start feeling unwell and have a host of negative symptoms. If our pH balance is off and if the candida is not kept in control, it can break through the intestinal wall lining and into the bloodstream. This is not good because it releases byproduct toxins plus other noxious toxins from our bodies which cause leaky gut syndrome.
What Causes Candida
So, what causes an overgrowth of candida in our body? There are several factors that can contribute to this situation significantly.
- Diabetes, both Type 1 & 2 have higher sugar levels which feed candida
- People with a weak immune system or autoimmune disease are at a higher risk of developing a candida problem
- Overusing anti-biotics
- Cancer treatments
- High sugar diet
- Birth control pills
- Chronic stress
- Mercury fillings
Symptoms of Candida
- Feeling tired and chronic fatigue
- Anxiety, depression and low mood
- Digestive issues like gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation
- Vaginal and urinary tract infections – often recurring
- Rectal and vaginal itching
- Poor memory, brain fog and lack of focus
- Nail and skin fungal infections
- Skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and rashes
- Intense sugar cravings
- Food sensitivities
- Sinus infections
- Joint pain
- Hormone imbalance
- Oral thrush
- Acid reflux
- Bleeding gums
- Stomach cramps
- Many more…
Correcting this Condition
Good news is you can fix this problem by getting rid of everything that has contributed to a candida overgrowth and by flushing out your digestive tract. Foods are a big factor, breads, baked goods, milk, high sugar foods and drinks, alcohol, processed foods, glutinous grains, high fructose fruits, moldy nuts and seeds, condiments and many others feed candida.
There are several candida diets and cleanses on the web that you can look over and judge which is best for you. There are also certain foods and supplements you can incorporate into your diet that will speed up the process. Steamed cruciferous veggies, fermented vegetables, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, wild salmon and lemon juice are good for fighting candida. Taking a high quality probiotic is also important because it reinforces your body’s defense system. Other helpful supplements include milk thistle, vitamin C, clove oil, oregano oil, myrrh oil, lavender oil, chlorella, and olive leaf extract.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to offer any medical advice whatsoever. If you have any health concerns, see your healthcare provider.