Candida is one of the fungus carefully positioned by God in our mouth and intestine for the sole purpose of helping out with digestion. It is also a form of yeast.
Candida was originally placed in our body in just the right amount, but once its production gets out of hand, it can collapse the wall of the intestine and infiltrate the blood stream thus depositing toxic by-products which are harmful and results in leaky guts. It can cause a number of health problem ranging from digestive issues to depression.
HOW DO YOU GET CANDIDA OVERGROWTH?
Everyone already has Candida, but only in the right amount. So it is not just something you catch like the flu. So it is important to realise that Candida is a micro organism naturally present in your guts that helps you stay well and fit.
Candida And Your Meals
Candida is a yeast that needs sugar to flourish, which includes sugar itself, foods containing sugar, and any food that converts to sugar. Foods made with flours and alcohol, all contribute to Candida Overgrowth.
A normal functioning immune system should be able to avoid the overgrowth of candida. However, a sugar-rich diet weakens the immune system and create the perfect atmosphere for Candida to overgrow.
Majorly responsible for the outbreak of Candida, It exterminates all the bacteria for which it is prescribed including the friendly ones living in your body. This thus leaves the body vulnerable to harmful bacteria and fungi such as the fast-growing candida which flourishes the intestine as soon as possible thus causing problem.
Candida And Stress
Excessive stress which affects the body can also create a conducive platform for Candida to attack. In response to stress, the body releases cortisol, a hormone that raises the blood level sugar and depresses the immune system. The Candida thrives on the extra sugar released whole the body’s immune system is powerless to stop it since it is weak.
Candida and Contraceptives
For some victims, Candida overgrowth can be traced to the contraceptive pills. God in his wisdom positioned various micro organism in the tummy to process and digest food. This organism depends on the right balance of chemicals to perform optimally. But this balance can be disturbed by the pills which give way for candida attack to outgrow its competitors in the gut.
Candida and Chlorine
Chlorine murders the bacteria in your guts and weakens the immune system. This gives the small number of Candida yeast cell present to outgrow which is particularly found in drinking water.
Excess alcohol kills off friendly bacteria, and creates the platform for Candida overgrowth. Besides, alcohol is a yeast by-product which serve as a nutrient for which candida can overgrow and flourish
SYMPTOMS OF CANDIDA OVERGROWTH
Candida overgrowth may be pretty difficult to diagnose because it exhibits different symptoms in people. But if you are concerned about the Candida overgrowth, below are some symptoms to watch out for:
Exhibiting extreme tiredness, coupled with headaches, joint pains etc., that hours of sleep is not helping, you may have the Chronic fatigue Syndrome. Over the years, The Candida overgrowth has expressed itself in the form of Chronic fatigue Syndrome, although, may not be the only cause.
Experiencing dramatic mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks or depression, It may be an indication of the Candida overgrowth
Urinary Tract Infections
Worthy of note is the fact that Candida can be transferred sexually. Therefore people undergoing repeated infections in the urinary tract may be victim of Candida overgrowth.
Intestinal distress could be a signal of the Candida overgrowth. Experiencing consistent flatulence, diarrhoea, bloating, constipation or, and stomach upset might all be indication that a healthy bacteria is missing in the digestive tract.
Nail infection like athletes foot are also common indication that there could be a Candida attack
Besides mood swings and fatigue, brain fog is often one of the indication of the Candida overgrowth as it can cause poor focus, poor concentration and poor memory
- Autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, , Ulcerative colitis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis etc.
- Skin infections like rashes, psoriasis, hives and eczema
- Intense seasonal allergies or itchy ears
- Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate craving
- White coated tongue
- Dry mouth and bad breath
- Frequent urination
- Poor Sexual drive etc