Do you have sugar, carb or alcohol cravings? Got body fat that won’t budge? Feel fatigued and foggy headed?
Learn how you can improve your gut and digestive health to keep Candida in check.
What is Candida?
Candida is a yeast that is part of your gut flora. Everyone has Candida, which good bacteria keeps in check, along with other microbes. Problems occur when good bacteria are destroyed, allowing for Candida overgrowth or Candidiasis. With gut dysbiosis, this yeast is quick to multiply and wreak havoc on your health.
As Candida grows it develops root-like tendrils that attach to and even bury themselves in, your intestinal lining. This allows for toxins to enter your blood, which creates immune issues, food sensitivities/allergies, and leaky gut.
Signs of Candida Overgrowth
Symptoms may include: fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, chest pain, headaches, sinus problems, bloating, gas, indigestion, abdominal pain, acne, rashes, itching, skin problems, white film on the tongue, fungus on fingernails or feet, dizziness, urinary infections, depression, mood swings, cravings (especially for alcohol, breads, sweets), liver congestion and gallbladder dysfunction. Infections most commonly affect the sinuses, gut, feet, nails, mouth, ears, skin folds, and vaginal tract.
Test, don’t guess. Rather than trying to treat Candida, get to the root cause of why Candida was able to overgrow in the first place. This will be much more effective and eliminate your symptoms at the source. Functional labs can be especially beneficial for identifying underlying issues. Contact Cate for details.
Contributors to Candida Overgrowth
Antibiotic Overuse — Antibiotics kill the bad AND good bacteria in your gut but have zero effect on Candida. Select alternative treatments when possible and supplement with a high quality probiotic to promote healthy flora.
Poor Diet — Diets high in processed foods, sugars and refined carbs (bread and baked goods) provide the perfect environment for yeast to feast and increase.
Estrogen Dominance — Hormonal imbalances, particularly estrogen dominance often caused by contraceptive Pills and Hormone Replacement Therapy, promote yeast overgrowth. Copper IUDs, plastics, and many commonly used chemicals also have an estrogen-like effect on the body and are best avoided.
Weakened Immunity — Stress, lack of sleep, poor diet and many other factors can weaken immunity and increase blood sugar levels, allowing for Candidiasis to grow.
Heavy Metals — Toxic to the body, heavy metals weaken the immune system and contribute to poor gut health.
Gut Dysbiosis — A lack of balance in the gut microbiome can allow Candida to thrive.