Do you have sugar, carb or alcohol cravings? Got body fat that won’t budge? Do you 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 disease-causing microbes. Problems occur when your good bacteria is destroyed, allowing for Candida overgrowth or Candidiasis. Without the right balance of microorganisms, this nasty yeast is quick to multiply and wreak havoc in the body.
As Candida grows into fungal form it develops long, root-like tendrils that not only attach to your intestinal walls, but actually burry themselves in your intestinal lining. This destruction allows for toxic substances to enter your blood. Proteins and other foods can now damage the immune system, creating food sensitivities/allergies and leaky gut.
Before you go to bed at night, place a glass of water by your bathroom sink. As soon as you wake up the next morning, spit into your glass. Make sure you do NOT put anything else in your mouth beforehand.
After 15 minutes, check your saliva using the picture as a reference. Does it sink to the bottom, break into tiny specks, have stringy rope-like legs or float to the top? Check every 15 minutes for about an hour. If your spit floats, then you’re most likely free of Candidiasis. If you see legs, specks or a blob of saliva at the bottom, then Candidiasis is likely present.
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 effect the sinuses, gut, feet, nails, mouth, ears, skin folds, and vaginal tract.
Causes of Candida Overgrowth
Candida overgrowth is caused by the following factors that destroy beneficial gut flora, and/or weaken the immune system and/or promote the growth of yeast…
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.
Diets high in processed foods, sugars and refined carbs (breads and baked goods) provide the perfect environment for yeast to feast and increase.
Hormonal imbalances, particularly estrogen dominance often caused by contraceptive Pills and Hormone Replacement Therapy, promote the growth of yeast. Copper IUDs, plastics and many commonly used chemicals also have an estrogen-like effect on the body and are best avoided.
Stress, lack of sleep, poor diet and many other factors can result in a weakened immune system. When the body is chronically or highly stressed, it goes into “flight or fight” mode, which increases blood sugar levels, allowing for Candidiasis to feed on sugar and grow.
Toxic to the body, mercury weakens the immune system and contributes to poor gut health.
A lack of balance in the gut microbiome can allow Candida to thrive.