- Cravings for sweets or starches
- Bad breath or body odor
- Persistent cough, sore throat
- Brain fog
- Mood swings
- Joint pain
- Loss of sex drive
- Chronic sinus and allergy issues
- Gas, bloating, heartburn or constipation
- Weak immune system/repeated infections
You may have been given some type of medication (pain relievers, antibiotics, acid reducers, antidepressants, etc.), told to go on a diet, or maybe even that it’s all in your head!
But I’d be willing to bet that your problems continued, right?
Well, there's a good reason for that.
The reason is that a whole slew of seemingly unrelated symptoms can be caused by yeast (Candida) overgrowth in your body.
And all the prescription drugs in the world won't touch it--that's why your symptoms keep coming back.
Here is what you must know about...
Candida—the house guest with a dark side
Yeast (Candida) is always present in your body, and it does serve a valid function--killing harmful bacteria in your intestinal tract.
As long as you have a healthy gut environment, Candida is kept under control and does what it's supposed to do.
The problem arises when Candida grows out of control--then this relatively harmless yeast becomes a fungal monster that can make you very sick.
There are about 154 different species of Candida, but Candida albicans is usually the culprit that causes health problems.
From benign yeast to harmful fungus
When Candida transforms from yeast to fungus, it eats away at your intestinal walls and makes them too porous. This allows Candida, plus any poorly digested food molecules, toxins and wastes in your intestinal tract to seep into your bloodstream.
This can cause rashes, food intolerances, brain fog, skin/nail infections and genitourinary infections in both men and women.
In addition, two toxic substances - ethanol and acetaldehyde - are produced, which hamper your red blood cells' ability to flow into the capillaries, and can lead to migraines, muscle aches, and fatigue.
These toxins also impair your white blood cells' ability to fight infections, and can also trigger allergies, skin rashes, acne, and slow healing.
A Candida self-assessment
The important thing to realize is that once you have symptoms, that's a sign Candida is already out of control in your body.
Here's a self-assessment to see if Candida may be a problem for you:
- Taken a long course of antibiotics, or multiple courses over a short period of time?
- Suffered from persistent prostatitis, vaginitis or other genital infections?
- Taken birth control pills?
- Taken steroids like prednisone?
- Been treated for cancer with chemotherapy or radiation?
- Craved bread, sugar or alcohol?
- Been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS or an autoimmune condition?
- Frequently felt fatigued, lethargic, dizzy or disconnected?
- Suffered from poor memory or concentration, loss of sexual desire or mood swings?
- Suffered from constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, bloating or gas?
- Had foot, hair or body odor that persists after bathing?
- Had persistent bad breath, nasal congestion, rash in your mouth or sore throat?
- Suffered from persistent cough, chest pain or wheezing?
- Experienced frequent urination or burning with urination?
- Had persistent toenail or fingernail discoloration?
As you would suspect, the more “Yes” answers you have, the more likely Candida is an issue for you.
How to help stop Candida overgrowth
If you suspect Candida is wreaking havoc in your body, here are ways to help:
Eliminate sugars and refined carbohydrates
Candida yeast feed on sugar and refined carbohydrates. So when you eliminate these foods from your diet, you deprive Candida of the food source it needs to multiply.
Read labels carefully, as sugars are hiding in many foods and condiments.
Focus on consuming good carbohydrates like vegetables and legumes.
In addition, although they can be very healthy, fruits are high in sugar and whole grains can feed Candida too, so they are best avoided for at least a month or until you have Candida under control.
Support a healthy flora balance.
The beneficial bacteria in your intestinal tract help to keep Candida under control and support your immune system, but they can only do this if there is a healthy enough population of them.
A high quality, multi-strain probiotic formula can provide a much-needed intestinal flora boost for your body, and help ensure your army of good guys stays strong.
Look for a product that includes the strains Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus acidophilus—they have been shown to be extremely effective in fighting Candida.
Use coconut oil
Coconut oil can effectively fight Candida due to its antimicrobial properties, plus it’s a good stable fat for cooking.
Talk to your doctor
If you are on birth control pills, steroids or antibiotics, talk to your doctor about alternatives.