Some useful information about Candida overgrowth
Candida overgrowth is an infectious condition which some people experience. This can be as a result of unhealthy lifestyles from their own part. Candida can be a nasty type of infection to deal with at the best of times, but when the situation gets out of hand, then that infected person is in for some serious trouble. In this post, i will giving some useful and important information on Candida overgrowth. If you reading this, i will advice you read to the end and take some important notes, or otherwise you can bookmark this page for easy reference.
What is Candida?
Candida is simply a fungus, which is a form of yeas. It is a normal flora of the mouth and intestine. Its function is to aid digestion and nutrient absorption, but when it is in much quantities, it is capable of breaking down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the blood stream. When it does this, it releases toxic by-products into your body which leads to leaky intestine. This can result to many different health problems such as digestive issues and depression.
Also read: 5 best ways of preventing digestive problems
What is the cause of candida overgrowth?
On a normal condition, the healthy bacteria found in your intestine normally control your candida level and keep it in check. But there are several factors that can lead to an overgrowth in the candida population, which are as follows:
- :Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feed the yeast)
- Consuming a lot of alcohol
- Taking oral contraceptives
- Eating a diet high in beneficial fermented foods like Kombucha, sauerkraut and pickles
- Living a high-stress lifestyle
- Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria
- Now we have seen some causes of Candida overgrowth, let us look at some common symptoms that can be easily detected.
10 Common symptoms of Candida overgrowth
- Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
- Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhoea
- Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
- Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
- Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
- Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
- Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
- Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
How do you test for Candida overgrowth?
1. Blood test
You will need to check your levels for IgG, IgA, and IgM candida anti-bodies. These can be checked through most any laboratory. High levels indicate an overgrowth of candida. In some cases these can often be negative even when the stool or urine test is positive.
2. Stool testing
The stool test is the most accurate test available. This will check for candida in your colon or lower intestines. The laboratory can usually determine the species of yeast as well as which treatment will be affective. (Note: be sure that your doctor orders a comprehensive stool test rather than the standard stool test).
How to treat Candida Overgrowth?
Treating candida effectively involves stopping the yeast overgrowth, restoring the friendly bacteria that usually keep them in check, and healing your gut so that candida can no longer enter your bloodstream.
Getting rid of the candida overgrowth primarily requires a change in diet to a low carbohydrate diet. Sugar is what feeds yeast, so eliminating sugar in all of its simple forms like candy, desserts, alcohol and flours. And reducing to only one cup a day of the more complex carbohydrates such as grains, beans, fruit, bread, pasta, and potatoes will prevent the Candida from growing and eventually cause it to die. I would also recommend you eliminate all fermented foods as well.
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