Feeling not quite yourself?
You may want to learn about candida. Often thought to be generally a problem for women, candida (yeast overgrowth) plagues both men and women and even children at times. If you’ve ever taken antibiotics, drank excessive alcohol, had a ton of unwanted stress or taken oral contraceptives then that alone makes you a candidate for too much candida.
What are the symptoms?
- Stomach aches and digestive related issues (diarrhea, bloating, constipation)
- Fatigue and feeling run down regardless of getting lots of sleep
- Trouble sleeping
- Seasonal allergies that are much worse than usual
- Poor memory and difficulty focusing
- Fungal infections (skin and nail)
- Mood swings and irritability (anxiety/depression)
- Large amounts of sugar and starch cravings
- Autoimmune diseases present
- Urinary tract infections, sinus and vaginal infections
Candida is from a yeast overgrowth that starts is in your stomach. Yeast occurs naturally in your intestines and is part of the natural flora and becomes unhealthy when it over grows and multiplies to unhealthy levels overtaking the good bacteria. It feeds off of sugar and simple carbohydrates, so eating a diet loaded with these creates the perfect environment for candida to thrive. Chances are if you eat this way all the time, then you will likely have moderate to severe candida ….making you feel less than optimal.
You can get a simple blood test for candida. If the levels are very high then that indicates likely candida. However, the most accurate test is a stool test.
Most doctors don’t test for or treat candida. The most effective way to treat or rule out candida as the cause of your symptoms is to change your diet and lifestyle. Many people do a 21 day diet elimination cleanse, eliminating ALL sugar, fruit and simple carbohydrates from their diet. By doing this, you are removing the food source for the candida which will kill it off and let your good bacteria do it’s job.
Foods to avoid:
Adding healthy amounts of probiotics and prebiotics to your daily diet regimen will also help immensely to create healthy levels of your good flora, especially after taking any courses of antibiotics.
Lower any unnecessary stress in your life and drink lots of water!
You will notice improvements in your symptoms within 3 weeks and get back to being your happy, healthy and energized self!