Signs You Have Candida Overgrowth & How To Tackle It

 

 

Candidasis also known as Yeast overgrowth is a common infection many people deal with and its symptoms can be very disturbing.Candida is a form of fungi that resides in the mouth and intestines in very small quantities.Most species of the organism are harmless to human body infact some even aid digestion and nutrient absorption within the digestive tract,meaning candida is very important for our health and wellbeing,but the overproduction of this organism is extremely dangerous because it breaks down the wall of the intestine,invade the bloodstream and send out toxic by products into the system,thereby giving rise to a condition known as Candidiasis .This toxins travel to specific regions of the body such as skin,genitals,throat,mouth and the blood.

  •  Candidiasis that affects the mouth is known as Oral Candididasis or Thrush
  • Candidiasis that affects the genital region is known as Vulvovaginal yeast infection
  •  Its termed Candidemia when it invades the bloodstream.Also called Invasive candidemia.

Causes Of Candida Overgrowth?

  • Refined sugars and Carbohydrate

Over-consumption of refined sugars and carbohydrates may give candida enough fuel to kick start its rise to overgrowth because candida eats sugars which are present in products bought from the store,so if we have lot of sugar in the blood,we have given the yeast more food to feed on,at the same time high blood sugar reduces the immune system making it harder to fight off the yeast infection.

  • Abuse of Antibiotics

Here in Nigeria,Antibiotics have been abused by so many ,don’t forget that antibiotics don’t just kill the bad bacteria they also kill the good ones leaving your body open to invaders(infections). The use of short courses of oral antibiotics seems to increase prevalence of asymptomatic vaginal Candida colonization and incidence of symptomatic Vulvovaginal candidasis {1}

  • Hormonal Imbalance

it is notable that women are more vulnerable to candida than men,this is believed to be caused by hormonal imbalance.Its very easy for the  intestinal ecosystem to be disrupted during hormonal changes such as menstruation,pregnancy,birth control pills,menopause.In The Yeast Syndrome, Dr. John Trowbridge, notes that candida growth flares with increase of progesterone {2}

  • Bowel Problems

Conditions such as diarrhea,constipation,worms,leaky gut,heartburn,gas and bloating may trigger a candida overgrowth.An imbalance between gut flora may cause candida overgrowth.

Symptoms Of Candida

  •    Itching or burning sensation in your intimate part
  •    Mood swings or Depression
  •    Vaginal odor or discharge
  •    Chronic Rashes
  •    Constant tiredness or Fatigue
  •    Sinus Infection
  •    Irritability
  •    Headache
  •    Food Allergies
  •    Increased cravings for simple carbohydrates
  •    Yeast infection in your toenails and fingernails
  •    Unexplainable feeling of not being yourself

 

HOW DO I TREAT CANDIDA OVERGROWTH?

As difficult as it is to diagnose so is the process of eradicating candida overgrowth a long journey that requires a dedicated lifestyle change.

1) Strict Diet Control

If you are only going to take one step,please let it be this. As said earlier,Candida feeds on carbohydrates and sugars meaning carbs and sugar need to be removed from our daily diet to prevent further growth of Candida. These are things to eliminate

  • Sugary foods (honey, chocolate, syrup, artificial sweeteners)
  • Sugary fruits ( fresh , dried, canned fruits)
  • Alcohol (High in sugar and it temporarily weakens the immune system)
  • High carbohydrate/starchy foods (wheat, rye, oats, barley, rice, potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, beans)
  • Diary Products
  • Condiments (mayonnaise, ketchup, relish)

It takes between three to six months to bring candida growth back under control. However a faster result can be obtained by adding anti-fungal medication. Alternatively,you can use a natural supplement called Caprylic acid. Caprylic Acid is obtained from coconut oil and acts by poking holes in the yeast cell wall. These holes will eventually lead to the death of the yeast.

2) Candida Enhancing Food

There are some special foods that are helpful in preventing Candida such as Cayenne pepper,Coconut oil,Garlic,Ginger,Lemon and Lime Juice,Olive oil,Onions,Raw Apple cider vinegar. Also Candida diet can also restore the integrity of the intestinal walls. Intake of soluble fiber is advised because it help speed up the movement of waste,through the intestines. The candida diet helps to provide beneficial bacteria, regulate appetite, and reduce your cravings for refined carbohydrates and sugars.

  • Cultured dairy, preferably Unsweetened yoghurt, healthy probiotics food or probiotics effectively kill the candida in your system. Unsweetened cranberry juice, as it creates an acidic environment that makes it difficult for candida to thrive.

3) Essential Oils

Clove oil, oregano oil and myrrh oil help to kill a variety of parasites and fungi, including candida, in the body. Lavender and thyme oil also inhibits the growth of candida and is effective at preventing the spread of the infection. Making a blend of several essential oils such as clove oil,thyme,lavender oil, mixed with coconut oil , can help to kill off the offending candida. Because these essential oils are powerful, they Essential oils should only be taken internally for 10 days or less because they are powerful{3} .For oral thrush, use three drops of clove oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish in the mouth for 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

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