Watch For These These Signs of Candida and Find Out How To Treat It?

You might be wondering, What on earth is candida? Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption but, when overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems, ranging from digestive issues to depression.

How do you get candida overgrowth?
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Your candida levels are usually kept in check by having healthy bacteria in your gut (hence why probiotics are very important for candida sufferers). Even though the healthy bacteria is kept in check, there are several factors which can cause it to go out of hand including:

  • Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feed the yeast)
  • Consuming a lot of alcohol
  • Taking oral contraceptives – The pill can disturb the balance in your gut, a copper IUD has also been shown to increase your yeast growth.
  • Living a high-stress lifestyle – Stress releases cortisol which depresses your immune system and raises your blood sugar levels. The yeast will feed on your blood sugar while your immune system will be too weak to fight it.
  • Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria – Antibiotics while necesary can sometimes kill too many beneficial bacteria.

Candida is the cause of countless symptoms, some more obvious than others. It can affect your neurological system, make you think slower, can cause you allergies, give you poor digestion, and countless other symptoms as well. I list some of the more common symptoms of candida below.

Here are 10 common candida symptoms

  • Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus or even ringworm)
  • Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  • 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?

Candida is not widely accepted in the medical community for a variety of reasons (mainly money), but

There are several ways to test for candida, some common methods are blood testing, stool or urine testing. They each have their advantages, and all detect for different things. For example the blood test checks your body for anti-bodies, but if the candida was gone from your body it may still detect it for several months. The stool test will check for candida within your colon or lower intestines. Your doctor will usually recommend which test to do. Another option that many people I know have done is just to monitor their own symptoms because nobody knows their body better than themselves, and testing can be quite expensive. I’m not telling you to do that, but that is just what people that I know have done with good results.

How do you treat candida overgrowth?

Effectively treating candida 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.

Reducing your complex carbs is a good idea as well. Some people recommend eliminating fermented foods while others recommend adding them into your diet. You need to see what works for you as many people have good results with them.

This site is based on using a diet, and that’s what I usually recommend because it’s the healthiest way, but if your doctor prescribes you a prescription antifungal, by all means follow their advice. If you want a natural antifungal, I highly recommend CFort10 as it’s pretty much the best antifungal around. It’s several times more potent than Caprylic Acid, and I haven’t heard of candida building resistance to it because it destroys the candida cell wall. There are several other antifungals that you can look at and research, but the ones that I highly recommend are the CFort10, and consuming spoonfuls of organic virgin coconut oil daily. Others candida often builds up a resistance to, or there are other side effects such as they kill all the good bacteria as well as the candida. It does depend on the situation though and there are no absolutes.

It’s a must to restore the healthy bacteria that typically keep your candida population under control, you should take probiotics on a regular basis. Be careful with which probiotic you take, many of them are absolutely useless and do not really do much. You want a probiotic that is made to fight against candida, one that I and most of my readers have had wonderful results with are Probacto Probiotics. Instead of focusing on a high bacteria count such as 100 – 200 billion, they use high quality plant based probiotics which are much more likely to stay in your body and should help to reduce the Candida levels and restore your levels of good bacteria. Finally, healing your gut by eliminating inflammatory foods that can harm your GI tract and introducing foods that aid in digestion and nutrient absorption, will prevent candida from working its way through your body, and will dramatically improve your overall health.

If you would like to find out for sure if you have candida overgrowth, consider seeing a functional medicine doctor who is trained in detecting and treating candida.

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