Do you suffer from any of the following?
- Sore throat
- Sugar and alcohol cravings
- Foggy thinking
- Sinus inflammation
- Low sex drive
- Ear ache
- Skin infections such as athlete’s foot
- Chronic pain
- Muscle Weakness
- Addison’s disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Anxiety disorders
Chances are, you may be suffering from candida. So what is candida?
According to Clare Davidson from Candida Cleanser (www.candidacleanser.com), candida is a fungal yeast that naturally lives in our gut, and when left overfed and unattended it spreads throughout the body causing numerous health problems. Practically everyone has some sort of overgrowth and it can be difficult to pin point because it has dozens of symptoms that we either brush off as nothing or confuse for other more serious chronic health problems.
Candida yeast, the natural bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract, and sugar have a little ‘circle of life’ system going on inside of us.
We eat food > food gets turned into sugar > candida yeast eats excess sugar > bacteria eats the candida.
It’s crucial to keep a healthy balance between all 3 aspects, otherwise a candida overgrowth occurs.
With the standard Western diet today, majority of the population is suffering from candida. Diets high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and antibiotics are compromising people’s immune systems.
What most people don’t know is that carbohydrates are basically sugar.
Antibiotics kill off bacteria in the gut, the good and the bad. After taking it, it’s very important to repopulate the good bacteria. Unfortunately most people aren’t educated to do so by their doctors and the gut is left barren.
Another underlining factor to an overgrowth is stress. Our body reacts to stress by creating a hormone called cortisol which raises our blood sugar (again, excess sugar) and suppresses the immune system leaving the body unarmed and candida with the upper hand for an invasion.
There are so many symptoms of candida, depending on what area of the body the fungus has inhabited determines the symptoms.
- the brain: depression, anxiety
- the nervous system: chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
- the gastrointestinal tract: gas, constipation, IBS, Crohn’s disease
- the skin – acne, rashes, itchy skin, athletes foot
With a depleted immune system, we are more susceptible to getting sick, we take longer to heal, and we constantly feel fatigued.
It’s highly recommended to completely eliminate sugar, bread and any wheat products from our diet along with processed and packaged foods. If you can’t pronounce or recognize something in the ingredients list, just avoid the product altogether. Stick to whole foods.